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For more information on fans of football (soccer), see Football (soccer) culture. Football culture is a descriptive term of the cultural aspects surrounding the game of association football. ...

Tobey Maguire greets fans at the Spider-Man 3 premiere in Queens, New York.
Fans in Little Italy, Manhattan celebrating the victory of the Italian football team after the 2006 FIFA World Cup

A fan, aficionado, or supporter is someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking of a sporting club, person, group of persons, company, product, work of art, idea, or trend. Fans of a particular thing constitute its fanbase or fandom. They may start a fan club, hold fan conventions, create fanzines, write fan mail, or engage in similar activities. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 434 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 434 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Tobias Vincent Maguire (born June 27, 1975) is an American actor. ... Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 superhero film written and directed by Sam Raimi, with a screenplay by Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent. ... Queens is geographically the largest of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States, and the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. It is coterminous with Queens County in the State of New York and is located on western Long Island. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 3456 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 3456 pixel, file size: 3. ... Food vendors line the streets of Little Italy. ... Qualifying countries The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the eighteenth instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football world championship tournament. ... Fashion illustration by George Barbier of a gown by Jeanne Paquin, 1912, from La Gazette du bon ton, the most influential fashion magazine of its era. ... Fandom (A fusion of the words fan and kingdom. ... Fandom (from the noun fan and the affix -dom, as in kingdom, dukedom, etc. ... A fan club is a group that is dedicated to a well known person, group, idea (such as history) or sometimes even an inanimate object (such as a famous building). ... A fan convention, or con, is an event in which the fans of a particular TV show, comic book, or actor, or an entire style of entertainment such as science fiction or anime, gather together to meet famous personalities (and each other) face-to-face. ... A fanzine (see also: zine) is a nonprofessional publication produced by fans of a particular subject for the pleasure of others who share their interest. ... Fan mail is mail sent to a public figure, especially a celebrity, by their admirers or fans. // Fan mail may be in the form of letters, cards, artworks, gifts, and so on; depending on the recipient, it may also be possible to send fan mail via E-mail. ...


In a few cases, individual fans may become so obsessed with the objects of their infatuation that they become obsessive. These fans engage in behaviors that are considered extreme or abnormal[1]. This includes idolatry or other forms of worship, such as creating a personal shrine dedicated to the idol at one's home, and can sometimes extend to the point of the fans becoming stalkers. Idolatry is a major sin in the Abrahamic religions regarding image. ... In traditional usage, the cult of a religion, quite apart from its sacred writings (scriptures), its theology or myths, or the personal faith of its believers, is the totality of external religious practice and observance, the neglect of which is the definition of impiety. ... For other uses, see Stalking (disambiguation). ...

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Etymology

There is some confusion as to the origin of the word fan. Paul Dickson, in his Dickson Baseball Dictionary, cites William Henry Nugent's work that traces it to fancy, a 19th century term from England that referred mainly to followers of boxing. It was originally shortened to fance then just to the homonym fans. The word emerged as an Americanism around 1889. Many assume that it's a shortened version of the word fanatic, and the word did first become popular in reference to an enthusiastic follower of a baseball team. (Fanatic itself, introduced into English around 1525, means "insane person". It comes from the Modern Latin fanaticus, meaning "insanely but divinely inspired". The word originally pertained to a temple or sacred place [Latin fanum, poetic English fane]. The modern sense of "extremely zealous" dates from around 1647; the use of fanatic as a noun dates from 1650.) However, the term "fancy" for an intense liking of something, while being of a different etymology, coincidentally carries somewhat the same connotation as "fanatic". Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left, throwing a left uppercut) versus Rafael Ortiz Boxing, also referred to as pugilism is a combat sport in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in a series of one to three-minute intervals called rounds. ... This article is about the sport. ... FANatic was an American TV show that was shown on the MTV network in the late 1990s. ... Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Temple of Hephaestus, an Doric Greek temple in Athens with the original entrance facing east, 449 BC (western face depicted) For other uses, see Temple (disambiguation). ...


