I think everybody is "fair weather" to varying degrees. I still follow every C's game, but they certainly are MORE enjoyable when they have a serious chance of winning the Eastern conference vs. playing for the 4th seed.
Season's gonna be long, too long to watch.
Now that a championship is
unlikely 40-1 odds I recommend that you sit back, grab a beer, and enjoy your team's ups and downs without worrying about the score. You'll enjoy the games better. For example, we played like crap last night and I had a blast watching Jaylen Brown's drives, etc.
I guess this is a key difference between the two main groups of Cs fans: some can enjoy the games even when the overall circumstances may be bad, and some can't. I'm among the latter, and I think that's what's giving me trouble in relation to the Hayward injury: I'm not a fan because I like seeing young guys develop, regardless of how the team does; I'm competitive, I want my teams to win, and this team is now in line for a good bit less winning this season. We were primed to start being a real pain in Cleveland's backside, but now we'll likely be little more than a mildly annoying speedbump on their way to another Finals appearance.
If you mean that your team has to win for you to enjoy the games, that's called a fair weather fan. It used to be a serious insult, but in the LeBron James / Warriors era of "who are you rooting for this year?" I suppose it's acceptable? I've watched every Celtics game that I've been able to since the early 90s. It doesn't matter if it's LeBron or Michael beating them up, it's still fun to watch.
I'm sure I'll inevitably be flamed because the post is inherently alienating a group of people here, but just my 2 cents.
I love this site. I do. I like to read posts and debate with legit Celtics fans about basketball related content.
The one thing that I don't really understand or love is to read pessimistic fair weather "fans" pout when something doesn't turn out exactly as they planned.
It is not inconceivable that players will get hurt. Basketball is physical enough that people get hurt. The Celtics had an uphill battle originally, and now their challenge is even bigger. My parents would have disowned me as a child if I wanted to cry every time things didn't go my way. I hopefully will convey what I consider to be mental toughness to my kids one day.
The Celtics aren't going to quit. They are going to continue to try. I think it is time for many to question whether they are actually Celtics fans, or if they prefer offseason movements and basketball "on paper".
There's no reason why this team cannot deliver a superior product. They have multiple players that play with grit, and a strong lineage of hard-nosed basketball.
Let's go Celtics fans, we can be better!