Ever feel like allegiances in sports are a thing of the past? Players are looking for big checks, not competition, and as we found out this summer with the LeBron soap opera, they’re willing to ditch their homes in pursuit of championship wins. And in today’s fantasy era, people are rooting for players, not teams. But diehards and alums still exist, and they still get together to root, root, root for the home team, even if the home team is 800 miles away. Here’s a short list of places you can go to fraternize with your fellow fans. And if we left your favorite venue off, shoot an e-mail to interns@charlestoncitypaper.com and we’ll add you to our online list.

College Football

If you’re not tailgating at your football stadium’s parking lot, these bars are where you need to be.

Charleston is crawling with Clemson Tiger fans, and they tend to congregate at Midtown Bar & Grill and Moe’s on Cumberland Street. Their season kicked off with an out-of-conference match up against North Texas, but the thing to look forward to is how they play against the rest of a very strong ACC.

Midtown Bar & Grill, 559 King St., Downtown

Moe’s Downtown Tavern, 5 Cumberland St., Downtown

Gamecocks fans tend to congregate at their favorite downtown sports bar, King Street Grille, to root on Carolina, but you can find plenty of Cocks in pretty much every sports bar around town.

King Street Grille, 304 King St., Downtown

University of Florida fans bring the Swamp to Parson Jack’s Café out in West Ashley. With Tebow in Denver, Gator fans gathering at Parson Jack’s are hoping for a new star to emerge this season.

Parson Jack’s, 3417 Shelby Ray Court, West Ashley

The Charleston Chapter of the University of Georgia‘s Alumni Association heads to Sullivan’s Home Team BBQ to root on the Dawgs.

Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, 2209 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island

Holy City Tar Heels fans meet up for every Chapel Thrill sports event downtown at Burn’s Alley and over at the Kickin’ Chicken in Mt. Pleasant.

Burns Alley, 354-B King St., between Calhoun and George St.

Kickin’ Chicken, 1119 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant

University of Michigan followers can find some great drink specials and their fellow Wolverines at Mad River on North Market Street on game days. The Wolverines finish their regular season in Columbus against the Buckeyes, one of the best rivalries in sports.

Mad River, 32-B N. Market St., Downtown

Ohio State University comes into the 2010 season ranked second in both the AP and USA Today polls. Buckeye Alums get together at the Blackbaud Stadium pub for games and to cheer on their Big Ten favorites.

Three Lions Pub at Blackbaud Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Dr., Daniel Island

Hokies call the upstairs bar at Mellow Mushroom downtown home for all Virginia Tech football games.

Mellow Mushroom, 309 King St., Downtown

West Virginia University Mountaineers round out this preseason’s top 25 rankings and ‘Neers alumni channel the good times at Mad River. Fans of the Blue Gold can also get a feel of Morgantown at Matty’s.

Matty’s Sports Bar at Twin River Lanes, 613 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant

Mad River, 32-B N. Market St., Downtown

National Football league

Pro football fans follow the action (and DIRECTV’s NFL Ticket).

Atlanta Falcons fans will congregate at Mellow Mushroom to cheer on local James Island boy Roddy White and hope their team gets back into the playoff action.

Mellow Mushroom, 309 King St., Downtown

Baltimore Ravens fans are looking forward to this season with Joe Flacco coming into his own as a leader, Ray Rice maturing as an NFL running back, and the big off-season pick-up of wideout Anquan Boldin. Ravens fans tend to flock to Charleston Beer Works.

Charleston Beer Works, 438 King St., Downtown

Buffalo Bills supporters have a lot of hope leading into the 2010 season, given the Bills preseason performances. Even with the loss of superstar Terrell Owens, the Bills show offensive promise with the acquisition of number nine draft pick, Clemson’s own CJ Spiller. Local Bills fans have a great home at, appropriately enough, Buffalo South.

Buffalo South, 1409 Folly Road, James Island

Carolina Panthers can be found at Big John’s, whose original owner played for the NY Giants in the 1950s. The Panthers are in a tough division, but without Jake Delhomme, fans are happily looking forward.

Big John’s Tavern, 251 East Bay St., Downtown

Cincinnati Bengals had an interesting off-season, picking up another wide receiver-turned-reality-show personality in Terrell Owens. Watch out for Ohioans at Palmetto Ale House.

Palmetto Ale House, 951 Folly Road, James Island

Miami Dolphins have been effectively building themselves toward playoff contention, with credit going to Bill Parcells in the front office and some great young talent. Dolphins have been known to hang out and watch the games at Big John’s.

Big John’s Tavern, 251 East Bay St., Downtown

The New England Patriots could very well be the most loved and most hated team in all of professional football, with good reason. Who doesn’t like winners and hunks with bad haircuts? And who doesn’t hate winners for winning? A couple of Red Sox joints attract the Patriot crowd.

Charleston Beer Works, 438 King St., Downtown

Dunleavy’s Pub, 2213 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island

Chucktown Tavern, 159 Market St., Downtown

Oakland Raiders‘ eccentric owner Al Davis spent time coaching and recruiting at The Citadel in the ’50s, but now he is trying to get Oakland back on the map with new quarterback Jason Campbell. Expectations aren’t high, but Sunday football specials are great at Halls for those interested in the Raiders.

Halls Chophouse, 434 King St., Downtown

Philadelphia Eagles and all things Philly can be found at D.D. Peckers in West Ashley. Without Donavan McNabb, the “Linc” is looking a bit strange. It’s almost as if the Liberty Bell were picked up and moved to D.C. But Philly is still holding strong at D.D.’s.

D.D. Peckers, 1660 Savannah Hwy., West Ashley

Pittsburgh Steelers won’t have starting QB Ben Roethlisberger for at least the first four games of the 2010 season, and who knows, you might even see him hanging out at one of the area King Street Grilles watching his team play. He’s a KSG friend and investor.

King Street Grille, Multiple locations

Giuseppi’s Pizza, 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mt. Pleasant

Blue’s House of Wings, 1039 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant

San Francisco 49ers, like the aforementioned Raiders, find fans at Halls. It is nice to see that some place is showing love to these West Coast teams.

Halls Chophouse, 434 King St., Downtown

Washington Redskins converge with Ravens fans at Beer Works each weekend. Things could get wild. Too bad they won’t be going head to head in the regular season.

Charleston Beer Works, 438 King St., Downtown

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