Am I sports fan? What does fandom mean to me?
You obviously haven’t been paying attention…
So, we’re going to sit here and sing “Glory, Glory, Man United” until it sinks in. Wait, hold that thought, I need to go get my jersey, scarf and beanie for the full affect. And, yes, I do wear those when I watch games on TV. Because how else will the team now I’m supporting them?
Paraphernalia is meaningless though… Any casual fan can pick up a jersey and throw it on to watch the games. Any casual fan can pick up the songs and chants and incorporate those into their daily lives. But, I am not a casual fan. I will wake up at 4AM on the weekend to watch games live. I could record them and watch them at a more reasonable hour… but live is so much better. That’s where the magic is. No mere casual fan would do that.
However, you are right, I’ve never been to Manchester. I’ve never been to Old Trafford. I’ve never gotten to see my beloved Red Devils storm the pitch in the flesh. One day I will. That’s the best I can do for now.
In the meantime, while I’m saving my pennies and waiting for the prince to get a little older, I’m going to
say scream sing call out “LA” and if you could please provide the appropriate response of “Galaxy” that would be fantastic. Ready? Here we go:
Hmm… I couldn’t hear you… but I’m going to assume that’s just because I’m too far away and not because you didn’t loudly and proudly shout it out, and definitely not because you didn’t even open your mouth and say it at all. You wouldn’t do that to me.
My hometown team, the LA Galaxy, formerly of David Beckham fame, are my go-to source for local soccer, football, footy, what have you. I wear the jersey and the scarf and the beanie. I know the chants and the call and response routines. I go to the games and get lost in the frenzied madness and excitement of that atmosphere – there is nothing like being the twelfth man. Even the queen has a jersey and comes out to the games, my enthusiasm, my fandom, has rubbed off on her.
And the little prince? Let us not forget about him! He already has a jersey style onesie, and he will wear it well…. as soon as he is big enough for it.
Come on lads! This isn’t just a kick-about. Get it up the wings, get those passes snapping in faster, get it in the box! Shoot the ball! I want to see that net bulge! I need those goals. I need those three points.
I’m a three points junkie!