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Rules for being a Xavier fan

Asst. Sports Editor Kyle Isaacs breaks down the keys to following XU sports

By Kyle Isaacs
On August 20, 2012

1. Beware of the Bandwagon
One of my biggest pet peeves is the bandwagon fan. We all have friends who will never support a team but when the team does well, that friend is now their No. 1 fan. To be a top-notch supporter of Musketeer athletics, you have to understand that with every season there are highs and lows. Even when things look bleak for Xavier, you have to stick with the team. If you aren't there for the negatives, you don't deserve to be there for the positives.
2. Intelligence is Important
We have all encountered the uneducated fan, and let me
tell you, it is not pleasant. For the sake of our school's name and reputation, please inform yourself on the
team and the sport itself before speaking out. Nothing is worse than spewing random knowledge about Xavier only to find out it is incorrect. It is far better to remain silent than to rant or complain when you are wrong.
3. Support all the Sports
You may consider yourself a "huge" Xavier fan, but did you know that the men's soccer team has won back-to-back
Atlantic 10 Tournament titles? Or that the men's tennis team has now been to six straight conference finals? While it is great to support the basketball team, you also have to root for your fellow classmates in other Xavier sports. After all, the Musketeers are being extremely well represented off the basketball court, too.
4. Participation is Key
So you found your way into the student section of a close game and what do you do? Text your friends. Another pet peeve of mine is watching a fellow student at the game who
has no regard for the game itself. Xavier sporting events are a great place to be but for a true fan, it is not simply
a social event. Either cheer on the Musketeers or head towards the door because someone else who participates would love to have your seat.
5. Barred from Booing
Don't get me wrong, it can be beyond frustrating to watch Xavier struggle through certain games. I am a firm believer in ridding our school of the unnecessary booing that takes
place at events. I understand that you may be frustrated with the lack of effort or proper execution that a Xavier play possesses, but the booing is only going to make the situation worse. It also gives the student section a bad reputation. So next time you think about booing, just stop.

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