Sports Fandom is a very important part of today’s Society and allowed the entire country in on a little friendly competition
A Fan is someone that sacrifices his or her time to show there affection for the team they love. Fans come on many different levels depending on how much their willing to take off and paint. Some fans don’t mind showing it all to represent. Others fans have the same intentions but in a more conservative way.
Fans are ordinary regular people just looking for an outlet from life’s other responsibilities. They can be anyone; Students, Teachers, children, adults, men and women. My point is, that anywhere and anyone you look at is some type of fan.
Fans are anywhere you look. Yes you will always find fans at the games and and the bars, but fans are walking the streets, at work doing paper work, or even at home watching form the comfort of his or her own home.
A fan, in order to be one, really should be behind their team 365 days out the the year. Not saying that one must go to every game, but one must not cheer for another team. The “fake” fans really come out during their teams glory time. I never knew that so many people liked the Phillies until after they won the world series.
Fans are indirectly the most important part of the game. If there would be no one is the seats at anytime then it would be pretty much impossible to have a running league. Fans help support the team in many ways. Fans help by always buying apparel and tickets and food/drinks at the game. Teams use the money that the fans give them to pay off athletes.
Tailgating is an important part of being a fan. It allows people, with the same favorite team, to bond and root for the same outcome, a win. For some people Tailgating is all they look forward to. Some are even more excited for tailgating than the actual team and how they do. People get together and bond while cooking a variety of meets and drinking a variety of drinks.
Dr.Cauldini is professor at Arizona State University that started a study concerning students as a fan and student fandom is general.
The first thing that he notices and the first thing that he documented is that students are more likely to represent their school after a win.
He also noticed when talking to the students, asking them about their team that they would only associate themselves with their team only after a victory. Many students after a victory would say “we won” and after a loss most students would say “they lost”. Most fans are are only proud of their team.
The two most opposite of fan outcomes. The best thing that could happen would be a parade, obviously meaning our team won the championship. A parade gives the whole city a opportunity to brag and feel better than all the other sports fan in different cities. And a Riot, more rare, is the worst thing that could happen. Nothing good comes from a Riot only disaster.
A Parade is what each Fan wishes for before every season. A Parade means that the season is finally over and there is not any other team in the World that could beat your own. It makes a fan feel accomplished and proud to root for the city that they live in or around. It means bragging rights
Bragging Rights is what gives one fan an edge over another fan. I'm sure that everyone has once had an argument with somebody that liked your team’s rival. Whatever team is doing better, or whoever’s team won the game has complete control of the argument. Fans will die to have bragging rights over another school especially a matchup like Duke and UNC.
Riots are the bad part of sports Fandom. Although it rarely happens, sport riots are never good. More often than not, Sport Riots occur in foreign countries. Where soccer is the main sport. In all other places except North America soccer is most popular and that’s where the ritual fans are. Bad things can happen when your talking about foreign soccer team.
In 2008 the Phillies won the world series and because they became the world championship
In 2008, Accusations that a soccer player was using witchcraft during a match in eastern Congo sparked a riot that killed 13 people. It goes to show that foreign people and their soccer is no joke.
Fans do many things for their team other than support them vocally. They also pay for them to play. Fans buying tickets and their favorite teams apparel. Like I said before, without Fans, there would be no point to even have sports. If there is no one watching the games why even waste energy and play.
Depending on how much money, how many people, and opinion that a fan gets to choose where they sit. The more wealthy are up in the box. The average fan are right next to the action, outside with the players. Standing only is really only a baseball thing. Tickets are sold for fans that are willing to stand for a fee that wont break the bank.
A handful of studies have proven that sport fans go through the same psychological and hormonal changes as the athletes. For those fans that live or die by there team, the fans that are not afraid to cry for their team, and for those who buy season tickets every year are those most influence by sports fandom. Life wouldn’t be the same for some without their favorite team
Studies have shown Testosterone levels, one’s optimism and self-esteem are directly related to how their team is doing.
