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#31 Frash Brastard

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:11 PM

The main catalyst for building a fanbase is, well, rings.

largest fanbases include:

Cowboys (5 rings)
Steelers (5 rings)
49ers (5 rings)

Pats fans have been popping up everywhere the past decade. Why? They've won superbowls in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

Giants fans are more plentiful than Jets fans, because the Giants have 3 superbowl wins in the last 20 years while the Jets have none.

Success builds a franchise up. I became a Panther fan during the 03 SB run. We didn't win, but our time in the spotlight earned us some new fans, including me.

I won't mention names but some people here have this inferiority complex about them, like "ughughughugh now the bandwagoners are herre now that we winning". It doesn't make you look any bigger of a fan it just makes you look like an elitist jackass. If you notice a lot of people who jump on the bandwagon never jump off.

#32 fieryprophet

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:18 PM

I won't mention names but some people here have this inferiority complex about them. . .


And, for all of their proclamations against "bandwagoners" they're typically the first to scream bloody murder about any loss and call for the heads of the entire team.

Yep, real fans there.

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:21 PM

And, for all of their proclamations against "bandwagoners" they're typically the first to scream bloody murder about any loss and call for the heads of the entire team.

Yep, real fans there.


THAT'S how they support their team. You never heard a Cowboys fan or a Steelers fan do the same thing? Fans like that are not exclusive to this franchise and you can browse other teams' message boards to find out that is true.

Don't confuse player dissatisfaction with team dissatisfaction. Two different things.

Just because they don't share your opinions doesn't mean they don't share your love for the Panthers.

#34 beastson

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:22 PM

What about those dirty scum of the earth Carolina Cowboy, Redskins, Steelers, Falcons, Bears and Eagles fans that haven't been converted yet?

If they want to become a Panther fan, should we accept them?


Now thats a great question

F their teams and their fans

#35 fieryprophet

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:29 PM

THAT'S how they support their team. You never heard a Cowboys fan or a Steelers fan do the same thing? Fans like that are not exclusive to this franchise and you can browse other teams' message boards to find out that is true.

Don't confuse player dissatisfaction with team dissatisfaction. Two different things.

Just because they don't share your opinions doesn't mean they don't share your love for the Panthers.


I wouldn't question their Panther devotion, just their way of expressing it :)

#36 British_Panther

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:34 PM

How much of a change did TB's win in 02 make to their fanbase?

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:46 PM

How much of a change did TB's win in 02 make to their fanbase?


Gruden + Super Bowl win + that d@mn priate ship = cocky, egotistical fans

:yesnod:


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Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:17 PM

Gruden + Super Bowl win + that d@mn priate ship = cocky, egotistical fans

:yesnod:


:P


But are there more of them? Has it changed their media profile?

#39 pstall

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:21 PM

Totally agree. I saw some goofball's comment on the Observer about bandwagon fans.
So at what point are they supposed to be fans? Is it like a 401k, after so many years you are fully vested, THEN you can become a fan? Stupid.

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:24 PM

But are there more of them? Has it changed their media profile?


No and not really.

TB was a bit of a media darling when they were in the NFC central, Sapps big mouth had them in the news a lot, and they were always talked about as a team on the verge. They got another media bump after Gruden arrived, and of course a little nudge from the SB, but it's been down hill from there. Truthfully I bet outside of The NFC south few people even remember who won superbowl 37.

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Attached is a chart from 2008 that shows teams popularity from 1998-2008. As you can see there is a bump in a teams SB years, but it usually settles down a bit afterward if they don't maintain success.

http://www.harrisint...dex.asp?PID=959

Edited by User Name, 01 January 2009 - 09:44 PM.


#41 FelineFANatic

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:36 PM

What about those dirty scum of the earth Carolina Cowboy, Redskins, Steelers, Falcons, Bears and Eagles fans that haven't been converted yet?

If they want to become a Panther fan, should we accept them?


I say yes, we should take them but only after they renounce their allegiance to the former team.:thumbsup:

Maybe we should start a list of Huddle Laws so that newbie Panthers fans will know how to be a proper fan. ;)

#42 PantherBoy95

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 10:38 PM

I was just joking about what I said.....wait no I wasn't but I wasn't saying people from another team CAN'T be within our fanbase. I mean the ones who intentionally jump on the bandwagon c/ we're winning and aren't willing to stay if things begin to get grimy.

Obviously you get more national attention and exposure when you're winning. And I understand that comes with fans

And anyone who's stuck around also remembers all of the threads we got in 2004 about "F*ck this team we suck...I'm leaving this forum c/ we play like crap."



FWIW I've never called for a player or coaches head as far as I can remember b/c I've liked each coach and basically player we've had so far. (If anything I like them too much even when they get bad i.e. Stephen Davis,Keary and Drew)

So I seriously hope those "elitist jacka** / inferiority" comments weren't directed towards me.


Now if you find something wrong with what I said this time then it's your opinion. C/ I know I'd rather keep this forum the way it is with full fledged fans. And not have a "Black Widow" type of person who people end up liking and just leave when the team isn't good. (I know that her situation was totally different w/ her liking the Raiders and all of the hate comments)

Edited by PantherBoy95, 01 January 2009 - 10:52 PM.


#43 Udogg

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 11:44 PM

I am loyal to a fault. Sometimes it annoys me when people say stuff like their "other" team. Or if "insert some godless heathens" don't win I will go for this team. Even on video games I won't play with any other team than the panthers. I felt dirty for putting Tom Brady on my roster for a day(I really wanted to see what the difference was :) ).

However Zod is absolutely right. Embracing new fans means more games on TV. More merchandise outside of Carolina. I hate having to order everything online. More pockets of pantherholics in visiting stadiums. That can't be a bad thing. Unless we become a-holes like the Cowboys then its time to end it.

#44 Mr. Scot

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 12:43 AM

So please, if people decide to give Panther fandom a try, stop with the asinine comments. We need more fans. I don't care what the reason is, if they want to start following the Panthers, more power to them.

I can never understand why people want to arbitrate who can be a fan and who can't. If they want to jump on board, let 'em on. If they jump off later, c'est la vie.

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 12:52 AM

A bigger fanbase comes with time and success, it's as simple as that. The teams that have the biggest fanbases are the teams that have been around the longest and have had great success in the past. The Panthers have been around for 13 years now, making it 14 this year, and this is our 4th playoff appearance, so I would say we are definitely on our way to having a strong fanbase in the future.


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