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Roll With The Winners...OR The Bandwagon

Roll With The Winners...OR The Bandwagon

Do you think there is a difference between rolling with the winners and just hopping on the bandwagon, or do you think it’s just the same thing? You have to decide for yourself, but here is my take on it... Sports fans are some of most craziest, greatest, and (some) dumb fans in the world, we either celebrating watching our teams win, going fucking loony when our team loses or have to listen to some brainless bozo who just started watching the sport for 24 hours and think they know everything, but that's the beauty of it. Now these days you have people who become overnight fans of teams just because you see them a lot on ESPN getting nonstop over the top coverage, whether its the NBA, NFL etc. The Oakland Raiders have been a strange losing team for awhile now but I support them cause that's my team, but i think they'll be a "sleeper" next season, hopefully they make that move to Vegas or LA. For example, if the Raiders go back to winning again watch how many people start to join the bandwagon and become fans. its unreal sometimes, coming from Ohio I'm not a Browns fan whatsoever, I think signing RG3 & robbing the Eagles with no ski mask in the off season was a ok move for them, now will i become a fan if they start winning?, no, I might get a RG3 jersey and support them or something but i am not cheering for the Browns, that Believeland 30 for 30 made Cleveland Sports look more hilarious in the light anyway, especially that team, besides I don't wanna be that "there's always next year" guy anyway, but if the Browns really wanna win a title they're gonna have to clone Jim Brown from 50 years ago so that's a myth already. The Panthers went to the Superbowl this year and there was fans outta nowhere, it was almost hilarious to see, don't get me wrong, Cam Newton is the shit, and it was messed up he had to lose like that, me personally I wanted him to win so he can shut the critics up, all season Cam was just being Cam, dancing, celebrating, having a great time doing what he does best in a MVP season, but the media and the others made him out to be some kind of villain which was bullshit, the hate bandwagon for Cam was stronger than the fans, they couldn't see a real nigga dominate in the NFL and make their team pass the controller before the 2nd half start, can you imagine the kind of hate he would have got if some footballs got deflated? Record setting.

Now for the NBA, this is the most noticeable sport of the bandwagon, Michael Jordan the greatest player to play the game of basketball, his situation is different, MJ was an icon, everybody wanted to be him on the court, watching him in the Bulls and Wizards uniform was cool. (By the way Jordan was still hooping on the Wizards, Kobe wasn't nothing like Jordan in his last season, don't disrespect MJ like that.) Jordan came outta retirement and played for the Wizards and everyone was watching, one game in general was the Wizards vs Cavs in 2002, I still remember it like it was yesterday, the days of Ricky Davis, Brian Skinner, Bimbo Coles, Andre Miller, Ilgauskas, and Tyrone Hill smh man what a garbage roster and yes it was terrible to watch, I couldn't do it but the Wizards and Cavs was going at it in the 4th quarter than all of a sudden he hits The Shot for the 3rd time on Cleveland in the same spot, unreal. Now when players hit game winning shots in the other teams building you would think the fans would be silent right?, not that night, we witnessed that shot go in and EVERYBODY in the Gund Arena cheered for Jordan, the shit was crazy, the Gund was on fire that night, Jordan is the original Cavs killer but fans that night were Jordan fans, there was no better way to end his season, it was perfect, but you see what I mean, the people rolled with Jordan no matter what, if he was to drop the cigars, the Mad Dog 20/20 and the JNCO and get right back in the gym for 1 year and make a comeback, people would be Hornets fans with the quickness.

The same thing goes for players like Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and now Steph Curry. A lot of people said when LeBron left Cleveland are there still going to be Cavs fans, there was (including me) but this shit was crazy, I couldn't support the Cavs in the same way others could because of some owner who got pissed and wrote a letter about Bron making a BUSINESS DECISION to be in a better position for him to win, why is it that difficult to understand?, I dont know, did i support Bron when he went to Miami, damn right I did, the man wanted to win and that's exactly what he did, he also caught the villain treatment from the media and bozo fans. When LeBron went to Miami people said he still wouldn't win, the brainless Cavs fans at the time were so desperate they combined Cavs & Mavs together for as t-shirts for the 2011 Finals, disgusting. The haters were even worse to an extent, they became fans of any team the Heat went up against in the playoffs, since 2011 people said the East is "weak", has no competition, funny thing is these were the same fans on the Celtics, Bulls, Pacers, Hawks and recently Raptors bandwagon, so what are really talking about. Now that LBJ is back in Cleveland all those people who burned his jersey love him again and its sick, Dan Gilbert took that letter down like it was a myth or something, that's why Bron winning a title for Cleveland is an interesting storyline, the owner and the fans who crushed him don't deserve it but the real fans who supported him still do, especially throughout Northeast Ohio, this is why Bron is the last hope for Cleveland Sports. The Cavs might not be "winners" yet, but I’m rolling with them because they have a shot, its different from the 2007-2010 seasons, way different, call it what you want.

Now the new bandwagon target is no other than Steph Curry, the hottest player in the game right now and the 1st "unanimous" MVP, amazing talent in the NBA, maybe the greatest shooter we ever seen, along with Klay Thompspn and Ray Allen but I think Curry got it. Steph appeared out of nowhere in 2014/2015. Going through multiple injuries in his career it's great to see him bounce back from it and shoot the lights out, Curry won the title in 2015 and everything changed in the sports world, in the 2015-2016 season we never seen so many Warriors fans out you would think Baron Davis dunks on Kirilenko every halftime show or they show his highlights against the Mavs everyday. The Warriors had a unreal season finishing 73-9 and ever since the hot takes have been overcooked, the comparisons to the 96 Bulls have been out of this world, from everything to scoring to defense, its amazing and hilarious, but its another reason why some people dislike them, me personally I don't, i "hate" the Warriors for basketball reasons, is it because of the 2015 Finals?, yes and more but that's sports for you, people really don't respect this team for what they done this year, they're a fun team to watch when they're not shitting on yours and a lot better than they were last year and that's scary. Now on to the fans, where were these people before, majority of em were Lakers fans, so they smoothly removed them Kobe jerseys and put that blue & yellow on and thought nobody would notice, same with some Celtics and even Cavs fans which is not surprising, you call these frauds out for being fans of teams that's irrelevant now they try to make up every excuse from the past present and future, but if it was the other way around though, they'd try to have a field day, which is why watching the Warriors lose sometimes is also great. You can be fan of your team and still pick whoever you got winning, and this isn't for the fans who supported their squad no matter what, this is more about the people who have a seat reserved on whatever bandwagon is winning/hot at the moment, there's Timberwolves fans out there that either has CLE, GS, or OKC winning it all in the finals, that doesn't mean they're on the bandwagon, but its mostly GS they're choosing you know why?, because they're winners and people are rolling with them, same with LeBron, he's a champion and some NBA fans have the Cavs winning it all (I'm hoping), even though its a small percentage but still it's basketball talk, stuff you hear and NBA XM Sirius Radio and see on NBA TV and sometimes ESPN, now ask yourself as you cheer for whatever team in the playoffs, are you rolling with the winners or are you just a bandwagon fan?

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