I had to include a Patriots player on this list. Going to school at UMass Amherst I was exposed to quite crazy New England Patriots fans. The best thing to ever happen to the Pats is Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, no doubt.
The Patriots can have their three Super Bowl rings and five Super bowl appearances since 2001. They should be happy and feel accomplished. Yet, year after year and playoff loss after playoff loss I hear the same jabber from all these fanatics: “The Patriots defense isn’t very good” or “Tom Brady isn’t clutch anymore.” I haven’t witnessed a fan base in sports sway so much back and forth from loving to being frustrated with their team in one minute.
I can guarantee you one thing: If Tom Brady has a sub-par 2014-2015 season, these Pats fans will start nagging Mr. Kraft about planning for the future and looking into drafting a quarterback. Patriots fans do not realize how good they have it with their Hall of Fame quarterback behind center.
Striving for perfection is fine (hello, 18-1), but stop saying how Brady hasn’t won you a Super Bowl in 10 years. Life could be worse. You could be a Jacksonville Jaguars fan.
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Are you part of The Money Team? Of course you are.
Floyd Mayweather might have the most amount of bangwagon fans of any athlete on the planet and it’s not necessarily because of his athletics, but more so from his boisterous personality.
Because of his antics as well as his fighting style Floyd also has a lot of haters. You always hear critics saying he fights easy opponents, runs in his fights, and will never be considered one of the all-time greats. Bottom line is the dude always wins. With winning comes success and lots and lots of money.
Floyd is an interesting choice for this article because his bangwagon consists more of haters rather than fans. I really don’t understand how you can hate on the guy as an athlete. He is 46-0. Zero losses. Zilch. Nada. None. No matter how you want to write it, there is still a zero in his loss column. Personally, I think it’s stupid to join the majority and talk this guy down. He is the greatest fighter on the planet, no questions asked.
I’m more of a fan of the Floyd Money Mayweather persona than the actual Floyd Mayweather fighter. You could place me on the bandwagon that encompasses Floyd’s personality rather than his ability to fight. I love his style, swag, and arrogance, whatever you want to call it. If you have it, flaunt it. Keep doing you, Floyd, and if you want a red carpet introduction by Drake then you can have it.
Boxing fans: Start appreciating the guy that has a perfect 46-0 record.
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A “bangwagon fan” is a term we hear very often in sports, yet it is something that is pretty difficult to define. It is easy to say that a bandwagon fan is one that only starts to like a team or player when they start winning. Simple enough. I disagree — I think there are many elements to a bangwagon fan. My definition of a bangwagon fan is a person that follows the majority of people and makes decisions based on other reactions and feelings. Take Derek Jeter for example. It feels like the entire 2014 MLB season is dedicated to him, which bothers me even as a Yankees fan. If you didn’t like DJ last year or years prior, don’t pretend to like him this year. Adam Wainwright even admitted to giving Jeter easy pitches to hit during this year’s All-Star Game, which he took back a short time after. Instances similar to this, liking or hating a player because everyone else does, is part of what defines a bangwagon sports fan.
As a UMass Amherst graduate with a degree in sports management, along with being a huge sports fan my entire life, it is funny to see how people watch sports and the reasons they do so. One of the largest sporting events in the world is the Super Bowl. Next February when you are at your annual Super Bowl party take a step back, observe the room, and ask yourself why everyone is watching. Everyone in the room will have their own reason for watching and rooting for a team that they have had zero association with until that day. Whether it’s the jersey colors, mascot or the starting running back went to the same school as you, we as fans will always cheer on someone or something.
Grab some popcorn and enjoy the ride as we’re breaking down Bandwagon Fans and their Favorite Players.
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