The official student newspaper of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1923.

The Spectator

The official student newspaper of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1923.

The Spectator

The official student newspaper of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1923.

The Spectator

Confessions of a fair-weather fan

On Sunday, Jan. 23, for the first time in probably seven years, I sat down and watched, start to finish, a Green Bay Packers game. At first I was only there for the snacks, but when they beat the Chicago Bears something changed inside me. I am so, so, so excited to watch the Packers in the Super Bowl. I can’t even tell you who won last year, but this year I’ll be glued to my TV. I’ll admit it: I am a fair-weather fan.

And I’m fine with that. I know that there is plenty of negativity associated with the term, but I think it’s perfect.

It’s laughable how few of the players I could name, first or last, but right now I will talk about B.J. Raji like we are old friends. And hopefully nothing too technically complicated happens during the game or I will be completely lost. The only football term or phrase I feel comfortable using is “Go long!” which I know isn’t always applicable, but I plan to shout it at the TV anyways.

After assigning myself the role I decided to look a little further into what I would be doing. It seems like the things that people expect from fair-weather fans are:
1) Complaining about the team without the knowledge to back it up.

Story continues below advertisement

2) Wearing the jersey or rooting for a player you’ve followed forever.

3) Not sticking around for the next season.

OK, die-hard fans, let’s address these.

As far as complaining goes, I will try to keep myself in check. I’ll probably sometimes yell about dropped passes, interceptions and bad plays despite the fact that I hardly know what I am saying. But, you don’t have to be a musician to know when someone hit the wrong note. And, I can guarantee I will have even fewer nice things to say about the Steelers. So, let my ridiculous hatred of the opponent balance out any whining about the Packers.

Secondly, I may be a fair-weather fan, but I am still a broke college student. I’ve never bought a jersey before and I really don’t think I’ll start now. I’d much rather keep my $100.  Plus, I know that whatever number I picked, I would be questioned about every bit of that player’s life, going back about 10 years, by the ‘true’ fans.

No, I don’t know any of their stats. Yes, I just recently learned what position they play. But, sure, I would love to hear you tell me all about them! Raji’s hyperbaric sleeping chamber is something I did not know about before Sunday, but I am not going to forget that anytime soon.

And finally, let’s all just live in the moment. Who knows if I’ll still be cheering in seven months? I might be busy, you might be out of town, and you just never know. At this point in my sports fan career I can’t imagine the stress of following a team for an entire season, but maybe I’ll remember how exhilarating it is to watch your team play.

For now I just need to be ready for the Super Bowl, and I think I’m almost there. I’m reading Facebook statuses that trash talk the Steelers, I’m bothering people about borrowing a jersey, and I’m not worrying about anything past Feb. 6. I am a fair-weather fan and the weather is good. Go Packers!

Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

The Spectator intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. The Spectator does not allow anonymous comments and requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.
All The Spectator Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *