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View Poll Results: How would you classify yourself?
1 - Homer 7 2.44%
2 - Optimist 85 29.62%
3 - Balanced 116 40.42%
4 - Pessimist 67 23.34%
5 - Naysayer 8 2.79%
Generic Alternate Zresponse 4 1.39%
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:30 AM  
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Let's talk about "true fans"

Marcellus's thread was clearly a lot of attention whoring, but when it comes down to it, he has a point. The word "true fan" has become a catch-all for anyone who doesn't agree with a person on here about XXX player or XXX move that the Chiefs have made.

The issue I have with it is that it's increasingly become a straw man insult that doesn't even make sense. Discussion around here lately reminds me of discussions in D.C. where every issue has to be black and white and anyone who doesn't agree with you is an idiot. The reality is that there are opinions all over the spectrum and that nothing is ever black and white. I'd think there are at least five different categories of Chiefs fans these days:

1 - True "homers" who will cheer for the team and applaud every move they make unconditionally. These types almost don't even exist on ChiefsPlanet (though people like to act like they do). These are only a small portion of the Chiefs fanbase, and they look like this.

2 - Optimists who will always cheer for the Chiefs, but have a sense of realism about it. They probably cheered Cassel for the first few years, but reluctantly joined the SOC bandwagon last year when it was clear that there was just no hope in saving the team under Cassel.

3 - Fans who try to keep a balanced approach. They don't get too excited about drafting a RT at #1 or trading for Alex Smith, but they believe that it's likely the team will at least be improved this year if not dramatically so. Their approach is a "wait and see" reaction, though they'll be quick to criticize if things don't work out.

4 - Pessimists who are skeptical that the Chiefs are going to be competitive any time soon, but who do try and give the team some benefit of the doubt under the new leadership. They're probably not happy about Alex Smith being our QB, but are grudgingly willing to see what he can do.

5 - Total naysayers who have had it with the team for the past 40 years and will refuse to be optimistic until the Chiefs find some real success (playoff wins at a minimum, and Super Bowl contention ideally). They believe that the front office should be constantly scrutinized given that their predecessors were given a long leash and screwed it all up.

Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to see where people would put themselves on the spectrum. It seems like most threads these days are battles between 5's and 1's, but I'd bet that those types are actually pretty rare around here. My dream would be that we can one day have discussions that are dominated by 2's, 3's, and 4's, but who knows if that can ever happen until the Chiefs start showing success.

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Old 05-06-2013, 10:07 PM   #211
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:11 PM   #212
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I'm a realist... probably balanced between 2.5 and 4.5 depending on the situation.

With Pioli, I was a 5. And we did something about it. cc Get a Clue.

But with the new regime, I'm willing to be a bit more patient. Let's just say that I'm glad my Jayhawks are consistently solid and that the Royals are doing well this year, so far.

Or my sports mental state would not be as healthy as it is.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:21 PM   #213
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:21 PM   #214
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:30 PM   #215
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:37 PM   #216
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:28 AM   #217
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Meh. I come here to vent. It's a release. The fact that I sit down to watch KC play every Sunday demonstrates a degree of optimism.

I will say that watching the degree of ineptitude that was on display last year removed the entertainment value for me, and that in itself causes me to lose interest. I can't say that its ever occurred to me to start rooting for a different team because of it.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:24 PM   #218
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seriously

and I don't even mean this to be insulting, it is just something I have to say

I have been a part of a lot of boards over the years and probably have made a lifetime 500,000 posts on various message boards running into all sorts of "characters" over the years.

ROR, you are the worst poster I have ever come across. You add nothing to anything, you aren't funny, your post style is terrible and you're just a miserable human being.

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Old 08-02-2013, 01:13 PM   #219
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:29 PM   #220
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:39 PM   #221
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It's a hideous tattoo for sure, but what does it have to do with "true fans"?
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:46 PM   #222
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His mom wont let him get a tat, so he has to make fun of those who have them to make himself feel better
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:49 PM   #223
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:55 PM   #224
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:08 PM   #225
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