So, I doubt many people will pay attention to this given that the playoffs begin today and there are a dozen other things more worthy of being discussed. But I've been battling with something the last couple of years, and I wanted to see what other NFL fans thought.
To give everyone some background, I'm a Titans fan who has lived in in the Houston area pretty much my whole life. I was like 9-10 years old when the Oilers left for Tennessee and I've been a Titans fan ever since. When the Texans came here, I stuck with the Titans because I had an attachment to those players, to Jeff Fisher and to that franchise. I had witnessed the Music City Miracle and the one-yard Super Bowl loss and those moments meant something to me. And they still do.
But over the last two years, Jeff Fisher was fired and replaced with an inferior coach in Mike Munchak. There are no more players around from the Titans teams I loved from the early 2000s, I absolutely loathe Bud Adams with a passion, the front office has been completely incompetent over the last few seasons and this team has absolutely zero identity.
Meanwhile, my entire family and all of my friends and coworkers are Texans fans. I love sports talk radio and listen to Texans talk at least an hour or two every day to and from work. And I have grown a lot of respect for the Texans organization, its players, its staff and its fans. More respect probably than I have for my own team. It's gotten to the point where I care more about fantasy football every Sunday than I do the outcome of Titans games.
(Also, I'm a diehard Rockets and Astros fan, so there's that.)
Basically, I'm at a bit of a crossroads. On one hand is the franchise I've known and loved for 15 years, but it's becoming harder and harder to care about them. On the other hand is the franchise next door that is becoming increasingly more popular and it would be much easier to cheer for. Also, my father is a huge Texans fan, and it would be awesome to cheer for the same team as him again.
So, what does everyone think? Am I overthinking this? Am I horrible fan or should I just embrace the local team? And if I jump ship now, does that make me a bandwagon fan?