Ok, I am game.
My definition and attitude towards fandom have changed through the years. Before, I always thought a fan was someone who supported the team through thick and thin. Now, I believe a fan is someone who enjoys watching said team. No more, no less.
Lets face facts here, we all want to say we are going to be fans of the Wings for life. Things change. Teams change. In another 20 years, this team may be the dead things again. Then most of us will go elsewhere and be fans of other teams. Some may stick around through the thin times, but I don't blame anyone who won't support a team that has a major downturn.
I know many Chicago fans that stopped supporting the Blackhawks because of what the previous owners were doing to the team. The blackouts, bad business decisions, and really just giving a big middle finger to the fans was a tough pill to swallow. Many just abandoned the Blackhawks and supported other teams. When the owner passed away and his son took over, he made major changes that brought the fans back.
These days, fandom isn't forever. People change. Sports clubs change. We all won't be Wings fans for life. Some of us may stick with the team, but I don't have an issue with people moving on from one team to support another.
Be a fan of whatever team you would like. Support the right team with your time and money. Thats what it all comes down to.
This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode about "fandom" where he basically said all that you're really cheering for is clothes. I can see for younger fans how it would be tough. There's very little or no loyalty with the players or the owners anymore. Again, Detroit fans are spoiled because so few players leave or are traded (I know many don't see that as a good thing) But we get plenty of time to form an attachment to the players and not many long term players leave to free agency or are traded.
There may be a time in the future where the ownership is horrible and there's a lousy product on the ice and I may not like what they do, but I can't see transferring my fandom to another team. I like players on other teams and respect other organizations, but couldn't see it going farther than that.
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