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Old 08-01-2012, 11:39 AM   #11
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Fans of any athlete or team can generally be grouped by age: younger = idolizing and idealizing, older = cynical and skeptical. Younger fans have heros as an attachment to their own ego and self image, so they have a greater need to see that person/team in more absolutes, i.e. he can do no wrong, I must wear what he wears, etc. Older fans have been around the track a few times, generally don't have their own egos and self image attached to a hero, have less need to see the person as infallible, may in fact feel competitive with him and have a need to put him down once in a while. There are of course exceptions to these generalizations (such as Breakpoint and Federer).
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