Why Fans Stand By Their Losing Sports Team?

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    Jan 02, 2016 3:57 PM GMT
    NYT: If a sports team rarely wins, why do some fans doggedly support it? Academics try to unravel the psychological quagmire.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/01/sports/baseball/why-fans-stand-by-perennial-losers.html?ref=sports
  • Sportsfan1

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    Jan 04, 2016 12:27 AM GMT
    There is also something called "loyalty". I was raised to be loyal to your family, your neighborhood and your teams. My teams have had some success but they could always do better. My family and I are not fair-weather fans, we support our teams in the good times and especially in the bad times!
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    Jan 04, 2016 5:52 PM GMT
    Interesting story.

    Having been around sports all my life, I think one of the big lessons is that sports is about a lot more than winning. A geeat majority of the time, your team's season is going to end with a loss ... so if you're just after that high of seeing them win the championship, you are going to find yourself sorely disappointed more often than not. Learning how to deal with that yearly disappointment transfers well to real life when sometimes things don't go your way.

    Maybe following a sports team through good and bad isn't quite akin to family so to speak, but there are a lot of the same draws. Makes the good times all the more sweet.

    Speaking of the Mets, yeah they're still living up 1986. Was in town for a Red Sox at the Mets game in August this year (I'm a Sox fan) and it was 1986 championship bobblehead day featuring Jesse Orosco. Sox won that day but it was still cool to watch the Mets almost pull off another championship this year.