Super Bowl XLVII-Die Hards v. Bandwagon fans

Yeah! My 49ers are in the Super Bowl. I am very excited – but, for REAL. I was born and raised a San Francisco 49er fan and cheer them on win, lose, or draw. I have never been a fair-weather fan. Actually, I am not fond of bandwagon jumpers, period.  Sure, it sucked standing outside last year in a full body sized, clear, condom, doubling as a rain parka with ripped pockets allowing the pouring rain in and soaking my (now) ex-boyfriend and I from head to toe. All of that torture just to watch my 49ers lose to the NY Giants. But, we stuck it out and stayed to the very last minute while our nose hairs froze into little icicles and we could not feel our feet from standing in ankle high puddles. That is a fan! We left the stadium with the other die-hard fans to go cry in our soup (beer) and blame the refs and any other external variables for the loss. Point is, I was there when they lost. Were you?Let me ask those annoying people standing in line to get into my local bar on Sunday if they could say the same? No. They would have left or better yet never made it through the half-time show.  Don’t you hate when you support something and no one cares until it actually affects THEM in some way? If it only affects them so that they can jump on the bandwagon and have something to talk about because everyone else is talking about it, gives them the opportunity to wear cool gear or just because it creates “fan-demonium” (aka greatest parties ever) then they SUCK! Move out of the way and let the real fans have the best seats at the bar.

Bandwagon Fan
You know that person? I saw her on Sunday. She walks into the dive bar wearing a jersey that had just been bought (I could still see the price tag on the back). She picks the jersey with the last name of the player ONLY because she thinks he is the best looking on the team. She has no idea what position he plays or anything about him except for that he is cute. Her parents accompany her to the bar, also donned in gear they picked up from the same shopping trip where she got her “cute” players jersey. Her hair has been professionally blown-out; she is trying to work black spandex pants with a hint of shimmer (so they are clearly nighttime leggings), 5 inch black suede (nighttime) ankle boots, and a purse with a gold chain strap (yes, nighttime) at 12 o’clock in the afternoon.san francisco 49ers high heels Her face is caked with makeup and her eyeliner curls around her eyes as if she would be more suited walking down the catwalk than watching a Niner game at a dive bar. The girl could have been half way decent if she actually watched the game. From the moment “Look at me” walked into the bar she began yelling, “daddy, daddy, daddy” at the top of her squeaky lungs while her “daddy” stood in front of the very same television I was trying to watch kickoff on. She continued to make sure everyone knew she was in attendance at the bar by squeaking at the littlest play and changing seats every ten minutes as if she was playing hot potato. Go home!

Of course, she grabs my attention and then I have a hard time focusing on the game because she is so much fun to talk about. She was an Atlanta Falcons fan and we all know what happened to that team. Funny, that when I used the restroom she made a point to look down my shirt, grab my long gold necklace and tell me that she loved it. Yeah.  (I am never wearing that necklace again). Promise you that jersey will never see another sports bar because by the time she actually watches a football game the current players on the Atlanta Falcons will be retired. Promise.

I have realized that when watching a sporting event you have the sublime to the ridiculous fans. “Look at me” is the “ridiculous” just like the girls you see wearing way too short of skirts for the month of January. Sublime would be those fans that while watching the game nothing can sway their attention. I don’t even think they blink when they watch their beloved team. These are the guys who can ramble every statistic from the last 40 years (including facts about the cheerleaders) from their favorite team. When talking to someone like this, just let him talk. He knows more.  He has every jersey of every top ball player from the 1960’s through today, wears a jacket from 1985, and even has a thermos so that he can carry around his coffee enabling him to stay awake and watch every pregame, game, after game and after after game show.  I have to hand it to these guys though, they stand by their team, no matter how good or bad they do. I stand by my team too but call it a day with tattooing the name of my favorite teams on my body! There is a fine line between fan and fanatic. I’ll leave that up to the sublime fans.49ers fanBut, one of my favorite Niner fans is located at Candlestick Park. No, I think that may actually be his address. He is always there and gets the #1 closest parking spot near the stadium. Not only does he have #1, but he has #2-10 for all of his tailgating material. He is always wearing his lucky jersey (that has seen better days and maybe a washing machine 10 years ago), jeans beyond saggy in the butt from sitting in front of the big screen TV hanging off the back of his buddies truck while his lifted Ford Hemi holds the satellite dish in the parking lot (in front of the stadium). He does not miss a minute of anything pertaining to his beloved 49ers.  The TV and satellite just take up parking spots #1 and #2 while the #3 spot is for his Benihana style tepinyaki table he cooks on for 40 other diehards before the game. He meticulously sets up the remainder of the parking spots with tents full of 49er memorabilia – from hats, t-shirts, phones, underwear, toilet paper, socks and anything else you can write San Francisco 49ers on. Love this guy! Pure entertainment.

