As we outlined yesterday, it's a very good time to be a fan of Philadelphia sports team, what with the Phillies and Eagles assembling superteams that could potentially bring the town championships.
But there's a downside to all that good fortune. You, Phillies fans, yes YOU, had best check yo'self before you wreck yo'self. Because being a fan of a really good team means that you are in constant danger of becoming THAT fan. You know the one. Smug. Arrogant. Entitled. All you need to do is look north to Boston to see how success can turn a fanbase into an insufferable mob so terrifying in its obnoxiousness that the rest of the world shuns it outright.
Don't think it can happen to you? Oh, it can. It totally can. In fact, this tweet from Twitter user Meredith Kenyon proves that THE TRANSFORMATION MAY HAVE ALREADY BEGUN.
My friend who is a Phillies fan is complaining because HIS TEAM IS TOO GOOD and there is no more excitement. He should be slapped. Hard.
Indeed he should, Meredith. You find that friend and you smack him until the inside of his cheeks touch. Because complaining about your team being too good is one of the first signs that you're becoming spoiled rotten and that no one likes you. If you think you or someone you love is succumbing to Obnoxious Fan Syndrome, please check for the following symptoms:
-Casual disdain for the other team ("I'm not worried about the Giants.")
-Belief your teams somehow make you a better person
-Belief your teams make you a SMARTER person
-Luxuriating in your success in front of less fortunate fans ("Yep, it's good to be a Phillies fan, my friends.")
-Trolling sites of other teams ("It doesn't matter who you trade for, Red Sox. THE PHILS ARE TAKING YOU DOWN.")
If you suspect you've contracted OFS, do yourself a favor and try and step outside of yourself and ask yourself: If this were a fan of another team, would you hate this person? You would? THEN IT'S TOO LATE. Don't be like this, Philly. You're better than that.