Some people find it hard to still be a Jaguar fan with all of the losing and negativity that has surrounded the franchise in recent years. Others, like myself, don’t actually find it all too hard. Here are ten reasons that make it easy to be a fan of the teal-sporting team:
10. No more Blackouts
The Jaguars’ fan base hasn’t experienced a black out since December 13th, 2009 and are guaranteed to never experience one ever again. After the 2012 season where Jaguar fans endured a 2-14 record, team president Mark Lansing released a statement saying that he would guarantee no more black-outs. This is made possible because NFL teams can pay for 34% of unsold tickets, luckily the Jaguars haven’t had to pay for any tickets in the past three seasons.
9. You can easily prefer college sports but “root” for the Jaguars
In the state of Florida much like the state of Alabama, you have your pick of which championship level team you would like to follow. Since the announcement of the Jaguars franchise in 1993, Florida State has six championship appearances, winning three of them, Florida has three appearances and three national titles, Miami has two, and even Central and South Florida have given fans something to cheer about over the years. The overflow of college football heritage takes away from some of the woes of the drought that the Jaguars are currently in.
8. No other NFL teams in Florida are good anyways
The Miami Dolphins were the powerhouse of the early ’70s but it is 2014 and that was 40 years ago. The Dolphins went 8-8 in 2013 season but the last time they’ve seen a playoff game was 2008. The team to the west, also known as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has only one NFC championship and one super bowl victory. 2002 is the only championship that the Buccaneers have to their name and the last time they reached the playoffs was in 2007. Last year, it seemed like the Buccaneers and Jaguars were competing for last through seven games as both teams started 0-7, yet, both finished the 2013 season with a 4-12 record.
7. Dressing up like Shad Khan makes a great Halloween Costume
Since Shad Khan bought the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise, Khan has taken over as the face of the Jaguars. His trademark mustache captivates fans of all ages and appears on all different types of apparel ranging from official Jaguar T-shirts to paper bags used to cover the faces of disapproving fans. Shad Khan has brought life to the Jaguars fan base and in return they have brought life to his awesome mustache.
6. No one cares if you are a fan for another team.. Except the Colts
As a Jacksonville native, I can say that almost every Jaguar “fan” considers themselves a fan of the Jaguars and… no matter who it would be, almost everyone has a fall back. Don’t get me wrong, at the beginning of the season Jags fans are ‘all in’. Stick around long enough, and at the first sign of the season going sour, you will begin to see a Broncos jersey here or a Patriots hat there. There is one exception though… there is not much love between Jacksonville and Indianapolis. Jaguars-versus-Colts games get rowdy and you don’t want to be the guy stuck between two rivaling and extremely enthusiastic fans.