Supporter is a synonym to "fan" which predates the latter term and as such is still commonly used in British English, especially to denote fans of sports teams. However, the term "fan" has become popular throughout the English-speaking world, including the United Kingdom. The term supporter is also used in a political sense in the United States, to a fan of a President, political party, and a controversial issue. British English (BrE, BE, en-GB) is the broad term used to distinguish the forms of the English language used in the United Kingdom from forms used elsewhere in the Anglophone world. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Politics is the process by which decisions are made within groups. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Political parties Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A political party is a political organization that seeks to attain political power within a government, usually by participating in electoral campaigns. ... Look up Issue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The term "krank" (or crank) is a now-obsolete term for baseball fans in particular, and also carried much the same connotation as both "fanatic" and "fancy", of devoted attachment to something, in this case a team. Look up crank in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Characteristics of a fan

There are certain common characteristics to be found in fans interested in different topics and that these characteristics influence the behaviors of those involved in fan behavior (Thorne&Bruner 2006). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 1048 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Fan (person) Torcida Split User:West Brom 4ever/Hajduk - Dinamo Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 1048 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Fan (person) Torcida Split User:West Brom 4ever/Hajduk - Dinamo Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Hajduk is one of two greatest and most successful Croatian football clubs alongside with Dinamo Zagreb. ... Dinamo is one of the most famous and successful Croatian football clubs. ...


Those common characteristics include (Thorne&Bruner 2006):

  • internal involvement. Fans focus more of their time and resources intently on a specific area of interest than a non-fan would, and are not significantly concerned if non-fans (including family or friends) don't derive pleasure from the area of interest. Fans usually have a strong enough interest that small to major changes in their lifestyles are made to accommodate devotion to the focal object.
  • desire for external involvement - are motivated to demonstrate their involvement with the area of interest through certain behaviors (attending conventions, posting online, etc.)
  • wish to acquire - fans tend to express a strong desire to possess material objects related to the area of interest.
  • desire for social interaction with other fans. This again may take many forms, from casual conversation, e-mail, chat rooms, and electronic mailing lists to regular face-to-face meetings such as fan club meetings and organized conventions.

There are several groups of fans that can be differentiated by the intensity level of their level of involvement or interest in the hobby (level of fanaticism) (Thorne&Bruner 2006). A fan convention, or con, is an event in which the fans of a particular TV show, comic book, or actor, or an entire style of entertainment such as science fiction or anime, gather together to meet famous personalities (and each other) face-to-face. ... Social interaction is a dynamic, changing sequence of social actions between individuals (or groups) who modify their actions and reactions due to the actions by their interaction partner(s). ... Fanaticism is an emotion of being filled with excessive, uncritical zeal, particularly for an extreme religious or political cause, or with an obsessive enthusiasm for a pastime or hobby. ...


The likelihood for a subject of interest to be elevated to the level of fandom appears to be dictated by its complexity. Complexity allows further involvement of fans for a longer period of time because of the time needed to work the subject of interest 'out.' It also contributes to a greater sense of belonging because of the mental effort invested in the subject. This could be why sci-fi is so popular, some fans feel the need to work out all the scientific kinks in these programs. One example for Star Trek is that a group of fans designed blueprints for federation starships.


Fan vs. fanatic

For more details on this topic, see fanatic.
Japanese football fans sit quietly and eat noodles. Fanatics jump, shout, make signs, and wave flags of the team logo.

The difference between a fan and a fanatic is that while both have an overwhelming liking or interest in a given subject, behavior of a fanatic will be viewed as violating prevailing social norms, while that of a fan will not violate those norms (although is usually considered unusual). (Thorne&Bruner 2006) FANatic was an American TV show that was shown on the MTV network in the late 1990s. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2816x2112, 891 KB) Picture taken myself, November 2006 Smoove K 22:09, 21 November 2006 (UTC) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2816x2112, 891 KB) Picture taken myself, November 2006 Smoove K 22:09, 21 November 2006 (UTC) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... FANatic was an American TV show that was shown on the MTV network in the late 1990s. ... In sociology, a norm, or social norm, is a pattern of behavior expected within a particular society in a given situation. ...


