So I read an article today on another sports website that I frequent about rules for being a College Football fan and it got me a little irritated as by the author's set definitions I am breaking a few rules. It did make me wonder though what other people might think about what it takes to be a "true fan". The article makes the main point that for someone to be a true fan they must be attending or have graduated from their college football team's school, which makes my Ohio State fandom less credible.
I am Canadian (hence the name!!!) and am a HUGE Ohio State fan, and to be honest I don't even know when I started rooting for the Buckeyes, I just grew up rooting for them because both my parents are sports fans and they always cheered for Ohio State. I have lived in Canada my whole life, I went to University near Toronto and have only been to Columbus one time in my life (it was AWESOME). Regardless of that I don't consider myself any less of a Buckeye fan, nor do I think I in any way qualify as a "bandwagoner" since I have always rooted for them since I knew what football was (basketball to a lesser extent as well).
Really I just wanted to see what everyone else thinks is a prerequisite for being a College Football Fan, not just Ohio State, but in general. I assume quite a few people on here went to or are attending Ohio State but I am sure there are quite a few here that might have attended other universities and still root for tOSU. So what does it take to be a true fan? Is it true that I can never be a TRUE fan unless I am truly a part of the University? What "rules" need to be met in order to be a true fan in the eyes of my fellow 11 warrior fans?
EDIT- Article taken from GrantLand