Not sure if I entirely agree - its a bit like supporting a family member, they carry a bit of your culture and shared experience. Sort of represent you in a way.
I understand the notion and it sounds noble too but I don't think it really works that way in real life. I remember being on Samprazfanz site for a long time, which obviously was a fanbase site just like this one; however, the big difference is, we almost never had any disputes and there was no slamming when things didn't go our way either. Sampras had fans from all over the world and that added a lot of variety but it remained civil for the most part. Do you really enjoy this Scottish/English thing that goes on here? If anything it feels highly dysfunctional. I get it has its history and that's in fact the reason why things get so ugly here at times, even between people who are from the same country though not from the same part of country. I have seen some of the worst name callings on the BBC site as far as Murray is concerned btw and I could not believe that these are the same people from the same country. Begs the question, doesn’t' it?