I’ve just been reading a couple of thought provoking articles concerned with the differences between watching a match in person or on TV. The original article and an article based on the original, in summary draw on differences between the analytical preference (TV) compared with the emotional preference (attendance at the game). For Manchester United fans there is no shortage of TV coverage to analyse over; the abundance of Premier League games on Sky, dedicated TV channels like MUTV, every match in Europe on some channel or other, normally a featured match in the FA Cup and not to mention daily updates on national Breakfast TV. Could I just point out here that “smaller teams” or teams from lower leagues do not get this same level of TV exposure and thus fans of such teams tend to go to the match in person an become exposed to the emotional side of the game. As hatred is an emotion, is this why so many people hate Manchester United?
As there is a vast army of armchair Man Utd fans who get their daily craving for data analysis satisfied via TV and yet have their emotional side unfulfilled, is this why they tend to behave in a superior manner to other fans? When in discussions with other fans, are they feeding their emotional side by gaining a sense of self importance by being assured that their data analysis is complete and likely that they are more informed than supporters of teams without such access to information?
Mr Spock of Star Trek was famed for his lack of emotion and logical factual analysis. Is he a Manchester United fan in disguise? The devilish ears are a clue maybe. The disguise being he was always in a Blue shirt.