Who cares what kind of fan you are?
Sports fandom is a funny thing and is divided into different classifications.
There are the hardcore fans. They’re the guys who splash their walls with team gear, wear their fandom on their sleeves and are vocal about what their teams should do.
The hardcore crowd are followed by the casual fan. They’re the ones who follow along during the season.
They have their opinions, but rarely share them for fear of being chastised for not being “real” enough as a fan.
What comes next is the bottom of the fandom barrel by most people’s standards. That’s the bandwagon or fair weather fans.
They’re the ones that come around when a team is doing well. They say they’ve been a fan for years, but in reality, they’ve only started watching since the playoffs started.
But, they dare not criticize the team if they’re only “bandwagon” fans. They couldn’t possibly understand the inner workings of the team. Here’s the thing. Who cares? What does it matter if one guy watches every game of the season and the next one only watches during the playoffs?
Having more eyes on the team is really all that matters. The team doesn’t care about the percentage of bandwagon fans watching versus hardcore fans.
Chances are when people filed in the Jurassic Park outside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto during the Raptors playoff run, there were some who were not Raptors fans.
There were probably some who didn’t like basketball. Yet, they wanted to experience the atmosphere and the excitement anyway.
Distinguishing between different levels of fandom is like trying to decide the best brand of bologna. Picking between Sunrise or Maple Leaf bologna is as asinine as trying to distinguish between what type of fan you are. It really doesn’t matter. A fan is a fan, no other way around it. Whether they start watching in February rather than October is inconsequential.
And, starting a fight online or in real life over the matter is even dumber. Most people don’t care if you can list every starting lineup from 1995 up until now.
Most people enjoy cheering on a team and not caring about its past. Knowing all of that information may be impressive, but it’s not pertinent if you just enjoy watching a team play.
Chastising someone over his or her lack of knowledge doesn’t make you a super fan. It makes you annoying.
All you should really care is that someone is watching with you.