By now, most of you should know that I love to rant on almost anything sports. Last night while I was reading an article, I came across an extremely “Bandwagon Style” claim, that the author’s favorite baseball team was going to make a miraculous recovery and make the World Series after a stereotypical playoff matchup. Hey, I understand everyone is entitled to their own opinion, no matter how much I may disagree. Please though, BACK IT UP! Upon reading this, I continued to rant to my friends about how unbelievable this was (call me superstitious if you must, but I firmly believe in Sports Karma), and came up with the inspiration to write this article. How to know if YOU are a bandwagon fan.
For those of you who don’t know, a bandwagon fan is a fan for a team for all the wrong reasons. Essentially, not a real fan. Bandwagon fans tend to be the bud of many jokes (Natesh Sood, also as you probably know by now, I like making fun of him), so I am going to give you a little advice to avoid being a bandwagon fan.
1. Bandwagon fans became fans while their respective team was doing great. Let’s take a look at the most obvious example, New York Yankees Bandwagon Fans. The Yankees won 4 World Series and appeared in 7 within the last 13 years. If you became a Yankees fan ONLY because they were accomplishing this feat (regardless if you admit it or not), YOU ARE A BANDWAGON FAN. If you became a Yankee fan after being asked in school who you wanted to win the World Series, and you picked Yankees over Mets, good guess, but YOU ARE A BANDWAGON FAN.
2. Bandwagon fans know little too nothing about their favorite team’s history or possibly even current events. No, we are not asking you to be a historian about the team. How-ev-uh (Stephen A.), it is important to know your basic facts. If I were to ask a Red Sox fan how many years it was until 2004 since they won a Championship and they didn’t know, they would be a Bandwagon.
3. Bandwagon fans often lose interest in or switch to another team if their team is doing bad. I’ll use my cousin as an example for this one. All of us know the Jets didn’t have a great year, and he was a fan of the Jets. He then switched to the division rival Patriots when they went undefeated, and then became a Giants fan when they won the Super Bowl. If you have ever said in your life, “I used to be a ______ fan, but now I’m a _______ fan,” YOU ARE A BANDWAGON.
There are many other cases as well, but I opt not to go into them as they may make me explode. If you do match any of these descriptions, I can give you a little advice to prove your fanhood. A true fan knows a lot about the sport overall, so make sure that you pay attention to all of the league’s happenings. Research your facts, so that when someone asks you a trivia question, you can hopefully answer it. Make sure you NEVER brag about the team, especially if you can’t back yourself up. Hold realistic standards as well, and make sure you don’t over-think your team’s respective situation.
That is pretty much all for today, now you all know what really grinds my gears. Do not let yourself become a bandwagon fan!
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