5 Types Of NFL Fans

5 Types Of NFL Fans

Here's a Guide to Navigate all the fans you'll see

Sports are something that can bring people together. The Giants winning the Super Bowl made it so that I suddenly had something in common with thousands of people I had never met in my life. Everyone has their own idea of what teams have the worst fans *cough* Eagles *cough*. But here's just a list of the types of fans you'll see.

1. The Band Wagoner

Whenever a team breaks out with a great season, you suddenly start seeing a huge number of people claiming to be their fans. In real life, these are some of the most wishy-washy people you'll meet, and it shows. They usually get a jersey of the most famous player, but can't name a single other player on the team. The band wagoner will show little interest in the actual games, instead just check the scores the next morning to brag. They're incredibly vocal in their support for "their" team, and hated across the board by everyone else. But don't worry, as soon as their adopted team has a bad year, you'll see them jump ship to join up with the new up and comer, and the cycle continues.

2. The Die Hard

While the band wagoner doesn't really care about their team, the Die Hard has what is in all likelihood an unhealthy obsession with their team. Most of the time, these fans seem more or less normal, except until game time starts. They begin with some sort of ritual, something as simple as sitting in the same spot every game. Then if you talk during a play, you are aggressively shushed, if you move at the wrong time, you are snapped at. This guy will scream at the television, if his team has even a minor setback. If they win, he is elated, like a man set free. If his team loses, you won't see him for three days, until he shows up coming off a bender, having obviously not showered or shaved since the game.

3. The "I Hate (Insert Star Player)" Guy

This guy hates more of the league than he likes. This guy will shadow of a doubt despise the Patriots and the Cowboys, and probably not even be able to tell you why. He even hates the players on his own team. As a Giants fan, I see this guy a lot. Eli Manning may be the most unpopular quarterback who has won two super bowls. Giants fans either have a reluctant affection for our boy, or a bitter hatred, hence this type of fan.

4. The Delusional Fan

This guy thinks his team is going to the Superbowl. Every Year. They could be 0-6, and he is convinced that his team is about to have a ten game hot streak. His team could draft a D3 punter in the first round as a quarterback, and this guy will convince himself that he's going to be the next Cam Newton. This fan, while he can be annoying is harmless.

5. The Hard Luck Fan

Some teams are just terrible. And they will continue to be terrible for years to come. I don't want to name names but it rhymes with "The Crowns". And their fans know this as well as anyone. They look at each season with a sort of fatalism that is actually kind of admirable. But sure enough, they're at the next game, ready to support their abysmal team.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Welcome to Williams-Brice, where your wake up call is our battle cry.


So yes, I do realize that football season is very far away at this point but the summer will be over before you know it. And that means football! And I really cannot wait for this season to begin.


OK, yes, I'm 99% sure that we're gonna lose BUT I'm still stoked. We don't play Alabama every year, especially since the SEC expanded and we got Texas A&M as our permanent West opponent. I get to see my king, Nick Saban, in real life. Also, little back story, I wanted to go to Alabama sooo badly when I was choosing schools so it's like the school I went to vs the school I wanted to go to. So all I'm saying is I will punch everyone to get into that student section. The game time has been announced. I might buy one of those cheer skirts from the bookstore just for this occasion.

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Yes, this should be sad. But I'm interested to see how the receiving core holds up without our star. We're definitely going to miss him, that's undeniable. But I really hope we're gonna be OK we've had a good recruiting season from what I've heard. And they seemed pretty promising at Spring game so I'm excited. And besides, we're proud of him, he's moving onto the next level what more could we want? And maybe I'm still salty that he didn't play in the bowl game last season.

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I realize they were plagued with injuries but the defense really was awful last year. Just watching them get tired and not make critical stops was excruciating, to say the least. So they've had months to recover, they should be fresh at the beginning of the season. And honestly, they can't get any worse so yeah.


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Yes, I watch other sports. I've been watching the NBA Playoffs and the Women's College World Series. But In the fall, I know every single Saturday I'm gonna see my Gamecocks with my eyes, in person or on tv. Like I count down to it. Requesting tickets, checking the amount of point I have ALL OF IT. Because right now, I feel like I'm wasting away every Saturday.

6. Tailgating, Bro

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And I don't mean the drinks, I mean the food. It smells amazing outside Willy B every week because people really go all out with the amount of food they bring and I'm just like this is WILD!

7. Memories

I really have some of my best times at the stadium, watching my favorite team cheering when they do well and legitimately booing them when they don't. I love football and I'm glad I got to go to a school where other people care too. And actually participate by going to football games.

As I said, I understand that all of this is months away but senior year, at Williams-Brice is gonna be lit.

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