Some people only cheer for teams that just won a championship, have great players, or have winning records. These fans aren’t loyal and don’t have that dedication that true fans have. These people are called bandwagon fans. These people according to urbandictionary.com include “Anyone who claims they are a “fan” of a particular sports team, even though they had no prior support for/interest in the team until that team started winning. These types of fans only show playoff interest, have probably never watched a regular season game, don’t own any type of team merchandise, nor would they buy any.”
True sports fans support their team through the good and bad times. They go to games, have a vast knowledge of team history (the past, present. and future) and they know the team roster inside and outside from the starters to the bench players to the minor league players. They are updated on all the team transactions. A true fan shows team pride by cheering for their team and wearing/have team apparel (jerseys, posters, flags, memorabilia, bobbleheads)
So, what is a true sports fan? Well, a true fan is someone who stands by their team when they are winning or losing. A true fan support doesn’t change if their team has a couple of losing seasons after winning a championship. A true fan attends a few games each season, watches games at home, at a bar, or at family/friend’s house, and has team apparel. A true fan knows every detail about their team whether it’s big or small, plus knows the history of the team. Lastly, a true fan is loyal, supportive, dedicated, well informed, has good sportsmanship, is realistic and should be able to give and take criticism about their favorite team.
“If you’re in a marriage, it is supposed to be to death do us part. Well in sports, staying faithful and loyal to your team even through the bad times shows that you are a true sports fan. No matter if that team hasn’t won a championship, you still hold out hope for next year. When your team does win, it will feel that much sweeter”, according to this.
Follow these rules and advice, you will not penalize for being a bandwagon fan but celebrate for being a true and diehard sports fan.
Understand the Sport: Before you can become a true fan of any sport, you must first learn what the sport is all about. You have to know the rules, the meaning of player’s position and what each position does, the history of the sport and the team that you’re interest in becoming a fan of.
Look around on the internet or read books: Read books and looking for the internet are great ways to gain knowledge about the rules, history, players, and other information about the sport. The more you the better sports fan you will be
Watch games: Tuning into to watch the game will help you gain valuable information because you are seeing everything in action. You will be able to learn a few things from the sports reporters, announcers, coaches, and referees.
Ask around: Ask your friends or family members who are sports fans for help or watch games with them. This will give you the chance to learn what they know about the sport that interested you. Sometimes having your friends or family members explain things to you may help you to understand the sport better.
These simple rules should help anyone becoming a true sports fan.
Being a true sports fan does take a lot of work, dedication, and can be time-consuming. But if you truly want to root for a team or sport, you have to put in the time and effort.