April 26, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; FloridaPanthers fans Brittany Jennett, Bonnie Jennett and Johnny Jennett show their spirit prior to game seven of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the Florida Panthers and the New Jersey Devils at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE


I decided to write about a topic I have never written about before.  The topic of being a fan of a team a/k/a fanaticism. What makes a person a fan is a sore topic with alot of people, so I decided to explore what it means to me, but it may not be what someone else agrees with.  We are all individuals, and therefore, entitled to our own opinions.

I am a Florida Panthers fan, the Tampa Bay Lightning and some other teams in the National Hockey League.  I am also a fan of American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League teams.  I like the Florida Everblades and the Orlando Solar Bears.

I do believe you are a fan if you know something about the team, and its’ players.  If we got into a discussion about a particular team…  I would not expect you to be able to recite every single statistic about it.  However, I would expect you to be able to talk to me about what is going on with the team.

There are different shades of fanaticism…  does that make us any better than someone else?  No, it absolutely doesn’t.  If I am a Season Ticket Member, it just means I am fortunate enough to be able to afford to support the team.  If I watch the team on television, and root for them…  that would make me a fan also.

Basically, what is going on… is there are some individuals who believe they are better because they spend lots and lots of money.  There are also some who believe because they know every stat… it makes them better than someone else.  We are all fans when we support the team in whatever way that is feasible.

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