Funny article calling out Laker fans, from a Laker fan

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I'll put the first few paragraphs and you can click on the link for the rest. It's also spun with a sense of rationality only a Laker fan could produce.


Mar 22, 2011 - Last week, GQ released a list of the worst fans in sports. Clocking in at No. 15 were the fans of the Los Angeles Lakers, the only NBA team to make the list. Whereas all the other teams listed achieved their villainy through a combination of rowdiness and excessive vitriol, Lakers fans are apparently guilty of the exact opposite: they aren't devoted enough to the cause.

GQ calls the Lakers' fanbase the fairest of fair weather fans, citing two separate instances (after the retirement of Magic Johnson, and again after the trade of Shaquille O'Neal) in which Laker Nation suddenly shrank, only to grow again a few years later once the Lakers managed to rebuild. Also referenced was the environment of your average Lakers game, in which a fair number of the "fans" close to the court are more interested in their phones and the people sitting courtside than in the game itself.

As a card-carrying member of Lakers Nation, I took about as much offense to GQ's article as I do my chores: mild annoyance followed by complete disregard. Laker fans have been called celebrity hounds and bandwagon riders since the day the internet was invented. For all I know, that might be why the internet was invented.

And it also happens to be absolutely, positively true. The atmosphere in Staples Center is tragic for all but the most important occasions, because the people who care most about the team are not the people who can afford most to drop thousands of dollars on seats which aren't a mile high. This fact bothers Laker fans far more than it bothers you.

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The Flakers (the fair-weather fans) will become Flippers if our team fulfills its promise.

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