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 Post subject: Why I am a New Pirates Fan
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:58 pm 
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I just adopted my own fandom of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and I'm showing my dedication by joining this message board. So why am I becoming a Pirates fan? Here's a numbered list for you.

1. I am a new student at Penn State. I am starting my Ph.D., so I should be here for a few years. So that means that I should become a fan of either the Phillies or the Pirates. Both are roughly the same distance away. I've been told that Philadelphia fans in general (so also including fans of the Sixers, Eagles, and Flyers) are obnoxious, and it's not hard to imagine that. Rather than make the assessment for myself, I'll just assume that this is true. Always remember, kids, that any conceivable reasoning can be used to hate a sports team, while it takes a lot to justify your love for one. Hence this numbered list.

2. My grandmother was originally from Pittsburgh. As a result, I grew up supporting the Steelers. However, support at that age entailed thinking it was really cool that we had a small yellow towel in the bathroom. But apparently the Pirates were a good team when I was young, so I supported them, too. This support came in the form of me wearing a t-shirt featuring Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla, two of the team's star players.

3. This one is probably the most important. I am a masochistic sports fan. I realized this only this season, as the Cubs, another team I like, have started to do really well. I'm used to disappointment. It comforts me. And above all else, consistent disappointment breeds sarcasm, which is why I truly love sports and talking about sports. I figure that out of all possible baseball teams, the Pirates are the best prepared to make me miserable, as they're currently striving for a record 16 straight losing seasons. How do I know this? I remember the 2002 MLB Draft, wherein the team drafted the first overall pick, Bryan Bullinger, instead of B.J. Upton. (The former was cut from the Pirates organization last month, having gone 0-3 with a 5.89 ERA in 18.3 innings.)

Of course, there are signs of hope with the recent Bay deal. It would seem the team is investing in the future at the expense of the present, which is just fine by me. The longer we're in the cellar, the better we can clean out the cobwebs.


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 Post subject: Re: Why I am a New Pirates Fan
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Ohh, this one has potential. A possible 3-ink poster.

Welcome to the board. Your sarcasm and wit will be sharpened here.

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 Post subject: Re: Why I am a New Pirates Fan
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yeknom02 wrote:
3. This one is probably the most important. I am a masochistic sports fan..


With the recent success of the [Devil] Rays, we are your one and only hope!!

yeknom02 wrote:
Of course, there are signs of hope with the recent Bay deal. It would seem the team is investing in the future at the expense of the present, which is just fine by me. The longer we're in the cellar, the better we can clean out the cobwebs.


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 Post subject: Re: Why I am a New Pirates Fan
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:50 pm 
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Welcome to the Board and Pirate Fandom. If you like torture and disappointment, this is the team for you. As a fan of all pro teams Pittsburgh, I look at rooting for the Pirates as my penance for the success of the Stillers and Pens. My second favorite team is the Rays. It feels weird rooting for a winning baseball team for the first time since I was in middle school. Hopefully, we are on the right track.

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 Post subject: Re: Why I am a New Pirates Fan
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Welcome. I am a Bills fan too. Should I quit watching them too BH? Make me laugh!


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 Post subject: Re: Why I am a New Pirates Fan
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
Welcome. I am a Bills fan too.


Az: You have suffered enough for 10 sports fans and are one of the most congenial posters here . . . but I cannot show favoritism and must therefore post this picture:

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I didn't want to do it!!


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 Post subject: Re: Why I am a New Pirates Fan
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Bucfan wrote:
Az Bucco fan wrote:
Welcome. I am a Bills fan too.


Az: You have suffered enough for 10 sports fans and are one of the most congenial posters here . . . but I cannot show favoritism and must therefore post this picture:

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I didn't want to do it!!


Sorry but Bucfan made me do it!!! HeHeHe!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Why I am a New Pirates Fan
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I'm a Pirates & Lions fan. Nobody can beat me when it comes to sports fan misery.


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 Post subject: Re: Why I am a New Pirates Fan
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Ollie wrote:
I'm a Pirates & Lions fan. Nobody can beat me when it comes to sports fan misery.


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 Post subject: Re: Why I am a New Pirates Fan
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This picture is priceless. That's Jon Kitna making the tackle. lol


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