|"Man if this guy doesn't let me go. I swear....!"|
I'm quite sure that you have a favorite team or player as well. It's a lot of fun keeping up with them and scheduling your week around their games etc. What I want to look at today is, when does being a fan go too far and tip over into the terror dome of being a groupie.
There are so many people that become groupies and don't realize it. Well...maybe they do and just don't care. Let's look at what they both are and you can determine which category you fall into.
Fan is short for fanatic! Now being a fan of a team or a particular player is completely permissible. You're simply taking an interest in a team or player because you like the way they play the game or you admire what they've gone through to get to this point in there careers etc.
For example, I'm a huge fan of Kevin Garnett because of his passion for the game. He's the only guy in the NBA that plays a Tuesday night February game like it's the NBA Finals. He's played that way since he was in high school in Chicago. There aren’t very many people that understand that passion opens the door to greatness at every level of life. KG completely gets it!
I'm also a LeBron fan because of the way he's been able to excel without having a father in his life and having an unstable mother. Regardless of what you may have thought of "The decision" he's never in trouble and always handles himself well. I'm an Sooner fan because as child I loved the way they ran the wishbone in the '70's & '80's. I was a running back so I liked watching the team that ran the ball better than anyone else.
So in other words, being a fan is simply respecting guys/teams for the way they get down. If you see the guy on the street you give them a pound and keep it moving bruh. It's as simple as that.
Now being a groupie is like being on a whole different planet! Groupies don't operate with rational behavior at all. They run into a player and want to be the guys best friend right away. They completely overstep their bounds and become intrusive. Groupie is the person that wants to talk way too much and take pictures when it's not appropriate, like while the athlete is eating with his/her family. Then gets upset and tells everybody that they weren't very friendly.
You've heard them before telling the world, for example, that Allen Iverson was a complete jerk but they didn't say how much of a jerk they were to A.I.. They just destroy the player's reputation because they were an over zealous groupie.
|The ultimate sucker move!|
The groupie always wants an autograph or has some silly request. I just believe that taking picture with or asking for an autograph from a player is for kids only. The worse move of all time was when Cowboys RB Tashard Choice asked for Michael Vick's autograph after the game last year. Complete sucker move. Now don’t get me wrong I’ve got a house full of autographed memorabilia but it’s all from people that I have personal relationships with. They're my boys!
Once you're considered an adult then you move into groupie status if you see Peyton Manning at the grocery store and stop him for a picture and you don't have your kid with you. You guys already know how I feel about grown men in jerseys so we won't even go that again.
So the question is, "Are you a Fan or a Groupie?
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