March Madness is upon us. The brackets were just put out yesterday and people are jumping on bandwagons, jumping off bandwagons, and starting to run their mouth before the ball is even tossed up for the first game.
The NBA is coming down to the most important part of its season. When the good teams play well, the bad teams fade out of the playoff race, and the fans begin to run their mouth before a champion is crowned.
Spring Training has begun and opening day of the MLB season is right around the corner. The weather is warming up, the fans are out with a beer and a brat, the long season will begin, and yes…fans will run their mouths before the very first pitch of the season is thrown.
So many people have problems with fair weathered fans. They hate when they go away when things are bad and hate even more when those “cry babies” come back to their team when they string together a bunch of wins. “Fair weathered fans are ridiculous.” I heard that all the time. I worked at a TV station with a lot of passionate fans and all I heard about, from a select few, was about how fair weathered fans should NOT be able to watch sports. Those fans are ridiculous. Well this little blog is a justification of why people that say fair weathered fans are ridiculous are the ones that are actually ridiculous.
For those of you that don’t know, I live in Indiana. Home of the Colts, the Pacers, and the IU Hoosiers.
Look at those teams. The Colts had years of success under Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy. Peyton gets hurt for a whole season, the colts win 3 games, Peyton is traded and everyone things the team is going to struggle. All I heard for the whole 3-win season was about fair weathered fans.
Lets look at the Indiana Pacers. A great team that is currently number 2 in the Eastern Conference and one of the strongest teams in the entire NBA. For a long time, after the Reggie Miller era, the Pacers were a joke. There was the Brawl, the terrible draft picks, the terrible coaching selections of Isaiah Thomas and Jim O’Brien, and the years and years of losing. Now the Pacers are great, and while the attendance doesn’t show it, all I’m hearing about is “Oh, now you love the Pacers? Where were you the last few years?” Let me answer. They weren’t watching a crappy team.
Finally, the Hoosiers. College teams are different because they have such cult followings by students and alumni, but living in Indiana I’ve seen it. I have so many Twitter and Facebook friends that ATTENDED Purdue and for four years were trashing IU in their messages and statuses. Hated IU. “When IU wins a game, what century will we be in?” were the jokes I heard. Constant hatred of Kalvin Sampson and the rule breaking was talked about, but now IU, just announced as a 1-seed in the tourney, is getting all kinds of love and here come the IU fair weathered fans comments.
So let me clear this up again if you think I am blogging to attack fair weathered fans…I’m not. I could care less. People that spend time to intellectually think of a way to bash fair weathered fans need to get their priorities straight (and for people that intellectually think of a way to bash people that bash fair weathered fans you ask? Touche)
I guess the only way to compare why this argument is so ridiculous is to go in the pop culture route. Everyone loves movies, right? But the love of movies is…a fair weathered theory, is it not? I gave three examples of teams in Indiana, let me give three classic movies.
I’ll go with the past, present and the future with Rocky, Die Hard, and Fast and Furious.
The Rocky movies were ground breaking. Inspirational. Motivational. Instant Classics…all of them? No.
Rocky 1-4 were absolutely fantastic. Ask any fan and they will say there was nothing wrong with Rocky 1-4, but then came Rocky 5. Seriously? We are going to get Rocky, after everything he went through, stripped off all his money, pride, and dignity and now he is going to be fighting in the streets? Oh come on. Crap. Now we are getting a Rocky Balboa movie, like what, fifteen years later? (Personally, I love this movie). But so many fans will say the Rocky franchise ended after Rocky knocked out the Russian. They were hoping Ivan would pick up Rocky 5 and Rocky Balboa and give it an, “I will break you.”
Die Hard just came out with Die Hard…5? Is that right? Wow. Die Hard was great. Die Hard 2 was good. Die Hard with a Vengeance was great. Live Free of Die Hard was eh. I haven’t seen a Good Day To Die Hard, but I’ve heard some pretty terrible things and just saw the other day that the movie is already playing in theaters that charge a dollar. Get it? I’ll jump ahead.
The Fast And Furious franchise is becoming one of the most popular franchises in the action genre in the last twenty years. Guess what? It wasn’t always like that. The Fast and The Furious was awesome. In the second one, Vin Diesel didn’t return and people were put off, and rightly so. That movie was sub par. Tokyo Drift had nothing to do with anything and was terrible. The franchise was dead.
But wait, the creators sat down and said, what if we bring everyone back and reintroduce the original storyline and just go further with that. They did and the movie was phenomenal. Then they went one step forward. Let’s get the biggest action star since Aaaanold in the 90′s when he was making Terminator movies that were actually good (another solid point), The Rock. The franchise blew up again and again and the FF6 is out this May.
So here is my point on this very long, boring (and quite frankly, pointless) blog of mine. If something sucks, why do some people expect us to watch it? Why are people expecting me to pay to go see the 2007 Indiana Pacers that finished 9th in the East with a 36-46 record and didn’t even make the playoffs? Because I should be loyal? They do a shit job putting together a team to make games interesting, but I should be loyal and pay my hard earned money to sit and watch a terrible game while eating a 20 dollar beer and hot dog? Really?
So for those fans that read reviews on Rocky (Age) 51, Die Nice and Hard, or (not) Fast and Furious (at all) Tokyo Drift and the reviews suck, we are supposed to pay ridiculous ticket prices to see these just so the movies make more money, people think they were actually good, and then they make more crap sequels? No.
The bottom line is that people do not want to support things that suck. If we didn’t, like I said, more and more would come out. Rocky will be fighting Father time in a retirement home in a theater near you if we continue to support the team. The Pacers may have never gotten their act together if the people “supported” that group of rebels playing in the NBA. Look at the Sacramento Kings. The best thing that happened to that team is that the people stopped going to the game, the ownership sold them, and they may be moved so they can start all over.
For your information, I would buy season tickets to a team that wins 3 games a year, but I love basketball. I love the action, the environment, I think it is a great way to spend a night, but not everyone feels that way. People want to support and watching teams that win, movies that are good, books that are fun. That is the way of the world. Let’s hop of the bandwagon of hating people that jump on the bandwagon.
Be Here Now…even if that means living in the moment equals writing a pointless blog.
*Sigh of relief*