The different types of sports fans

Have you ever looked at a guy sporting a Chelsea jersey, humming an Emraan Hashmi song,strolling casually on Juhu beach and thought to yourself “Does this guy really follow the English Premier League”? I might be accused of being judgmental here but there is a very high probability that our man in question most likely bought that shirt from the Versova market because he thought that the bright blue color looked uber cool and/or complemented his skin tone. This keen but slightly tangential observation leads me to the topic for this blog post- Who is a real sports fan and how can we identify him/her? In my opinion, sports fans of all genders, shapes and sizes can be broadly categorized into the following:

1. The Sportskeeda: They are at the top of the pyramid. They eat, breathe and live sport. Talk to them about cricket and they will know everything from the no. of centuries made by every batsman to the no. of abuses hurled by Virat Kohli. Talk to them about tennis and they will tell you why it is so much more than just the grand slams. Look at their Facebook timelines – it will be inundated with posts, links and photos of sportsmen which is a reflection of their passion. They will alter their sleeping patterns just so that they can watch a match live and not think twice before spending a fortune on a match ticket.

2. The Numbers fan: A sub category of the Sportskeedas, these group of people would make great mathematicians like Ramanujan proud. They dole out statistics by the dozen and dream about stuff like Duckworth Lewis method. Mention a match and be prepared for an onslaught of win/loss records, averages and stadium statistics.

sports

3. The ‘Brand’ ambassadors: From sporting Manchester United Jerseys to using MRF bats – they wear their hearts on their sleeves – literally!. These fans are not staunch loyalists (which is why they would buy the overpriced merchandise) but rather staunch exhibitionists (which is why they did buy the overpriced merchandise 🙂 ). This group constitutes of those who do not really follow football but will go to pubs on the weekend, wear the colors of the team, get sloshed and post about it on Facebook. It is the hangover they care about more than the result of the match.

liverpool

4. The Peacemakers: They are the Rahul Dravids of the sports fan universe. Or the Switzerland of countries. People who do not support Federer or Nadal but Murray, or people who wish well for the South African cricket team fall into this category. They usually do not stir up controversy or become part of heated debates thanks to their choice of teams or players. They are the yin to the yang of the Brand Ambassadors. Imagine these two conversations

Person 1: Hey which team do you support?
Person 2: Liverpool. How about you?
Person 1: Manchester United.
[Back and forth about Suarez’s diving, Rooney’s balding, use of inappropriate language, Liverpool’s title campaign, MU’s recent incompetence, some more inappropriate language]

Person 1: Hey which team do you support?
Person 2: Liverpool. How about you?
Person 1: Arsenal.
Person 2: Cool man.
[End of conversation]

5. The Rahul Gandhis: Akin to the politician, these people are clueless. About sports. They will ask you about US Open in March and would not know which installment of IPL is going to happen next. But, in their defense, they make their lack of interest and knowledge obvious.

6. The Arnab Goswamis: Remember that pesky classmate with whom you always ended up fighting. Imagine he/she just grew up and now you squabble over sports rather than bench space and stationary. These sports fans will never let you get your opinion in because they just love to talk and argue and talk and argue. It is difficult to have a conversation with them if you do not agree with them. They will get personal, hijack your Facebook posts and research the internet for any shred of evidence to disprove you. The world is a much peaceful place though when you do agree with them.

Arnab Goswami

So, which category do you fall in?

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6 Responses to The different types of sports fans

  1. rahul says:

    Shout-out to South Africa, nice! Placing them in the same category as Murray, not nice.

  2. anon says:

    “They will get personal, hijack your Facebook posts and research the internet for any shred of evidence to disprove you.”

    Hmmm……..internet can make even moderately knowledgeable guy look like very knowledgeable.

    Just like what training does.

    But you ( ONE) do not have to take those criticisms personally……complaining about those equally puts you on that level. Am I wrong ?

    I think its randomly written, still, its ok and readable.

    • Namrata says:

      True…the internet has made access to information and ability to voice opinion easy for everyone. The anonymity has given people the liberty to rub their hands off of any accountability.

      PS: This was meant to be a funny post. Take it for what it is 🙂

      • anon says:

        ‘The anonymity has given people the liberty to rub their hands off of any accountability.’

        It depends on how one looks at it. Just because one uses ‘anon’, facts do not become lies or vice versa. At the same time, I admit that ‘name’ completes the picture. On other hand, how many honest discussions you came across in public space without people resorting to adhominems ?

        ‘This was meant to be a funny post. Take it for what it is ‘

        I know. I was just moderate in appreciation in my above comment.

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  4. Vishal says:

    From the sound of it I’m a Rahul Dravid…

    Sucks, I was thinking because I would be rated higher coz I dole out crazy amount of stats too 😛

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