OK, this is going to be a massive rant, guys. I mean, a big one. There will be hard truths being said and if you don’t agree with it, that’s fine.
Guys, we have a massive problem with the club, this is no secret. And a part of that problem is the supporters. That’s right, we’re all a part of this problem too. And I’m going to go in great detail to explain how that’s the case.
The biggest problem with our fan-base is the incredibly high and unrealistic expectations that we place on our club. It’s true that we’re among the most passionate fans in the NRL, this can’t be denied. But there’s also the stigma that we are the most whingy supporters out there and that we’re impossible to please.
You know what, that’s true. We ARE whingy supporters and we ARE impossible to please. And the reason why we’re those things is because there are a lot of fans who look at our past as an example of how our future should be. What I mean by this is that there are a lot of fans reminisce about the times of when we dominated the competition and obtained consecutive premierships over a large amount of time.
We are not in those times anymore and the game has changed so much since then, that it would be impossible for ANY NRL club to hold that sort of achievement again. It’s never going to happen again. Ever. Get that thought out of your heads and open your eyes.
The other big problem us fans have is wanting a quick-fix solution to all our problems, which is by far the most annoying thing about Dragons fans.
Guys, Timmo said it perfectly in that article in the Illawarra Mercury. It’s going to take time for us to become a proper force again. Which means that we’re going to have to be patient. Yes, patience. It’s the one thing that Dragons fans seem to be unable of attaining.
This problem was caused by 3 and a half years of fucking around by Steve Price, Craig Young, and Peter Doust. 3 and a half years. That is a LONG time and these problems are BIG ones. There is NO quick fix solution to this, other than biting the bullet and taking it slow. We need to sort out the biggest problem with the club, which is our supposed salary cap problems.
Now, the media is reporting that we’re supposedly over the cap by a large amount. The club has stated in their official media release that all of this is merely speculation. We don’t know how much we’re over the cap, or if we’re over at all. It could just be that we’re close to being over, we just don’t know.
But the general assumption is that we’re over the cap, so let’s go into that problem.
Sacrifices have to be made, simple as that. If we’re over the cap, it’s due to mismanagement by Price, Doust, and Young. Players being paid overs for mediocre talent. From what I gathered from the various articles around at the moment, I believe they’re trying to off-load as much of the deadwood players as they can. Players like Hunt, Farrell, Beale, and Stockwell are being reported of potentially being signed up by other clubs.
But I’m not going to go into speculations and rumours, because at the end of the day, none of it is confirmed.
What I WILL go into is the effect that Dragons supporters have on each other and why we’re literally destroying our own fan base from within.
Shit will get real here, guys. I’m not holding back on the punches with this one. If you feel offended by what I’m about to say, then perhaps you need to have a good think about what I’ve said.
With all the crap going on with the club, the fan base is being divided by petty squabbling between fans. These are sort of fans I’m seeing among our ranks at the moment:
– The fans who believe that change needs to happen at the top. They want the board removed, replaced with new, fresh blood.
– The fans who support our team from inter-state or overseas.
– The “Player-Supporters” who are there to support certain players and usually threaten to leave the club if a player leaves.
Plus many other different types of fans that are way too diverse to go into.
And then there’s the “True Supporters”. Mainly older fans, these fans are literally the bane of my existence. These are the assholes who go around saying “I’ve supported the Dragons since I was a pup and I’m a True Supporter”. This is usually mixed with comments like “If you were a True Supporter, you’d think this” or “If you disagree with what I say, you’re not a True Supporter”.
Every time they preach about how they’re a True Supporter, I want to literally punch them in the face until I’m physically unable to move my arms.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A TRUE-FUCKING-SUPPORTER!
My god, YOU people are the worst supporters in the entire fan base. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. How DARE you dictate to me or to anyone else how they should support the Dragons. Just because you’ve been a supporter for longer than I’ve been alive, doesn’t entitle you to set the standards about what being a supporter means.
Every single fan of the club is a True Supporter.
Every. Single. One.
Social Media is a breeding ground for these morons and Facebook and Twitter seem to be their nesting grounds, Twitter more so than anything. The amount of crap I’ve seen the Dragons’ Twitter account take over the last few weeks honestly astounds me. You people DO understand that the guy working that account isn’t Doust, right? It’s their multimedia guy who handles all the website stuff. Lay off the Dragons’ Twitter account and vent via email if you have to.
And then there are the fans who have the audacity to insult our players directly. There’s ONE Dragons fan on Twitter, who I will not name because I don’t believe in name-shaming anyone anymore, who’s been harassing Brett Morris for weeks now. Literally, this guy has said some nasty things to B-Moz.
At the end of the day, we’re all Dragons fans and while we’re all proud of our club and its achievements in the past, that’s just it. They’re in the past, guys. We have to start looking to the future and planning ahead. As I said before, Price really screwed us up for 3 and a half years. It’s going to take time for these problems to be resolved and along the way, that means that sacrifices are going to have to be made.
All I ask from the Dragons fans is to just be patient. This is a part of life, guys. There are ups and there are downs. If we can wait 31 years to get a premiership, I’m sure that waiting another 3-4 years isn’t going to kill us. It’s going to be a hard time ahead but the best thing we can all do is stick together and show our support to the team that pulls on the might Red V.