All Aboard the Bandwagon

The worst thing you can call a sports fan is a Bandwagoner.

According to Urban Dictionary, a “Bandwagon Fan” is:

Whenever a region’s sports team suddenly gets really good really quickly, everyone and their f***ing dog either buys a sports jersey or takes their old one out of the closet where it’s been for 20 years, proclaiming they are a diehard fan. Bandwagon fans usually flock to their team’s games in large numbers and usually constitute 80% of that team’s fanbase. See Florida Gators.

I’m going to defend them.

It’s hard rooting for bad teams, much less teams that may move cities. See my last post. There’s a little bandwagon in all of us. I think 80% of any fan base is a good estimate for bandwagoners. We like to see winning teams.

The Royals have not been a winning team. You know that stats. Living in KC last summer, I enjoyed going to a few Royals games. They were turning things around, but nobody expected what has played out this postseason. Even into this season, The K was pretty empty. I’m not blaming anyone. It’s tough. Half of the Ed Jones Dome at the 49ers game wore red. Nobody deserves the agony that has played out with the Royals over the last three decades. It sucks. It’s difficult.

The bandwagon fans are a huge part of what’s making this team so special. And I’m with them. Royals are my #2 team. Yes I bought my first piece of Royals merchandise. No I didn’t watch any regular season game. Yes I would have loved to see the Cardinals make it.

Bandwagon fans are part of what make Cinderella sports runs so incredible. Rams are the anti-bandwagon now because we’ve been so bad. Half of all the jerseys at the Dome today were from the Greatest Show era. And the other half were Seahawks jerseys. Speaking of bandwagon. Ughhhhh. At least the Rams got this one. 

Will the Royals sell out regular season games next season? Probably not. It doesn’t matter. They have the entire country buzzing, playing the most exciting ball I’ve ever seen. An underpaid overachieving group of role players just dominated the Angels and the Orioles. Thanks to the damn bandwagoners, Royals tickets are going for a rent payment on StubHub. This is what makes sports great.

Call me a bandwagoner, but I’m rooting for my #2 ball club, a Missouri team, and a bunch of guys that are having a blast. I couldn’t be happier right now. Well unless it was an I-70 Series, but I’ll take what I can get. Live it up, KC. You’ve earned it.





The Silence of the Rams

I went to my first Rams regular season game yesterday. Of course we lost, but, like always, we played one great half.

It’s a completely new experience actually living in the town where all your teams are based. One of the huge perks is listening to sports talk radio. My favorite show is The Morning After on 920 AM. They had a great section last week with this KC Sports Talk guy who talked shit on St. Louis for a full hour. Give it a listen. Great stuff.

The guys on the show do a great job of covering St. Louis sports, reading mean texts, and generally being angry old men. Usually included is a daily update of whether the Rams are going to LA or not. Up until today I had the same feelings the guys on the show did. Not good.

Why? Silence.

Every time anyone asks the Raiders or the Chargers about moving, they jump in front of the story and say “Absolutely not. We’re staying.” Not so much with the Rams.

The lease for the Ed Jones Dome expires in January, and if the Rams are staying, our owner, Columbia billionaire Stan Kroenke, needs a new stadium.

He’s already bought land in LA. Not good you guys.

But the day after a the 49ers beat the Rams at home on the 15th anniversary celebration of the Greatest Show on Turf, some news broke.

The Post-Dispatch is reporting that there are talks about “a proposal for an open-air stadium along the St. Louis riverfront.”

bobandweave_original_crop_exactCue the Bob ‘n Weave. (Yeah they did this last night. I died.)

We won’t know anything until after the November midterm elections. Why that matters so much when neither the Governor nor the Mayor are up for re-election? I don’t know. It’s politics. Taxpayer funded stadiums for a team that hasn’t won a playoff game in 10 years may be unpopular.

But rumors of talks are better than complete silence.

Either way, the Rams have until February 15 to declare to move. It’s going to be an interesting four months.

I’ll cry either way.