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The Difference Between a Fan and a Fanatic

Fanaticism is a belief or behavior involving uncritical zeal, particularly for an extreme religious or political cause or in some cases sports, or with an obsessive enthusiasm for a pastime or hobby. Philosopher George Santayana defines fanaticism as "redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim"; according to Winston Churchill, "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject". By either description the fanatic displays very strict standards and little tolerance for contrary ideas or opinions.

The difference between a fan (see: saintsation) and a fanatic (see: *coldpizza) is that while both have an overwhelming liking or interest in a given subject, behavior of a fanatic will be viewed as violating prevailing social norms, while that of a fan will not violate those norms (although the person may be considered unusual).




Yes, folks, there’s nothing that brings out the irrational behavior, unbelievable optimism, and totally off-the-wall reasoning like Professional Football.  It’s like putting on a clown suit.  You can do or say just about anything you want and it’s acceptable.  Hell, after all, you’re just clowning around.  Honk that horn, press that squeaky nose, flap those size 36 shoes – Let’s put on a show!!!  Then, when the dust settles, go back to your life, wonderful, dreary, or otherwise. 

But, hey, for a while you were able to let it all hang out and damn the critics.  Damn the press.  Damn the doubters.  This is Professional Football and I’ll fight to the death to defend your right to lose to the Saints!!!

I am really fortunate to have stumbled (my preferred mode of transportation) upon Canal Street Chronicles.  Thanks much to all the contributors.  You are making my absentee status a lot more bearable.  It’s a blast. 

The show must go on!!!

(* Just kidding there, CP.  Had to put somebody in there and you just kinda' popped up!  Keep postin'!)

Five hours and counting till 9 and 0h my God!

This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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