Yesterday, I got an email from “Southy” a Boston SportsFan.
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.
Kings fan since 1988
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.
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!