Being a Fan

            Earlier today I was reading an article about Stephen Curry. Last night he had bested his record for 3-point shots made in a season, which was a record he set two years ago. The article was good, thought inaccurate on a couple of points.

I even found myself swelling a bit with pride.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not related to Mr. Curry. I have no connection with the man in any way. I’ve just been a fan of his since back when he was playing for Davidson. The pride was something akin to how a papa would be if his own son had accomplished something great and I just wanted to enjoy the moment.

That feeling lasted just long enough for me to scroll down and start reading the comments section at the bottom. What I discovered there was enough to turn my stomach.

It’s the end of the season. Everybody has an opinion as to who they believe should win the MVP this year. And what a year it’s been. With players like LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis, it doesn’t really matter who gets the trophy, because they have all done something special this year, right along with Steph Curry.

The problem isn’t the players, it’s the so called fans.

Time after time I read where one fan tells the world how his favorite player is better than every other player by a mile. Over and over they express their opinions to the world and then explain in the most colorful ways why anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot.

Of course, the fans of the other players take offense to the first fan’s opinions and derogatory observations. He or she then proceeds to tell off the other fans and gives him the what-fors in a manner that my truck-driving father would have been embarrassed to repeat.

I don’t think I would be terribly concerned if it happened just a time or two. I’m a grown-up and have even spewed a colorful phrase every once in a while when the situation deemed appropriate. But, really, is it necessary to belittle the rest of those who wish to voice a player that they believe is better. Shouldn’t it be perfectly acceptable to have a view different than someone else and not be subjected to the wrath that seems so common today?

I have a point of view and I’m not afraid to express it. I’ll be the first to jump on a bandwagon if I want to promote someone I care about. I can tolerate points of views that are different than my own. What I can’t stand are the people that want to argue just for the sake of being spiteful.

If you decide that my articles are not to your standards. If you think I’m a homer or a nitwit, please…bring it on. I’ll debate with you. I love talking to the true fans of players, teams, cities and countries. If you think that football is more of a sport than those weenie baseball guys who just stand around most of the game, then let’s have at it.

I love the true fan of almost any sport. Sorry, I haven’t been able to get my head around curling as a sport yet. I will, however, walk away from those who just want to argue for argument’s sake.

Let me know what you think. Will we raise a glass together or stare the other down in hopes that I get the pleasure of watching you cry like a little girl.

In the name of sports, win, lose or draw, it’s always best to be around a true fan.

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