Eagles: December 2005 Archives

Bandwagon vs Real Fans

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I was talking to some friends of mine at the bar about bandwagon fans.

Now that the Giants are leading the NFC East I find it funny to walk around Hoboken and see everyone wearing Giants t-shirts and hats. People talking about an "All Manning Superbowl". Giant fans who don't know anyone on the team besides Eli, Tiki, Plaxico, Shockey or Strahan. Hey fans - name me the starting offensive tackles!

Then it really boils down to a certain level of elitism that exists in our society. We, as a society, have a tendancy to always want to be better than our peers.

We buy expensive clothes. We wear needlessly expensive jewlery. We buy super SUV baby carriages. Our bank accounts become our definition of self-worth. Our wedding days need to be "perfect" - with no expense spared for the perfect caterer, band, table settings, cake or location. We are a society of selfish consumerists constantly hoping to one up our neighbors and feed our hollow souls with trinkets and baubles.

Something a simple as being a sports fan is tainted by our culture.

What's a "Real Fan" in American society?


  • Watch the game every week at home? (Superior Fans response: "Bah! You watch the game from your couch, you aren't a fan!")
  • Watch the game every week with friends? (Superior Fans response: "Bah! You don't go to the games!")
  • Watch the game every week at the stadium? (Superior Fans response: "Bah! You don't EVEN tailgate!")
  • Tailgate every week at the stadium and then watch it in the stadium? (Superior Fans response: "Bah! You leave in the 4th quarter to 'beat traffic'!")
  • Tailgate every week at the stadium, watch it in the stadium, then taildate after the game? (Superior Fans response: "Bah! I'm more of a fan - I fly with the Green Legion to the games!")
  • Tailgate every week at the stadium, watch it in the stadium, tailgate after the game, and follow the team to away games? (Superior Fans response: "Bah! You don't attend training camp and have every article of clothing signed by players like me!")
  • Tailgate every week at the stadium, watch it in the stadium, tailgate after the game, follow the team to away games and also attend the NFL draft and training camp? (Superior Fans response: "Bah! Do you know the QB stats of the 1963 Eagles? I didn't THINK so!")
  • Tailgate every week at the stadium, watch it in the stadium, tailgate after the game, follow the team to away games, attend the NFL draft and training camp and can recite every player's number, birthdate, college they attended and you have 10,000+ posts on the NFL teams messageboard? (Superior Fans response: "Bah! I snuck into McNabbs house and stole his Chunky Soup cans!")

    You think i'm kidding? You know it is true. You say you are a fan and someone will show up proclaiming that, "They are MORE of a fan than you are!"

    Or conversely, you watch the fans who are the morons that show up when their team is doing well. They don't know anything about their team except what they read in the newspaper or watch on ESPN. They become little talking heads spouting stats and comments that they heard during the game by the commentators.

    What's a fan?

    I'm a fan of the Eagles. I certainly was excited when the Sixers play well. I know that two years ago I was really excited for Flyers hockey. I still try to get tickets to watch the Phillies play every year they come up here to play the Mets.

    It is hard to get excited for a team that is losing. I remember first moving up here, I would wear my Eagles jersey at the Farside bar (before that I was across the street at the defunct "Small Burgers" restaurant that is now Venue) and watch my team bumble around.

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