What makes you a sports fan?

Josh Tvrdy, Staff Writer

Being a sports fan can be hard. Sometimes you enjoy watching your favorite team win a championship, while other times you have to watch them lose. Hell, for some of us we have watched our favorite teams lose for decades. We sit there waiting, hoping and telling ourselves this is our year.

Personally, I am a life-long fan of Kansas City sports and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. We have all read the headlines recently about how the Royals have won the World Series, or how the Huskers have lost yet another game in a very depressing season.

Until last year’s MLB season, I didn’t have much of a reason to be hopeful about the Royals, but I was still a fan even through the toughest of times. I remember being so mad watching countless star caliber players be traded away as the Royals fell back to losing. Players like Zack Greinke, Carlos Beltran and Johnny Damon.

Most people I see wearing Royals gear today couldn’t tell you that any of the players mentioned above ever played for the Royals. I’m not saying that this doesn’t make them fan of the team. I’m just wondering what actually makes someone a fan. Is it wearing the team’s gear every game day? Is it going to the games or watching them on TV?

Many people think that being a fan consist of hitting like on a Facebook status or rambling off a couple of useless facts about the team. This does not make you fan. Being a fan is wanting to throw a brick through your TV because you are so frustrated with the play of your team.

One of the hardest things I have ever watched as a sports fan was January 4, 2014, when the Kansas City Chiefs lost tragically to the Indianapolis Colts in what would be one of the greatest NFL come backs of all-time.

Sometimes the hardest thing of all is being a fan when the chips are down. Take October 8, 2011 for example, when the Huskers trailed Ohio State 27-6. Out of nowhere Taylor Martinez would lead the Huskers to victory in what would become the biggest comeback in Nebraska history. So many people stopped watching the game because it was “over,” only to be shocked the next day to find out the team had won.

I’m not saying you are not a fan if you turned off the game, but rather that maybe there are different kinds of fans.

We have true fans who never turn off games because the chips are down or still proudly wear their teams gear on game day, even though their team has only won two games the whole season. Then there are just the “fans” who cheer when the odds are in their teams favor, but go into hibernation when their teams aren’t performing at a high level.

So, to everybody who thinks they are a true fan remember this, a true fan always has the back of its team no matter what.

Although this Husker football season is one of the toughest season to watch in the programs history, there is still hope.

There are Husker fans out there, myself included, who believe the huskers can still make it to a bowl game this year. I have heard from countless people that believing this is crazy and how Nebraska isn’t good enough for a bowl game.

Hell, I even had some people ask me why we would want Nebraska to make it to a bowl game. The answer is simple. It’s because we are fans and we want to see our team succeed.
So to reiterate this whole thing, being a fan is hard.