The difference between a "fan" and a full blooded supporter
April 12, 2013, 09:27:22
Hi everyone, a slight shift from the topic of my last post and into something quite different.
After seeing much in the recent media about the Stormers and how they are destined for the playoff match with the Lions (according to some woman who I have never even heard of via SARugby Magazine) I was reminded of something I have experienced living in the western cape as a Stormers fan.
Whenever the Stormers are winning you see nothing but the blue and white hoops no matter where in the province you go, when they arent sitting pretty on the log it seems these so called "fans" either go into hibernation, or worse pull on another teams jersey (especially one belonging to the crusaders or the hurricanes). This is not only an issue that is prevelant in the cape, for the last few seasons the crowd attendance at Ellis park has been an absolute disgrace, most Lions "fans" no doubt pull on the blue (or pink) jersey of their neighbours to the north.
I have also noticed the poor attendance at stadiums of many of our Australian and New Zealand counterparts in recent weeks of teams that are not doing as well as everyone would like. Perhaps the Aussies could be excused as the prefered sports to rugby union are Aussie Rules and Rugby League.
The point I am trying to make is that you can spot the difference between a "fan" and a true supporter very easily. A fan doesnt watch the games, doesnt follow whose injured and whose starting that weekend, or has two or three different team jerseys in his/her closet. I personally have absolutely no time for these kinds of fans as they miss the true meaning of being a fan, and lets face it, we all personally know a few of these clowns. Being a true fan is like being married, you are in it through the good times and the bad. In my book you cant call yourself a fan and just stop giving a rats ass when your team isnt doing well.
If one were to look at football in the UK, stadiums are full irrespactive of what division anyones repsective team is playing in. They are there for the love of their team no matter what and maybe some of these so called fans could learn something from them. Something a friend once told me applies very much to this discussion and it is with regards to when Manchester City won the Premier League last year. He said "Man City fans havent been this happy since they were Chelsea fans".
Just some food for thought as this clearly doesnt apply to guys on this forum. Its just something that infuriates me as a true supporter. Again im also keen to hear from our Kiwi and Aussie counterparts as to what its like in their neck of the woods and if they experience similiar aggrevations.