My husband is a New Yorker. This means many things, but right now the most important thing it means to our children is he's a Giants, Yankees and Knicks fan.
My daughter is also a New Yorker. Even though she's lived in Portland for seven years she's maintained allegience to both the Giants and Yankees, which is easy to do since Oregon doesn't have a major league football or baseball team.
We do have a basketball team though and she hopped on board the Trailblazer fanwagon. Which was okay with my husband. He's been a good sport about it (sorry, bad pun). As a belated birthday present he's even taking her to the Blazer/Knicks game where they plan to wear t-shirts sporting their team of choice and a sign that says "A House Divided."
But I'm here to assure you....that's not the real divide.
My son, who was born in Washington, D.C. has declared himself a Redskins fan. When he told me (not being a sports fan of any kind) I was all like, "Yeah, that makes sense. Go Redskins. They're a football team right??"
However, mine wasn't the universal household reaction.
"Not the Redskins. Anything but the Redskins," moaned my husband after Child #2 made his announcement.
At Christmas I suggested we might want to get our son some Redskins gear. Just a t-shirt or hat or maybe even a bean bag chair. "Are you crazy? I can't have Redskins paraphenalia in the house," growled my husband, which made me laugh because he's a grown-up and so of course I knew he was kidding.
But it turns out he wasn't.
He was kidding.
Maybe I should call my friend and tell her to get the spare bedroom ready.
Are you a house divided when it comes to sports? Or, like me, do you think of televised sports as premium writing time?