Sports passions turn into rivalries

Gaby Dinh, Staff Writer

Academics is not the only thing teachers have a passion about. Many teachers at Diamond Bar have a certain team or college they follow with intense devotion. Sometimes, these love affairs with their sports team can lead to some friendly rivalries.

Calculus teacher Jeff Brose supports the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. During AP testing season, he usually wears an Angels’ jersey with the number five on the back, to represent the AP testing score.

Brose has been a fan of the Angels since he was a kid. He says it was the year 2000 when he became the bigger Angels fan.  The Angels’ management and ownership impressed him by going to its playoff games and seeing the World Series in 2002 cemented it.

“Since I grew up a Dodgers fan, they are my second favorite team. Way behind the Angels, though,” Brose explains. “So I can tolerate, even love, some Dodgers fans like Mrs. Lujan, Mr. Hong, and even my own brother.”

As mentioned by Brose, Spanish teacher Irma Lujan is a major fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. She has been a fan of the baseball team for around thirty years and  tries to tune into every Dodgers game she can on her TV with her family, or even attend the games in person during the season.

“I like to talk to Mr. Brose so I can tease him when the Angels are losing,” said Lujan.

In the most recent Super Bowl, history teacher and Athletics Director Kurt Davies supported the Seattle Seahawks while American history teacher Ty Watkins supported the Denver Broncos.

Davies became a fan of the Seahawks fan when his father bought him season tickets in 1976.

“I have had plenty of opportunity to talk about the Seahawks recently,” Davies said.  “Mr. Watkins was a fair-weather Bronco fan, so it was nice to discuss the Super Bowl with him.”