Are friends at Sports Ruckus was asked this question and here is their response.
Easy answer. ……. fans are not as dumb as they use to be. The term “fan” is short for fanatic. There was a time when just being a fanatic about your team or being extremely supportive was enough. Now fan should stand for (focused and nervous ).
Fans now have access to team play books, all games, all training camps, all preseason, NFL rewind, NFL red zone and team websites. Fantasy football has taken the game we all love and made the consequences for winning and losing more personal then ever. Not to mention the yearly pilgrimage to radio city music hall to see that years picks up close and personal.
I say all of that to say , these fans ( myself and you included) know these teams better than they know themselves or more. At least more than the casual fan did back in the day. Not to say we love our teams any more or less then previous generations ,but there is a definite increase of access and data.
Today’s fan knows when it’s team is one or two good draft picks away from something special or one game changing free agent from making a championship run. Ownerships are worrying about building a new stadium or trying to get the super bowl in there city. Today’s fan knows when it’s team is all in and sadly my friends it’s usually not the teams we root for. There’s about 5 or 6 teams every year that have a real shot with 2 dark horses. That’s about 75 percent of the fan base knowing it’s team don’t have a real shot. We are fanatics not stupid. Until week one …… and we all forget logic, reason, chemistry, hatred and the fact that we promised our wives we would diet with them. Our teams are on !!!!!!!!! Bring the wings , Pizza and beer !!!!!!…….Cause this is our year baby!!!!!!!!!!!