Some sports fans have shifting loyalties, and unlike the HomeTowner and the Romantic, they do not always cheer for the same team year after year. One type of this kind of fan is the Bandwagoner. This fan hops onto the coattails of whichever team is in first place at the time. These fans don't invest their time and energy and passion in one particular team. Instead, they cheer only for the best of the best. One way to tell if a fan is a Bandwagoner is to look at where their favorite teams are from. They often have favorite teams in different sports that are from different states, because they have no connection to place, only to winning. The opposite of the Bandwagoner is the Left Behind Fan. This person hasn't followed the team since it was in its glory days, but still thinks he or she knows all about them. An example would be a fan who doesn't know any of the Denver Broncos' quarterbacks since John Elway played. This fan can be a great match for the Romantic.
Over and above all of the aforementioned fans are the super fans, the Network Fan and the Encyclopedia. The Network fan is tuned in to all of the major national and regional sports networks as often as possible. For them, if it didn't happen on ESPN, it didn't happen. These fans know a lot about the teams that the networks mark as contenders, or who have great TV contracts, but they spread their loyalties too thin. If you need to know a stat from 1986 or who someone was traded for, the Encyclopedia Fan is your best friend. Not only can they tell you exactly what is wrong with the current team, they have statistical analysis to prove it; deathly boring amounts of statistics. Don't ever try to prove the Encyclopedia Fan wrong, but do take him or her to trivia night at your local pub.
Next time you're at the game, or watching the game on TV at the sports bar, take a close look at the fans. Which ones fit into these categories? Is it easy to tell? Perhaps there are categories this essay missed -- feel free to make up your own. Most important, though, think hard about this question next time you turn on the game -- which type are you?