Personally I am not a casual fan. I invest a good amount of emotional and financial energy into my football, baseball and basketball teams. Its not about winning to me. I can stand losing. I can live with losing. What I cannot not accept though is when a Franchise is simply not competing on an organizational level. If a Franchise does not compete in this realm consistently I can't invest in them.
I was born and raised in Nor Cal and now live in So Cal where my kids were born and raised. So I have no problem investing in any of the Cali teams.
I remain loyal to the Niners because I think Jed York is trying. I almost walked away from the Niners because I KNEW John York was not. Win or lose I believe the Niners as a Franchise are trying to compete, so I will invest and live with the results.
The Warriors are not trying. This is not even up for debate. So I became a Laker fan because I know that Franchise is trying. I became a Laker fan after their Kobe and Shaq Championships and Pre Gasol. My first years as a Laker fan I dealt with them losing in the playoffs in early to mid rounds, again I lived with the losing because I believed ownership was trying to compete. So I was fine with investing myself. Jim Buss is a drop off from Jerry, but early signs show he will be a player for the long term so I am sure I will die a Laker fan
The Giants have been a tough one, they clearly operate under a very real capacity. They fall somewhere between the Warriors and the Niners from an Franchise point of view but ultimately I think they do compete well enough in the front office so I remain a fan.
Call me a bandwagoneer all you want, I just refuse to sell my energy so cheap. The Warriors don't deserve me as a fan. I honestly don't think they should have any fans. John Yorks Niners don't deserve me either, but I waited it out because Jed was in the wings
[ Edited by danimal on May 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM ]