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Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers fan Mark Castanon (left) , New Orleans Saints fan Bryon Loisel (center) and Baltimore Ravens fan Uland Price pose with Super Bowl ring hats of their respective teams at Super Bowl Boulevard at Woldenberg Park in advance of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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August 25, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Fans in the Black Hole cheer during action between the Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Lions 31-20. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Just like there are different levels of the type of players on the field, there are also different types of fans that sit in the stands and on their couches come game day.  Fans range from super fans to bandwagon fans and everything in between. So today we will look at the levels of fanaticism that is prevalent on Sunday’s.

Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan Wayne Mabry aka Violator reacts against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

 Elite – (AKA: Super Fans)

These fans have an unwavering devotion to their team. As a Raiders fan, we have so many super fans that we don’t need a mascot as we have a plethora to choose from in the stands. These fans typically will get dressed up in their team colors and will portray some character or alter ego that embodies their vision of what their team represents to them. While some of them are questionable in their choice of attire, their devotion to their team is not and cannot be questioned. These super fans have become part of the face of the team just as much as a star player might. Even more so when you consider that the player might get cut or traded but the super fan and his character will remain year after year. For these fans, the love they have for their team can often spill into their every day life.  When Gorilla Rilla got married in 2012, he did so in full costume and invited many other super fans to celebrate his and his brides special day. They wouldn’t have it any other way!  For these select few, the season never ends. Often times they will continue to support their team by being part of the various community outreach programs that the teams hold. They have become celebrities in the stands and in the tailgate parties before the game. These fans will often pose for pictures with other fans whether it be friend or foe. It is not uncommon for an elite fan to spend thousands of dollars on their costume and to spend years cultivating it to get it just right. They will also spend some or most of game day getting ready in some sort of pregame ritual, much like a Hollywood artist might do.  Another characteristic of a super fan is their willingness to travel. Often times, these super fans will travel to away games just to see their favorite teams play. Take for  instance Ron Rickard, a super fan that has seen the Silver and Black live for over 200 games, and counting. These elite fans exist all over the NFL landscape, so much so that there is actually a  Super Fan Hall of Fame in  Canton, right along side the players, the way it should be. There is no denying that these elite few love what they do and do so for their team, win-lose or tie.

 

 

Oct 16, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan hold sign in the memory of the late owner Al Davis (not pictured) during the game against the Cleveland Browns at the O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Die-Hard Fans

Die-hard fans are a step down from elite only in that they will not don a costume or makeup, but the unwavering support remains. Die hard fans typically will have a shrine or man cave dedicated to their beloved team. These fans are also season ticket holders and come rain, sleet or snow will be in the stands rooting for their teams to win one more time. Die hard fans will also be able to recite their teams history because they have been around long enough to remember all those years of football. This knowledge becomes a badge of honor for many of us as well as a chance to reminisce about past glory days or plays that became part of NFL lore (Immaculate Deception, The DAMN Tuck Rule). These fans will defend their team and organization come win or loss. You cannot question their devotion and they scoff at you if you mention that you have a “back-up” team. There is no back up team to a die-hard.  Die hard’s will also be at every tailgate and will often comment on blogs and posts about their team, often times having multiple logins to any number of websites that post about their team.  A die will also despise the fans of any other team in their division or if there is a  long history with a rival outside the division (Steelers) . They would not want it any other way. Come Sunday, if they aren’t at the game, better make room and move out because you will not get these fans to pull away from the TV when their team is on. Often times, die-hard’s consider it an investment to buy Sunday Ticket packages. If there was a way to claim that cost on taxes, they would. Many times, these type of fans have become fans because it was generational. Their father, uncle, brother, cousin was a fan and now they carry on the tradition proudly. Don’t be surprised if you see a die-hard roll up his sleeve, pant leg or shirt to reveal his awesome tattoo of his favorite team. Die-hard’s also think it is perfectly acceptable to decorate their vehicles in their teams colors and would not even consider buying a vehicle that was outside the color scheme  of their team. Some might be content to place a sticker on their vehicle while others might get a custom license plate. Still for others, they will have a need to decorate their whole vehicle in their teams logo to really show their pride. Lastly, a die-hard will  NEVER, EVER  play as another team when it comes to John Madden Football. Just like on the real field, win-lose or tie….. Raiders til I die.

 

November 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; An Oakland Raiders fan wears a paper bag over his head during a timeout in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Oakland Raiders 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Casual Fan

The casual fan is not heavily invested in their team. They might catch a game here or there if they have time. To a casual fan, it is not heart breaking if their team loses. They have no real emotional attachment to their team like a super fan or die-hard would. A casual fan can be easily distracted if their team is losing and will quickly change the channel to a more interesting game or show. These type of fans will maybe catch one or two games a year at the stadium but do not go out of their way to support their team. These are the fans that you will often find in the ticket lines come game days.  The casual fan often times knows and associates with a die-hard but has not made that leap of faith yet. They are still on the sidelines and often times do not get the devotion and pride that emanates from a  die-hard.  These fans are basically along for the ride and the free food at the tailgate. They have a semblance of interest to see how things will turn out during the season. Their wardrobe might consist of one or two items that show their allegiance  but usually it is of an old player that hasn’t been there for two to three years. These fans couldn’t tell you the names of five players, let alone the position of said players.  These fans do have a back up team and will proudly tell you that they do. If you ever see a fan with a bag over his head at the game,  they are probably a casual fan as a die-hard will find this disrespectful, no matter how bad the team is doing. Die-hard’s and elite fans consider these fans a work in progress…to a point.

