As if it wasn't enough to root for George Mason in their unlikely conference-tournament run to try to get back to the NCAA Tournament, I find myself rooting for them because they have a key player named "Gabe Norwood," and I find myself naturally rooting for anyone named "Gabe." (And he's clutch, too, which helps.)
Is that wrong, to create a rooting interest based on similar first name? (I mean, it's not like I feel compelled to root for athletes named "Dan" or "Daniel." But with Gabe, it just feels appropriate to root for him.
(For the record, I'm a fan of Gabe Kapler, who retired this offseason from the Red Sox. No, we didn't name our son Gabe after Kapler; however, if our Gabe wants to be the rare Jewish MLB player like the other Gabe, I'm not complaining.)