My editorial from Monday morning...
The term 'bandwagon jumper' came up a lot during the Riders' 0-and-3 start... and again following their improbable win in Montreal.
I think it's a misused term, that's thrown around when it often shouldn't be.
So what exactly does it mean? Here's what Urban Dictionary has to say about 'bandwagon jumpers.'
1. A person who prior to the playoffs, did not support nor cheer for a team until that team showed promise to win the championship.
2. Someone who changes from one team/political party to the other.
It doesn't say anything about being critical about your favourite team after a loss... and having optimism after a win.
The Riders DID have an unacceptable performance in Hamilton... and they pulled it together a week later to quite possibly save their season in Montreal. That's just a fact... and fans who are 'on the wagon' can make that statement.
You're a 'bandwagon jumper' if you say "Edmonton's 4-and-0... I think I'll start cheering for them." And, to a lesser degree... if you, don't renew your season tickets after a tough season, don't go to your usual one or two games a year, or, I suppose, totally write your team off after an 0-and-3 start.
With Sports Scope, I'm Craig Stein