Types of fans

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Fanboy

For more details on this topic, see Fanboy.

Fanboy or Fanboi is a term used to describe a male who is utterly devoted to a single subject or hobby, often to the point where it is considered an obsession. The term originated in comic book circles, to describe someone who was socially insecure and used comics as a shield from interaction, hence the disparaging connotations. Fanboys are often experts on minor details regarding their hobbies, such as continuity in fictional universes, and they take these details extremely seriously. The term itself is often used in a derogatory manner by less serious fans of the same material. Nevertheless, self-labeling usages of the term have been noted; in the songs of the fannish parody musician Luke Ski, many characters proudly consider themselves fanboys. The term is usually applied to people in their teens or 20s. Within this group, common objects of deference for fanboys are TV shows, movies, anime, cars, video game consoles, video games, Music, operating systems and in earlier decades home computers, MMORPGs, ISPs and software companies. The letter sequence FANBOYS is a mnemonic for the coordinating conjunctions, which are used to join two independent clauses: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so. ... Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... Fanboy is a term used to describe an individual (usually male, though the feminine version fangirl may be used for females) who is utterly devoted to a single fannish subject, or to a single point of view within that subject, often to the point where it is considered an obsession. ... Fanboy is a term used to describe an individual (usually male, though the feminine version fangirl may be used for females) who is utterly devoted to a single fannish subject, or to a single point of view within that subject, often to the point where it is considered an obsession. ... A hobby is a spare-time recreational pursuit. ... Look up obsession in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... The Great Luke Ski is the stage name of Luke Sienkowski, a filk musician who writes, records and performs comedy music. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... A video game console is an interactive entertainment computer or electronic device that manipulates the video display signal of a display device (a television, monitor, etc. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... // Music is an art form consisting of sound and silence expressed through time. ... // An operating system (OS) is a set of computer programs that manage the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... Children playing on a Amstrad CPC 464 in the 1980s. ... An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... “ISP” redirects here. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ...


Similar to the term fangirl, fanboy is commonly used in a derogatory sense to describe a male's obsession with something, most commonly a cartoon, videogame, female video game character, or an aspect of Japanese pop culture. A cartoon is any of several forms of illustrations with varied meanings that evolved from its original meaning. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Japanese culture and language Japans isolation until the arrival of the Black Ships and the Meiji era produced a culture distinctively different from any other, and echoes of this uniqueness persist today. ...


Fangirl

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The term fangirl can be used to describe a female member of a fandom community (counterpart to the masculine "fanboy"). Fangirls tend to be more devoted to emotional and romantic aspects of their fandom, especially shipping. However, it is commonly used in a derogatory sense to describe a girl's obsession with something, most commonly a male teen idol or an aspect of Japanese pop culture. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Fandom (from the noun fan and the affix -dom, as in kingdom, dukedom, etc. ... Fandom (from the noun fan and the affix -dom, as in kingdom, dukedom, etc. ... Shipping, derived from the word relationship, is a general term for fans emotional and/or intellectual involvement with the ongoing development of romance in a work of fiction. ... A word or phrase is pejorative or derogatory (sometimes misspelled perjorative) if it expresses contempt or disapproval; dyslogistic (noun: dyslogism) is used synonymously (antonyms: meliorative, eulogistic, noun eulogism). ... For other uses, see Teen idol (disambiguation). ... Japanese culture and language Japans isolation until the arrival of the Black Ships and the Meiji era produced a culture distinctively different from any other, and echoes of this uniqueness persist today. ...


Fangirl behavior can vary in intensity. On one end of the scale are those that, while harboring a crush on a particular actor or character, are perfectly capable of understanding that the fulfilment of the crush is never going to happen. On the other end are the girls who are said to be obsessive in their claims on a fictional character, even fighting with other fangirls over who 'owns' the character in question. Fangirl behavior can fall anywhere in this spectrum, but the closer someone is believed to be towards the obsessive end, the more derogatory the use of the term 'fangirl' to describe them is perceived to be.


