I've been called this before and I will be called this again. "You are a fair weather fan." Usually, a complete stranger will call me this. It's unprovoked and unnecessary. Yesterday, I was rudely interrupted at the library by one of these naysayers of my fanhood. As I was sitting at a table, studying my Thermodynamics book, a young man came up to me and said "You're probably wearing that broncos jersey because they're undefeated."
My simple reply was "yes". This provoked this instigator of no-goodedness to get a big head. He thought he was right about me. He thought he had it all figured out.
What he didn't know is that I was wearing the jersey because I'm a fan. Yes, I wore the jersey because the broncos were undefeated, but I would wear it if they weren't undefeated, too. I just answered his question without explaining myself, hoping that he would go away. Well, I was wrong. He stayed there and tried to convince me how overrated the Broncos were. Thanks to you wonderful folks at MHR, I was able to refute his fantasies with Orange and Blue Bronco Facts.
He doesn't know me. He had never met me before. His first communication with me was an assertion that he knew about my fanhood.
Why are people like this? Just because we are fans of a winning team doesn't mean we are fair weather fans. Sure, there are fair weather fans out there, but why is everyone lumped into this category if the team is doing well?
Have you all experienced a random person coming up to you, refuting your fanhood or was it just me? Perhaps living in Louisville, far away from Broncos Country, influences the notion that people from around here are Broncos fans. I am not sure. What do you all think? Am I over thinking this?