We are amidst the NBA playoffs and while normally I don’t care about basketball, living in Los Angeles has forced me to at least somewhat watch most of the playoff games.
If you aren’t aware, the LA Lakers are facing off against the Orlando Magic in a best of seven series for the championship. Quickly about the two teams, the Lakers have Kobe Bryant and the Magic has Dwight Howard. Both stars of their teams and two of the best in the NBA.
Enough with that though. I realize that if you have been following basketball you know this already, and if you don’t follow basketball you probably don’t care.
Just stay with me here people. I write. You read. There is a method to the madness.
So, this article is not about the two teams at all and not about the game of basketball, but rather the fans.
Living in LA, I have learned a lot about the fans of each game, and am ready to share with you how Los Angeles fans are, and am sure this can translate to fans of pretty much any team.
The first kind of fan is the Armchair Quarterback. This term isn’t anything new, but if you don’t know what it is then let me explain.
So, lets just say you never played a sport in your life (1). You are a casual fan of the game, but playing a game vs just watching a game is quite different. The armchair quarterback though many times hasn’t played the game, but instead watches ESPN, or merely just the pregame show and will repeat everything he has learned.
(1) Me? Tennis. Was something like 18-4 in high school. NO BIG DEAL GUYS. VARSITY. LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM TWO YEARS IN A ROW. Oh also, I’m Jewish. That’s why I played tennis.
During the game, this quarterbacking can turn to be quite annoying. The armchair quarterback will question the moves made by the coaches and the technique players are using (2). To most casual fans, the armchair quarterback might sound like he knows what he’s talking about, but lets look at this a bit further.
(2) Did I mention LEAGUE CHAMP. NUMBER 4 IN SINGLES ON TEAM. NUMBER 2 DOUBLES TEAM.
Most coaches in the NBA, or any sport for that matter, know something about the sport they coach. If you want to sit back and yell how horrible he is, you probably should try to be a coach yourself (3). Bottom line.
(3) I WON THE FINAL MATCH TO GIVE OUR TEAM WINS MULTIPLE TIMES ON THE WAY TO OUR CHAMPIONSHIPS.
The next kind of fan is the Flag Waving Fan. This is a form of a bandwagoner (4) and it is quite plentiful in Los Angeles. Lakers fans are known for putting mini flags on their cars during the playoffs. In my 2 years of living in Los Angeles, the only time these stupid flags came out are during the NBA playoffs. The flags are there to say, “Look, I live in LA, and I have a fake tan, fake personality, but WHAT I DON’T HAVE IS A FAKE LOVE FOR MY TEAM. That’s why I put flags on my car. Now shut up and watch them flag babies blow in the wind while I drive away.”
(4) Bandwagoner is a fan who only starts following his team when the team does well. Look, a real footnote. Blah blah blah.
The third kind of fan is the Dodger fan. I will lump this one all together as it is specific to the Dodgers. I admit, that the Dodgers are playing well this year. If you go to a game though you’ll notice a few things.
One, is the commonly pointed out fact that the fans get to the stadium at the 3rd inning and leave at the 7th inning. True, traffic is rough, but like, come on. Go watch your team (5). The other thing you’ll notice about Dodger fans is that they play with beach balls in the stands, and do the wave. (6) These are both things that the fans do as much as possible to seemingly avoid actually paying attention to their team.
(5) Like you COULD HAVE WATCHED ME PLAY TENNIS. Oh wait, you don’t care? Come on, really good in high school.
(6) You know, when section by section people stand up waving their arms as to make a “wave” go around the stadium. I. Hate. Real. Footnotes.
So lets recap a Dodger fan. He will get to the stadium in the 3rd inning, play with beach balls and do the wave until the 7th inning, when he will then leave the game in attempts to beat traffic.
Well, that does it for another Guide to Life. You might be thinking to yourself, “Mike, if you live in LA and don’t like the fans of the sports teams, why would you be there still?”
Answer is simple. I’m moving, but I’m sure that will come up another time. Until then, love, peace and see you next week. (7)
(7) Ok, so you don’t care about my tennis. I did grow my hair long though while I played, wore a headband, tube socks, and short shorts. Cool at least right?