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Saturday, December 17, 2022

Sports fans’ self-esteem can be tied to their team, research says - The Washington Post

Other research shows water is wet and the sun is hot.

Sports fans, especially at the World Cup, use their clothes and colors to show their team identity. But it is not just apparel; fans’ self-esteem and sense of belonging are also tied to their team, researchers say. Fans may have no direct contribution to match outcomes, but they feel each win and loss as their own.

If their team wins, fans wear team colors the following day and brag about how “we” won the day, a behavior researchers have dubbed “basking in reflected glory,” or BIRGing.

But if their team loses, fans cast off their team jerseys and talk about how “they” did not perform as well, thereby “cutting off reflected failure,” or CORFing.

jimfurtado Posted: December 17, 2022 at 08:03 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian C Posted: December 17, 2022 at 02:57 PM (#6109888)
So researchers have discovered that fans are happy when their teams win and sad when they lose. Really cutting-edge stuff.
   2. Mr. Hotfoot Jackson (gef, talking mongoose) Posted: December 17, 2022 at 03:07 PM (#6109890)
But then there's the whole (not)-covering-the-spread thing, which complicates things.
   3. Cris E Posted: December 17, 2022 at 11:29 PM (#6109939)
Researchers have also discovered that researchers are most happy when MCAing (Making Crappy Anagrams) and GFFRPing (Getting Funding For Ridiculous Proposals).
   4. Obo Posted: December 18, 2022 at 04:34 PM (#6110077)
"Yet another groundbreaking story from the pages of the medical journal Duh."

I miss Norm Macdonald.
   5. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: December 19, 2022 at 06:30 AM (#6110104)
So researchers have discovered that fans are happy when their teams win and sad when they lose. Really cutting-edge stuff.

Your self esteem being dependent on your team's success is pathological, not just a matter of being happy or sad.
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 19, 2022 at 09:43 AM (#6110109)
Cowboys fans are the ultimate co-dependent bipolar group.

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