In the aftermath of Wayne Weaver's press conference announcing he will keep his coaching staff in tact, the out pouring of "fan" anger is once again upon us. From Tebowmania to Fire-Jack-a-palooza, the outpouring of anger has been prevalent this season. In reflection of the Jags 2010 season, after the incredible end of game dramas, emotional swings and fan anger is what I remember the most. The highs and the lows. Let's explore this after the jump and why I think the misguided sense of fan entitlement is the root cause of a lot of this anger.
I can't help but think/see this tremendous sense of entitlement amongst the masses everywhere the Jaguars
are involved. We DESERVE to be heard and get our desired result because we're RIGHT. Our voice will count, we won't support a team/business that doesn't abide by our wishes. Are we so used to getting our way in life that we require our favorite team to be exactly what we want it to be and do what we want it to do because it's inconceivable to receive otherwise? The beginning of the year and the end of the year sound the same... Like a temper tantrum. How can anyone possibly disagree that we should draft Tebow to sell tickets and save the team? How can people NOT see the common business sense of that? Football is a big business and it makes business sense. How can people SETTLE for keeping a coaching staff in tact after finishing 8-8? Jack Del Rio has had an 8 year tenure, he's had his chance, we need a new face to invigorate the fan base. How can anyone disagree with that? How can anyone disagree that an invigorated fan base who is excited about change be bad for football results? What makes a "REAL" Jag fan angrier than JDR being kept for next year? Call them the same as "Tebow guy". They act the same way when they don't get their way, but some how it's different now because it's a different topic of discussion. Listen... open debate and expressing of opinions is one thing, but the anger has become tiresome. One issue is the same as another. The Jaguars "fan" base often comes across as whiny, needing to be babied and fair weathered. We're mad as hell and frustrated because we know, WE KNOW what will happen now that we didn't get our way.
The moral of the story is that fans need to remember that we're fans. Fanatical and illogical by nature of our love of sports and our team. Keep in perspective that the only entitlement you have as a ticket holder is the experience of the game. The team needs to know whether you're in or you're out because even though your faith will be tested, they need to know where you will stand. Wherever it is, you're also entitled to your opinion and I get that. But you should get that you're not entitled for other people, fans, Wayne Weaver or the team's management/players to agree with your opinion or to even have a team in Jacksonville. You don't have to blindly follow everything the team does or never express frustration with their behavior. But you can't threaten to leave your wife every time you disagree with her or every time she makes you angry. Eventually she'll leave your angry ass.
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