 

Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers fans react during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

The Fair Weather Fan

Now we are getting  into the lower level of fanaticism. These type of fans typically will root for their team when the team is doing good or on a win streak.  These fans are boisterous when times are good and scarce to non-existent when the teams winning ways have subsided. These types of fans will over compensate for their lack of team and football knowledge by trying to be loud and obnoxious by constantly repeating their teams good times but quiet down when you mention their woes, because they weren’t there to experience them.  To elite, die-hard and casual fans, these fair-weather fans are laughable at times. They will line up with the casual fans on Sundays at the ticket office but will be gone the following home games if their team loses that day.  They will gladly sport their recent jersey purchase of their so-called “favorite player” but will claim to have “lost” it the following season after their team fails to make the playoffs.  A fair weather fan will project his disdain for their opponents but could not tell you the make up of the rest of the division. A fair weather fan will tell you that they picked their team because of their colors or some other non football related reason.  (When writing this, for some strange reason, I kept thinking of a certain Southern California City…oh well.)

 

The Bandwagon Fans

These type of fans represent the lowest echelon of fan. These types of fans cause all other fans great concern in that they aren’t really fans.  Band wagon fans will root for the hot team that is getting all the publicity on the internet and cable shows. You can count on the band wagon fan have no knowledge of their “favorite team” except maybe the city and team colors. Like fair weather fans, these fans will claim true allegiance to their team but when pressed to name their favorite player will be quick to change the subject or will give you a name that doesn’t exist like Leon Sandcastle. They are also loud and annoying because they too, like fair-weather fans, will try to overcompensate for their serious lack of football basics. You can most definitely count on the band wagon fan to be at your Super Bowl party sporting memorabilia by one of the teams that is playing that day. When you invite them the following year, you can also count on them to be wearing a different teams jersey or color that surprise, surprise is also playing that Sunday.

So what type of fan are you?

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  • Silvia Arredondo

    Die-hard!

  • R8RSRULE

    Thanks Silvia for reading my article. I’ve met very few Raiders fans that aren’t die-hard’s…those that are less than that, I no longer associate with. LOL!!

  • FresnoTeacher

    It seems unfair to go from someone whois a season ticket holder to someone who had a back-up team. I have been a Raider fan my whole life, have never wavered. But according to your groups, I would be a casual fan. How about another group: Die Hard fans who live in reality. We go to games when we can afford it, we won’t get arrested or into a fist fight just because someone shouts “Raiders Suck”because we are able to correctly prioritize life. I may not have a Raider tattoo or dress up every game day, but I believe I represent a huge number of Raider fans you dismiss as casual. Just my thoughts.

  • R8RSRULE

    Hey Fresno Teacher!!

    Thanks for reading my article. If you consider yourself a die hard then that’s what you are. These categories aren’t set in stone and I am not about to tell you that you have to be in one or the other. This is just a tongue in cheek article to get us past the lull before minicamps start. Based on what you told me, you would be a die hard in my book….”Raiders fan my whole life”. I know we all can’t be season ticket holders or go to every game. That’s why I wrote about the fans that watch the games at home.
    BTW, where do you teach at, as I am a product of the Fresno Unified School District. Edison H.S. c/o ’91

  • FresnoTeacher

    Cool. I’m Roosevelt class

  • FresnoTeacher

    1992

  • R8RSRULE

    Grew up by there. My whole life before leaving for the service. Ventura and 8th. Fosters Freeze. LOVE me some Me N Eds.

  • R8RSRULE

    Do you teach at Roosevelt now?

  • U A Plumberman

    Being a season ticket holder from southern ca. I find amusement in that teams fans south of me. Every year they drink the Kool Aide down there and they are so proud! Flags and banners flying every where! Soon as they lose three games a in a row ( and they always do that’s why they are the Chockers ). They just disappear.

  • Brandon Gross

    Die hard right here! If I could afford to be there every sunday I would. My tattoo says it all “win lose or tie raiders till I die!”

  • Marcos Salazar

    As your tailgating partner and fellow season ticket holder… You know i’m a Die-Hard… Keep the great articles coming!!!

  • Matthew Devich

    The only reason I’m a Die Hard Fan and not an Elite Super fan is because I don’t wear a costume, Unless you consider any and all my athletic gear which all has Silver n Black in it and I rep it Daily ! Wear it loud and wear it proud “Ain’t Nobody Loud as A Raider Crowd” RN4L.

