A True Sports Fan Pledge

Andrew CahillSenior Analyst IApril 22, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 20:  Fans wait in the stands during a rain delay before the game between the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on April 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

 Patriot Pat says-

We as fans must pledge our undying faith to our teams.

Images like this one above should happen nowhere.

We must remain absolutely faithful to the bitter end.

As a Boston sports fan, my examples will be of such a nature.

To make judgments on the outcome of the Celtics' season at this point, even in the eye of damning evidence of Kevin Garnett being injured, is Boston sports blasphemy.

Should we be "hopeful" of the Sox?

No, we should Believe.

Is a 7-6 start "pedestrian?"

In case you haven't noticed, every year in Baseball is effectively "pedestrian" for every team. It is only the teams that sustain their play for the entire season, or come together at the end, that win out.

The Red Sox have a strong pitching staff, which will come together, and pay huge dividends at the end of the season.

Pitching, by the way, was their downfall last year.

What is it that truly defines greatness?


Boston has had its share recently, but I remember years when even winning games at all was considered a blessing.

The Patriots lost the Super Bowl in 2007, and Tom Brady was injured in 2008. That still does not take away from the fact that I am more proud of both of those teams than any of the three Super Bowl-winning teams.

Matt Cassel Believed. Bill Belichick Believed.

Pessimism has little place in the heart of a "true" Boston sports fan.

Maybe in a "pedestrian" Boston sports fan it does, though. That is what disappoints me.

So, If you are a true Boston sports fan...No, wait. If you are a true hometown sports fan, read along out loud and take this hometown pledge.

"I will diligently follow my teams, in all aspects.

Even in the face of extreme adversity, I will support them in hopes to overcome.

I will ensure never to bad-mouth, only to suggest improvements for my teams.

I will never quit, surrender, or give up on my teams.

Remember that on any given Sunday, during all nine innings, or until the buzzer sounds, there is always a chance.

Anything can, and has happened. Maybe with my helpful support, it will happen again."

Welcome to the alliance.

Andrew Cahill is a true Boston sports fan. Check out his website, "Patriot Pat's Patsies."

Does this sound familiar? You may have read my comment on, "Tables Continue to Turn on Beantown Teams."


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