Do you know when the games are on, especially games against rivals or games in your city if you live away from your hometown?
Do you set aside time to watch the games on TV at least for 10% of the games?
Do you know at least 3 starting players and one bench player on the team?
Does your team’s winning or losing make you unusually emotional?
Have you cried when your team lost a major game (even if only a little bit?)
Do you prioritize watching post-season or play-off games over all other activities?
Have you been a fan consistently and without even one year off during losing seasons?
Have you not switched loyalties for reasons of team competitiveness?
Have you not switched loyalties even though you have moved to another city, state, or country?
Do you own at least one t-shirt, sweatshirt, mug or keychain with your team’s logo on it?
Have you been to at least one game for your team in the last two years?
Does it feel wrong to own or wear clothes that support another team?
If you can answer yes to all of the above then congratulations, you are a "real" true fan of your team. If not, then sorry, you are not. It’s that simple. If you want to become an almost real fan, you can make up for most of the rules but not rules 7, 8, and 9. That’s alright though. Your team can still use your support. Just don’t pretend that you are a mega fan. Nobody likes a wannabe. True fandom is an earned privilege, not an occasional right.
full first name is Atul (pronounced Uh-tool with no accent on any syllable.) It’s not a nickname. It’s not shortened. It’s Indian and I’m proud of it. It’s only 4 letters and 2 syllables yet many
people have a problem with it. They
often see it or hear, don’t recognize it and then proceed to guess at what it
should be (as if reading 4 letters is difficult.) Even worse, they figure out that it sounds
like “a tool,” and get that smirk and snicker because they think it’s
funny. They’re thinking “you’re a
tool.” Turns out I’m not. Do they think they’re going to make me like
them more by trying to make fun of my name? What people don’t realize is that even with
English-acceptable names, there are many that sound like other words. We have just learned to accept them without
thinking twice. To show the ridiculousness
of people making fun of my name and other foreign ones, I have listed some
common names that sound like other words and some equally asinine comments that
could be used in response to their names…
- Matt You must enjoy getting stepped on when people walk in the door. - John You’re named after a toilet - Sandy Were you at the beach lately? - Chuck What do you throw, rocks - Dick You are a jerk aren’t you? - Randy Don’t get fresh with me