(No bandwagon jumpers allowed!)
Okay, here's the deal: all of us are worked up about the last couple of games, and with good reason. However, that's no reason at all to run for the exits like Argo fans trying to beat the traffic by leaving midway through the third quarter (I kid because I love!). So, regardless of how happy/upset/curious/bitter or whatever else you are, now is the time to Declare Your Diehard Status!
What, you may be asking, does this entitle me to? Well, I'm glad you asked (and by you, I mean me, because you haven't seen this post yet... well you have NOW, but you understand what I mean).
Declaring Your Diehard Status entitles you to the following priviledges:
*The right to begin any comment or criticism with, "Now I'm a Diehard TigerCats Fan, but..."
*The right to intelligently disagree with other fans, including other Diehard Fans.
*The right to wistfully recall the glory days of Mosca/McManus/Winfield whenever you feel it is appropriate to do so.
*The right to vent without reproach for 36 hours following a game. That includes wins - how many of us have ill-advisedly declared "We're gonna win the Cup!!!!" after a particularly stirring victory in the midst of an otherwise dismal season? I sure have...
*The right to amend, edit or retract any of your statements (especially predictions) without prejudice.
Declaring Your Diehard Status also carries the following responsibilities:
*A responsibility to critically engage with the team - if you have a problem with the service, the play selection, the drafting, whatever it is, you MUST speak your mind about it and/or act upon it.
*A responsibility to deliver your criticisms intelligently, using facts as support, and without name calling (Argo fans excepted from this one).
*A responsibility to type in such a way that your posts are easy to read. No ALL CAPS, rand;om ^symbol&s, lackofspacesandperiods, or posts consisting only of smilies. Seriously, half the forums on the internet ban people for that sort of thing.
*A responsibility to treat other fans, especially Diehard Declared fans with the benefit of the doubt. We'll call this "The Marriage Rule", because it's what makes my marriage work. If I say something that can be taken as stupid/hurtful/ignorant, or can be taken a different way, my wife assumes that I mean the "different way". Same goes for us, here and in real life.
*A responsibility to be the classiest, most passionate fans in the league, and to do our part to make sure the TigerCats are perpetual champions.
Okay, so if you've made it this far, I assume you're still with me and don't think this is completely nuts. In order to Declare Your Diehard Status, you must do the following:
1 - Write, "I (first name), alias (member name), do declare that the TigerCats are the chosen team and I shall support them unto the end of all things."
2 - State the craziest/hardest thing you have ever done in the name of the team as proof of your commitment.
3 - Declare one thing you are happy about with the team at present.
4 - Declare one thing you are unhappy about with the team at present.
5 - Swear excellence as a TigerCat fan, and demand excellence from the team in return.
6 - Give an Oskee Wee Wee (largely because it makes the fans of every other team in the league think we're insane... which we kind of are).
It's that simple. So, to start us off, here's mine:
I, Adam, alias AJB1, do declare that that the TigerCats are the chosen team and I shall support them unto the end of all things. I sat through the ice storm in 1992 to watch the Cats, against all odds, beat Ottawa by one point and nearly got frostbite because of it. At present, I am happy with the character of our players - they all seem like good people. At present, I am unhappy with the state of our coaching and things have to change. I swear that I shall remain a Diehard Cats fan, and demand that team be relentless in the pursuit of the Grey Cup. Oskee wee wee, oskee wa wa, holy mackinaw, Tigers, eat 'em raw!
The best part of this thread is this: Everytime I start a thread like this, people take it way out of context, or over-seriously, especially people who don't read all the way to the end of the first post. So, while I mean all this in good fun, I also can't wait to see the incredibly negative responses I get, both in this thread and in PMs. I assure you, it doesn't bother me; it's just kind of fun to watch it happen. :roll:
Anyway, your turn!