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In the midst of a freezing winter day, Appalachian State’s football teams endured a gut wrenching loss to the Montana Grizzlies, 17-24. It was December 12, 2009 and the chance to play for the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) title game was up for grabs. Montana drove seventy-three yards in two minutes and fourteen seconds to score a touchdown with a minute left. Appalachian countered with its own drive down the field but was unable to score. However, the most amazing part wasn’t the game itself; it was the fans. The was an assortment of Most of the fans in the sports world fall into the category of the die-hard fan, the bandwagon/ fair-weather fan, and the casual fan.
The camera pans overhead at the sea of maroon and silver to find a diverse field of spectators. Then as the camera zooms in, screaming and crazed fans capture the attention of the viewing audience. Men and women in a variety of ages are clapping, yelling, taunting, all to show support for their team. They come plastered in team colors ready for any battle or challenge that awaits. An easy way to spot a di…