SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE – Every time your favorite athlete or team takes the field/court, you prepare by wearing the shirt, shorts, dress, or hang the towel you would have purchased at the last home game or a store to support the next competition.
The outcome of the match or the race could set your mood for the rest of the day and week, dependent on how much of a fan you really are.
There are several factors to determine how much of a fan you really and I will attempt to discuss this in this article. Being a sport fan can draw emotions you would never imagine. When you become a fan, you are emotionally devoted to whomever or whatever you choose to support. So, whether that team, athlete wins or loses, there is always a reaction.
Here are some of the reasons you become a fan
1. You played sport
2. You have a family member who played sport
3. You have a friend who is an athlete
4. You have friends who are sport fans and you want to be “in’
5. You have a spouse who is a fan and you do it to compromise
6. You believe this is a good way to relax
7. Tradition – you grew up seeing your family doing it, so why not?
Whether it is those factors, or you have additional reasons, you are now a fan and you have taken unto yourself a team, an athlete and you are ready.
Expectations of a fan
1. You expect your team/athlete to win
2. You dislike the opponents – especially the ones who always challenge
3. In this new age, you want pictures, videos, sound bites of your team/athlete
4. You may even want an opportunity to meet players or athletes you are a fan of
There is more to being a fan and here I will go a little deeper in figuring who a fan really is. He/She is a confident person, one who deems him/her self a cut above the rest. A fan also thinks that team/athlete is the best and would find stats and figures along with argument to suggest same. Some fans move with the player to another city or team. While others collect merchandise and are happy to wear them when a match is on.
What ever type of fan you are, it offers a few opportunities for you to spend time with friends and family.
Here are some reasons people cheer for teams/athletes:
· Something to scream and shout about
· It adds a little excitement to life
· You feel a sense of pride and fulfillment when your team wins
· It is an opportunity to have friends over with food and drinks
· For the ladies, it is a chance to be “in” with the men
· If the team is from your town, city or country – the win/performance brings joy
· Can serve as motivation for the day/week
· It is a great topic for a conversation
There are lots of sporting athletes, teams and countries to choose from and cheer for. If you have not yet started to think about it, now is as good a time as ever.
For those of us who have been toiling for years, we enjoy the highs and lows, but in the true spirit of sport. We stay in it for the love of it.