A “Stan” is a fan of an athlete that irrationally loves and defends that player regardless of any factual evidence you may present as a knock against that player. The term “Stan” is derived from Eminem’s hit song, “Stan,” where a crazed fan is so in to Eminem that he begins to re-enact all the crazy things Eminem does in his songs.
Being on Twitter, and talking sports in public, I’ve compiled a list of the athletes that have the most dedicated Stans in the world of sports.
1. Tim Tebow
2. Derrick Rose
3. Michael Vick
4. Kobe Bryant
5. LeBron James
Honorable Mention- Tony Romo
-Tony Romo has the advantage of his team’s owner being a Stan of his, so he’ll be around awhile. In discussions, his Stans throw everything but yards, completions and touchdowns out the window. Consequently, Romo’s passes go out that same window and into the arms of a defender.
Honorable Mention- Randy Moss
-These people are waiting for 2000 Randy Moss to come back, and they cry every week as Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis reap the benefits of Randy Moss being double covered despite having lost 6 steps.
Honorable Mention- Allen Iverson
-What the hell, right? The guy hasn’t been relevant since Brady Quinn was a thing and there are still a mess of people convinced he could be an effective NBA player.
Honorable Mention- Chris Johnson
-A new breed of Stan. They are fairly new to the Stan game because he recently came into the spotlight for sucking. Johnson’s Stans don’t care that he’s bad and on a bad team. To them he’s great, and there’s no telling them otherwise.