Do you watch sports as an excuse to socialize with other people? Or do you treat socializing with other people as an excuse to watch sports? These kinds of questions can tell you a lot about the type of fan you are. The former type of fan can comfortably be called a “casual fan,” while the latter would be of the more “serious” persuasion.
But even among those in the “serious” category, it’s clear that fans take in the sports they watch differently. Serious fans carry with them a variety of what I call “intake perspectives” that dictate how they interpret sports contests. In other words, individual fans watch sports in ways that emphasize certain dynamics over others on a consistent basis. Depending on one’s intake perspective, fans may ignore some facets of a contest while fixating on others, all based on how a fan “reads” the events on the field. I have come up with an unscientific set of criteria (after all we’re historians at the Tattered Pennant, not scientists) that might help you determine what type of serious fan you are. There are three main categories of fan intake perspectives that I think sum up most of the serious fans out there. Which one are you?