  • Matthew Devich

    Your Die Hard !

  • R8RSRULE

    Thanks for reading my article Plumberman! I agree, Choker fans chirp and squawk about how great their team is and seem content to live in a history of mediocrity. I can understand why they are fair weather fans though. SD is a great city with lots to do, why spend your time rooting for a team that has never even made it to .500. I love our ninth home game of the year!

  • R8RSRULE

    Thanks for reading my article Brandon, you’re a die hard through and through.

  • R8RSRULE

    Thanks for the support bro! I cant wait for the season to start, with the new tailgate mobile. Three years of tailgating and each year its gotten better and better.

  • R8RSRULE

    Matthew, thanks for reading my article! Definitely a die hard. I bet you even take your “good” gear to get dry cleaned and pressed huh? LOL. I do that with my AFL anniversary Mcfadden jersey, only cuz it’s white.

  • Rome Silvas

    Die Hard all the way!!! It was like reading about me the whole time.

  • R8RSRULE

    Thanks for reading the article Rome…I bet you’ve been called Raider Rome at one point or another huh?

  • Rome Silvas

    I have actually. Some of the guys at the tailgate and our section (104) do

  • Raider Grant

    Die Hard Raider Fanatic, but would definitely evolve into Super Fan if I was fortunate enough to be a season ticket holder! Happy 4th of July Raider Nation!

  • R8RSRULE

    how did I know…if you rep the Raiders and your name starts with an R..sorta goes hand in hand. I sit in 106. See you at the games!

  • R8RSRULE

    Being a super fan is a calling to some. Thanks for reading the article! I’ve thought about it too…but this is enough. What would your character be?

  • Alter Ego

    Yes …but…the last 10 years and counting…

  • Alter Ego

    Die Hard Fans

  • Alter Ego

    Idiot Fans

  • R8RSRULE

    The clown troll has arrived with his all too common statement of the last ten years…hilarious! I see you have nothing new to boast about your team, you go ahead and stick with that…consider it a consolation prize. Like a finger puzzle they give out at the fair when you don’t win the big one…typical of chargers fans. LOL

  • Alter Ego

    I’m celebrating your 10 years with you.

  • Alter Ego

    Looks like the streak easily goes Eleven Years in a row.

  • Alter Ego

    Ha Ha

  • R8RSRULE

    Ha! Since you like to point out history in small numbers, lets look at the last three years then. The Raiders have actually split the series with the dolts to come back up to .500 in the last three years. So that is a gain of 25% in three years from 4-16 in the last ten. I’d call that a trend in the right direction. Call it how you want to make you feel better about your always has been always will be crappy team. Even your rookies know which team is better. Sad state to be a Choker fan

  • Alter Ego

    hmmm…

  • Alter Ego

    You can’t handle the truth….

  • Alter Ego

    Well..

  • Alter Ego

    :)

  • Alter Ego

    then of course…

  • Bob Yost

    Yeah!! That will work out well for ya,… Raiders fans aren’t known to fight back.

  • Bob Yost

    Die hard here,… I’m wearing black ’til they invent something darker.

  • Alter Ego

    Raider fan

  • Raider Grant

    The Oakland Orc ??? Not one of the little sissy orcs either,but that bad ass danzig looking one on LOTR. I could always dress up like Paul’s moms vajayjay….I’m sure its ugly,mean looking, plus it takes on entire football teams & that is intimidating!

  • Brandon Gross

    No problem I enjoyed reading it see you at the games. Only 1 more month till football!

  • Bill Nichols

    Piss ants!! Make up your damn minds, are you from Oakland, or LA?? Bet you guys root for the Dodgers when they are in contention, or The A’s, or the Angels,. Bunch of metal cases if you ask me. You Go Paul!! Bolts for life Baby. And your damn uniforms are ugly, what, ya’ll color blind??

  • R8RSRULE

    Thanks for reading the article Bob. Can’t wait for the season to start!

  • R8RSRULE

    That’s a cool idea there!! we were talking about that last year as to what character is missing. We came up with ninja and or samurai. Hell, there’s plenty of ideas out there. Last year there was a transformer/decepticon, which I thought was pretty cool.

  • R8RSRULE

    It doesn’t matter where we’re from, we’re world wide, you should know that by now when we travel to our ninth home game every year. EVERY YEAR!! I could care less about baseball, just not as exciting as football.
    As for the uniforms, best ever!! That’s why so many other teams in all sports have emulated the color scheme. Funny how I don’t see any other team rushing out to claim “powder puff blue” into their colors.
    If you are color blind, then you would most likely not be able to differentiate between green and red. What, y’all stupid or something?…Never mind you’re a Dolt fan…pretty much answered itself

  • Shiza57

    Die hard from Washington State! Only games I get to go to are the Seahawk/Raiders pre season games, which suck, cause it’s always week 4. Miss the Seahawks being in our division, and oh, by the way, Paul H. is a Douche!!!

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  • Alter Ego

    Thanks Bill

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