I'd say that many fans that bash other fans are off base. People point the finger at other fans who they think are bandwagon fans, but how do they know that those fans haven't been fans all alone? Did people do a poll and figure out who the real fans are? Do the real fans wear some type of wrist band so we'll know who has been a fan longer? I'd say that a lot of fans are pointing the finger, but they don't know who's a real fan or not. And they probably have the finger pointed at them because other fans don't know how long they've rooted for that team.
Lakers fans get it as bad as anybody. People love to rag on Lakers fans as being bandwagon fans, even though they have no evidence to support that argument. I've heard people make assumptions that the Lakers aren't getting as much fan support now that they aren't contenders. What are people basing that on? Did they do a study? Or are they just making stuff up to fit their view point?
Well, fan attendance is a good measuring stick for fan support. Many like to say that the Lakers aren't packing Staples Center, but their attendance figures are just as high over the past two years as it was when they were on their title runs. People want to say that LA will only support a winner, but the Clippers didn't see much of an increase in attendance. The Dodgers, who haven't done anything of note since 1988, always are amoung the league leaders in attendance. The only team that beats them out on a consistant basis is the Yankees.
It's funny when people rag on Lakers fans who fly the flags during the playoffs, but not during the offseason, saying they aren't real fans. Who in their right mind, real fan or not, will fly a team's flag when the team isn't even playing? Are there a lot of people in Denver with Broncos flags on their cars right now?
I didn't intent to make this post about LA, just using LA as an example because many people like to say that LA is full of bandwagoneers, and because I'm here and can see what's going on.
The point is that we don't know who is a real fan and who isn't. For all we know a high percentage of the people wearing the gear are real fans. The people in the suites could also be real fans. But everybody wants to act like anybody with a lot of money can't be a real fan.
I'm a real Lakers fan, but I rarely go to the games. But when I become a millionare (I'm working towards it), I'll get some good seats. Who knows, maybe 20 years down the line I'll become a multi-millionare. If that happens, I'll be sitting next to the Hollywood stars. And people will look at me like I'm not a real fan.
The whole thing is silly in my opinion.