Sunday, September 27, 2015

Annual Saints bandwagon rant

I've said it before and I'll say it again:

Acknowledging that the New Orleans Saints are playing terribly this year is not the same as not being a fan.

I'm tired of people challenging others' fanhoods for acknowledging reality. It's like saying that any criticism of America means one hates America.

There's something to be said for a fan who sticks with their team through thick and thin. There's merit to enjoying the good times and being optimistic when seasons are more trying — and to lowering expectations when necessary to keep one's sanity intact. But there's no virtue in insisting there can't be any criticism, ever.

This finger-wagging perhaps most often comes up when Saints fans talk about breaking out the bags. Inevitably, someone will retort something like, "Get off the bandwagon! Real fans don't wear bags!"

Actually, real fans do wear bags, because that's been part of team lore for 35 years.

Bandwagon fans wouldn't care enough to think about wearing one. Or to comment about it.

Keep that in mind.

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