To hate or not to hate, to be a fan or not to be a fan. This is a question we've all asked ourselves, and I'm sure the vast majority reading this post have answered yes to both of those questions. To hate the Lakers? Hell yes. To be a fan (and to love) the Kings? Hell-****ing-Yes.
But are there actions we take as fans that jeopardize our fandom? If not to ourselves but to others?
Let me set the stage for you...
A couple years ago (maybe a year, more or less, my memory is failing me) a new co-worker began working at my San Luis Obispo office. And guess what? He was an avid Kings fan and already frequented the pages of StR! Amazing...this city is flooded with Laker fans and finally someone who appreciates my Kings wall-calendar.
However, I received some distressing news last night while some co-workers and I were having drinks at a local bar. My Kings-fan co-worker owns a signed Kobe Bryant plaque!
"You gotta give up for him...he's pretty amazing" he said. I countered with, "Ya, pretty amazing at rape. He's so good he's convinced all of LA he's innocent!"
"It was on sale for $80! And it's him as #8, so you know it will be worth a lot of money once he gets into the Hall of Fame. Then I'll sell it"
Maybe it's just me, but when I see a signed Kobe plaque for $80 my first thought is usually "What a piece of shit" not "Holy shit! What an amazing investment opportunity!"
I couldn't stand having something like that in my house and it led me to question his fanhood. Am I going too far? What is the verdict StR? I will leave it up to you...