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Favorite Bourbons: Eagle Rare and Woodford
Favorite Books: "The Power Broker" and "The Worst Team Money Could Buy"
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With the release of
I occasionally get to listen to shows during the morning (I normally don’t wake up until because I work nights and am a degenerate), but of course I work every day during Big Blue Insider. Between these shows, I’ve heard Stan Norfleet, and Matt Jones on Wednesday with Jeremy Jarmon, discuss the fan bases of both football and basketball, about how not only fans words but their actions can disrupt a program.
I’ve discussed with Stan numerous times both on air and off that fans have only one bullet at their disposal – the withholding of funds. If fans choose not to spend money, that’s their only avenue to voice their displeasure. Mitch Barnhart can ignore message boards, fan websites and radio shows, but he can’t ignore empty seats. Stan has argued that if you don’t purchase tickets, you’re not a “true fan”, whatever that means. Stan’s – and many other people – argument is that you’re a “consumer” at that point. He believes that if you choose not to purchase tickets as a means of showing your disapproval, then you’re not a true fan. I couldn’t disagree more.
Fans are consumers. Fans can either spend their money purchasing tickets, apparel, and concessions, or they could just spend their time posting on message boards, listening to the radio, calling into KSR, Leach or Big Blue insider and reading fan blogs. Of course they can do both, and in
I’ve received a lot of flak for saying this, but college sports is becoming more and more of a business, and while that does reap some benefits – better facilities, more revenue for schools – the more it becomes a business the more it drifts away from being entertainment. Schools have been moving from conference to conference, forever chasing the dollar. As a result of that, traditional rivalries such as UK vs Indiana, St Johns vs Syracuse and Texas vs Texas A&M have not only been threatened but have ceased to be. I was shocked that a school and a community like
This comes down to two sports, primarily college football but also basketball.
The other is, of course, college basketball. This state is college basketball, no matter how many terrible movies and pictures of Larry Bird
I’m not saying that
So what is a fan? Do we judge fans on their passion? If so, who decides the proper amount of “passion” to be worthy of the title of “fan”? Is being a fan collecting knowledge and dedicating time towards a team or individual, or is it spending money on material and events?
I just hate this discussion concerning “who’s the bigger fan!?!?!?!!” because it’s just a member-measuring contest that is completely pointless. Besides, everyone knows the biggest fan is John Short.