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10 Ways To Become a Next-Level Sports Fan

10 Ways To Become a Better Sports Fan

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Some sports fans have a clear understanding of what it takes to properly represent their team while others make a mockery of themselves. If you feel like you could use some help to become a better sports fan, look no further. Read these ten tips, abide by them and become the model sports fan that you were destined to be.

10. Be Understanding

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10. Be Understanding

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Fans are entitled to express their feelings, but they can sometimes be quick to negative outbursts following any sort of change to their favorite team. Managers/coaches try their hardest to make changes that will better the team's chance at winning a championship. Give changes time to take effect before making any ridiculous assumptions.

9. Show Your Pride

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9. Show Your Pride

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Buy car magnets, socks, swim trunks, a popcorn machine, a sweater for your dog, grilling utensils, bar stools, whatever you can find with your team's logo on it. They are your favorite team after all, right? Show off your pride!

8. Attend as Many Games as You Can

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8. Attend as Many Games as You Can

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It can be hard for some fans to attend games (ticket prices, travel time), but if you're able to, take the time to cheer on your favorite team in person. Watching sports on television can be exciting, but seeing your favorite players in person and in action is a memorable experience.

7. Never Leave a Game Early

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7. Never Leave a Game Early

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You pay good money to see your favorite players, you most likely had to travel farther than a few miles to their stadium and you have already paid for three overpriced beers, so why leave early? To “beat the traffic?” Stay in your seat and finish the game. If you're at an outdoor sporting event and there is no threat of severe weather, grab a poncho and man up.

6. Mind Your Manners

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6. Mind Your Manners

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Taunting and trash-talking the opposing team and their fans is acceptable (unless you're attending something like a golf tournament). But there is a fine line between heckling and being outright nasty. Remember, as a fan you are representing your team. Keep it classy and never throw snowballs at Santa Claus.

5. Don't Root For a Team Just Because it Seems Like the "Cool" Thing To Do

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5. Don't Root For a Team Just Because it Seems Like the "Cool" Thing To Do

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Miami Heat "fans" have quickly come and gone. Don't be like them.

4. Know Your Team

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4. Know Your Team

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Not knowing at least the names of all the players on your favorite team is unacceptable and slightly embarrassing. Get to know the players, learn their numbers and history. It makes being a fan a lot more fun.

3. Know the Game

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3. Know the Game

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Don't be the person who sits in the corner of a living room asking questions every two minutes during the game. Watch, observe and research.

2. Support Your Team, No Matter What

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2. Support Your Team, No Matter What

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It's difficult to watch your favorite team miss the playoffs year after year, but you have to stand by their side. Fans are a crucial part of sports, and players need their support the most. I know it can be frustrating and disheartening sometimes, but you need to bite the bullet and stay loyal.

1. Have Fun

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1. Have Fun

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Fans get so caught up in wins and losses that they sometimes forget to have fun. We all want to see our favorite team win a championship, but that can't be our only reason for watching a sport. Take your child to a baseball game, create a fantasy team, take a tour of your team's stadium or arena, throw a viewing party, whatever it is that you decide to do involving your favorite team, have fun with it.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.