At what point do fans consider themselves vested into a team? Is it time? Do all we have to do is watch a team and claim them as our favorite? Is that all that's needed to be considered committed to a team? At what point does pride kick in and the obligation to see them in person take hold? These are serious questions. I tried to move back home twice, after I got out of the Navy and couldn't find a job in Miami and again in 2006 and again I couldn't find anything in Miami. If I were there I'd be at those games, and the Canes (for all their sports). As it is I go to away games for both the Dolphins and Canes quite a bit, Canes especially since I'm within 2 hours of every school in NC. I sit with the fans of those teams and I do my part to make some noise. That's part of being a fan IMO. So if you've never been to a game whether on the road or at home, ever, how is there not a disconnect there? If you're in another country then I can see the excuse but as an NFL fan in the U.S. the team is bound to play somewhere close (within 6 hours driving) where you can see them live. The experience live is 50 times better than on TV for me, I can watch the whole field and not just the ball.
Hoops and I went to see the Fins play in Baltimore a couple of years ago and I was decked in Fins gear from head to toe, in a hostile crowd, people giving me dirty looks...I love that stuff, it gets me pumped. We were awful that day and we could stop the little dump offs to Ray Rice but that was a great experience and I feel sorry for those that have never experienced a packed stadium and a raucous crowd, home or away. I can tell you once you've experienced it you'll think watching games on TV is inadequate.