907Hawk wrote:"I quit being a sports fan" otherwise known as the bandwagon thread.
This. Real fans don't quit. Only bandwagon jumpers. (or people who become monks)
The closest thing I've come to quitting was not following the team quite as closely in the '04-'10 years following the long dynasty run. I had followed the team pretty closely since the late '80s up until '03 or so, knowing the rosters pretty well.
The catch is I've been a New Yorker most of my life (since late '85 after moving from SF), so I haven't been an in town viewer of the 49ers essentially the entire time I've been a fan, since my parents were the ones really watching back in the early '80s while I was still very young. I haven't even seen a Niner game in TV in the SF bay area since I left (that I can recall actually watching closely).....going to the Panthers game at the stick in 2013 was the only time I could say I saw a Niners game in SF that I truly remembered.
Only Niner games I got to watch living in NYC, SC, VA were nationally televised games and playoffs. I would continue this pretty much during the post Mariucci dark years, but since the Niners sucked they would only get 1 or 2 nationally televised games a year. Don't think Sunday Ticket was popular or readily available, and I didn't have incentive to join or go watch at a sporst bar. Remember that Sunday Ticket wasn't around back in 1994 when the Niners and Cowboys faced off in the regular season for perhaps the most anticipated regular season game I could recall never seeing....all because FOX couldn't make it a simple game of the week (damn NY Giants).
The forum world wasn't quite what it is now, so I didn't have quite the motivation to join a 49er forum.
Every year would be treated as a new year despite the last. Slowly we picked up guys like Gore, Vernon, Crabtree, and I kept thinking if we had a QB we'd be a decent team. I remember watching the 49ers/Saints Monday night game on my birthday in September 2010, and being so hopeful for a win as the game went on. Then the team proceeded to an 0-5 start.
But the weird NFC West that year where the Niners had a shot at clinching the division was real late in the season. Because of that possibility I went to an NYC sports bar to watch Niners/Rams in St. Louis, where Ted Ginn had the freak out.
If I lived in SF the whole time I'd equate this to bandwagon behavior, but since I didn't I felt I was ok.
But you know what.....after getting into the Niners hard with Harbaugh and now the major suckage with Tomsula and Kelly, I'm now 10000% embedded forever as a fan. I know the team now better than I did even in say 1998, thanks to the net and stuff. I've even endured maybe 10 games of the 2015 season on TV at sports bars....which is way more than anyone should have to endure.
No matter what happens with Shanahan and Lynch, I'll be following closely.
I'm on .NET causing havoc with nothing to back it up.
I'm curious if there are any Seahawk fans who have never seen a Seahawk game on TV in the Seattle area their entire life? (or even to make the argument simple, let's just say less than 3-4 games your whole life).
Consider let's say a 7 year old kid from Seattle right now who has seen the Wilson led SB hawks who then moves to the east coast and never comes back. Imagine trying to be a Seahawk fan then?