For ten years the Sons of Ben have been a loyal and loud group of supporters. I’ve always admired and appreciated their devoted loyalty and support.
Some might say it was blind loyalty, but isn’t that what fanatics do? Regardless of the result, you must be loyal to the team. Support the players in good times and bad. In 2010 and in the early years the results didn’t matter and it was fun to be loyal and loud.
But as the years wear on and the losing continues, the more I’ve realized that the support mostly came from a naive and ignorant young fan base. By “young” I mean new to soccer, and by “ignorant” I mean a fan base that blindly supports.
For years I’ve called this the dumbest fan base in MLS. I realize that not every fan is dumb and I have made a lot of friends in this fan base who are very soccer knowledgeable, but for heaven’s sake for every one savvy fan, you get thirty dumb fans who just show up to get drunk, watch the EPL and think they know it all.
Now some credit should be given. The fan base seems to FINALLY be moving in the correct direction. There are many rumblings in regards to Curtin. Changes need to be made to right this ship. The fan base sees this now after years of unwavering support.
What drives me crazy is that those who are negative towards the team get labeled as bad fans. What? Are you kidding? There is nothing more ridiculous than this notion. I think this criticism comes from the early years where cheering the team on was all that mattered. But the team sucks and being at the stadium sucks right now. Don’t be so stupid to suggest that we should be happy and singing for the team’s glory when they are willingly putting out a product that sucks.
STOP YOUR STUPID BLIND SUPPORTING, grow up as a fan base. Voicing your discontent does not make you “bad fans” it makes you smart fans that recognize a shit show when you see it. Stop showing up, stop buying merchandise, and show them that mediocrity is not something you are okay with. Grow the F up, the days of just being happy to have a club are long gone!