^What would be the sports-fan analogue of shipping, though? Or do I want to know?
Rivalries are something, but maybe Fantasy Leagues will be closer. A lot of shippers don't let themselves be limited by the text and combine characters in all sorts of bizarre, unsupportable ways. Making a dream team of your favorite players who will never end up together seems like the closer analogue of making a dream relationship out of, say, Reed and Hoshi.
(I'm scared of the Enterprise forum. Can anyone tell me if there are actually Reed/Hoshi shippers?)