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Types of Fans You'll Meet This Fall

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2014

Types of Fans You'll Meet This Fall

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    One of the worst things that a sports fan can be called is a bandwagon fan.

    Whether true or not, the accusation means that a person has turned his back on the team and players he's always believed in, jumping onto what's popular.

    And as the calendar slowly inches closer to fall—the best time of the year—here are some fans to keep an eye out for, because they'll be everywhere.

New Soccer Fans

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    With the success that the U.S. men’s national soccer team had during this summer’s World Cup, I guarantee that you’ll be seeing more soccer fans out there who think they know what’s going on.

    Sure, the sport is fairly easy to understand and follow—which is part of its worldwide appeal—but that doesn’t mean that these newbies are going to know players other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi or teams other than the most popular ones.

Rory Mcilroy Fans

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    PGA golfer Rory McIlroy has already had a year for the ages.

    And while it’s never easy to break up with a girlfriend, Rory proved to use it as a way to focus more—in his own words, of course—helping him fine-tune his craft a little bit more.

    With back-to-back major wins and his march toward regaining the No. 1 world ranking, I’d say McIlroy has done just that—and golf fans have taken notice, so listen for a little bigger roar whenever Rory is playing.

Washington Wizards Fans

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    With the Eastern Conference wide open because of a number of factors and the Washington Wizards having two young stars on their roster, look for hoops fans to start jumping on the Wiz train.

    Point guard John Wall is a bona fide superstar, and after the team nabbed the No. 5 seed in last year’s playoffs, he hopes to lead the rest of his upstart mates to even greater heights.

College Football Playoff Fans

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    Where are those (rare) people who debated that a college football playoff wouldn’t work?

    Yeah, I’m sure they’ll be pretty quiet once the season begins and things start taking shape.

    Sure, the majority of fans already knew the since defunct BCS was a total joke of a way to determine a national champion, but for those who honestly believed it was the most effective way, you’ll see them quickly take back their statements back about why a playoff system was a bad idea.

Los Angeles Clipper Fans

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    It’s odd thinking that the team to beat in Los Angeles next season won’t be the Lakers.

    But with the Clippers having All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, along with a new owner who just extended Doc Rivers, that’s how it’ll be going down in LA.

    And with the way that fans love to find a reason to hate the Lakers, watch for more Clippers jerseys in the stands once the season tips off in a few months.

Seattle Seahawks Fans

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    After winning the Super Bowl last season, it’s clear that the Seattle Seahawks have already made quite the impact on football fans.

    Just take a look at the top-25 selling jerseys in the league, and you’ll notice five different types of Hawks jerseys on there.

    With an exciting, young team, a fan favorite in quarterback Russell Wilson, an agitator in cornerback Richard Sherman and the fun, laid-back philosophy of head coach Pete Carroll, it’s no wonder people are beginning to show the champs some love.

Oakland A's Fans

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    Everyone loves an underdog, and with the Oakland Athletics opening this season 25th of 30 teams in payroll, baseball fans love what the Bay Area squad is doing.

    You know, like having the second-best record in all of baseball and actually being talked about as a World Series contender.

    For fans with no dog in the playoff fight this year, look for the A’s to get a lot more support on their quest toward a deep October run.

New Cleveland Browns Fans

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    Two words—Johnny Football.

    Though the Cleveland Browns aren’t expected to compete for anything other than the cellar in the AFC North—especially now that stud wideout Josh Gordan is suspended for the year—plenty of fans will still be paying attention to what the Dawg Pound does.

    And it all starts with backup quarterback Johnny Manziel, who is just a snap away from overtaking the post as the starter and, hopefully, bringing the same athleticism and enthusiasm that he did while in college.

    Seriously, Manziel leads all of football in jersey sales, proving how big his star shines.

Minnesota Timberwolves Fans

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    Even though owner Glen Taylor bashed star Kevin Love as Love was introduced with his new Cleveland Cavs team, there’s still a lot to be excited about in Minnesota.

    And one of them has the name of Andrew Wiggins.

    Once the most coveted rookie since Love’s new teammate, LeBron James, Wiggins’ ceiling may have been debated for the past month, but make no mistake, the kid can hoop.

    The Timberwolves presumably won’t win a title anytime soon, but they have a ton of young pieces that should be exciting to watch—which is what fans love.

Jadeveon Clowney Fans

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    The case of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is a curious one.

    First, he became beloved by everyone who hadn’t watched him regularly when he knocked the snot out of another guy, gaining instant highlight fame.

    Then, he became one of the most scrutinized college players last season, with people questioning his motor and desire to take plays off.

    And, finally, with him tearing it up this preseason, fans are beginning to remember just how talented this guy is, which has led to more fans bragging about how good he can be.

Derek Jeter Fans

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    Since his first, full season in 1996, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has been the heart and soul of one of the most recognizable franchises in sports.

    And with his tenure in the bigs coming to an end in the next month or so, there will be plenty out there who will lower their swords and start to appreciate and, yes, even start to respect The Captain.

    I’m all for it, but to those who didn’t do this earlier, shame on you—Jeter has always been a class act.

New Cleveland Cavalier Fans

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    Has any a sports city had a better year than Cleveland?

    With arguably the greatest offseason face-lift an NBA team has ever seen, the Cavs were able to re-sign All-Star Kyrie Irving, acquire LeBron James and finally trade for the aforementioned Kevin Love.

    With expectations as high as ever for them, they’re going to be the most talked-about team all season long, and while fans will either love or hate them for it, they’ll definitely be paying attention.

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