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What is a bandwagon fan?
Tonight, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide will play in the College Football Playoff Championship game… Or whatever they call it. It’s the time of year where it seems that every fan of every team will choose between the two remaining teams and become a fan, if only for one night. Some folks even remain a fan afterwards. Especially if they picked the winning team. This is what we commonly refer to as a bandwagon fan. It’s someone who jumps on board when times are good, and may even claim to have been there all along… But is that all such a bad thing?
If you really think about it, there was a time when you weren’t a fan of the team you are a fan of now. You following? At some point in your life you made the decision to be a Georgia Bulldog, or an Alabama Roll Tide, or a Fighting War Tiger. But there was a time that you were not a fan of that team. Now I know that we’ve all got pictures of ourselves as small children, dressed in team apparel. Most of the time that was just mom and dad’s wishful thinking that junior would grow up to be a Ramblin’ Wreck in the best sense of the term. Sometimes those things work out, and junior becomes a fan of his dad’s team, and you all sing the fight song together in the living room every Saturday for years to come. Other times, junior chooses a different team and has to watch college football at the neighbor’s house. But why did he pick another team to begin with?
With a few rare exceptions, (and geography not withstanding) winning is what makes us a fan. Some folks say things like, “UGA football is in my DNA!” …It’s not though. We all make that choice. Maybe their colors, or their mascot is what makes us notice them, but the W is what makes us a fan. So don’t be too hard on your buddy when he shows up to work tomorrow in a UGA shirt, or a Bama hat, even if you’re pretty sure he was a Tennessee fan yesterday. There’s not a crime against changing college football allegiances. Heck, there’s 129 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Who’s to say you can’t have more than one?
Most importantly, remember. There was a time in your life when you too were a bandwagon fan. So pass the wings, and welcome the new fans into the fold, even if they used to be a fan of another team.
William Munny Sports Contributor