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While millions of people will be watching the Super Bowl, only a small percentage of them will be fans of the teams playing.
In fact, only about six percent of NFL fans will be watching their respective team play that day. An even smaller portion of those fans are guys who follow their team with an abrupt passion.
“Die Hard” fans realize that a Super Bowl in which their team participates is the high point of their sports fandom career.
As a result, when watching the game they experience many highs and lows and express themselves as such throughout the game. A pick up on third and 10 is a huge deal. An interception is worthy of crying.
What makes this even worse is that although they may normally be rational, such rationality is long gone by the time kickoff comes. Every single call that goes against their team is “bad.” Any questionable calls in their team’s favor are obviously good.
However, the worst thing about being around a “Die Hard” fan is in the event that their team loses. You have probably seen one of these videos on YouTube.
“The Die Hard” will either cry or proceed to flip out on everyone in the room after a Super Bowl loss; neither is pretty. To watch a grown man cry is not enjoyable. To watch a grown man flip out on a room of people for cheering for the other team is downright scary.
There are only two solutions for dealing with these guys. Either their team better win or lead from start to finish, or you simply just do not invite them out of fear that the team could lose.