I am confident in saying that I have never been a fan who jumps on the bandwagon. I do tend to see it happen a lot. I’m talking about those fans who start rooting for a team when, all of a sudden, they are in the spotlight playing on a sport’s biggest stage. They can be very, very annoying, especially when one has been very devoted to a team’s cause throughout the course of a season.
What brought this thought on is, of course, the Nashville Predators winning the Western Conference in the NHL last night. They are going to play in their first ever Stanley Cup Final in a few days. I like hockey, I think it’s a great sport, and I’ll of course hope that they do well. I’ve always liked them and always wanted to go to a game in Smashville (maybe one of these days.)
I’ve said in years past that I tend to just like watching a game, or a sport, from afar, not rooting for any team. I’m starting to slowly change, with rooting for Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer, in their inaugural season. In fact, Greg and I are going to their game against the Columbus Crew on June 17th. I am excited about that.
I’ve always been a closet Braves fan. I guess I’ll be right at home if I get to move to Atlanta.
Never really cared for the Falcons or the Hawks. (Apologies if that offends football or basketball fans, it’s just how I feel.)
To the original point: I’d put myself in between a bandwagon fan and a true, loyal supporter. I’d like to think I can root for any team that I choose to root for, but I recognize and respect someone else’s devotion that would far exceed anything I could ever contribute.
Know your place, sports fan!