Jumping Ship?

What would it take for you to abandon your favourite team and start rooting for the enemy?  Would you ever do it?  Are there any circumstances where you could see yourself throwing away the jersey of the team you’ve supported for years and putting on the colours of a hated rival?

We’re not talking about cheering for one team after your team is eliminated from the playoffs or having two favourite teams.  It’s possible to cheer for both New Jersey and Nashville, for example.  They don’t really have any history with one another and rarely play against each other.

What we’re talking about becoming a Blackhawks fan after spending decades cheering for the Red Wings or putting on a Sidney Crosby jersey and destroying your lifelong connection to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Would you ever do it?

george1984 on Reddit (George Bel everywhere else) has decided to go for it.  Much like the Leafs fan who put his loyalty up for sale on eBay last year, Bel says he’s done supporting the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He then takes it one step further.  He’s going to become a fan of the rival Montreal Canadiens.

Why?  He prepared an infographic to explain his decision.

The evidence is compelling, but it still seems like it will be a difficult jump to make.  Can someone go from idolizing Darryl Sittler, Borje Salming and Wendel Clark to worshiping Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard and Guy Lafleur?

Bel thinks he can and he explains his decision in detail:

I’m officially jumping ship to our neighbours to the east, the mighty Canadien. And to combat the onslaught of virtual boo’s, jeers, and finger pointing that will come my way in lieu of this announcement, I’ve taken the time (time that I have too much of, there, I beat somebody to it) to create an Infographic depicting how hard the leafs suck, and for how long they have been sucking.

I think it was Einstein that once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Well friends, I for one know when to quit.

Stay crazy my friends.

I’ve gone off to a better place.

So would you ever do it?  Is there anything that would make you switch to a rival?  After years of building up hatred towards an organization, its players, its fans and its tradition, would you be able to switch even if you tried?

Thanks to BlogTO for bringing this to our attention.