Fangirls of all persuasions are believed to be the largest contributors to fanfiction websites, sometimes disregarding the canon storyline of their fandom or altering it to fit either their own favored romantic pairings; or themselves into the continuity (termed self-insertions or Mary Sues). Fan fiction (also spelled fanfiction and commonly abbreviated to fanfic) is fiction written by people who enjoy a film, novel, television show or other media work, using the characters and situations developed in it and developing new plots in which to use these characters. ... Self-insertion is a literary device in which the real author of a work of fiction appears as a character within that fiction, either overtly or in disguise. ... Mary Sue (or simply Sue) is a pejorative expression for a fictional character who is an idealized stand-in for the author, or for a story with such a character. ...


The word "fangirl" may also be used as a verb (eg. "I fangirl Sephiroth", or *fangirls you* or *fangirls you dead*) This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Teen Idol Fangirls

These fangirls will commonly hold a crush on a major male star, athlete or celebrity (common examples include Orlando Bloom, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Depp (see teen idol). This can range from a simple crush to the complete belief that the male celebrity is either madly in love with the fangirl, or will fall madly in love with the fangirl once he lays his eyes on her. Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom[1] (born January 13, 1977) is an English actor. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt(born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. ... Johnny Depp (born John Christopher Depp II[2] on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky) is an Academy Award-nominated and SAG Awards-winning American actor and for his performances in the films Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Whats Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Ed Wood (1994... For other uses, see Teen idol (disambiguation). ...


Japanese Pop Culture Fangirls

These fangirls will often follow a particular aspect of Japanese pop culture, sometimes broad, but sometimes as focused as a single anime/manga series or even a fictional character. The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Manga )   (pl. ...


In the cases of particular anime or manga series, the fangirls are believed to hold less interest in the storyline, being more interested the potential for romantic relationships between the fictional characters of the series. In more extreme 'cases', the fangirl will claim that a particular character is in love or married to her, despite the physical impossibility of such a relationship. These relationships are often removed from the canon context of the series, and are often expressed in fanfiction. Examples of series commonly claimed by fangirls include InuYasha, Saiyuki, Sailor Moon, the multiple Gundam series (in particular Gundam Wing),Ouran High School Host Club, Naruto and Fullmetal Alchemist. For fangirls involved in anime or manga, a term that is gaining popularity is "otaku" or (particularly for fangirls dedicated to yaoi-pairings) the term "fujoshi", although outside of Japan it is also used to describe an obsessive fangirl without any relation to yaoi. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Fan fiction (also spelled fanfiction and commonly abbreviated to fanfic) is fiction written by people who enjoy a film, novel, television show or other media work, using the characters and situations developed in it and developing new plots in which to use these characters. ... Serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday Original run 1996 – (ongoing) No. ... It has been suggested that Saiyuki Gaiden be merged into this article or section. ... Sailor Moon , officially translated as Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon) is the title of a famous media franchise created by Japanese manga artist Naoko Takeuchi. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... New Mobile Report Gundam W (also known as Mobile Suit Gundam Wing) is a televised Anime series, which ran for 49 episodes beginning in 1995. ... Serialized in LaLa Original run August 5, 2003 – Ongoing No. ... Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump Shonen Jump BANZAI! Shonen Jump Weekly Comic Original run November 1999 – Ongoing No. ... Serialized in Monthly Shonen Gangan Original run February 2002 – still running No. ... Otaku ) is a derisive Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive hobbies, most commonly manga, anime or hentai. ... Cover of Selfish Love by Naduki Koujima. ... Fujoshi ) is a pejorative Japanese term for female fans of manga and novels that feature romantic relationships between men. ...


Fangirls of Japanese rock music, particularly visual kei, may exhibit similar behaviours as well. Malice Mizer, an example of visual kei during the 1990s. ...


Big Name Fan

For more details on this topic, see Big Name Fan.

A Big Name Fan is a fan who has achieved notoriety and respect within a fandom for their contributions of various sorts. Big Name Fans in some fandoms may have fans of their own and be asked for autographs. Among science fiction, comic book and fantasy fans, a Big Name Fan (BNF for short) is a member of a fandom who is particularly well-known, liked and celebrated for their contributions of art, fanfiction, or articles on fandom. ... Among science fiction, comic book and fantasy fans, a Big Name Fan (BNF for short) is a member of a fandom who is particularly well-known, liked and celebrated for their contributions of art, fanfiction, or articles on fandom. ...


