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# I have the luxury of just hating England without any guilt

and if england win I get my fiver back..so I really don't give a fuck. :)
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 16:53, archived)
# Unless they lose by something other than 3-1?
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 16:55, archived)
# I still win
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:01, archived)
# Oh don't worry, I'm quite misanthropic and capable of hating the Scotch as well
Scotch football fans especially :)
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 16:57, archived)
# and the inherent sectarianism that goes with it...
let's not forget that.
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:07, archived)
# ^because English football doesn't have this..right?
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:10, archived)
# examples?
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:13, archived)
# all those english football fans livin in harmony...no fighting, hugging each other as they meet in the street

beautiful game
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:16, archived)
# yes... 'cause that's the same as inherent religious bigotry
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:19, archived)
# you lot had/have yer own issues, just as bad..
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:23, archived)
# well... clearly I disagree
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:25, archived)
# the park in half an hour..bring yer team
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:27, archived)
# :)
in all fairness, after living in Northern Ireland for the past 3 years, and visiting the place for nigh-on 10... the anti-English banter gets my goat up.

Believe me, as a Geordie, the reasons I hate England will be the same reasons you do.
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:29, archived)
# ^ this
the whole "I hate you because of geographical location you popped out of a vagina" thing is just ultimate fucking pointless stupidity.
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 18:21, archived)
# bunch of cunts, the lot of them
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:20, archived)
# ^ :)
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 17:57, archived)
# I read a psychological study
which suggested that supporting a team is basically just the desire to bask in reflected glory. People who have recently had a good personal achievement (eg a good test result) are apparently less likely to describe a team as "we", for example.

After reading that, I actually feel pity for many football supporters who must be using it to fill a certain sense of worthlessness.
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 18:50, archived)
# + snee
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 19:46, archived)
# So what if....
Like me you support an utterly shit football team that has no glory to reflect? Is it not OK to just like a sport as it's fun?
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 20:44, archived)
# Where would you say the fun lies?
I suspect it also has something to do with herd mentality, which must give a certain pleasure back to encourage people to do it.

Would you support your team if there was no one else supporting them?
If so, is it football you like or being in a lively crowd?
(, Mon 11 Jun 2012, 21:12, archived)