Not to slag on my readers, but this anonymous comment sums up what bugs me about this perspective...
I don't mind if Hass suppports the sox, He is FROM Boston. My "bitch" is for the "poser" fans that support the sox because they are fashionable. I went to the 3 game series last week and was in a local sports bar. Out of the 10 so called sox fans that were there, I did not talk to one FROM Boston. I am positive that if Boston has a couple of losing seasons, you would not see all the bandwagoners.
First of all, us loyal types will ALWAYS have to deal with bandwagoners if/when our teams are successful. If you've been to any Seahawks road games in recent years, you've probably noticed a lot more Seattle fans in attendance than, say, pre-2003.
Is this a bad thing? They're not all flying in from Seattle, dawg. Would we rather Seahawks merchandise molder on the shelves nationwide? And how do you really tell the difference between a new fan who is going to grow into a loyal, knowledgable passionate 12th man and a "bandwagoner?" Do you administer an effing quiz?
Here's the other thing... Didn't most of us, at some point, latch onto the Seahawks during a successful, or at least memorable, season? I know it was the magical 1983 season that hooked ME for life. How is that different from someone whose passion for the Hawks was stirred in 2005? If they fade off to another team over time, yeah, they're poesurs... But what if that grows into lasting, rabid fandom?
That's another thing.. the whole "at least x is from blank" argument. If you really believe that, do you reject Seahawks fans who, maybe, fell in love after seeing that game against NYG in 2005 but are from Portland, Maine rather than Portland, Oregon? Maybe that same person gets the cash together to come out to Qwest this year, buys a Tatupu jersey, and screams his motherfucking lungs out for three hours.
Do you not want THAT guy in the fold? I'll take him over some fucking Bellevue suburbanite who tells me to sit down during a goddamn NFL game.
There's lots of reasons people form a life-long attachment to a pro sports team. Geographical proximity, by itself, is a pretty weak-ass reason to root for a team, IMO. If you love a team, your story had better be deeper than "they happened to be on TV where I live."
So what's your story? Who's with me on this? Violently opposed?