Before one becomes a sports writer, they usually start out as fans. And that’s why we’re going back to our roots, discussing our lives as fans. Whether it’s how stars interact with fans or the concept of fandom itself, we’re writing about what fandom means to us. From legacy fans to fans of teams from out-of-state, it’s important to look at the role of fans in sports.
Because let’s be honest, without fans and fandom there wouldn’t be sports writers. Without fans, we wouldn’t have an audience to write for. Players wouldn’t have fans to perform for, teams wouldn’t make money. Fans make the sports world go round.
So this week is for the fans out there. Who love their teams and their sports, who make it possible to write for them. Every team says that their fans are the best in the world. And while a good majority of that is pandering, some actually mean it. I think the Chicago Blackhawks honestly love their fans, just as much as the fans love that team. The same can be said for many, many teams in every league.
So when examining the lives of fans, it’s not hard. Because we all still exist as fans. We’re all still in love with our teams, our cities, our players. After this week, hopefully you’ll see why it’s so much fun to be a fan.
Oh, and by the way, to answer a question I’ve raised – the best fans are the ones from Chicago. From sticking with the Cubs and Bears, to reforming around the Blackhawks, to being the little brother with the White Sox, we have a special relationship with our teams. (Yes, I’m biased. Doesn’t mean I’m wrong.)
Meredith Weber on Legacy Fans
Jordan Hwang on Fandom In the Era of Social Media
Shepard Price on Fandom Across State Lines
Jake Vollmer on the New Football Family
Kyle Becker on the Corporatization of Fandom