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    I was discussing this with my father, and I'd like to throw this question to you: what makes a person an average sports fan? We, as wrestling fans, are not average sports fans because we go above and beyond in caring about a not-as-popular sport. So what sports do you have to care about to be an average sports fan? Football, baseball and basketball?Hockey or soccer? Do you also have to watch the majors in golf and tennis? What about the big races in Nascar? What do you think?

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    Why must you have interest in multiple sports to be average ? Can't one be an average wrestling fan and below or an above average fan of football ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RYou View Post
    Why must you have interest in multiple sports to be average ? Can't one be an average wrestling fan and below or an above average fan of football ?
    This is exactly what I'm asking.

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    "Average sports fan" probably watches the big four, has one team in each they're passionate about -- considered a "die hard" for that team. Will be versed in everything SportsCenter, or Mike & Mike discuss, has radio firmly planted on Sports Talk Radio (usually ESPN or Fox Sports Radio), rarely believes anything from other fans, except what he believes to be the best radio/TV personality. Constantly brags about listening to Jim Rome and being a one-time caller, but doesn't know what the Fabulous Sports Babe looks like.

    "Not your average sports fan" -- almost always referred to in a positive light. a guy/girl that never misses a game of their said team. Will get in fights when other fans dog their team. Always right, never wrong. Does everything the "average sports fan" does, only more volitile, and spends endless amounts of money on SIRIUS satellite radio, MLB.TV, autographed balls/bats/jerseys from people they've never met, wear "old school" jerseys of guys that were drafted way back in the 1990's, has a room dedicated to the one team they cherish the most -- usually associated with the following teams: Philadelphia Eagles, New York Yankess, Pittsburgh Steelers, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, New York Islanders, Washington Redskins, Notre Dame Football.

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    Ok so JB's response made me think of two different friends of mine from college.

    1. Was a Red Sox fan. Got in a fight with another guy, who happened to be a Sox fan too. Why? They were arguing over whether or not Casey Fossum was a promising prospect. Blood was shed over this.

    2. Another is a Mets fan. He couldn't watch the games in the dorm rooms, so he paid to get their games broadcast over the internet. He would stay in at night just to listen to the damn Mets games on radio.

    Gotta cross Redskin fans off the list. They are just morons.

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    Dart I would add anyone who is Bears fan to your list. They live and die with that team.

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    I live with the "not your average fan" guy. And I have two in training. This morning the 16 year old called me at work to say "Mom, guess what I did this morning? I sat at the table and ate breakfast in my underwear and read the sports section and watched Sports Center!" He's at that fun stage where muscles are new and fascinating (to him) and we have to remind him to wear a shirt to the dinner table, but since he was the only one home this morning, he was The King.

    My recycling bin overflows because the Chicago Tribune just doesn't have enough sports coverage. So in addition to getting the Trib delivered, my better half takes a trip to the 7-11 every day to get the Sun-Times to read their sports section too! He's a homer when it comes to sports. He'll watch DePaul basketball, or Loyola if it's ever on, Northwestern football and basketball, the Cubs or Sox (he favors the Cubs because his father watched them on WGN when he was young, but he's not a hater), and of course, The Bulls and The Bears.

    He'd watch the Memphis vs Atlanta if there wasn't a Chicago game on, so I've learned that if I don't want to watch basketball AGAIN, to turn on a CD or the radio. Sometimes he'll get a book and hang out with me and sometimes he'll retreat to his cave to watch basketball down there. The Bulls and the Bears are the sports he probably follows closest, but he reads and watches it all.

    This is in addition to coaching his kids wrestling team and playing intramural basketball twice a week. When they're not home, the TV takes a rest and I enjoy the silence.
    "All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind." -- Abraham Lincoln

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    I was "not your average sports fan" for quite a while -- then this wrestling thing got in the way.

    Now, I hate pro roundball, and rarely -- very rarely -- say or write the "b-word"

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