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Fair Weather Fan?

by Nick Vitrano

As a fan, it doesn’t get much worse than the realization that your season is over…before the halfway point.  When you’re talking about the investment in your NFL rooting interest, it’s at least minimal torture.  It may be a lengthy sentence in terms of time elapsed, but you’ve only got 16 game-day torments.  Hockey, basketball, especially baseball…man, that’s a long season of agony. 

And so the debate: if a guy, in the midst of a brutal MLB season (I’m lookin’ at you Milwaukee Brewers), decides to walk away for a while, find something else to do with his time, does it make him fair weather?

The answer is a resounding NO!

Fair weather fandom is a psychological existence.  It is a “couldn’t care less” mentality that manifests itself in bandwagon jumping, not when the team is good, but when the party is good.  And of course, the party is always hoppin’ when the team is successful.  The fair weather fan treats the game as the optional entertainment, and the tailgate party as the reason behind the ticket purchase.  The fair weather fan decides to attend your game-day gathering based upon the extracurriculars: who is attending and what food/beverage will be served.  Just watch the game?  Ehh.  You’ve got wings and beer?  I’m there!

As a fan, it doesn’t get much worse than the realization that your season is over…before the halfway point.  But it can be worse.  Fans can start turning on one another.  If a dude needs to walk away from his team for a little bit to regroup, let him be.  The season is a rollercoaster.  Sometimes it’s a both-hands-up, blast of a ride.  Sometimes the ride makes you want to puke.  If that guy needs to puke, let him puke, and if he needs to let his stomach settle for a bit before jumpin’ back on the ride, that’s not fair weather…that’s just fair.

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