How To Be A Sports Fan

How To Become A Sports Fan

So you’ve decided to start following sports? Good decision. Watching sports can be a fun stress reliever and a fun activity to do with friends during your spare time. To make things easier for you, I’ve prepared this guide so you can fit in with the rest of the fanatics that you’re bound to encounter. Let’s go through some basic steps first:

Part 1: Choosing a team

Here’s one of the more difficult tasks because following a team is part of the fun with following sports. It makes watching games unnecessarily stressful and sometimes exhilarating if they are victorious. Now, no one likes someone who is flaky about choosing teams and changes allegiances so take your time with this decision. How you find your team, you ask? Well, there are many ways you can go about it; you can choose to follow the club that hails from the city nearest to you because there’s a chance you have an attachment to that city. Another method is following whichever club your family or friends root for because that would make getting familiar with this team a lot easier. Another option is finding a team on your own by watching some games and deciding which team fits your style best. Or you could do what a lot of people do and choose whichever squad has the most appealing colors, nickname or even uniforms. The point is, it’s all up to you!

Part 2: Dedication

Now that you’ve chosen your squad, it’s time for you to dedicate your sports life to them. You do have options of how much dedication you are willing to give to your team but let’s get into that later. Right now, let’s talk about how much blood, sweat and tears you are willing to put into your new team. You are to watch as many games as you can. There are some cases where your “real life” will get in the way of following your team (this applies greatly for every sports that have 3-4 games a week) but those instances should be far and in between. You are to buy as much overpriced merchandise as you can to showcase the love for your team as bold and shamelessly as possible. You are also to stay loyal to your team no matter what. Not doing as such will have you labeled as a “bandwagoner,” the greatest sin of mankind. It is also important to stand up for your team when someone criticized him. Even if that person’s argument is valid and coherent, you can not accept someone bad-mouthing the club that you support. Your team comes first, the sport comes second. Always.

Part 3: Learning the game

Most people want to jump into fandom quickly before learning the exact rules of the game and that’s just fine! You can still learn the game and be a fan at the same time. Just watching the game is the best way to pick it up and learning as you go along but there are plenty of places on the Internet where you can learn things and get flamed along with it. The best part comes later when you learn enough to act condescending towards other newcomers! What if you don’t feel like learning the game and just want to see the results so you can brag to everyone? That’s fine too. In fact, it’s encouraged! Which brings us to the next subject…

Part 4: Rivalries

This may be the most fun part of following sports, hating on rival teams. The games against them are likely more tense than any other game of the year outside of the playoffs. One important thing about rivals is that them and their fans are scum. It doesn’t matter how nice of people they are, you do not associate with them, talk to them or compliment them. They are the enemy and every time you play them it is a war. You are to insult the team, their fans and being irrational is completely fine. After all, these rival fans are nothing but a bunch of filthy bandwagoners who don’t deserve respect no matter who they are. Am I correct? Also constantly reminding these scumbags how much better fans you are than others is encouraged because it is bound to get under their skin. You are always on a quest to prove why you and your team are better than the dreaded rivals.

Part 5: Game Time

Nothing is more exciting than game day. You count down the hours, minutes and seconds until you can see your team again and spend 2-4 hours with your eyes fixated on the screen watching them in action. Multi-tasking isn’t encouraged because we know that the real world can be put aside when your team is on. They come first, remember? It doesn’t matter if you have a big report due the next day or have to be up at 5 AM when your team is playing a late game. If you can manage to get tickets to see a game in person, you treasure that moment forever. If they win it’s even more special. Watching on the television gives you more options, though especially in the digital age. You can go on twitter and post updates despite your team’s account likely posting the same thing. It is also great for venting if people do not like to unleash their frustration in person. Needless to say, this is one of the most exciting parts of following sports.

Part 6: Winning and Losing

When your team wins, your day is made and you are in a good mood for the rest of the night. You are free to brag, gloat about how inferior another team is with no restrictions on what you can and can’t say. When your team loses, your day is ruined. You are devastated that your faithful warriors lost the competition and will go on with your head down the rest of the day. When it’s a playoff loss, you may find yourself in a funk for days because of how your team has failed you.

Part 7: Time Investment

The more deep you go into the world of sports you find yourself to be obsessed no matter which part of the game you’re interested in. And that’s completely fine! You’re not obsessed, you’re passionate about your team or you might be passionate about sports in general depending on what kind of fan you are. Sometimes you could find yourself up at ungodly hours doing research or watching highlights to get the complete lowdown so you may become an expert someday. There is no limit of how much you can budget your time with sports.

Part 8: Types of Fans; Which One Are You?

In the sports world, there are a lot of different kinds of fans out there depending on how dedicated they are, how well they handle losses or how much time they invest in their team. Let’s go through them:

Hardcore Super Fan: The most dedicated of them all. This character is pretty much a 10 on every subject mentioned in the above section. He sticks by his team through the tough years and still believes that “this will be the year that his team wins it.” Blind optimism carries him even if his team isn’t that good and he knows it. Losses still devastate him and wins still thrill him.

Obsessed fan: Whether he/she is obsessed with the team’s history, players, merchandise, pictures, jerseys, etc. They only focus on the team they follow and nothing else. Every game is a big event even if they are only watching it on TV. Devastating losses and exciting wins also apply to this fan.

Notorious Loudmouth: This fan will never pass up the chance to talk up his/her team no matter what and it increases whenever they face a rival or a team in the playoffs. He/she lives by being a nuisance to rival fans by insulting their players and fans (with no regards to homophobic and sexist remarks) while building up how great their team is in the process. It’s fun being this fan but expect for the tables to be turned when they lose.

Jaded Pessimist: This guy has seen every heartbreaking loss in the book, has endured numerous losing seasons or just expects too much out of his/her team. Every game is stressful and tense because there’s always a feeling that their team will blow a lead or lose the game in some heartbreaking fashion. However, these losses don’t bother this fan because they’ve seen just about all of them. They take wins with a grain of salt, too because they know it’s only small in the grand scheme of things.

Internet Dwellers: These types of fans always love to get their two cents in on what’s going on with their team and want to share their thoughts about it on-line. Some are very intelligent and some aren’t. That’s the beauty of the Internet. Many even have their own blogs to share their own thoughts. It’s always the best when a team is going through a rough patch and one of these guys seems to know “what exactly is wrong with x team” and the solution to the problem.

Casual Fan: They like sports and watch them for fun but don’t follow them seriously. Sometimes that changes when they find out their team’s in the playoffs but they tend to stay level-headed through the bad and good times.

Longtime Fan: Here we see people who have been followers of a sport for awhile but tend to not like it when people suddenly become interested in their beloved sport. They despise bandwagoners and focus on why these ignorant people will never understand their game instead of helping them learn about it. It’s okay though because they only have to deal with them a few times a year.

Rational Fan Who Is Knowledgeable and Provides Objective View: Where’s the fun in that?

So there you have it, a comprehensive guide to following sports. Whether this sport be baseball, hockey, football, soccer, basketball or whatever you want, this guide should be a helpful tool to get you started.


One Response to How To Be A Sports Fan

  1. Angela says:

    Great info. I think my husband is a combination of the first five fans. I’m trying to learn to connect with him on this subject but he hates my teams.

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