Brandon Hansen, Senior Reporter
You can always spot those complete morons who latched onto a sports team with no idea what they were getting into. If they can’t name the starting lineup or even a single player on the squad and yet they claim to be a lifelong fan… they should be banished to the ultimate hall of sports morons.
They should be put on the same level as baseball players who fist-pump during a spring training game, racing fans who consider their sport as actual athletic competition and guys who wear bicycling shorts.
As far as that last one goes. You know who you are.
And you have no excuses.
There are two types of bandwagoning fans that stand above the rest. These fans are exceptionally stupid and worthy of the most ridicule that somebody can churn out. And strangely enough they’re from opposite sides of the country.
So no joke. One time I was at a party and a self-proclaimed Yankee fan saw my Red Sox jersey and began an argument.
“You know that World Series you guys just won, that doesn’t mean anything unless the Sox beat the Yankees in the World Series!”
(Which, for you baseball-starved people out there, is impossible since both teams play in the same league and therefore would meet up in the American League Championship Series, ALCS for short, which the Sox did in 2004 and came back from an 0-3 deficit in the series to defeat the Yankees.)
And this little nugget of joy.
“The Yankees were up four games to nothing in that series!”
In a best-of-seven series, four games would clinch the series win. The Yankees were up three games, not four. Another factual error.
That pretty much sums up Yankee fans for ya. They’ll be quick to tell you how great New York is, but won’t have their facts straight when it comes to actually talking baseball.
Cougar Basketball Fans
This one really bugs me. I’m all for supporting local teams, but let’s be honest with each other: nobody gave a rat’s ass about the Cougars basketball team before their NCAA tournament appearance two years ago.
Yet, even on EWU’s campus, I’m seeing WAZZU basketball shirts on. Why? Not only do you not go to that school but you wouldn’t be wearing that tee if they hadn’t had their recent success on the floor.
And don’t jump on the lifelong Cougar fan routine. Even regular Cougar fans avoided Friel Court like the plague back when WAZZU was the doormat in the Pac-10.
You’re a true bandwagoning fan, and can probably be seen in the WSU student section with your face paints and WAZZU crew shirt on.
Nevermind you don’t go to that school, nor do you know who is playing except that the Cougars are “really, really good.”
And please don’t pretend like you know if it was a bad call or good call when the extent of your basketball experience was watching Hoosiers one night when you were stone drunk. Stick to playing Frisbee, golf or powderpuff football and leave the cheering to real sports fans.
Taylor Reed, Sports Editor
Every sports fan has a little bandwagon in them. Your team is out of the playoffs and you begin to cheer for another team. I’ll admit, I was pulling for the Red Sox in 2004 when they shocked the world and came back on the Yankees. But my loyalty ended after they finally ended their 86-year championship drought.
For many others, that is not the case. The worst bandwagoners in this area are:
Boston Red Sox Fans
I’m calling you out Red Sox Nation! You are the ultimate bandwagoners.
Prior to 2004, the Yankees’ little brother and your beloved Sox were the team that just couldn’t beat the Yankees. No matter who they brought in, the Sox would always fall second to the Evil Empire. That’s when no one cared.
But then, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz started shaking things up. Theo Epstein ended the curse of Nomar Garciaparra by trading him to the Cubs and Curt Schilling was promising a championship.
During this period, more navy blue baseball hats with a red “B” embroidered on them started showing up. And people were now pledging their allegiance to Boston.
To this day, those hats are still more common in this area than Mariner fans. I didn’t see those hats a decade ago.
For most of you wearing that “B” on your head, the “B” represents bandwagoner more than anything.
Seattle Seahawks Fans
Yes it’s true: you can be a bandwagoner in that team’s hometown. Many of the Seahawks fans reading this are probably bandwagon fans themselves.
Through decades of rough years, Pacific Northwesterners had an easier time rooting for the successful San Francisco 49ers and the L.A./Oakland Raiders. Fans were more into the early-’90s Washington Huskies.
Growing up on the East Coast, I dreamed of the day my Seahawks’ gear would be welcomed rather than ridiculed. In 2002, when the Hawks were 6-10 and I now called the Northwest home, true Hawks fans were scarce. Ticket sales were down in Husky Stadium, the Hawks’ surrogate home at the time.
In the beginning of the 2005-2006 season, the bleachers in Woodward Field were less than half-full during Seahawks training camp. And there were few people rushing home to watch Jacksonville’s Josh Scobee kick off to Seattle’s Josh Scobey. It was probably better that people weren’t though because Seattle kicked off their season with a fumble by Scobey.
The Seahawks were able to turn it around and win 11 straight, propelling them to the NFC’s number one seed and eventually into the Super Bowl. A result of the Hawks’ success: the 12th man. Where was that 12th man when Rick Mirer and Brian Bosworth busted Seattle’s drafts? Where was that 12th man when Chris Warren led the AFC in rushing? Where was that 12th man during training camp in Cheney? Pulling for other teams, that’s where.
There are days where it would be a lot easier to become a bandwagoner. The struggles of being a Seattle fan wouldn’t be so tough. But by becoming a bandwagoner, I might not ever feel the same feeling that true Red Sox fans experienced when the curse of the Bambino was lifted. One day, sticking with the same team will pay off.