Re: What is a fair weather fan?
posted at 5/24/2011 3:38 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What is a fair weather fan?
I don't really like all of this judging of fans either, and really, there is no answer -- but you know it when you see it. I think the most conspicuous trait of the fair-weather fan is the desire to get out in front of the possible collapse or failure, so you can feel better about yourself and say "told ya so" to everyone else. It is a defense mechanism, a reaction to insecurity, and I understand it. But it is very annoying when this team shows some flaws or doubts, and people are falling all over themselves to jump off the ship and run to the safety of saying "I knew they would fail". Some fans here actually start to drift so far as to root against the team, so it will fulfill their doomsday predictions and they can seem smarter here. But they'd still be at the parade going crazy if things turned around. That's fair-weather. You saw a lot of that when they were down 0-2 to Montreal. It wasn't just the frustration (that we were ALL feeling), it was the quiting on the team and giving up hope after 2 games that was so weak for any true fan. We all get upset at the failures and yell at the team and vent or whatever. The difference is, do you bail out early so it won't be as pianful when they lose, or do you stick around, be faithful, and thereby maximize the joy/pain of the end result. I say, go all in, and prepare for total despair or euphoria!
Posted by Fletcher1
You're entire post is great, and I especially agree with the first statement.
I understand what the OP is saying, but you can't paint with a broad brush. I don't post often on the Bruins board, but no one is going to question my loyalty as a fan. I'll put my knowlege of Bruins history (and the current team) up against anyoneon this board. My roots as a Bruins fans go back to the Bobby Orr days when I was a kid and I lived all the ups and downs. Because of the heart-breaking losses to the Canadiens and Flyers in the 1970s, I probably hate those two teams more than I hate the Yankees.
But I don't have time to post equally on all four boards (Sox, B's, Pats, C's). I'm equally die-hard on all four teams, maybe the Sox and Bruins a split hair more than Pats and C's but you're really splitting hairs. When it comes to posting, however, I enjoy the Sox board more because I love stats. Too often, posters will write things that they can't prove. In baseball, it's easier to refute the stupid posts because of all the stats involved in the game. Just because a player doesn't have goals or assists, for example, it doesn't mean he was playing bad, and plus-minus doesn't tell a complete story.
Still, when I get the chance I'll look at the other boards and post if something -- like this thread -- catches my eye. But to anyone who judges my loyalty as a fan simply by how often or when I post on this board, well they can go to ....