Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Robin Ficker Super-Fan

I’ve never been a conventional sports fan, many because I feel the purpose of sports has been perverted. They started as a display of athleticism, a test of skill and strength but above all as entertainment. Over time athletes have gone from playing for the fans (paying customers) to playing to win, to playing simply for a paycheck. That is why today I take the time to honor NBA’s most valuable fan. I am of course talking about Robin Ficker. Ficker a fixture at Washington Wizard’s games (then Bullets) was essentially the living breathing definition of home court advantage. Ficker was essentially the Peyton Manning of fans as he took his hob seriously and just as Peyton studied tape, Ficker studied the personal lives of all the Bullets opponents to ensure a successful distraction. Ficker has messed with the greats instigating Jordan to throw a basketball at him during a game, Larry Bird calling him his number one pick in the purely imaginary NBA fan draft and Charles Barkley flying him to the 1993 NBA finals to mess with Jordan yet again. Sadly in a Rodger Goodell (commissioner of the No Fun League) when the Wizards moved to the nearby MCI Center they also tried to move Ficker’s season tickets which were previously behind the opponents bench. Ficker would have none of that has not been to a game since although he still roots from home for a 75 win season while adding “I told him I love the NBA players but not the owners”. He had held those seats for 12 years, and it truly speaks to the current state of sports that owners couldn’t care less about the fans if it could potentially cost them an extra dollar or inject any bit of excitement of fan participating in occasionally stagnate games. As Ficker put it “Being honest with the fans is just as important as winning the Super Bowl,”. Here’s some articles and a video, I hope all who read this truly understand the talent and dedication of this man, not only did he fight for the rights of every fan but he also fights for the rights of every AmeriFAN as a libertarian. On a side note Ficker lost his season tickets in 1997 and the Wizards acquired Jordan in 2001 given their history imagine the chaos of that, thanks a lot Wizards management.


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