Dear “Boston” Fans
Dear “Boston” fans,
As many of you pointed out this past weekend, the New England Patriots are essentially the greatest team ever assembled and you have definitely been rooting for them since before they got good. In fact, you love Boston. Your uncle Joey grew up there and you once spent a summer in Southie. Oh, and Good Will Hunting is probably your favorite movie. You go to all the Red Sox games in Seattle because “the Mariners suck and can’t even fill their own stadium”. You make sure everyone knows you are there by wearing your David Ortiz jersey and your alternate Red Sox cap. You named your first son Tom after the best quarterback ever. You are a true fan. A diehard.
What was that? You grew up in Seattle, attended Nathan Hale High School and just fell in love with the ’04 Sox because of Johnny Damon? What was that? You jumped on the Patriots bandwagon because they win all the time? What was that? You bailed on your hometown teams because “they never win”? Of course you did.
But that’s right, Richard Sherman of the Seahawks is the idiot/jerk/insert word here for tweeting a picture of him taunting Tom Brady. Leave the “golden boy” alone. Let’s ignore the fact that Brady told Sherman and safety Earl Thomas “to find him after that game”. I think Sherman should have responded, “will Gisele be there?” That would make me show up win or lose.
Speaking of showing up whether win or lose, how about those “Boston” fans? Don’t die hard fans show up even if there team is a losing squad? Yep, I realize that the Mariners have dwindling attendance. In fact, the M’s were last in MLB in home capacity this year at 44.4% for the season of potential attendance. But you do realize that this town has suffered through nine years of mediocrity and even pitiful performance including five seasons over 90 losses? How many bad years have the Red Sox suffered through? Oh this was the first one since the magical 2004 season? And what happened? That’s right – no one came to Seattle this time.
Monday, September 3 – 21,641 fans
Tuesday, September 4 – 12,754 fans
Wednesday, September 5 – 13,037 fans
Those last two rank in the bottom ten of games in Seattle Mariners history. Where did all the “Boston” fans go that fill up Safeco Field? They moved since last season?
But they still come to the Patriots game at Century Link Field because they are “real fans”. They come to a stadium where Seahawks fans have sold out the place 80 consecutive times despite not having a winning season since 2007. See, the fans in Seattle will still go just as long as their ownership shows a little hope and a little connection to the ones who buy tickets. See, Seattle fans are Seattle fans. They aren’t “Boston” fans. They aren’t those who grew up somewhere else and adopted the Sox or Pats because they won. That isn’t being a fan. That is being a front runner. That isn’t the point of watching sports.
And it is getting worse. One Boston fan – maybe from Boston or maybe not – tweeted this to Sherman after the Hawks win over the Pats last Sunday:
Who cares? You will be 8-8 at the end of the year and we will be in the Super Bowl.
Guess what “Boston” fans? You know who you sound like? Yankee fans. Yep, the ones you supposedly hate the most. This summer my Yankee “friend” told me that Felix Hernandez would be a Yankee in a year or so after I texted him about a dominant performance over New York. Just like Boston fans. Don’t believe me?
This picture was tweeted by @ThePatriotWay. Love the profile – “I don’t have followers…I have fans”. Place of residence? “Your mom’s bed”. You can’t make this stuff up. There is no way this dude grew up in Boston.
For all the real Boston fans out there, we respect you. We wish our teams would win as much as yours. But for those of you who are “Boston” fans. Those who live in our communities and tweet at Richard Sherman. Those who only rooted for the Sox and Pats after they started winning. On behalf of Seattle fans….
2012 Seattle Mariners 75-87
2012 Boston Red Sox 69-93
Sunday, October 14 – Seattle Seahawks 24, New England Patriots 23
2012 Seattle Seahawks 4-2
2012 New England Patriots 3-3
Real Fans from Seattle