I was thinking of titling the thread "Are Boston fans actually "better"?" but I thought it would be too confusing.
This is my point philosophically.....I think watching the best teams in the country year in and year out does make you a "better" fan. It does make you more knowledgable. I mean we've been able to watch a football team that is extremely well coached for more than a decade now. We've been able to watch a very well coached and well played basketball team for a long time now. We watched a great baseball team with great players for a long time. We've watched great hockey at both the pro and college level. Even in college football BC puts out some of the best linemen, linebackers, and QBs in the country.
And think of the disadvantages. I mean look at like Houston. Huge city. Great weather. Great food. No rings. How does that happen? Then look at Boston. Small. Cruddy weather. Tons of rings.
And I think....what is happening here? I mean I hear other fans in other cities say the cutest most misguided things about how Peyton Manning might be the best QB ever and you don't know whether to roll on the floor laughing or what. I mean is this how San Fran people felt in the 80s when people talked about how great Marino was? And I realize that maybe it's not other fan's faults. Maybe they just haven't seen much of Tom Brady. Except in Super Bowls and AFC championship games and Pro Bowls. And I start to think well maybe I am a "better" fan than fans in other parts of the country, but maybe it's because I've been watching better teams.
But then on the other hand what made these teams good? Ownership and coaching, but who held them accountable? Fans, right? I mean Bob Kraft was a fan. Bought the Pats. Done. We ran Bobby Valentine out of town, because we will not tolerate that crud, and other guys are gonna get run out too. We ran out Manny. Even BC football. They just didn't tolerate Spaz very long. Nobody said "Well, we're a small cold school, with great academics. This is realistically what we are." No way. That would never happen in Boston.
And it just makes me think Boston teams might be better because the fans are better. In a way the fans act like owners. In some ways I definitely feel like an owner of these teams. I feel entitled to say whatever I want to say about them. I feel entitled not to tolerate BS from them. I feel entitled to run people out of town and not let them back. I mean seriously if I were in a bar and Rick Pitino walked up, I'd be like "Oh woah. Woah. Waiter. Check please. Yeah I'm leaving. No. Don't look at me. I'm outta here."
And that's just me being an awesome fan. Right?