The 12th man in football. The 7th man in hockey. The 10th man in baseball.
We get it, you like your teams. You are good fans. You are loud at the games. You may even force a false start at some point.
But you aren’t actually a player. You don’t matter all that much.
Looking at you, Seattle. No need to raise that obnoxious flag and talk about it nonstop every home game. Sure, you’re loud. But so is Arrowhead and Lambeau and they don’t feel the need to incessantly brag about it.
You too, Texas A&M. Kyle Field is cool! 105,000 fans is a lot! But you still have to put a winning team out there. There are other stadiums that are smaller than yours, but still louder.
And oh, the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres (in the race for the first pick in next year’s NHL draft) are honoring their fans with a 7th man award. Not joking. Maybe the Sabres would be relevant if they could play seven guys.
Maybe there is just something wrong with the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Mariners have a fan group that calls itself the 10th man. The Seattle Mariners. They have King Felix and Robinson Cano, but they still haven’t been relevant since Ken Griffey and Edgar Martinez. You enjoyed the benefits of the most of Ichiro’s career and still weren’t relevant.
At least the 6th fan isn’t as popular in basketball. Duke’s Cameron Crazies and the Fighting Illini’s Orange Krush provide some creativity.
My point? Fans aren’t players. You are not in the game. Be more creative with your names.