Becoming a Flowbee Fan

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by: Andy Zsiga @zsiga_andy

I am the oldest of seven siblings, and when we were younger my parents always cut our hair.

Of course, any memories I have of our haircuts are the few times the cuts were unsuccessful.

At one point in the lifespan of haircuts, my parents bought a Flowbee, a vacuum attachment that cuts your hair. This Wayne's World clip is a pretty accurate description of what it feels like to get a Flowbee haircut, and as Wayne says,”It really does suck!”

Social media has helped advance being a fan to a point I never could have imagined when I was younger, and its immediacy has seemed to bring in an overwhelming amount of fans that I would like to name as “Flowbee” fans.

The access to news about your favorite players, teams, sports, and more is immediate and unbelievably deep.

It is pretty awesome you can discuss, read reactions, and develop relationships with various people. It is an unbelievable opportunity which has seemed to develop an entitled sort of fan in some cases. Some people call them armchair coaches, but “Flowbee” fan may be a better description of the fan I am talking about that you find on any one of the numerous discussion boards on the world wide web.

The “Flowbee” fan sure does suck, as in suck the joy out of discussing sports. These are the people that relate everything to what is wrong with the organization, the coach, GM, player, or sport.

Flowbees strike all discussion boards, and their negativity is easily contracted and spread to all who come near.

In fact, it can even be a verb at times that trolls use to destroy the joy of the game.

If we as fans are not careful, we fall into this joy-sucking complaining, and we destroy the very fandom we love and enjoy. I have started to try to avoid Flowbees like the plague by closing or moving quickly through chats that include these standard gripes, but I would be a liar if I claimed I never "flowbeed".

Moving forward, I encourage you to love baseball including all aspects of your team.

Avoid disparaging the management of your favorite teams as much as you can by accepting the state of your team, and celebrating the good of your team.

Does your team need criticism at times? Yes, but avoid the Flowbee use of sarcasm and continual hatred of certain actions. It sucks away the joy of the game, and it makes the person using it look ignorant.

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