June 11, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; A fan of the Los Angeles Kings holds up a foam finger during the third period of game six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Staples Center. The Kings won the game 6-1 and won the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

In Defense of "Fair Weather" Los Angeles Kings Fans

 

Yesterday, I got an email from “Southy” a Boston SportsFan.

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Subject:   What’s that Loud noise I hear?

It is the sound of millions of people running the get on the Kings bandwagon. Hahaha!

Wow, they are a steamroller.

Southy

Kings fan since 1988

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It should be noted, that as a huge BU and Boston Bruin fan, Southy has probably never, ever rooted for the Kings…

But, let’s address the bandwagon commentary…  We Angelinos are too often labeled the ultimate in Fair Weather Fans.

Well… yes, we are Fans, and our SoCal weather is most definitely “Fair”…  but of course, Southy means that we only support our teams if they are winning.  So, let’s discuss that charge.

To me, there is nothing wrong with demanding excellence from your sports teams.  If a squad sucks, then fans should let the owners know this, by not coming to the games, and not watching.

Here in LA, our teams work VERY hard to put on a good show precisely because we, as consumers, have so many options in the Southland.

For example, I can cycle the beach in Venice, hit Hyde to flirt with Paris, and then watch the Lakers, all in the same Saturday.   If the  Lakers suck, then instead I would bike Venice, hit Hyde, and then watch Leno do standup in Manhattan Beach…still a great Saturday.

The point is that we have options here, so the teams must work hard.  They must bring in the best players, they must have great entertainment (the Clippers even experimented with a Juggler during timeouts in 2009…) and they must win.

Now contrast this with the martyrdom that passes for fandom in places like Chicago or Southy’s Boston.  People are proud of sticking with teams that don’t win.  Proud of being Bad Weather Fans.  Proud of talking about where they were when Buckner booted the ball…

C’mon people.  Demand More.  Be a Fair Weather Fan!

Go Kings!

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