Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Do Fans of Bad Sports Teams Wear Paper Bags Over Their Heads?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
How come when a sports team is really bad and losing all their games you see fans in the crowd wearing paper bags over their heads with the eyeholes cut out? What’s the point of that? If the team is that bad and you don’t want anyone to see you’re there why even show up to the game? Why would anyone subject themselves to that unenjoyable task of paying to watch a shitty team, plus the apparent embarrassment of being there to necessitate a bag over your head? No one’s going to recognize these people anyway! I say use plastic next time, don’t cut any holes, and just put yourself out of your misery! -- Sophia from New Haven, Connecticut

Dear Sophia:
Wearing a paper bag over your head with eyeholes cut out is not meant to be a practical behavior. It’s meant to be a humorous display of your dissatisfaction of your favorite team’s performance. If there was truly a situation where you were trying to hide your face then yes it would be much easier to just not walk into an arena full of people. If you really were that ashamed of a team you wouldn’t show up. These fans clearly still care and enjoy the team and sport enough to continue to pay for a ticket so you can’t take it seriously. It’s not meant to be a logical, thought out decision, it’s just a way fans cope with a failing team.

Apparently shame is also a great way to treat hyperventilation.

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