What exactly is a bandwagon fan? I’ve seen this word thrown about so many times in so many different contexts, I can’t even get a lock on what people are really mad about. I’ve seen someone call people who leave early during a regular season game in which the hometown team is getting their asses handed to them bandwagon fans. (This one’s kinda baffling to me.) I’ve seen anyone who became a fan of the Blackhawks after 2010 get called a bandwagon fan. Similarly, anyone who became a Stars fan only after Tyler Seguin came to town.
And my overwhelming reaction to all of these circumstances is a big resounding “so?”
No really, so fucking what?
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You’ve probably heard the shock wave that hit twitter by now: the Edmonton Oilers won the draft lottery on Saturday night. I know, guys. I know.
I feel like their instagram person knows it too.
The Oilers last saw the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2006, when they actually made it all the way to the Finals before losing in game 7 to Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes. The offseason saw most of the major players traded away or lost to free agency. Chris Pronger (did you know he was an Oiler??? I sure didn’t) unexpectedly requested a trade and ended up with the Ducks. In 06-07, partly because of losing most of their top players in the off season, they had a shitty season, followed by a shitty season in 07-08, and then they were purchased by Daryl Katz.
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