I would much rather sit with someone who knows who they are and what they stand for any day. I will take all the idiosyncrasies of an avid fan over a bandwagon jumper.

If you don’t know, you don’t. So sit back and watch. Maybe you will learn.

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Melany’s Guydlines # 32 –People know when you are full of shit while watching a sporting event (and wearing the walk of shame outfit from last night does not help your case –GO HOME). Don’t be a bandwagon jumper. You are annoying!

GO 49ers!!!! Beat the Baltimore Ravens! Kaepernicking and Colin Kaepernick all day long.











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36 Responses to Super Bowl XLVII-Die Hards v. Bandwagon fans

  1. miguel nolasco January 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    OMG Melany !!!!!!!! Back when I was an L A RAMS fan . I never in my wildest dreams want to ever meet a REAL 49der FAN. They were always the EMEMY !! Now that they (the RAMS) play somewhere outside of CALI. i gave up on PRO FOOTBALL. I never could bring myself to root for any other teams here in CALI. BUT since I met you, I said “hey maybe I should be a 49der FAN for the rest of the SEASON”. WELL if they (the 49der) win the SUPER BOWL in 2 weeks will I be a BANDWAGON FAN??? I know you are a DIE-HARD FAN, there’s no hiding that. Please forgive for and call me out if I ever wear 49der gear around YOU. Maybe I use a TIMEMACHINE and go back and become a fan when the L A RAMS left town.OH BTW the RAMS played in ANAHIEM but were still called the LA RAMS

    • Melany January 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      You can be honorary 49er die hard fan!

      • miguel nolasco January 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

        Thanks MELANY , you’re a SWEETHEART !!! GO NINERS !!! I mean G O N I N E R S ! ! ! How am I doing ???

        • Melany January 24, 2013 at 11:04 am #

          Good job! GO NINERS! Win this Super Bowl!

  2. Alicia T January 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Love, love, love this! I too was at that playoff game last year drenched from head to toe. I just remember that walk back to the parking lot was a quiet one. I even met Sergio Romo while in line heading to the game. He’s a true fan. So excited for our Niners! All these years of being a Forty Niner Faithful have paid off!

    • Melany January 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      Did I see you at that game? It was brutal! Thanks for the comment! Pass along to your friends! GO NINERS!

  3. Janet January 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Sorry you’re in trouble with Facebook again. Maybe that is not such a bad thing because I loved this too. Facebook is lame but you sure aren’t. 49er fan for lie

    • Melany January 23, 2013 at 7:13 am #

      Facebook is like jail! HAHHA! 49ers!

  4. Stephanie January 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    I really thought nothing was worse than going into a bar or restaurant 2002 and 2003 seeing every bandwagon fan wearing Raiders gear. Havin the bandwagoners switch Jersey’s to when the Niners finally started winning again is worse. I have waited oh so long for this moment and can’t wait to hear the words “niners have finally won another superbowl!!!”
    Now all we need is for AZ to make it to the freaking Rose Bowl in our lifetime and we will be golden;)

    • Melany January 23, 2013 at 7:13 am #

      Raiders -BOOO. Yes, Niners WIN super bowl and Az just make it to the Rose Bowl!!! HAHA! We have bball. Wildcats!

