By Yasmin Neal
To be or not to be a fan, or in the Fan Club; that is the question. Game after game, a spectator becomes a part of the team after a while.
Fans sit through hot, humid, cold, and rainy days at football, baseball, soccer games, and so on. Matters of fact, hockey fans endure frigid temperatures, and they watch at their own risk in regard to hockey puck mishaps.
Whatever the sport may be, the spectator plays a major role. Many people take off from work to catch flights to see their teams play, and some people even have their internet home page logged into their favorite team's website; my friend Zubal for instance.
Some fans have game scores automatically emailed to them on a quarter by quarter and inning by inning basis, via phone instant messaging and regular email.
Fans are required to cheer, clap, sing, wave the "jumbo hand, perform on the jumbo-tron, and engage in the infamous wave that begins at one side of the stands and progresses to the other. Fans buy the t-shirts, hats and all of the other paraphernalia. Some die hard fans go to the extremes and paint their faces and/or bodies, embellish their vehicles, or better yet, come to the games and actually out dress the costumed mascot.
Fans from all walks of life engage in athletic appreciation whether it be little league, junior high, high school, college, or professional; everyone has this experience at least once in their lifetime.
This type of appreciation has urged millions world-wide to engage in some type of activity, that helps them gain the same type of satisfaction that they receive when cheering on their favorite player or team.
Especially when they engage in the same sport they love to watch, this way they feel like they have a better understanding and can relate better to the athletes.
Regardless, if people are in a sport or not, they do play a vital part in the club.
The Fan Club. They can just look at it as being the 10th player on the baseball field, the 6th man on the court, or better yet, the attorneys of sports. Fans fight till the death for their teams and they are quick to come out of the stands to battle a referee or umpire. I have come to the conclusion that being a fan in the Fan Club is a harder game to play. It takes a lot of heart, dedication, and humbleness; granted they don't get paid, to do what fans do.
Let's not forget that the lucky fans in the good expensive seats do get the reward of the flying t-shirt, as the fans in the nosebleeds get the satisfaction of watching them fight for it. Either way, every fan is in the club for the love of the game. Nosebleed or not, the true fans who want to be in attendance, still manage to suffer through it, pick up the jumbo hand, and cheer anyway.
(Yasmin Neal is an intern with the Daily. She is a Jonesboro High School graduate and a sophomore at Clayton State. She can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org