So I've been thinking about this of late, and I just wanted to put it to the board to see if it was a universal feeling:
I know that to the casual fan, adversity and poor performance by a sports team often creates apathy and lowers interest and overall fan support, but what about to the already diehard fan?
I think these past two years have made me an even bigger Michigan fan. Having to constantly defend my team against outsiders and people ready to trash the program based on what they heard in some newspaper (coughFreepcough) or on ESPN has raised my intensity level. The same thing happened to me at Michigan with my Yankee fandom. While the Yankees weren't facing the problems that Michigan is, everyone at Michigan HATED (hates) the Yankees, and I found myself having to constantly defend them to anyone I was watching a baseball game with because the animosity was so strong.
Has anyone else experienced this and felt this way over the past couple of years?