by Emma Zavala
Fanatic: a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.
Although the dictionary definition may say “uncritical” and “for religion and politics,” most people might know fanatics who are interested in sports. Let me tell you, sports fanatics are the most critical and most persistent of fans. I know a huge fanatic about a football team and how do I know this fanatic is crazy? It’s me.
As some people might know, the rivalry game between the Oregon Ducks and Stanford took place this past Saturday, November 14th. It was the game of the year. If you didn’t have a chance to watch the game, I can tell you it was an exciting one. Oregon won 38-36 and Stanford persisted until the last second to try to tie up the game with a two point conversion after a touchdown.
Many people, like myself, traveled from near and far to attend the game. For me, it was a five hour drive with my parents, but for some Oregon students, it was about a nine hour drive or an hour and thirty minutes in flight, and you’d be surprised how many Ducks fans showed up. Whether you think these fans are crazy, or dedicated, they are still always going to be true to their team.
Fans stick together. Although my parents and I knew nobody at the game, whenever an Oregon touchdown was scored, all of the fans around us rejoiced together in high fives and lots of screaming. If someone is going to be a crazy fan for a certain team, they should have the decency to be a good loser, and Stanford fans definitely were. Even though they lost by only two points, they walked out of the stadium with their heads held high and didn’t make any bad comments to Oregon Ducks fans.
Not only is all the fuss about the actual game, but some people get very into something called “tailgating”. Tailgating is what happens before the game. Fans all park their cars in a huge parking lot or lawn and barbecue (sharing their food with most anyone who wants it). Tailgating is a great way to get riled up for a game and share your team love with other fans.
Now some may think that this is all a bit much just for a sports team, but I think it’s a great way to get together and have a good time with friends, family, and fanatics.
P.S The teams playing on Thanksgiving Day will be: Eagles vs Lions, Panthers vs Cowboys, and Bears vs Packers.