Now that the Arizona Cardinals are playing in the Super Bowl, there's been a lot of talk about how their fans are all bandwagoners. Cardinals fans have been mercilessly mocked by bloggers and the mainstream media alike because apparently they didn't exist before this season (that's not exactly true, they do have at least one devoted fan). A lot of people are wondering where all of these people have been in the last 20 years, when the Cards were terrible. Because, you know, true fans stick with their teams no matter what, through the good times and bad. Neither rain, nor snow, nor a 13-game losing streak prevents real fans from cheering on their beloved teams.
I admit it, we Minnesotans are notorious front-runners. I remember about a decade ago, whenthe Twins were routinely losing at least 90 games and the Dome was like a ghost town. Back in those days you could actually sit there and count the number of people in the seats (which was often more interesting than the action on the field). Sometimes I look at all the people in the stands now and wonder where they were before 2002. The Twins aren't the only ones who've had to deal with fickle Minnesota fans, either. The Timberwolves continue to struggle to fill seats, even though they had the best record in the NBA in January (yes, you read that right). Although Minny is considered a football town, the Vikings have had a lot of trouble selling tickets to games these past eight years, when they would barely finish above the Lions. This season, of course, when the Vikes made a big splash in the free-agent market, and then went on to win ten games and make the playoffs, you couldn't even buy tickets if you wanted to. Fickle, fickle, fickle.
The exception, of course, is the Wild. Wild games always sell out, no matter how pathetic the team might be. It's not just because Minnesotans are crazy about hockey, either. It's because we have already suffered the loss of one hockey team. We're not going to make that mistake again.
It's not that we only support our teams when they're winning. We love them all anyway, even when they suck. We wouldn't spend so much time complaining about those losers if we didn't care about them. It's just that we Minnesotans are
I also have no problem with people who finally get fed up and just give up on their teams. I mean really, how long are fans of the Lions, Pirates, Chiefs, and Maple Leafs supposed to suffer? These teams have been dishing out emotional abuse on their devoted fanbases for decades, and I don't blame these people one bit if they simply refuse to take it anymore. Good for them, sometimes a divorce is the only way to fix a bad marriage.
Of course, when and if your team decides to win again, I'm sure they will be more than happy to welcome you (and your money) back into the fold. No hard feelings, and no questions asked.