Dr. Dabbs, A psychologist at Georgia State, took saliva samples from 21 Italian and Brazilian men before the 1994 World Cup. He was looking for a change in anything in the body.
Brazilians Testosterone levels rose an average of 28% and the Italians levels dropped 27% percent and Brazil won. Proving that when your favorite team is doing well that one is more confident because of the higher level of testosterone.
Scientists started a study, when seeing a picture of your favorite team, that arouses a fan’s brain waves, heart rate and perspiration levels just as much when shown an animal attack and erotic pictures. When seeing your favorite team, emotions boil because one has memories of nothing but fun and fulfillment, except of course, when your team is losing
During an intense moment at a football game, A Pittsburg Steelers fan suffered from a heart attack against the Indianapolis Colts. Fan was feeling the same intensity as the game and suffered from a heart attack. The fan had no Prior heart problems and the reaction was sudden.
There are many benefits of being a sports fan, some benefits are psychological and some are just beneficial to your overall feelings. For one, being a sports fan lets you live an alternate life. It gives you time away from reality and gives you time to do what you enjoy. It also gives one an overall better self-esteem. Feeling like you belong and not left alone. It also lets you get out all of your emotions. The time to scream at the top of your lungs and no one will say anything, and last but not least its fun to be a fan.
It is believed that sports fans have a less chance of suffering from depression and alienation because they feel belonged and not alone. A stereotypical person suffering from depression would be a person that does not enjoy anything, possibly wearing all black.
Feelings brought up while watching a game is the same feeling that our ancestors used to get when in the presence of a brave knight or warrior. Back when sports we not around people looked up to people brave in battle.
An Good example that everyone in the class will know is the comparison between Beowulf and Lebron James. Beowulf, as we read, was a noble fighter and warrior. Lebron James is the Beowulf of our time. Lebron James is the best at what he does and people look up to him. He dominates the game like no other. People are drawn to strong, noble warriors. Many kids today look up to sport athletes and try to be them when they are older.
Sports Fandom is a very important part in today’s society and allows the whole country in on a little fun competition.
Sports Psychology<br />Pat Belford<br />
Table of Content<br />What’s A Fan?<br />Importance<br />Science<br />Studies<br />Conclusion<br />
Thesis<br />Sports Fandom is a very important part of today’s Society and allowed the entire country in on a little friendly competition<br />
What’s a Fan<br />A enthusiastic devotee of sports<br />www.dictionary.com/fan<br />
Who are Fans?<br />Fans are people that show support to the favorite team <br />Students<br />Teachers<br />Children<br />Adults<br />Men<br />Women<br />http://www.jstor.org/stable/2786860?cookieSet=1<br />
The Science<br />Fans experience the same psychological and hormonal changes during a game, as the athletes do.<br />
Teams Success and Your Feelings<br />Studies have shown Testosterone levels, one’s optimism and self-esteem are directly related to how their team is doing.<br />
World Cup Fan Study<br />Dr. Dabbs, A psychologist at Georgia State, took saliva samples from 21 Italian and Brazilian men before the 1994 World Cup <br />
Results<br />Brazilians Testosterone levels rose an average of 28% and the Italians levels dropped 27% percent<br />Brazil Won<br />
Extreme Case<br />Scientists started a study, when seeing a picture of your favorite team, that arouses a fan’s brain waves, heart rate and perspiration levels just as much when shown an animal attack and erotic pictures.<br />
Extreme Example<br />During an intense moment at a football game, A Pittsburg Steelers fan suffered from a heart attack against the Indianapolis Colts. <br />Fan had no prior heart problems<br />
Benefit of Being a Fan<br />Benefits<br />Time Away from Reality<br />Stress<br />Frustration<br />Anger<br />Overall higher self-esteem<br />Allows expression of emotions<br />Make one feel belonged<br />Fun<br />
It is Believed That…<br />It is believed that sports fanatics suffer less from depression and alienation than someone that isn’t<br />
Theories<br />Emotions brought up during a sporting event dates back to the primitive tribal times<br />