General Why do 'YOU' support the Warriors ?

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WHY DO 'YOU' SUPPORT THE WARRIORS ???

I noticed people questioning what was a 'fan' in a couple of other threads, which I thought was wandering off-topic a bit, so why not start a thread of it's own ?

A strange title for a thread I admit, but this is really about what it means to be a SUPPORTER, as against a SUCCESS-FOLLOWER.

And I wonder how many of those world wide millions of Manchester Utd 'followers' are scanning the results now that their club has gone down the tubes ? Even if only temporarily ?

Not too many, I'll wager

I know these are different sports, but being a supporter is the same for all of them.

An old girlfriend of mine once said, "Well if they keep losing, why don't you support another team ?"

It's a perfectly sane and reasonable question, and one to which there is no sensible answer to a non-sports supporter.

Any attempt at an explanation seems to defy all logic, as well as all known standards of behaviour, rational thought and normal mental processes. And certainly does not contribute to an extended lifetime on this earth.

Some wives and girlfriends understand. Most do not, and do not have a clue of the agonies that their partners are going through whilst they are in the fruit and veg dept of the local Supermarket.

But although they do not understand, they very quickly learn to read the signs when we walk in the door after a match.

Chatty, animated, and smiling is one scenario. Silent, sullen and door slamming is the other one. In which case children are quickly dispatched to another area of the house, ladies busy themselves elsewhere, and even dogs and cats seem to know to clear off out of the way. They are the wise ones.

And yet.......millions upon millions of team supporters, no matter what the sport is, go through this routine, all over the world.
Week in, week out.
Month in, month out. ETC

If your team is poor, then the 'Close Season' comes as a blessed relief, because at least you are not going to lose !

And when a new season rolls around, the sense of anticipation......that THIS is the year....those new signings.....that new coach....the new sponsor etc, will make all the difference. This is all an incredible tribute to man's undying optimism, the unquenchable thirst for improvement, and the feeling that things will always get better.

We are the Ultimate Optimists. There is no other species like us in the World.

And when the first game of the season arrives, and the hopes and aspirations of a nation depend on 13 pairs of dirty great boots from Auckland, [ or wherever,] .........well........." Rome wasn't built in a day".

And ...........".WHO do we play next week ???"

I'm going off-line now until after the next match.

[That's the intention, but I may not manage it !!]

Nothing personal. It's just that I'm finding this site gets to you, and I keep coming back on.

I haven't had a crap for 3 days.

Closest was on Saturday when Sam dropped the ball.....but he recovered, and so did I.
 
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¿N. ig-mah¿

¿N. ig-mah¿

I have asked myself the same question year after year. But I word it differently. I usually ask myself " What the f%#$ are you doing wasting you time, energy and money supporting this bunch of @!#% @$^& ^$@ ^##@$^ ##&^@ *#^$**!!@&s.

I guess we are the battered wives of the NRL. We just keep coming back, knowing that it isn't going to get better, and eventually we will have to seek refuge in another team/sport. But right now we believe we can change them and they love us as much as we love them.

But seriously, I reckon its odds. After 20 years of supporting them, I am starting to think that statistically they will have to stumble upon the right amount of just-wins to get through to the finals, land a couple of teams who shouldn't be there, and pull off a few freak plays, and pretty much tin-arse our way through to a result. I am just hoping it happens in my lifetime. I have given it 20 years. I would hate to give in, only for them to pick the next year to fluke it.
 
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wallacenz

wallacenz

They are the NZ team, and I am a proud NZer. They don't make me proud often though
 
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eX | Machina

eX | Machina

It's the only NZ based team. Naturally you just kind of fall into it if you follow RL and are from NZ. If you were from Sydney then it would depend on what part of town you grew up etc. If there were to be another team based out NZ I'll bet my right arm, a hell of a lot of Warrior fans would jump ship if only to get a rest from the predictable unpredictability mediocrity that is the Worriers club.
 
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shuffle

shuffle

I love them cause they smile and laugh and slap each other's bums after losing by 50 points! Go the Warriors! Yay!

Nah, I like them cause they're one NZ team trying to beat 15 other Aussie teams.
 
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matiunz

matiunz

This year yet?
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For me it started as they were the local team, NZ going it alone against a number of Aus teams. Next i came to love the game and couldnt support anyone else but the NZ team.
Have seriously questioned why I support these bastards ( im in the anger phase of the support cycle) but ive been doing it 20 years cant see me changing anytime soon.
Have a dream of winning the grand final one year that will make all this crap worth it.
 
