On the way out of the neighborhood the other day, I passed a car sporting Pittsburgh Steelers flags and magnets. For a half a second, I had the thought 'Why are you still flying those? The season ended two months ago!' I was instantly ashamed of myself for thinking that. Their team won the Super Bowl! As loyal, honest, hardworking sports fans, they have ever right to fly those flags through the end of next season or until their Super Bowl championdom ends.
It's been a while since we've discussed the rules of being a fan, and now is as good a time as ever to talk fandom rules as we are in the middle of an ever-maddening March.
My friend Lauren now takes her Philadelphia Phillies koozie out every time she goes drinking. When the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 2006, I immediately popped a bottle of Asti Spumani and danced around the living room. And I didn't shut up about it until the Cardinals fired their general manager the next season for sucking it up big time.
And I'm still talkin' about it now! So much so that it's all gone to my head and made it huge.
So I ask you, Modern Friends: what are the appropriate ways of rejoicing your team's superiority over the rest of their league when they win the ultimate title? How much is too much? How would you celebrate if your team won it all?