He holds the players in high esteem. In this team's case, he forgives the quarterback for having abused dogs as a matter of course for years. The fan loves dogs and he was uncomfortable with this for awhile, but it's now conveniently forgotten and neither he nor his friends bring it up anymore. He also knows that all the players make in one year many times what he and his friends combined will make in their lifetimes, despite all working hard, and that none of the players are products of his region. If offered more millions by someone else, they would give a heartfelt press conference, then leave without a second glance. The next year they would talk about how special and loyal the fans of their new city are with the same sincerity as they talk about the fan's city and its people now.
He knows all this on some dim level, a level similar to the one we all have on mortality when we're not seriously ill. He knows this, but he goes with the flow. He conforms.
|A typical sports fan.|