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Jah

Jah

Born and bread Kiwi no matter where I been in the world and who I worked with I always give Warriors gear to them that's my team.
 
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janfin

janfin

Guess it was just that NZ underdog thing that appealed to me plus that excitement when they ran out on the field for that first game iWas hooked And as everyone knows I could not ever pick another team to beat them
 
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Matulino's Left Shoulder

Matulino's Left Shoulder

who wants to sit and watch a milquetoast team full of level headed white fullas provide a consistent mid table performance ?

give me razzle dazzle pull my hair out frustrating free loading roller coaster jungle footy any day.

up the mighty warriors.
 
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Dropped Balls

who wants to sit and watch a milquetoast team full of level headed white fullas provide a consistent mid table performance ?

give me razzle dazzle pull my hair out frustrating free loading roller coaster jungle footy any day.

up the mighty warriors.

Nice one ! And I am with you on this. And I've got a bit to say about it.
But I think it should be in the 'COACH' Thread rather than here, so I will do it there.
When I've had some tea !!
 
mt.wellington

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Right now its because Im fiercely loyal to the point of stupidity!!!
 
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95 'til infinity

95 'til infinity

Almost like a pokie addict,I figure I've put that much money into them that sooner or later I've got to hit the big one...Seriously though,once we got a team admitted there was never going to be any doubt where my loyalty lay.I could never see myself backing anybody else,living in "enemy territory" here in Sydney only reinforces that even more for me.
 
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kos

Live on the Gold Coast QLD as I have Aussie kids who live here from my first failed marriage.
But had seats at Mt smart 1995-2206.
Grew up in Rewa near Manukau Harbour. Born in Otahuhu.
Mt Smart is near Manukau harbour.
You can take the boy out of South Auckland.
But you cant take South Auckland out of the boy.
Warriors for life.
 
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eX | Machina

eX | Machina

Have they won a Premiership yet???


No but new technology has allowed us to bring Napoleon back from the dead and employ him as head coach. But apperantly even he can't drop Mateo to reserve grade?
 
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DavidMcKay1974

DavidMcKay1974

The fact that you knew there was always a chance (most of the time) that they were still in the match with 10 minutes, sometimes 5 minutes to go, and they would use their razzle dazzle to pull off a come from behind win, is why I come back for more. They are the best in the game at doing that, and all we need is to get to back to that.

I will always sit there saying to myself or if there are other people around, 'we can come back, that's what they are known for, as the comeback kings' when it happens it's golden, when it doesn't, it sucks.

And the fact that if one day we finally manage to win the Grand Final, we can say to our Aussie friends "The Warriors are NRL Champions, stick that up your pipe and smoke it."

I'm looking forward to that sometime in my life time.
 
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¿N. ig-mah¿

¿N. ig-mah¿

The fact that you knew there was always a chance (most of the time) that they were still in the match with 10 minutes, sometimes 5 minutes to go, and they would use their razzle dazzle to pull off a come from behind win, is why I come back for more. They are the best in the game at doing that, and all we need is to get to back to that.

I will always sit there saying to myself or if there are other people around, 'we can come back, that's what they are known for, as the comeback kings' when it happens it's golden, when it doesn't, it sucks.

And the fact that if one day we finally manage to win the Grand Final, we can say to our Aussie friends "The Warriors are NRL Champions, stick that up your pipe and smoke it."

I'm looking forward to that sometime in my life time.
I was at a work do in 2011 when we played the Tigers in the finals. They had set up a big screen for some crap rugby game. The Warriors were on straight after and I nagged enough for them to put it on. I was sitting at a table as close to the screen as possible copping a lot of flack about the Warriors being perenial chokers. We were behind with only a few minutes left. All the rugby fans (and there were many) were giving me grief because their team won, and mine was losing. I kept saying "they will come back", while thinking their time was fast running out. Then with 2 minutes to go Krisnan Inu stepped up. Fuck, did I feel awesome after that. Everyone was amazed I still had faith in them with such a little amount of time left.

That was the last year I have felt like a chance of coming back near the end. The closest feeling I have had to that since 2011 is for them to hold out the opposition until the end. But to me, it has always been on field attitude that has given me the low feeling. Regardless of what you think of your coach, how can you intentionally fail? Where is their self-respect?
 
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