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5 Rules of Being a True Sports Fan


Sports fandom is all fun and games, but there are some ground rules you need to keep in mind before you lay down big bucks for season tickets or your favorite player’s jersey. Here are five rules to being a true sports fan.

Know at Least a Little Bit About Your Team

You’re the biggest Dallas Mavericks fan ever, you say? OK. Prove it. Name three players … now! Luka Doncic, uhh, ummm … is Dirk Nowitzki still playing? (He’s not.) Make an effort to be somewhat informed about your team before singing its praises. Watch a game or two. Learn about the players. It’s the right thing to do!

Stay True to Your Team

Once you’ve formed an allegiance to a particular team, stick with them through the bad and the good. You loved the Rangers when they made the playoffs practically every year in the 2010s. Let’s hope you still loved them in 2019 when they finish 29 games back of the trash can-banging Astros in the American League West.

No Frontrunning!

This and the next rule go hand in hand. Don’t be a bandwagon fan. Did you go from being a lifelong Mavericks fan to sporting Golden State Warriors gear during the latter’s recent run on championships? Did you ditch the Stars to become a Penguins fan as the Pens piled up Stanley Cup wins over the past decade-plus? Not cool.

Don’t Root for Rivals

Wait, what? You say you’re a Cowboys AND 49ers fan? An Astros AND Rangers fan? You like both the Red Sox AND Yankees? Yeah, no. It’s not OK to root for both sides of a rivalry.

It’s OK to Root for Individual Players

Sports is full of dynamic personalities and monstrously talented players. In this day and age of players constantly swapping teams, it’s perfectly fine to be enamored with players over teams. It’s hard not to watch someone like LeBron James or Giannis Antetokounmpo ply their trades and not be mesmerized by their otherworldly talent.

There you go. There are your ground rules for being a true sports fan. If you’re looking for a place where you can set up the perfect space to watch your favorite teams, look no further than Union at Carrollton Square. Contact us today to learn more about our community in Carrollton, Texas.