Sports fans aren’t rational creatures—if they were, the comments section of any article about any player or any sporting event wouldn’t be a putrid monument to human depravity.
It’s the nature of the beast. If we followed some rigid calculus, we wouldn’t care at all.
The outcome of sports competition is equal parts design and pure chance. Coaches have to game-plan and players have to practice, but no one can anticipate when a hammy gets pulled or a bad bounce rips defeat from the jaws of victory.
This helps explain why sports fans are such fickle, delusional and paranoid creatures.
We want to believe the score is dictated by the hat we wear, the routine we stick to or whether the dip is exactly seven layers. It’s the only measure of control fans have.
This mindset inspires the passion behind our loyalty but makes us suspend reality for the sake of our emotional investment in teams. The nonsense behind our fandom is actually why it makes sense that we're fans to begin with.
So obviously, we're all crazy. The following are just some of the things sports fans do that make no sense whatsoever.