There is nothing more annoying than bandwagon NFL fans. One day, they are bleeding their team's colors; the next, they have nothing to say.
Obviously, every team has thousands of loyal fans that are subjected to the knuckleheads who happen to be wearing the same colors. For those loyal fans reading, and you know who you are, take no offense to the following.
For those on the bandwagon, you know who you are, too, and please do take offense to the following.
When the New York Jets are doing well, their fans are as loud and obnoxious as their coach. When they are slumping, I could not hear one if I tried.
Then there is Mark Sanchez. After a win, he is the toast of the town and the best thing since sliced bread. After a loss, he is not the answer, he is bringing the team down and has to go. Jets fans, make up your minds: do you love or hate the guy?
Sanchez' development (or lack thereof) has received a lot of criticism. For the record, Sanchez is having the best season of his career, and it is not even close. With five games to go, he has already set his personal mark for touchdowns and is on pace for bests in completion percentage and quarterback rating.
"Broncos fans to John Fox: Play Tebow."
-Sign purchased by Denver Broncos' fans.
Kyle Orton is a serviceable NFL quarterback. He has taken the Chicago Bears to the playoffs, and was once a Top 10 passer for these very Broncos. To chant "we want Tebow" before the season started was a disgrace. To purchase a sign in Denver imploring John Fox to play him is something different. I am just not sure what.
Yes, you cannot argue with results and I am certainly not a Tebow hater. At the start of the year, I said the Broncos have to go with Orton until the season seems lost, and the Broncos followed suit.
When you have a veteran-laden roster, the logical thing is to start the veteran quarterback over the raw 24-year-old with the funky delivery. Of course when it comes to Tim Tebow, nothing is logical.
Still, a veteran quarterback who has seen success did not deserve to be booed out of town, no matter who his backup is.
"Typical jealous of our QB breaks records SMH u need to grow up."
A decade ago, finding a New England Patriots' fan outside of New England was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Three Super Bowls later, they have sprouted everywhere.
Before Tom Brady and Bill Belichick came to town, the Patriots were one of the league's sorriest franchises. Now Brady's No. 12 jerseys are ubiquitous in every town.
Brady is now 34 years old, which mean he has at most three seasons to play at an elite level. My question to the recent purchasers of the Brady jerseys: Whose jersey are you buying next, Aaron Rodgers?
"How many spots did the Redskins slide in the draft by beating the Seattle Seahawks?"
-Paraphrased fan on local D.C. radio after Washington Redskins' 23-17 victory over Seattle.
I have never seen a group of fans jump on and off their team's bandwagon faster than the Washington Redskins'. One week they are Super Bowl contenders. The next they are hoping to lose out to improve their draft status.
To be fair, they do not have a good role model, as Dan Snyder is nothing but a bandwagon fan with a bunch of money. The guy goes through coaches faster than they can unpack their bags. What he put Jim Zorn through was the most embarrassing thing I have ever seen a head coach of any sport endure.
Snyder has calmed down on the player carousel that used to be the Redskins' roster. Maybe he can keep Mike Shanahan in town long enough to build a contender, the wagon riders can support the team for more than a month.
"Fire Andy! Fire Andy!"
-Philadelphia Eagles fans after loss to New England Patriots
Eagles' supporters are both the most loyal and biggest bandwagon fans in sports. How does that work? Philly sports fans are fans for life. They also will turn on their own players and coaches on a dime.
Reid has been booed before. Donovan McNabb heard his share while he was in town. How much longer until Michael Vick shares the same fate? How long will Reid's successor last before being jeered out of the Linc?
To treat Andy Reid, a man who has delivered nine playoff appearances, six division titles and an NFC Championship, like this is wrong and disgusting. Need I remind Eagles' fans where their team stood before Reid came to town?