I wonder why people act like this. Every single fan has made a conscious choice to cheer for their team. It’s a choice that those of us who struggle through hard times with our teams have to make over and over again. Guess what? We know we haven’t won a national championship ever, or in a long time, or we’re losing the all-time series against your team, or we don’t have as many NHL alumni, or as nice an arena, or as many fans, or as much TV exposure, or whatever. It’s not a secret. And yet we still choose to cheer for our teams. If you don’t get it, well, just get out of the way.
I grew up in the Twin Cities and I could be a Gopher fan if I wanted to. I could be a Merrimack fan if I wanted to, although it’s not that convenient. My point is anyone can be a fan of any team they want to. There is no quota of Gopher fans that has already been exceeded; we fans are not “Gopher rejects” forced to flounder about latching on to any team that is willing to take us.
I talked to MEg about this very subject, as her team is, well, sucking. She said that “Everyone has the right to cheer for their team, even if that team is Michigan Tech.” Her major pet peeve is the “scoreboard” chant. “What? I didn’t know my team was losing! There are only two and a half more periods to go! There is no way we can overcome this! I’ll leave now!” she said. I could practically hear her rolling her eyes over the phone.
So, indeed. We. Get. It. tUMD fans know they haven’t won a national championship ever. Tech fans know they have a 22-game winless streak. Other fans know other, unnamed things. It’s one thing to say a team sucks or make fun of their record or thump one’s chest over one’s team’s past achievements. It’s another to question another person’s fanaticism or imply there are only certain teams worth supporting.
Of course, we retain the moral superiority of knowing we are true fans who support our teams through thick and thin, not crybabies who wring their hands over *gasp* not having a national championship in the last five years!!! OMG!!! Other teams than us have won!!! Suicide!!!!
So, there’s that.