Bandwagon Jumpers and the Worst Types of Sports Fans
Let me start off by saying I respect all sports fans—even the fans that describe themselves as very mild still dedicate a lot to there favorite teams. It is never easy being a sports fan because sports are so unpredictable.
For that reason, there is no such thing as a "bad fan"—it is somewhat of an oxymoron.
However, some fans like to cheat a little bit or take shortcuts.
This List will highlight some of the "not-so-true" types of sports fans.
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The best way to describe a bandwagon fan would be to compare him or her to the career of Lebron James.
Here goes nothing!
Some fans (Lebron) get so sick of their hometown teams losing, that they get fed up and abandon them (on national TV).
These fans (Lebron) are sick of losing and want a team that's going to win. They see a team that has promise (Miami), take the winning shortcut (to the NBA Finals), and hop on said team's bandwagon (roster).
If Lebron were a sports fan, there is no doubt he would be a bandwagon jumper.
That probably explains why he is a Yankees fan.
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Yes, fair-weather fans are different than bandwagon fans.
The difference is that, rather than finding a new team, fair-weather teams stop talking smack and watch another sport.
When their teams start to heat up, fair-weather fans pretend they never went anywhere.
A four-sport city is an ideal habitat for a fair-weather fan.
Take Boston, for example:
The at the start of the season, the Red Sox lose 10 out of 12.
Who cares when the Celtics are in the playoffs!?!
The Celtics are knocked out in 5 games, but who cares because the Bruins are going to the Cup!?!
By the time the Bruins season is over, the Red Sox are back in first and fans haven't missed a beat.
The Sportscenter/Fantasy Football Fan
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This is a breed of sports fan that can be far more annoying than the previous two. These fans rarely watch the games, only really watching two-minute clips on the next morning's Sportscenter.
They also check box scores to see how there fantasy stars did for that week.
Though most of them don't watch the actual games, they won't forget to rub it in your face if your favorite team loses. This group of fans is known to post results all over Facebook to give the illusion that they did, in fact, watch the game.
The exact same follows for March Madness brackets. They will fill out there brackets, check scores, and make comments about how good a game was without actually having watched it.
The Stubborn Homers
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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the most hateable player on each NFL team. I made the comment that the Steelers have so many such players on the team and subsequently felt a backlash from Steelers fans.
I was told how Hines Ward, who was voted the NFL's dirtiest player, was not at all dirty. I was also told that James Harrison was an all-around class act.
After Harrison's recent comments toward the "commish" and his teammates, and Ward's DUI, I am sure Steelers fans would continue to tell me that they are both class acts and clean players.
Some fans are so blindly biased even when the facts are set in cement and point in the opposite direction that it is almost unbearable.
The People Who Go to the Big Games and Don't Care Who Wins
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This winter, I was lucky enough to go to the Super Bowl in Texas.
On my flight down, I sat next to two ladies in business attire. Through my conversation with the two, I discovered that both of them go to the big game each year with their husbands. They have no preference who wins the game, nor do the husbands, and just go for fun.
In a restaurant, I met a table full of guys from New York who also come to the big game each year as a getaway, but really don't have a favorite team.
Finally, we got our tickets from a company that my dad was familiar with. This company had two full rows of seats at the game, full of VPs in business-casual attire.
Walking through the stadium before the game, it looked as if half the crowd had no preference and just going for fun.
I knew that back in Wisconsin, thousands of fans would die for the opportunity to go watch the Packers play in Superbowl XLV. In fact, the Packers season ticket list is chalk full of pretty wealthy people that wouldn't call themselves diehard fans at all.
So, while the true fans are watching the game at home, the indifferent fans get to watch it court side or in the box seats.