Once the Conference system came in they lost me. It isn't a comp. where every team has a reasonably equal chance, so what's the point?
Also, it's OK supporting a losing team that puts everything into attempting to win. It's even more OK when you can identify with the players because some of them are from the area or are putting something into the community. The anonymity of many players and their interchangeable nature and loyalties is epitomized by the use of the word "cattle" to describe teams by some of the blokey jocks on Radio Sport.