What is a True Fan?

Homer Simpson (Also Giants and Jets)

Homer Simpson (Also Giants and Jets)

First, I should be honest that I’ve been drinking tonight.  I’m also home, watching the game, and not going anywhere.  Except to bed when this is over.  I’m typing this up during commercials.  That way I can still watch the game and can uncross my fingers.

This actually has nothing to do with NY Giants specifically.  This has to do with a question that I was asked:

“How can you be a fan of the Giants when they’re losing?”

This was asked by someone who doesn’t like sports.  In fact, they love to mock those who enjoy sports.  I answered with a long explanation though.  My dad has been a Giants fan since the 50’s.  I was never that into football as a kid since I thought it was Dad’s Time.  I watched it sometimes, but never really got into the meat of the game.  I knew the basics and enjoyed the fun of watching with people (SWEET PASS TO RANDLE!).  There was an atmosphere about it that I grew up with and it became focused on Giants specifically.  I guess I liked how they weren’t always dominating and there was a sense that they were always trying their best.  At least from my perspective.  This was a team that kept fans on their toes and that always brought a sense of excitement to the game for me.  Yet, I was only a casual watcher depending on what I was doing and the mood of my dad.  Then I moved to Florida and realized I missed watching Giants games.  I got my fix when they went against the Patriots for the Superbowl in 2007.  It was then that I realized how much I missed them and there was something that I took from their games that I didn’t get with the Florida teams.  Anyway, that’s a drunken ramble.  Time for a distraction:

The Lich by Jason Pedersen

The Lich by Jason Pedersen

What?  Nobody said it had to be football related.

Back on track, I get really annoyed by people who are behind a team and then abandon them when they start to lose.  That’s not loyalty and it’s frustrating because it means these people will turn on (GO, DONNELL!) those they were cheering alongside.  I know I might be overreacting, but that does irk me.  This is why I respect anyone that remains a fan of a losing team.  So, how does this relate to non-sports?

Well, the person who asked the question is a massive Firefly fan.  So, I pointed out that the show was butchered and cancelled before their season even finished.  3 episodes weren’t even aired.  Yet, the people who fell in love with the show have remained loyal all of these years later.  It’s been 12 years since it aired and it has one of the most potent fanbases I’ve ever seen.  That’s dedication akin to those that keep cheering for a team that’s losing a game or having a terrible season.  This is why I can’t figure out why fans of such things are so confused by sports fans.  Is it really that hard to understand somebody being into something so much when you’re the same way with something else?

Yeah.  I think the beer derailed me near the end.  I guess my point is that everyone is a fan of something through thick and thin, so why mock someone for being the same about something you’re simply not into?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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22 Responses to What is a True Fan?

  1. Different people are different, and people like what they like. Don’t make fun of people for what they like, because however stupid you think it is, something you do will seem just as stupid to them.

    These are the words I live by. And I mostly follow them. Except for when people try to tell me about baseball. I can’t stand baseball.

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    • I agree. On both points, but I try with baseball. My friend summed that issue up best. The sport is very strategic and low key, which I simply don’t have the patience for.

      I do wonder why people can’t just shrug and go ‘not my thing, but have fun’.

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      • I think the problem becomes when the person feels like you’re wasting your time — i.e., they think you should be doing something different with yourself, and you’re not doing it. Instead of ridiculing the thing you love, they should just come out and say what they want. Do they want you to spend more time with them? Are they bitter because they want you to enjoy the same thing they enjoy, and you don’t? So on and so forth.

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      • I can see that in some situations. It gets weird when it comes from someone who isn’t around when you’re involved in the other thing. This is a strange affect of social media. I see non-sports fans making it all the time when it really has no impact on their lives. Sure, they may be bombarded by sports-based FB posts, but that’s no different than when a new season of Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, or Sherlock show up.

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  2. It bugs me too when people are “true fans” when that team is winning. Then they start booing every okay when they are losing. I’m definitely a loyal fan of my Steelers. Have been since about 1979. For better for worse.

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    • Well said. Though, I think one of my favorite people to see Giants games with is a Jets fan. The guy shows up with a shirt for each team and switches depending on how things are going. We always get a good laugh out of it, which takes away some of the pain of losing if that’s the case.

      That’s one of the odd things with New York. Many have their main team and the other is their ‘second favorite’. I think it’s all a ploy to stay in the bar for longer.

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      • One of my favorite games was Steelers vs Jets in the playoffs. Minus 10 degrees. Colder than anything and my seats were in the next to the top row (in the wind). Night game. For someone who hates the cold as much as I do, it was surprisingly bearable. Of course I had on so many layers of clothes that I couldn’t sit down. Oh yeah, Steelers won!

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      • I’ve never been to a live game. My dad claims the tickets are too expensive and we only knew people with free Islanders tickets. I hope to go to a live Giants game some day. It’s hard to choose a favorite game though. Some of my best memories are watching with friends and the antics that happened on our side of the TV.

        For example, Giants vs Eagles in a year that my brain can’t remember right now. We watched in Philly at a friend’s place. Eagles won by less than a TD, but the last play was the Giants rushing the ball back on a kickoff. Tackled around the 1-yard line. The excitement was amplified by my friends betting $11 on the game. The money was in both of their hands until the clock hit zero and the first interview started. So damn close.

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      • It isn’t cheap to go to a game, but nothing beats a live game. My problem is that it almost always also means hotels and gas. I try to make one game a year but haven’t the last two years now. Time to get back to a live game

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      • Part of the dream is to be successful enough to afford a ticket for me, my dad, and my oldest friend (at least) to go to a live game. Also to be able to afford food and drink there. Went to a minor league baseball game once and the prices were scary.

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      • They get you with the concession prices. I try to avoid that.

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      • Definitely. The beer isn’t even that great. Then again, I can’t drink Bud, Coors, and Miller. Something about them makes me sick, so I have to stick to the more expensive brands.

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  3. sknicholls says:

    Go Braves! Tomahawk chop! Yay! Do the falcons even exist anymore?

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  4. When you stick with a team through lousy seasons, you really have reason to celebrate the good seasons.

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  5. A fan is someone who cares about what happens not necessarily who wins. That would be my answer to those who wonder why I’m a Steelers fan.

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  6. Some people have to run someone else down in order to feel good about themselves. Sad, isn’t it?

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