We’ve seen them, we know they exist, and you know exactly who I’m talking about. I’m talking about ‘that fan’. Yeah, that one. He’ll no sooner talk smack to anyone within hearing distance as he will get pissed if you do the same when his team is down. No one likes this guy. He has no friends. None.
We, as fans, have rules by which we follow when watching sports. At least the decent, intelligent ones among us do. For the most part, all that is really needed is some common sense and genuine decency. Sounds easy, right? Not so much for some fans out there. For that faction of fandom, obnoxious behavior is the modus operandi to self imposed superiority. That athlete on tv, the one who has put the work in for 2 decades, scores a touchdown, hits a HR, etc, and suddenly manual laboring Larry is the king of the sports world. And you better not tell him any different either. As soon as he finishes his 13th beer, well, you’re in for it.
From what I’ve seen, football fans seem to exemplify this behavior more than any other sport. Not that other sports are immune to it, mind you, it’s just more prevalent in football circles. All it takes to set them off, more often than not, is a ‘bad call’ by ‘stupid refs’. That’s enough to turn a factory worker into the next combatant in his imagined cage match with whomever looks at him wrong at the bar. It’s enough to send a posse of Brads and Chads into a frenzy, giving them faux confidence to take on the entire remaining people in the room. Next thing you know, salmon colored shorts and fedoras are flying around with such abandon that no one seems to care about the game anymore. It often makes me wonder where their true passion lies.
I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t be that guy. It’s a game. Don’t act like you’re the one on the field. You’re in a bar, or at home, or maybe even at work. You didn’t put the work in; the guys on the field did. Chill out. Your team won’t win every game, so just sit back and enjoy it. If someone has money on the game, it gets even worse. Spend a weekend in a Vegas sportsbook if you want to see it first hand. Those guys are on a different level. Hell, they’re a different breed.
That brings us to the online tough guy. Most of us have interacted with that guy on social media. He’s a mess, in every sense of the word. I believe, at some point, I’ve seen the sentence “_______ fans are the worst”, in which every team in all 4 major sports can fill that blank. Every team has ‘those fans’, trust me. When things don’t go this guy’s way, he turns into a keyboard warrior. He’s tough, as he hides behind his keyboard spitting insults to anyone who disagrees with him. I’ve seen some even tweet their own height and weight, as if that would deter anyone from ever disagreeing with him again. Think again, pal.
So yeah, don’t be that guy. If you’re ever around this type of person, please send the video clips my way. They never get old. I’ll gladly re-post them in order to get these folks the attention they so desperately crave. In the meantime, just enjoy the games. And don’t be ‘that guy’.