Otaku

For more details on this topic, see Otaku.

Otakus are fans focused on anime and manga. Otaku ) is a derisive Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive hobbies, most commonly manga, anime or hentai. ... Otaku ) is a derisive Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive hobbies, most commonly manga, anime or hentai. ...


Trekkies

Trekkies are fans focused on the Star Trek science fiction franchise. Trekkies is a 1997 documentary film directed by Roger Nygard about the devoted fans of Gene Roddenberrys series Star Trek. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


Gaming fans

Gaming fans (gamers) are fans focused on gaming, usually role-playing games, board games, miniature wargames, collectible card games or computer games. This article needs cleanup. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A board game is a game played with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across a board (a premarked surface, usually specific to that game). ... Miniature wargaming is a form of wargaming designed to incorporate miniatures or figurines into play. ... Collectible card games (CCGs), also called trading card games (TCGs), are played using specially designed sets of cards. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ...


Professional wrestling fans

Fans of professional wrestling can be divided into two groups; marks and smarks.


Mark

Derived from the same term used to describe the prey of conmen, a mark is a professional wrestling fan who believes that everything associated with pro wrestling is real, rather than recognizing the existence of kayfabe (that is, it is a work). A mark is a professional wrestling fan who believes that everything associated with pro wrestling is real, rather than recognizing the existence of kayfabe (that is, it is a work). ... A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short, (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ...


A mark can also refer to a devoted fan, either of a particular wrestler, wrestling company, or the sport itself.


A mark is also someone who believes everything about a certain wrestling organization is good. This type of mark tends to overlook bad decisions that the organization makes (or to cast said decisions in a positive light) and overreact to the good ones.


Smark

Main article: Smark

A smark is a wrestling fan who understands that the outcome of a professional wrestling match is pre-determined, is privy to the behind-the-scenes operations, and enjoys following the on-screen product as well as the off-screen, backstage affairs. "Smark" is abbreviated professional wrestling slang for "smart mark". This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Many smarks are part of the "IWC" (the Internet Wrestling Community), a general term for wrestling fans who use the Internet as their means of fan-to-fan communication.


Smarks define themselves by embracing the "workrate", or talent level, of wrestlers. Some opt to spite the celebrated "big men" in favour of smaller, faster wrestlers with a wider variety of moves. They typically overlook those whom they see as wielding too much power backstage and support underdogs who they feel have been overlooked by management.


Sports fans

Sports fan can describe enthusiasts for a particular athlete, team, sport, or all of organized sports as a whole. Sports fans are often seen attending sporting events or following them on television, as well as through newspapers and internet websites such as ESPN.com. ESPN.com logo ESPN.com is the official website of ESPN and a division of ESPN Inc. ...


The mentality of the sports fan is often such that they will experience a game, or event while living vicariously through players or teams whom the fan favors. This behavior manifests itself in a number of different ways, depending on the venue.


At a stadium or arena, sports fans will voice their pleasure with a particular play, player, or team by cheering, which consists of clapping, fist-pumping, or shouting positive exclamations toward the field of play and ultimately, the favorable object. Likewise, displeasure toward a particular play, player, or team is met by fans with jeers, which consist of booing, the shouting of expletives, and in occasional, extreme cases, the throwing of dense objects onto the field of play in the hopes of injuring a particular participant. This end of fan reaction may often degenerate into hooliganism. It should also be noted that lighter, more harmless objects are also occasionally thrown onto certain fields of play as a form of celebration of a favorable sports feat. This is most common when a member of the home team scores a hat trick in hockey. Other, more mild forms of displeasure shown by sports fans at sporting events involve simple groans of disappointment, and silence. These actions often denote that the favored home team is being outperformed by, or has lost to the much less-favored road team. Cheering is the uttering or making of sounds encouraging, stimulating or exciting to action, indicating approval or acclaiming or welcoming persons, announcements of events and the like. ... In sailing, a halyard is a line (rope) that is used to hoist (pull up) a sail or a yard to which a sail has been attached (bent on). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... A hat-trick in sports is associated with succeeding at anything three times in three consecutive attempts. ...


