Ranking the Freaks October 2, 2011 by Chris LeBrun

I’m wearing my Patriots jersey for today’s game.  It’s a Tom Brady home replica jersey but the #12 is faded in some places.  I’ve worn this jersey every Sunday the Pats have played for the last 3 or 4 years.  Hence faded numbers.

I’m also wearing a Patriots ball cap.  It get’s worn more than just Sundays during the season and of course I’ve got a couple Patriots t-shirts that get worn regularly year round.

But it’s not just football.  I have 2 Red Sox jerseys (a home and an away version) that get worn a lot during the endless baseball season.  I’ve got only one Red Sox t-shirt and it’s getting kinda old and ratty (Christmas present idea alert)!  There’s also the Kyle Busch #18 M&Ms Toyota Camry jacket that gets worn, along with the #18 hat and at least 2 Busch t-shirts.  And did I mention the two hockey jerseys?

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m kind of a sports fan!

But it occurred to me this morning that this type of fan loyalty is not that much differentfrom Star Wars fans or Trekkies who show up to the convention or movie opening dressed as Darth Maul or a Klingon warrior!  The only difference is that one form of fandom is globally embraced and the other is universally derided.

I’ll let you figure out which is which.

Let’s be honest, wearing a costume to Comic-Con or movie premier is not that different than wearing a jersey to a sporting event.  You’re showing everyone else where your loyalty lies, who you’re a fan of, or how good your make-up artist is.  And no, I’m not only talking about Comic-Con!  But if I’m being honest I’ve gotta wonder if sports fans, the generally accepted fans, really aren’t the bigger freaks!

Why you ask?  Well I’m NOT going to the game today.  Or any game!  I’m watching the game from my couch.  The only people who are going to see my jersey and ball cap, and therefore appreciate my level of fan loyalty, are my wife and kids who already know how deep my loyalty goes.

On the flipside, I know a lot of Trekkies and sci-fi enthusiasts, but I’ve never heard of any of them dressing up in their fan gear to watch a movie in their own home; or to go out on a Saturday night; or to their buddy’s kid’s birthday party.  But sports fans will do all those things! Which might make them the bigger whackadoos!

Do I even need to get into a discussion about “lucky underwear?”  ‘Nuff said!

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