Bandwagon Fans, Demand Your Civil Rights!

LeftyinthepenContributor IApril 6, 2009

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 05:  Warriors fans show their support during the round four NRL match between the Warriors and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Mt Smart Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Okay bandwagon fans, I am here for you. I see your plight, and I am okay with it. For years you have been laughed at, made fun of, and ostracized from the "real fan" clique, just because you decide to do what every major sports star does, and that is follow the money.

Being a bandwagon fan is nothing more than being a high priced free agent.  Athletes do it all the time. It's part of the sporting culture, and for all intense and purposes, fans shouldn't be left out of it.

This is nothing new, and now fans are surprised that it would come to this.  "True fans" vs. "Bandwagon fans".  And for years, the bandwagon fan has been the serfs of the sports world.

It all starts at a young age. Everyone knew one growing up. In Small Town, USA-far from the sporting spotlight as it could get, there was always that kid in the third grade that showed up in a Steelers Jersey, or a Brady jersey, or whatever jersey or shirt of the team that just won the championship. 

It may have been the only game that person has seen of that team in their life.

Everyone wants to be associated with a winner.

And why not?  It feels good to win, and be a part of something. We all do it. But no one really admits it.

I'm here to tell you it's okay. Admit it. Seriously, what's the worse that's going to happen?  People are going to laugh and point?  They do it already. The ones that do it the loudest or most often are the fans of teams with the biggest bandwagons anyway (e.g. Boston, New York, Broncos or Raiders). 

They have their own identity crisis about being a fan and who they root for, that if they will be the first to lash out at anyone who they feel is not as worthy as them.

It says more about the fan lashing out, then it does about the bandwagon fan themselves.

Look, I get it.  "Real/True fans" want to protect what they think is their turf.  They were a fan long before you, and because of that, it entitles them to something you will never have. Yet, who are the ones who keep buying up all the new jersey's and hats? 

Not the diehards, they have had their same Red Sox hat since the days of Jose Offerman-and damn proud of it.  It's you, bandwagon fan, that keeps these team afloat by buying up all the new gear to replace the gear from last years team.

If it wasn't for you bandwagon fan, many of these team wouldn't have much revenue coming in from merchandising. Why do you think the Padres are in the bottom of the league in merchandise sells? Because the team is horrible, and when the team is horrible, only the diehards are left.

And the diehards are not about to fork over another $25 for a new lid to replace the one from the previous four years. And teams like the Padres have no new revenue coming in from merchandising, and therefore cannot afford free agents, or keep the stars they have.

This is why we need you, bandwagon fan. 

Go out proudly, and display your colors. Whichever color that may be this season, or this month, or this week. There are no rules for you, you can change teams in the middle of a game if you so choose. Keep buying the latest David Ortiz jersey, and keep the Red Sox revenue coming in.

It's how these teams are going to survive. (This of course doesn't count for the Tampa Bay Rays, as they are new to winning.)

I remember back when the AZ Cardinals played the Cowboys in Sun Devil Stadium. At the start of the game, the stadium was a sea of red. By halftime, you couldn't count the number of Aikmen, Irvin, or Smith jersey's because it was over three/fourths of the stadium. During the game, they changed.

There are no rules for this. Not only that, but you can dictate your own rules. Don't follow what the diehards say you should do. Go to the sports bar for the Michigan/OSU football game, and take both caps.

When the tide of the game turns, go to a different bar, with a different cap. It's all good, what do they know anyway?

Remember, this is the USA. Home of the brave, and land of the free. Bandwagon fan, you have the freedom to choose whatever team you want to root for, at any time. It's protected by the Constitution of the United States of America. So, if you are against bandwagon fans, then you are against the Constitution of the United States of America.

And if you are against that, you probably are a sports terrorists.  Designed to instill fear in the group of fans that you deem not worthy enough to be like you.

Bandwagon smack is always the last act if a desperate fan. It's their way of turning the fire hoses on you, to keep you away.

Don't let their desperation keep you down any longer.