What It Means To Be A Fan

| October 21, 2011 | 5 Comments

My name is Craig and I’m a fan of bad sports teams.

I support the Winnipeg Jets, The Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys none of which could be considered to be at the top of their respective leagues at this moment. The Jets struggles are well documented, the Longhorns are in a rebuilding stage and the Cowboys have Tony Romo as their QB.

All three teams are having issues this season but that doesn’t stop me from cheering for them- because I am a fan.

I have been a fan of the Jets since I was old enough to go to games at the old barn. I was there for the good times, the bad times and ultimately the end of the franchise. Win, lose or tie (they used to have these) I would support my team. Yes, I would get frustrated and vent to my friends or family about how bad the team was, but my love of the team and the game would never waiver.

When the Jets left I cried. When they announced the Jets were coming back, I cried again. A hole that was created when the team left was now about to be filled.

I watched the rookie tournament with pure joy. I searched franticly online for preseason games which I could stream. I digested every morsel of information about this team I could get my hands on. I got to know all the players like they were close friends. I obsessed over line combos and who should be on our power play unit.

Then the season started. And, to be blunt, the Jets suck. They are really bad. They have no offense and their D creates more turnovers than a grandmother baking for Christmas. The power play is atrocious and is only eclipsed by the ineptitude of the penalty kill unit.

And I couldn’t be happier.

I have a team to cheer for and don’t care if they finish in the bottom of the standings. I am a Jets fan and I will support this team come hell or high water.

This is what the people of Atlanta and other southern cities don’t understand. Sure they will support a winner, but what about when things don’t go right? Only one team can win the Stanley Cup each year. The Thrashers were a poorly run franchise who had no success and the fans decided to show their displeasure with the owners and management by not showing up to games. That’ll show them.

How’d that work out for you guys?

On Facebook there are numerous pages where former Thrasher fans go and bask in the struggles of the Winnipeg Jets. They are openly hoping that the team and the city fails. They think if the team continues to lose the fans will abandon the Jets as they did the Thrashers. Man, are they going to be disappointed.

Winnipeg sold out its season ticket inventory in about 2 minutes. 2 MINUTES! It takes longer to order a coffee at Starbucks. True North had to cap the waiting list at 8000 (which you have to pay to be on). Winnipeg Jets merchandise is flying off the shelves and ex-pats are scrambling to get to games in whatever city the Jets are visiting that night. Wherever the Jets go they are treated like media darlings, with a level of attention they never got when they were the Thrashers.

Now that’s not saying the fans are going to allow this team to go 0-82 every year. They will demand accountability and make their displeasure known.They will voice their views on whatever medium is available to them. The one thing they won’t do is not show up.

Being a fan of a team means you are in it for the long haul. It means you will scream Go Jets Go! even when the team is getting beat like a red-headed step child. It means you will become personally invested in every up and down. You will live with every win and die with every loss. You will get frustrated when they play bad and cherish the moments when they shine.

This team will continue to be bad before they get better. Wins this season will be scarce and the failures will be plentiful. They will struggle to eek out points where they can and probably won’t make the playoffs.

And I’m OK with that.

Because I am a TRUE fan.

Go Jets Go!

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  1. Oakley says:

    Craig – great article on how we all need to support our home team. Except for one thing: you suck. How dare you refer to our team after waiting 15 years for them to return. How would you feel moving to this “Northern” city and reading your article for support? Nice shootout win for the boys tonight – they battled hard, Ladd fought and we unfortunately lost Enstrom to a hard hit. I didn’t watch a team that “sucked” tonight, but I certainly would like to see you “sacked” for including such a comment in an otherwise positive fan column. Go Jets Go!

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for stopping by to comment Einar!
    We have certainly been waiting a long time to chant Go Jets Go for real… it’s awesome!

  3. Einar Carlsson says:

    This is a great Article and I agree with everything about supporting our Jets win or lose. I can’t afford tickets, but I will support my team with Jets gear and cheering for them in my living room. Can’t wait for the one game I’m going to with my boss and i think I may lose my voice from cheering.
    Like the rest of Canada, I’ve been waiting for NHL in Winnipeg to be a reality again for way too long. I can remember yelling Go Jets Go! at Oilers games….now it will make sense to people sitting around me…..Go JETS Go and Go Longhorns.

  4. admin says:

    Gary,
    Thanks for the comment. I remember watching that Blackhawks – Jets game and seeing quite a few Winnipeg Jets jerseys and flags. I thought it might have been the camera people cherry picking the Jets fans out of the crowd.
    It is great to know that there were actually a lot of Jets fans at the game.
    Go Jets Go!

  5. Gary Schellenberg says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I tried to get season tickets and was one of the many who failed but that did not diminish my pride in having the Jets back. My wife and I went to Chicago to take in the Black Hawks – Jets game and were time and time again approached by Chicago fans congratulating us on the return of the Jets. We sat among 21,000 fans and there were many Jets jersey’s and flags in the crowd. It was great and I was filled with pride when we scored the first two goals. It was fine that we eventually lost to a better team because we are back. Go Jets.

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