Sports fans come in all shapes and sizes. Some are loud and obnoxious, while others are calm and intellectual. Some back their arguments using statistics while others base their arguments on emotions and heart. Either way, they each come with their different personalities. Everyone knows at least one type of these fans, and it takes a certain type of person to be able to get along with all of them. Although the hometown try-hard fans are some of the worst sports fans out there, one can’t help to admire their dedication to not only he franchise, but also the hometown as well.
These are the hometown die- hard fans, in which, the team they root for is limited to the city they come from. Fans with this type of passion for their city usually are located in New York, Los Angles, and Boston. Likewise, this type of sports fan doesn’t care if his or her team is performing poorly, as long as teams from the rival city are worse off. It is impossible to discuss or debate sports with because they are rarely objective in their arguments and try too hard to impose their subjective values.
In my opinion, I take pride in being a hometown try-hard fan because I grew up loving the teams that represent the city or even state where I am from. I believe that someone who represents me deserves recognition for it. Among these hometown crazed fans is their worst nightmare, the analytic fan. Starting sporting arguments with an analytic fan, a person won’t hear much more than numbers and statistics. Emotions, crowd noise, and pressure are all aspects that the analytic fan doesn’t even consider. If numbers cannot explain it, the analytic fan will feel as if it is irrelevant to him r her.
For example, the statistics fan will not be able to interpret how the Seattle Goshawks were able to win the super bowl SILVIA when the Denver Broncos were statistically favored to win. Arguing with this type of fan is always tricky because he or she will always try to make the number work in his or her favor. Although numbers never lie, they don’t always explain reality. Lastly, the worst type of sports fan of them all, is the front-runner. The front- runner most likely never has any knowledge or rooting interest about any of the teams in the running to win.
As a result, he or she chooses the team that is most favored and is always on top. There is not one, but types of front- runners. The first is the person who roots for the hot team of the moment. In addition, the fan who cheers for the team that becomes good or acquires good players and is the fan who sticks with that team for the rest of their careers. The front-runner is the worst type of fan, but always the easiest to argue against. Anyone who argues with a front-runner will always win because the front-runner has no real knowledge on the topic that is being issued.
He or she just wants to fit in. All in all, these types of fans are all around, and other fans can easily pick them out. People live with them, work with them, or go to school with them. They are brothers, fathers, sisters, bosses or neighbors. Everyone knows one, wants to be one or is one. The one thing they all have in common is a passion. They are all right, and they are all wrong. What they want is for everyone to be on their team, and they all do it in different ways. In the end, it’s all about the love for the game.