All Aboard: Defining the "Bandwagon Fan"

All Aboard: Defining the "Bandwagon Fan"
Everybody has one

Loyal fans hate them.

“Bandwagoners” appear only during the playoffs, after a big-name player joins a team, or their “team” won last season’s championship.

Being called a bandwagon fan is insulting and the second most painful sport’s insult behind “You throw like a girl.”

Bandwagon fans make the years of loyalty and dedication for a team’s true fans go unappreciated. The bandwagon fans don't experience the pain of a team’s previous failed seasons. Bandwagon fans don't know what sitting alone at a bar watching their team in total despair and agony feels like.

The worst part with a bandwagon is there’s always room for one more fair-weather fan. The bandwagon never fills up.

Here the six definitions for a “bandwagon fan” from "Webster’s Dictionary":

  1. bandwagon fan:

       [bandwagon fan]: noun

    1. Any person claiming they are a “fan” of a specific sports team, but had no earlier interest until the team started winning. In November of 2004, millions of closeted Red Sox fans came out after the Sox won their first World Series in 86-years.

    2. A person only showing interest during the playoffs, and watched less than 10% of the team’s regular season games. This is  the reason the team’s loyal fans can’t get a seat at Buffalo Wild Wings or receive a beer at a bar in a timely matter during playoff season.

    3. A person claiming to be a diehard fan, but cannot name more than 60% of a team’s starting roster and less than 50% of the full-man roster. A recent survey reported Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, and Cincinnati Bengals’ “fans” could name only 13% of the roster.

    4. A person who becomes interested in a regional team after the team becomes really good and really quickly. This person begins buying out the team’s merchandise. Michigan and Wisconsin sports teams’ apparel sales reportedly went up 150% over this past year.

    5. A person who becomes a fan because it’s popular. Cheering for the team is the popular thing. All the cool kids are doing it, so they must do it.

    6. A person who begins Tweeting or posting Facebook status about how his/her team’s performance will be effecting their current mood. Common Tweets include “Hope Busch Squirrel is in Texas. Cards don’t ruin late night. #rallysquirrel.” Common Facebook status are “So happy the Lions keep winning, Don’t know what this feels like,” or “Do not talk to me now. In a bad mood because the Heat’s season is over. I hate you Dirk.”

If you meet any of these definitions, then your team’s real fans should hate you, if they already don’t.


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