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The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

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The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

Pop Culture Happy Hour

The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

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If you rooted for Washington's NFL team because of Robert Griffin III, you'll almost certainly root for a new team this fall. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images hide caption

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If you rooted for Washington's NFL team because of Robert Griffin III, you'll almost certainly root for a new team this fall.

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A few months ago, Code Switch lead blogger Gene Demby turned to Twitter in an attempt to crowd-source a solution to a problem he'd been having. Gene had begun watching Premier League soccer but couldn't settle on a rooting interest, so he asked the league's fans to convince him to root for one team or another.

In this episode of The Giant Foam Finger — our occasional sports-themed offshoot of Pop Culture Happy Hour — I open by asking Gene for an update on his Premier League search. But then we move on to a farther-reaching discussion of why we might root for one team or another in any sport, for reasons ranging from geography to friendship, familial bonds, favorite individual athletes, bandwagon-jumping and even good old-fashioned spite.

Naturally, given the theme of crowd-sourcing, we'd love to hear what listeners think. What made you choose your favorite teams? And, given the inspiration for this discussion, we'd love to hear more arguments for why Gene and I should root for your favorite Premier League team. So have at it in the comments, or on Twitter or Facebook.