At sports bars, sports fans will gather together, often while consuming food and alcoholic beverages, with the purpose of following a particular sporting event on television as a group. Sports bars often advertise in hopes of drawing fans of a particular player or team to watch together to increase bonds between fans and prevent fights. This can create the sense of unity in a sports bar as all cheers and boos will appear to be synchronized due to similar feelings and reactions by nearly all fans at the fortunes and misfortunes of the favored team or athlete. Due to the level of devotion and intensity of feeling towards the favored team or athlete by sports bar patrons, as well as partially due to the alcohol being served, behavior that would be seen as unruly or fanatical outside of a sports bar is generally more common inside of one. The intensity of cheering and jeering at a sports bar by sports fans can often range from equal to stronger than that of fans actually at the sporting event for particularly significant games and matches. Tourists sit outside a bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand A bar is an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold to be drunk on premises. ...


In ones own home, sports fans may have the smallest amount of shared company but also the greatest degree of freedom. This is sometimes where the most intense cheering or jeering will take place among particularly devoted sports fans depending on the company they keep for such an event. In the case of particularly frustrating and disappointing moments in sport for such a fan, many have reported such extreme reactions as punching a hole in the wall of the house. In the fan's own home, unbridled and lengthy screaming, crying, acts of destruction to household objects, and other manifestations of joy or anguish, are perhaps seen as most acceptable in comparison to the sports bar or sporting venue simply because such acts taken to such an extreme can be seen as disruptive to a large number of fellow fans even if they share the same sentiment if it is of less intensity. The greatest variables of the reaction of a sports fan in their own home are the intensity of the fan's desire to see their team win or perform well, and the presence of another: often a wife, children, or friends who may be significantly less ardent sports fans or not sports fans at all, which may significantly temper the fan's reaction to a highly positive or negative moment due to the fear of causing a scene or scaring those close to the fan, or alienating themselves from said others. Often sports fans will invite other fans of relatively similar rooting intensity over to their house to experience a sporting event together so that all involved can voice pleasure or displeasure to their heart's content and increase shared bonds in the process.


One type of sports fan is the fair weather fan. These fans do not have any loyalty to a team; rather, they cheer for whichever team wins. (Also called bandwagon fans.) A bandwagon fan is a phrase used among sports fans and sports writers to describe a fan that only roots for popular and successful sports franchises. ...


Sports fans often have a greater, fuller appreciation of competitive intensity than non-sports fans. Winning and losing generally represent more to a sports fan, and the vast world of emotions created within the confines of a game, especially a particularly significant game, that can be won or lost by its participants will often be romanticized over by fans. In turn such sentiments are often published in books or articles by sports journalists. Sportswriting (also sports writing) is a form of journalism that reports on sports topics and events. ...


See also

An addiction is a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Abdul Jalil (b. ... Fanposter (concatenated noun consisting of Fan and Poster) refers to a community of Fans (supporter) sharing common interests in a particular sport, hobby or genre who want to express their relation within this community by placing themselves on a poster (map) in close proximity. ... The term fen or the acronym FEN can refer to: A type of wetland, similar to a marsh or bog. ... Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is the community of people actively interested in science fiction and fantasy literature, and in contact with one another based upon that interest. ... A groupie is a person who, while he/she may be a fan at some level, seeks intimacy (most often physical, sometimes emotional) with, a famous person. ... A roadgeek (sometimes roadfan) is a person that is interested in roads as a hobby. ... Celebrity Worship Syndrome is a newly identified psychological condition. ...

Reference

  • Scott Thorne, Gordon C. Bruner, Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, 2006, Volume: 9, Issue: 1, online

External links

  • Online Etymology Dictionary
  • CommonCensus Sports Map Project - A map of US sports fans, based on voting
  • Soccer fans - videoblog
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