BANDWAGON BITCHES

The Sports editor takes a look at the worst kind of fans

By Chris Pike

Have you ever been having a conversation about any sport and asked the simple question, “Who is your favorite team?” and gotten the answer, “[Insert recent champion here].”

Well there are two possibilities here: either this person is an actual fan of the reigning champs, or they’re a bandwagoner.

Let me first explain what a bandwagoner is before I dive into how they are the scum of the sports world.

Someone who can be qualified as a bandwagoner (or the more polite term “fair-weather fan”) is a person who supports a team who has just recently done well in the past few years and often knows little about sports, likes a team due to an influx of young or new talent.

For example, I remember during last season’s NHL playoffs when the Montreal Canadiens were taking on the reigning cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins, I had been downtown when a few drunken Canadiens fans ran down the street shouting “Go Habs go!” I immediately walked by a group of obvious tourists wearing Penguins jerseys, whose reaction was “Habs? I thought we were playing the Canadiens?” I could have just chalked it up to these people being idiot Americans who weren’t familiar with the Québecois culture, but because of their jerseys it was plain to see they were in town for the game.

These people, who had no idea that the Canadiens’ nickname was Les Habitants (meaning the home team in French), or Habs for short, were clearly bandwagoners. I was sure that if I asked them who their favorite player was the answer would be a unanimous Sidney Crosby. 

These people are the worst possible people in sports. They know little about the sport, their supposed favorite team’s history and will be gone the second something goes wrong with the team. They’re almost as bad as people who say they have a second favorite team. Let’s clear something up; in sports you have ONE favorite team. ONLY ONE. You’re not a true fan if your allegiance slides the second your team fairs poorly. Teams win and lose, it’s a part of any game. 

This doesn’t just happen in hockey though. With Lebron James bitching out on his hometown to join the Miami Heat (after promising Cleveland he’d deliver a championship) sales of Miami Heat jerseys skyrocketed 400%. I can assure you that all of those jerseys were purchased by bandwagoners. Lebron James himself is a bandwagoner of sorts. He knew that Chris Bosh had already signed with the Heat and that if he were to sign as well the Heat would be almost guaranteed a ticket to the post-season. This could quite possibly be the least classy move I’ve ever seen and we’ll probably ever see in sports. He embarrassed an entire city on national television and he as well as anyone who is now a Heat fan should be ashamed of themselves. 

These people (LeBron included) ruin sports. They’re ignorant and are just looking to support whoever is winning. If sports were World War II then all these people would be pro-Nazi until D-Day when they’d all switch to the side of the allied forces.

If you know someone who is a bandwagoner, punch them in the face, you’ll be doing the sports world a huge favor. 

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