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Loyalty, But At What Cost?

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 23:  Chicago White Sox fans bundle up in rain gear before the start of Game Two of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros at U.S. Celluar Field on October 23, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
A BashirContributor IApril 8, 2009

What is loyalty? Is it blind obedience in disguise?

Is all rational thought and reasoning suppressed to conform to some collective belief or devotion?

Here's the dictionary definition:

Loyalty is faithfulness or a devotion to a person or cause.

So is it disloyal to question the manager, tactics, or players of one's team? Or should we just support the team without protest?

The players are paid to play—it is not out of loyalty they play. In the business-oriented games of today, we are seen as customers and not supporters. So why should we show loyalty? Do we expect anything in return?

As paying customers, we tender money in return for exactly...what?

A manager or club cannot guarantee success, but what they can and must surely provide are sound principles and decisions.

So if you question the manager or club decisions at times, is that disloyal? If I question the desire and performance of some players, is that disloyal?

When you purchase any good or service in your daily life, you expect something in return for your hard-earned funds, and if you do not receive something of quality, would it be "loyal" to just accept whatever you have?

Loyalty in sports has unfortunately been exploited by businessmen who know they have a captive audience.

Perhaps if fans showed less loyalty and more critical reasoning, they would not be exploited as such.

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