Lately, I'm seeing a lot of board chatter about how people don't necessarily hate Cael/Penn State wrestlers/anyone actually involved with the program, but they do hate the fans. It got me thinking, is that something that's truly specific to Penn State wrestling fans? Are they really so awful and unique in their position as fans of a dynasty as to be truly hated?
Does anyone here like Alabama football fans? How about New England Patriots fans? Anybody a big fan of Yankees supporters? No fan clubs for the Kentucky basketball fan club?
Generally speaking, the average sports fan will talk about how much they hate all of these groups. Is it really true that in some mad coincidence the people in these different groups are all universally terrible? Or as fans of outside programs and teams do we just get a visceral reaction of disgust when we see the gloating and the celebratory posts and the adoration? It gets old. I'll be the first to admit it. Their position makes you hate them. The truth is, if they sucked, we would never be complaining about their fans. They are just like the fans everywhere else.
Basically, people hate fans of dynasties and come to resent almost everything that they do after a certain consistent level of success is achieved. I defy you to name me one significant sports dynasty whose fan base the general population does not hate.
Now, having said that, there are extremely annoying message board personalities who speak disrespectfully, troll rival boards, and just disgrace themselves and the school that they support. They are problematic and deserve to be hated. Just keep in mind, they are usually not reflective of the average fan.