No matter where one goes on vacation, you always pack your loyalties along with that swimsuit.
I’ve traveled across the USA and to many countries as well. Wherever I go I seem to find Buckeye fans or they find me … and everyone knows about THE Ohio State University.
The cream always rises to the top.
Tuesday I was in Cozumel, strolling along the main drag downtown … and in accented English I hear it. “O-H” says the Mexican vendor, attempting to sell me something.
I answer with the requisite “I-O,” yet declining to purchase his wares.
We set sail on Liberty of the Seas on Saturday, and the ship was dominated by Patriot-clad New Englanders … and quite a few wearing New York Giants fashion, as each prepared for the Super Bowl.
What better place to hold a Super Bowl party than on a cruise ship with 4,000 of your newest best friends … watching the game on a giant 50-foot outdoor TV screen, various other venues or even in your own cabin for privacy.
For some reason, I saw very little Patriots attire on Monday or Tuesday.
That’s not right. I support my Buckeyes win, lose … or choke.
It’s always interesting to survey who wears what on vacation, which teams have the most support. Sad to say, being a Browns fan, the most supported team wherever I go seems to be the hated Pittsburgh Steelers … just a notch below University of Michigan football as a team I love to hate.
Yes, there are Steelers fans on this voyage.
And University of Texas, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bulls, Michigan State … The list goes on.
Caribbean ports have gotten wise to America’s loyalty to our sports teams. You can’t go anywhere without seeing jerseys, caps, wrist bands, coffee mugs, glasses or anything else with team colors for sale.
In Belize on Monday I spotted a Kobe Bryant jersey for sale. Why one would go there to buy a Kobe jersey is beyond me … But I guess if you have seven or eight, one from Belize might sound pretty cool.
Yes, sports and vacationing have blended very well.