What Makes One a Die-Hard or Dedicated Sports Fan
It has been an amazing season in the NFL. I have not seen so many quarterback injuries and line up changes as I have seen this year. The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons have been leading the way not seen by their own fans let alone football fans in general. RGIII and Andrew Luck providing their fans with a level of rookie excitement to fuel their desire to remain devoted to their team.
Every fan knows what it feels like for their team to endure a losing season. Some fans know this better than others. Look at the Cleveland Browns fans. I think they have been waiting longer than many NFL fans for their team to shape up and make some run for a playoff game. The Cleveland Browns have one of the most storied franchises in football. I think they have waited longer than many.
We New York Jets fans have been though losing season more than we have witnessed winning seasons. Every year we shake the Etch-A-Sketch in hopes that this year will be OUR year. The year we make it into the playoffs and go all the way. A chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy and show our big brother Giants that the Jets are capable of winning it all.
We have been through worse. Jets faithful have been through a 1-15 season during the Rich Kotite era that ended in disaster. Things could always be worse, but we expect them to be better.
This has been a tumultuous season for Gang Green and their fans. Many felt let down by the team in their performance while other continue to support them and attend games, even in the face of jeers, boos, and the hope that the Jets will pull one out at home. Which, they did this past Sunday against the Cardinals.
Even at the Cardinals game, before McElroy came in the fans let their presence be known. Every fan voiced their opinion in that game. Even though the stadium looked like Swiss cheese it was still a loud stadium. The noise of Jets fans was something to be noted as it went in both directions. From those who wanted to see them win while others figured these “same old Jets” would just lose. I am glad they did not lose.
Even through fans disappointments and accolades, some believe they are more of a fan than others. I keep hearing how some believe they are a “die-hard” fan. That because they bleed green and show up to every game, that makes them a die-hard fan. Sorry to say but it does not.
Here is a true definition of the term “die-hard”:
die-hard also die·hard (dhärd)
n. One who stubbornly resists change or tenaciously adheres to a seemingly hopeless or outdated cause:
In regards to the true definition, One who believes they are a die-hard fan of the Jets could be using the term out of context. I found this in a certain case.
On Facebook with a Jets blogger, he said that because he purchased his season tickets year after year does not make him stupid, it makes him a die-hard fan.
No, It doesn’t. If you buy tickets year after year in hope of change and that the team will be better means you are dedicated, not a die-hard fan. A die-hard fan would be in support of the current product as it is. Resisting how things could be better but in turn, keeps cheering along its current path.
A dedicated fan would buy tickets year after year, support changes in the organization, and be a rock where others slowly fade away. A dedicated fan of the Jets have been their backbone since the 1060′s. The one’s who come back even in the face of adversity and losses.
Here is the true definition of “dedicated”:
adjective 1. wholly committed to something, as to an ideal, political cause, or personal goal: a dedicated artist.
So in actuality, if you support the Jets in their present form and you keep looking for change to be positive, you are a dedicated fan. If you want to see Mark Sanchez remain the starting QB from now until the end of his contract, you are a die-hard fan.
I believe some fans need to know the difference before they decide what term describe them most.
A person who is a fan of the Baltimore Colts or Brooklyn Dodgers today is a die-hard fan. Being a fan of both teams from then until present days makes you a dedicated fan.
Remembering all the stats from the past fifteen years makes you a dedicated fan.
Dressing up in paint and nothing else in 20 degrees below zero weather makes you a dedicated fan.
Packing your tailgate with your teams merchandise, wearing your teams colors every game, and buying seats year in and year out makes you a dedicated fan. It does not mean you are more dedicated than someone else because you opt to spend more.
Anyone who is still a Jets fan through all the team’s ups and downs, no matter who is on the field, makes everyone a true dedicated fan. We need to be considering the roller coaster they have had us on for over forty years. Only true, dedicated fans would stay behind a New York team like the Jets. Ask Mets fans about dedication.