  5. Steven Berman January 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    49er’s Fan since coming into this world. Remember as a very young boy in the hills of San Carlos living right next door to Frank Nunley and Gene Washington. Anyone old enough to remember these guys??
    Sitting in my seat, freezing from the cold wind of Candlestick Park Watching the Niners playing the Los Angeles Rams and probably losing! Then in awe YEARS later when I was able to cook for the Niners at the Fish Market the year they won Superbowl 16. Dwight Clark, Joe Montana, Ronny Lott, Roger Craig, Fred Dean and so on. I miss all the 49er stuff I accumulated through my years as a faithful fan in my house fire. But to this day, never waiver in my support for the RED an GOLD, MINE, YOURS and OUR San Francisco 49’ers

    • Melany January 23, 2013 at 7:12 am #

      Too bad you loss all of that niner gear. That is heartbreaking! But, you still have all of your great memories!

  6. Esther b January 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Where do you come up with this? You sure come up with some good ones. Maybe you need to start a book of one liners. Too funny!

    • Melany January 23, 2013 at 7:12 am #

      Book of one liners is a great idea! As long as you promise to buy it!

  7. Susan January 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    Does spray painting my house in a Niners theme make me a sublime fan? 🙂

    • Melany January 23, 2013 at 7:11 am #

      Yes – you are a die hard fan! Go 49ers!

  8. Dave January 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    First of all I was jealous you were at that game last year! Awesome game! Especially the fumbles! Go NY Football Giants! I agree I hate bandwagon fans. Like when you all of a sudden see laker flags on cars during playoff season. I was in a conversation today where my friends husband who as long as I have known him has been a die hard laker fan, and she told me today he doesn’t want to miss a Clipper game? Wow that was fast let’s go with the front runner. The worst are the fans who aren’t from the same geographic location. So you’re a Cowboys fan? What part of Texas are you from, Im not, I grew up in California. Oh I see. Or people who try to get you. Someone asked me what made me a NY Giants fan? Let’s see my family has had season tickets since the 60’s and I went to every Giants home game since I was 5 years old. Meanwhile this guy is a Pats fan but never lived anywhere near New England. So I agree, hate them wandwagon fans! Go Baltimore…ha ha ha. Only reason I would root for them is cause I have money on them.

  9. Erin January 23, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    HA! That girl sounds annoying!!! Awesome post….totally get the fan bandwagon thing. You know where I’m from, so you can only imagine the tailgating, bar fights, etc that I’ve seen!!!

    • Melany January 23, 2013 at 7:11 am #

      That is true! I am sure you have a few fan fight stories!

  10. Green January 23, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    49ers all the way! When you live in the Bay you are raised either a Raiders fan or 49ers fan…. Always been a 49ers fan!

    • Melany January 23, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      DIE HARD! 49ERS!

  11. Eli@coachdaddy January 23, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    You nailed this! I could just see that girl, too. I love asking the bandwagoners an easy question about the team, like, WHO IS OUR COACH? Many couldn’t handle this.

    There’s nothing like talking football with a woman who knows her stuff. I got to talk to Stacey Dales about football this season for like 30 minutes … completely awesome.

    Go Niners – take care of those Ravens after what they did to my Broncos!

    • Melany January 23, 2013 at 8:53 am #

      HAHA! I Should have given her a pop quiz on football 101. Awesome! Maybe I can get an interview!

  12. Geek Girl January 23, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    I love this post! And I SO get it. 🙂

    • Melany January 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

      Great so happy you do! Are you a niner fan?

  13. Heather C January 23, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Seattle is the worst with bandwagon fans. This Seahawk season was ridic! I will be rooting for the 49ers this SB, just for the Westcoast love. I am still heartbroken that my Seahawks are out. :'(


    • Melany January 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      YEAH! Niners in the superbowl!! Westcoast!

  14. Jamie January 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I love it too! Go niners 😉

  15. Jossie January 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Melany, It is great to see a true Niners fan. I have loved the Niners since I was a kid I have a Joe Montana jersey size youth Large. I love my team everyday win or lose. I’m ready for February 4th so I can go get a special made jersey that reads
    San Fran6co 49ERS. I need a pair of those heels in a size 7 to go with my outfit.

    • Melany January 28, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Thanks for writing! Die HARD! I love those shoes..wonder where we can get them?

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