I’m not making any apologies; this is one of those attitudes about sports fans in general that I cannot stand.
A couple days ago I was shopping at a local South Jersey Target™ and I was perusing some grocery items when I heard a guy talking to his girlfriend. I did not hear exactly what he said at first but it was probably something to the affect of people jumping on the Phillies bandwagon since they won the World Series and 2 NL Championships. What he said after that I heard very clearly cause he stared at me as he said it in an annoying condescending tone, “it’s just like with the Flyers winning game 7 suddenly there are people wearing Flyers stuff and everyone is a Flyers fan.”
Duh-buddy, duh. For the record I was wearing both my Flyers cap and my Phillies jacket.
Yes, when teams do well lots of annoying stuff happens, such as independent ticket agencies buying out individual game tickets and driving up the costs of going to a game. I wish the professional leagues and individual teams would do more to curb those sorts of things but it’s a small price to pay for following a good and exciting team.
Sure, there will be bandwagon fans too, who only like the team while they are good and then switch to a different “better” team once they are bad. But most “bandwagon” fans, especially when you talk about fans in the local area, are casual sports fans or casual fans of the specific sport.
To complain about these types of fans is just snobby and made me want to gauge this particular jerk-offs eyes out (I didn’t I just stared right back at him). Not everyone is going to be a hardcore fan of the sport like you and not everyone should be. At the end of the day sports is about drama and entertainment, some people live for it because so many things are possible, others are only into it when it is really exciting. Why condescend to people who are of the latter?
If it is about being cool and liking a team that no one else likes there are plenty of crappy teams out there who would love to have more fans, for example there are the Islanders and Thrashers in Hockey, or in MLB there are the Royals, Houston, and Pittsburg (beautiful stadium I hear). You want to like a team no one else likes, have a ball with those. The crappy ownership with the Islanders, Thrashers and Pittsburg should keep you happy for many, many years to come.
As far as bandwagonning goes I wonder if you find something like this upsetting:
I know I do not. I want the casual sports fans and the bandwagoners, and everyone out there who wants to follow and love, or just like, the teams that I do. Not out of some narcissistic necessity to be included in a group but because I want my teams to do well. But I do think there is something to be said for celebrating with a group though. I mean being the only person in attendance at game 5 of the World Series clincher might have been cool for a moment but it certainly wouldn’t have been as much fun as celebrating with 45,000 other fans (die hard or not).
Even more than that I want lots of people everywhere to at least purchase (if not proudly wear) the team’s merchandise. More merchandise sales means more revenue for the team, more revenue for the team means more money for good players, and hopefully that means continued success.
I have had my moments certainly, as with my circle of friends and family I am the go to guy to explain baseball and hockey stuff (most of them are football fans), but again small price to pay to watch two very exciting teams right now. I couldn’t be happier and if I see you wearing my teams’ merchandise you will get a click, wink, and thumbs up.