Much has been made about Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan's quip at the Mike Mularkey introductory press conference. "For me a fan is somebody who is a season ticket holder for the Jaguars. So that is a key definition we need to get out. We want to hear from people, we want a huge amount of constructive feedback. We need input, but we need that from fans who are season ticket holders," Khan said at the press conference.
At face value and without the context, that comment looks exceedingly condescending and insulting, painting "non-fans" with a broad brush. This of course leads to people l to jump on the comment and twist into something it's not. Inevitably, you have people complain that "I can't afford season tickets," as if Khan was referring to people who are unable to financially get tickets or "I live in Montana and I pay for Sunday Ticket and five jerseys!". Khan's quip was targeted to the inevitable loud minority of "fans" who complain just to complain. The people who always have an excuse as to why they won't buy season tickets or some ridiculous "requirement" for them to purchase season tickets. You will never win trying to cater to those people and that was somewhere Wayne Weaver failed. Weaver tried to please everyone and in turn pleased no one.
So, you live in Alaska and don't buy season tickets but you're a Jaguars fan. Obviously, Khan isn't expecting you to purchase season tickets. So, you struggle to pay your mortgage and feed your family. Obviously, Khan isn't expecting you to sacrifice those things to be season ticket holder. So, you're that guy who calls the radio station to complain that the cup holders in the stadium you've been in twice (once for a Monster Truck Rally) aren't big enough so you're not buying tickets... Well, you're the guy Khan is talking to. You're the guy he's talking about.
Seriously, you guys. Use some common sense. If you were bothered by the comment... maybe he's right. Maybe you're not really that big of a fan after all.