In 1990, Johnny Gill sang a tune referred to as “Honest-weather Pal”. For these of you that do not do not forget that tune, the refrain went like this:
I will not be no fair-weather pal
I will be there ‘until the top
Even by stormy climate
Time and time once more
Is there something worse in sports activities than a Honest-weather fan? Being a fair-weather fan is like betting your pal on a sport, and saying your little brother goes to pay the debt in the event you lose. Or like selecting the Superbowl winner…after the Superbowl. You don’t have anything vested. Honest-weather followers are ruining sports activities. It was straightforward to root for the Lakers or Celtics within the ’80s, the Bulls within the ’90s or the Patriots as quickly as Drew Bledsoe misplaced his job to Tom Brady. It is easy. It is easy to root for Tar Heels basketball and even Purple Wings hockey, however to select a staff and follow them by the stormy climate is the signal of a real fan.
In no different facet of life is it “okay” to be fair-weather. If you happen to knew you had a pal that may run each time hassle arose in your life, you would not be associates with that particular person. Now that my Lakers are struggling in these playoffs, I’ve Cleveland Caviler followers giving me grief. Severely, Cavs followers? I did not know Cavs followers existed. I believed they had been a fable just like the Yeti. 99% of those “Cavs” did not even know the Cavs existed 10 years in the past, and the three individuals who did thought they had been the Calves and could not perceive why the staff was named after a child cow. These are the identical folks that could not identify 5 folks on the staff not named LeBron, Mo or Massive Z.
I perceive everybody needs to root for a winner. I get that. The factor that irks me is when a fair-weather fan offers a real fan grief about their staff. The reason is is that this; fair-weather followers do not perceive how a lot it hurts a real fan when their staff loses. If the Cavs get beat within the playoffs, the fair-weather fan can be disillusioned for a couple of minutes, then transfer on. Whereas a real followers staff loses and their day is just about ruined.
They’ve etiquette in sports activities on the courtroom, now followers must have the identical off of it. It is OK if you wish to be a fair-weather fan, however you don’t have any proper give another person a tough time about their staff. There are some that turned Cavs followers when LeBron was drafted, that is cool. I perceive others just like the Cavs now as a result of they’re profitable. High quality. I perceive that individuals are drawn to a staff by profitable, however I hope all of those Cavs followers follow their staff when 23 has a brand new dwelling in Madison Sq. Backyard. Hopefully then we’ll see if they will stand the rain.