Today: Apr 14, 2024

Sports Commentary: Top-five worst fans

PETE PAGUAGA — Sports Editor

For those of us who have been to a sporting event or are sports fans, we all know who “that fan” is and we all don’t like him or her.  There are different types of “that fan” and I am here to sort out the different types, starting with the most annoying .

1. The “Bandwagon” fan

At the end of the 2005 baseball season, most Mets fans that stuck around proved to be true Mets fans.  Then, after a few offseason moves and the great season the Mets had in 2006, everyone was a Mets fan.  Also after the 2004 season, a lot of fans donning Red Sox gear just magically showed up.  I can’t imagine why.

2. The “I refer to my team as we” fan

Have you ever had a conversation with someone about a game and he or she used a phrase along the line of “we should have went to bullpen earlier.”  They believe that because they bought a ticket to the game–or simply watched it on TV– that they own a part of the team.

3. The “I am on the team because I own a jersey” fan

Wearing jerseys to games is an acceptable form of attire for fans until they are 30 years old.  After reading Rick Reilly’s last column on ESPN, I couldn’t have agreed more with what he had to say about wearing jerseys.  I am going to be honest with you guys: just because you wear a Derek Jeter jersey, does NOT mean you are Derek Jeter and no one will EVER have an allusion to the contrary.

4. The “I think I know everything but really know nothing” fan

You know the fan that will be sitting behind you at, let’s say a hockey game, and during the entire game they constantly yell, “Shoot! Shoot!” every time that person’s team has the puck. Little does this fan know that there is a defender blocking the player with the puck making it near impossible for him to let off a clean shot.  This is also the same fan that loudly announces stats, or something about the team, but is almost, without fail, incorrect.

5. The “Superstitious” fan

Look, if you sit on the couch during Game 1 of any playoff series and your team wins, that does not mean that you have to sit in the same spot on the couch while wearing the same clothing.  That’s just disgusting and on top of that, no one is going to want to watch the game with you.  Albert Pujols doesn’t care if you are wearing the same shorts as you wore the game before, he doesn’t even know you exist.  So go take a shower, put on a set of clean clothes, and root for your team hygenically.

If you find yourself falling in the same category as any of these five, don’t worry, you are not alone–there is still time to change.  I will be getting support groups together for all of you.

Just kidding, but please change for the sake of everyone around you.


  1. Don’t you live with a kid who is the perfect example of “Superstitious fan”. It makes the fan comfortable to know that if anything lucky needs to happen, that “same clothing” is the little bit of hope to fulfill that “lucky moment”. Rituals my friend. But i agree with you completely, along with the other examples of “fans”. Nice article Pete.

  2. HA HA HA Loved this! I’m the nervous fan who stops watching for a few minutes when the game gets tense. Sad but true lol

  3. I’ll take offense to the comment about wearing jerseys after 30 years of age. What would you like me to wear to Yankee games…my tux? Besides most of those people under 30 who wear jerseys are able to afford them from money they get from their parents, sad but true.
    Don’t forget, junior, we over 30 people were rooting for these teams long before you came on board. Long before these teams were good. We wore team jersey’s when the teams sucked, so now i will contiue to wear my Mantle and Mariano jerseys whenever i want, while the teams are good.

    Keep Rockin 🙂

  4. I think think everyone should wear a tux to sporting events! us old guys love to wear jerseys – it makes us fell younger!! how about those body and face painters?? what kind of fans are they???

    hey George – there is band called Twisted Sister that may of interest you!

    ** Guess who – hint – pjpbydasea **

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