Richard Tocci

Richard Tocci
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Fair Weather Fans

I'm a fan of Philadelphia sports. Always have been. Anyone that knows me knows that I follow the Phillies, the Eagles, and the Flyers, and my neighbors are keenly aware of my loyalties... mainly because of the amount of noise I make when watching my teams play.

With the Texas Rangers winning their first pennant and advancing to the World Series, I thought back to the past couple of weeks and my travels around town. I recall relatively few Rangers shirts, hats, or jerseys worn around town before the postseason. But lately, I've seen more and more hats, jerseys, and shirts.

It makes some sense -- the Rangers are based in Dallas, three hours away, and there are fans out there, so they start to wear their wares once the Rangers make it to their first postseason. But the Bryan-College Station area is closer to Houston, so the Astros have a bit more loyalty here. Yet when the Rangers made it to the postseason, and began winning, the amount of support shown to the Rangers has increased.

That got me to thinking. I'm not sure how many Rangers fans have ever been in this area. I'm sure there were a fair number, but why the sudden influx of shirts worn in public, and caps proudly displayed on head and dashboard? One phrase comes to mind...

Fair Weather Fans.

A Fair Weather Fan is someone that supports the team when they win, and doesn't bother to support the team when they lose.

I'm not saying everyone is a fair weather fan -- that would be unfair and stupid. All I'm saying is that if you support your team, like I do season after season, enduring ridicule because I support a yankee team (I am NOT a New York Yankee's fan by ANY stretch of the imagination, so don't even GO down that road!), then you support the team, good or bad, year after year, regardless of the record.

You don't have to wear a t-shirt or hat or jersey all the time -- I don't, but I'm still a loyal fan.

I believe a lot of the "fans" out there are just supporting them because the jersey says "Texas". I can't believe that, all of a sudden, the BCS area is chock full of Rangers fans.

Some of you may stop and say "Hey! Wait a minute, bub! You live near Houston, and you've followed the Astros quite a bit! Aren't you a hypocrit?"

It is true that over the last few years, I've followed the Astros, mainly because my son was a fan, and my now ex-wife loved the Astros. I haven't followed them much since my separation and divorce. But I've always followed the Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers, and will continue to follow them. Besides, I can't fault the Astros entirely...they traded quite a few players to the Phillies the last couple of seasons!

So to you true blue Ranger fans, good luck in the World Series. And to the Fair Weather Fans? Let's hope you decide to become true blue fans.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with you on this one.....Knowing that the world will probably end because of this is another matter. I don't think that I have ever met a fan base that is as loyal to their team as us Philly fans. The only difference is that the Packer, Brewer and Badger fans don't toss food in anger at their team or Santa like the hard nose Philly fan!!! I knew shortly after I moved here that I would be risking my life rooting for my home teams but that has also gotten me a lot of respect as well as their backing if a Philly team is playing...Just as long as they are not playing the above named teams!!