Why Fandom Is Passion by Sam Hicks

Listen, anyone that knows me knows I’m a Tom Brady fan. I know, I know 85 percent of people who just heard that statement are rolling there eyes or saying out loud “F*ck Brady, he’s no Manning”. The same people last night celebrated the championship banner dropping for the Golden State Warriors as I said “My Lakers will give them a run this year”. We all have the villains we want to see lose, but here’s why it’s a necessity for sports to stay relevant….

February 4th 2018

103.4 million eyes tune in to watch the evil empire known as the New England Patriots face off against the underdog Philadelphia Eagles. Going into the Super Bowl Philly fans embraced the underdog role and America cheered for them in full force (We Americans have loved the underdog since George Washington was a four battle underdog in 1783). Then we all know what transpired… the damn Philly Special…

breaking the heart of yours truly, but lifting up so many millions as they believed in miracles again. All of a sudden the economy felt better, gas prices were .99 per gallon, unemployment at at all time low! Well at least that was the feeling at that second… for that moment

The good vs evil aspect in sports encases us and brings together people who in other instances would have no reason to see eye to eye. Lebron or Golden State, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby, Messi or Ronaldo. It’s this loyalty to a side that keeps the heart of sports alive. We are desperate for an escape from our jobs, bills, kids, life!

Fandom is a lifestyle now. We bet on sports, throw parties for it, countdown to seasons starting even. Log onto Facebook and I promise you’ll see someone so emotional over their teams highs and lows. Households with different loyalties to teams in family pictures representing their teams (I seen this Saturday for Tennessee vs Auburn).

Fandom is one of the worlds great displays of passion.

Fandom, after all, is born of a balance between fascination and frustration: if media content didn’t fascinate us, there would be no desire to engage with it; but if it didn’t frustrate us on some level, there would be no drive to rewrite or remake it.

-Henry Jenkins

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