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Dear Sports Fans: This Is How NOT To Use Twitter

The super fan (or stan) movement is awful. I’ve stated many, many times that I think the downfall of our country will eventually because of these fanatics. Sure, a bit of an exaggeration, but these people are downright crazy! So, allow me to tell you a story a sports fan that should have known better, but got busy thumb-thuggin’ and now doesn’t have any season tickets anymore.

Picture it (no, I’m not going into a Golden Girls flashback): your favorite team or player performs horribly and you are frustrated. There are many ways you can deal with it. Some go and drown out their sorrows in alcohol, but more and more, it seems fans make themselves feel better by diving into a profanity laced diatribe about said team; including mean-spirited and foul comments about particular athletes.

It seems there are a lot of people who don’t truly understand what “freedom of speech” really is. It is simply a protection that should keep you from being prosecuted, or jailed, for sharing your thoughts. No laws can be passed to limit what you can or cannot say. What it doesn’t do is provide of shield for any responses, criticism, or consequences to said free speech. In short, if you say something stupid, it can get you in hot water with your family, job, or recreational activities.

A Twitter account used by members of San Diego State University’s cheering section, The Show, popped off on Twitter (a path many have taken), and went so far as to wish further illness and death wished upon a rival player. Bad form. Simply dreadful. The SDSU Athletic Department stepped in and handled this. They met with the officers of the student section and found out who actually wrote the truth. After the tweets were deleted, and an apology was issued, the offender was stripped of his student tickets. Good riddance!

Being an Ohio State fan, I know that fan rivalries can get quite heated, and sometimes people take that stuff too far, but this is so far across the live, that I just can’t believe anyone would be so horrible and dumb. And because sometimes words don’t fully convey my feelings on any given matter, I will direct you to the “judging you” GIF tag on Tumblr. That sums things up quite nicely.

Well, along with this one (it’s a personal favorite):

Some people...

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How Bandwagon Fans & Diva Players Ruined The NBA For Me

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I grew up playing basketball. Everyone in my family did, to a point. My Uncle even played and coached in the NBA. Up until last year. I grew up on Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Isiah Thomas. Those guys. I was alive and old enough to remember the Dream Team. That was the brand of NBA I liked. Sure there were superstars, but people were fans of the teams first and foremost.

Fast forward 20 years and it’s allllll about the superstars. And, at this point, it’s pretty much an NBA thing, because I don’t see what irks me going on in baseball or football.

People can like whomever they want, but I respect those who are fans a team through its failures, its history, and its success far more than these new-age fans who really only care about the stats of their superstar and whichever team they happy to play for at the moment. Case in point, Miami Heat fans, Oklahoma City Thunder fans, and earlier this year, Los Angeles Clippers fans. I’ve really never seen anything like it, and hope other sports fans are able to keep their integrity a little better.

When Peyton Manning announced he was signing with the Denver Broncos, there weren’t a ton of Indianapolis Colts fans saying “Oh shit! I’m #TeamBroncos now!”, were there? No. Most of the ones I came across on Twitter stated that they’d always be fans of his, wished him well, and continued to pledge their allegiance to the Colts. I love and respect that.

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