It's not just Falcon fans. I've had the pleasure or displeasure of spending the majority of my life around fans of other teams and fans of other sports. These fans as you refer to exist everywhere. Maybe Falcon fans have a greater percentage among them that belong in this camp, I really wouldn't know. I haven't met and discussed Falcon-related issues face-to-face with very many Falcon fans.
One thing I hate is when fellow fans question another's devotion, quality, or loyalty. Saying things like only "true Falcon fans should be here" or "you're not a true Falcon fan" or "you should go root for another team" because it is just plain stupid to me. It's no different than calling another fan stupid because his opinion doesn't agree with yours. You say, "you're not a true Falcon fan because you're too negative or pessimistic or optimistic or naive!" or whatever. It's jus dumb. Fact is we all support the Falcons in different ways in different levels of devotion. Some live and breath the team, some are simple casual observers.
Frankly it doesn't matter to me. I want you all to go around the site and true to find any mention along the lines of "only for true Falcon fans!" That's not what this site is about. The site is devoted to the Atlanta Falcons, but everyone who contributes to the site, forums, blogs, etc. doesn't have to be.
I don't understand why people expect people to be homogenized and think and act alike. Pardon my french, but we're all f**k* human beings. People aren't the same, so why would you expect Falcon fans to all be alike? People deal with their issues and problems differently.
These forums attract all kinds of people that agree on one thing, they want to discuss the Falcons. That should be enough. Deal with it or don't. I'm sure there have been plenty of times in the past where I haven't heed my own advice, but I'm going to make an effort to do so from now on.
Amen. The fun of being a fan is the give and take, the debate of one philosophy or another. I just don't understand the jihadest mentality of some that want a player/owner/ coach's head on a pike one week and then lavish them with praise or even just tolerate them the next week. The vitriolic hatred that some have is just a bit nutty to me.
The other thing that I think is silly is that one has to be a Season ticket holder or actually at a game to be a real fan. Well I am a season ticket holder but live on the other side of the continent - does that make me less of a fan? Hardly. Going to the game is sometimes the WORST way to see how an individual player is doing unless you just watch that player. That would seem to be silly to me to do, because when I go, it is to get caught up in the group feel of the game.
I don't expect fans to act alike. Good gravy, an echo chamber is even more annoying than irrationality. I just think that the one trick ponies be they everything is always crappy or always sunny is just a bit, well, odd.
I may be accused of being a silver lining kind of guy, but after following the birds for the last 33 years, I have seen enough clouds.