You know what is silly? People that are a huge fan of some sports team…and the feel they have to prove to everyone constantly that they are the biggest fan of that team.
You know the type, everything the own has some team’s logo on it. Every conversation you have with this person is centered on the latest game. When this person’s team loses, they are depressed until the next win. The list of traits could go on and on.
The hard core fan wants the team to win more than the players. At least, it seems that way. For example, look at how many soccer fans go crazy and riot in the stands as the calm players watch from the field of play. Or, the little-league parents that get out of control while the innocent child is watching with bat in hand ashamed to claim the guy in handcuffs is their dad. Or, in rencet events, at a Greek women’s volleyball game where a fan was killed in a riot. The Greek government suspended play in all professional team sports for two weeks all because people could not understand that it was “just a game”.
I’m a fair-weather fan and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I cheer for the Jazz only if they are doing well. I like BYU over Utah only if they are having a better season. If one of the teams in Utah wins a game, I’m a fan…that way I’ll never be disappointed if a team loses.
I could never be a fan just to lay claim upon a team and thereby be labeled “fan”. For some people it is their whole identity. Everything in their own little jock-strapped world revolves around wins and loses. They are like offices workers that have to have “their” Coke…they carry around a mug with them everywhere they go because it is “their” drink like it is a part of them. Like a third arm or leg.
Perhaps that is why the fan needs to be a fan: So that they can feel like they are apart of something. Something bigger than just the mug third-arm. Me, I’m just a fair-weather fan…and there is nothing wrong with it.
I’m a fan of basketball. Yeah, I have teams I might like over others but if a favorite loses…who cares, it was fun to watch the game. Life goes on and there will be other games to watch.