Some people just don’t understand bragging rights

Some people just don’t understand bragging rights

The old Dodgers fan kept pointing at his Dodgers hat as he tried to put a damper on my morning.

It was early, so I was not in the mood.

As usual, I was wearing my Red Sox hat, and the old Dodgers fan felt he had a leg up on me as he spotted me putting gas in my car.

“They just won,” he said, tapping on his interlocked “LA” on the Dodger blue hat.

He was referring to the Dodgers taking two out of three games from the Red Sox in Fenway Park last weekend. Los Angeles won the Sunday game in 12 innings to win the series, 2-1.

I looked at the guy like the Griswolds’ neighbor looked at Cousin Eddy when he was emptying the his septic tank into the storm drain.

“Merry Christmas. Sh—er was full.”

The only question that came to mind was, “Are you on drugs?”

Instead, I said, “Congratulations, you won a series in July. How’d you do in October?”

In case you do not remember — and clearly this old Dodgers fan did not — the Red Sox beat the Dodgers in the World Series last October.

Actually, the official term for what the Red Sox did to the Dodgers in the World Series is called a curb stomping. Boston won the Series 4-1, and it took the Dodgers 18 innings to get their one win against the champions who will go down as one for the greatest teams of all time.

Every Dodgers fan I know went into hiding. Facebook posts and text messages went completely unanswered for months because they knew they had nothing to say to any Red Sox fan. There was nothing they could say.

Sure, there were worse beatings in World Series history, but the victory means one thing: Guys in Red Sox hats should not have to take crap from anybody in a Dodgers hat for a long, long time.

When it comes to talking smack, Dodgers fans have to lay off the Red Sox fans until Los Angeles beats Boston in at least two World Series. One win would just even the score, and there is no shade to be thrown on a tie.

That is the way bragging rights work, and bragging rights are one of the main reasons the World Series is played in the first place. They are the main reason anyone follows a team in the first place.

It appears that some people need a refresher course on how such bragging rights work.

Rams fans will not be able to taunt Patriots fans if the Rams start the season at 9-0 and the Patriots are 0-9 next season. At least the Rams fans who are not on drugs will not be able to taunt.

That is because the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl in February. You see, the Super Bowl matters a whole lot more than a random game in October when it comes to bragging.

Dodgers fans still cannot taunt the Yankees for World Series wins over New York in 1955 and 1981. The Bronx Bombers beat Dem Bums too many times in the 1940s and 50s to have to put up with such nonsense.

Cowboys fans do not get to tease Steelers fans because of Super Bowl XXX. One win certainly does not wipe out twin in the 1970s.

Actually, Steelers fans never have to take any garbage from a fan of any other NFL city because of the way they dominated the 1970s.

On the flip side, the Broncos cannot taunt the Giants, 49ers or Redskins, and the Broncos will not be able to taunt anybody until at least 2089 because of all those embarrassments in the 1980s.

The Patriots have played in nine Super Bowls and won six of them since Super Bowl XX.

Yet, Bears fans still will never take any lip from any Patriots fan. That 46-10 victory in New Orleans still packs too much of a punch, and even the most obnoxious Patriots fan (which is all of them) knows that.

Also, Bears fans will not be talking much trash to Packers fans following last year’s division title. They still have the last 20 years of losing to the Packers to overcome before they get to start yapping.

Patriot and Bears fans know that it takes a seismic event to wipe out bragging rights like that. That is what it took for Red Sox fans to shut up Yankees fans.

The Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit in the 2004 American League Championship Series. After that, the words Bucky Dent, Aaron Boone and the Curse of the Bambino no longer matter to Red Sox fans thanks to Dave Roberts, Big Papi and the Bloody Sock.

Now that the Red Sox have parlayed the greatest comeback in sports history into winning four times as many championships as the Yankees in this century, Yankees fans still have to shut up.

At least the ones who are not on drugs do.

Many Yankees fans do not seem to get this, however. Suddenly, a fan base that has been muttering “27 titles, 27 titles” for the last 10 years does not want to let other teams live in the past — even when that past is only nine months ago.

The old Dodgers fan does not get this either, and my attempts of explaining it fell on deaf ears as he kept taping in his hat.

He is proud of the fact that his team has the best record in baseball, and he should be.

But you would think the fan of a team that has not won a World Series title since the real Magnum PI ruled Friday nights would know better than talk smack three months before the Fall Classic.

That goes double when you are talking to a fan of the team that just beat your team in the World Series.

The Dodgers are the two-time defending National League champions, but they have not won any real bragging rights since Kirk Gibson took Dennis Eckersley deep.

The old Dodgers fan tapped his hat harder and harder because he did not think I understood what he was talking about.

“The Red Sox aren’t going to make it,” he said. “The Red Sox aren’t going to make it. The Dodgers are.”

Eventually, I gave up talking to the old Dodgers fan. I figured I would have had better luck talking to the gas pump. Some people just are not going to understand the concept of bragging rights.

“I’m glad you feel you can talk (smack) in July,” I said with an exaggerated eye roll. “Enjoy your victory.”

And your drugs.

— Bill Foley, who really needs to stop talking to people at the gas station, writes a column that appears Tuesdays on Email him at Follow him at 1 comment

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  • Don
    July 23, 2019, 10:40 am

    Two guys at the gas station didn’t really understand bragging rights. If the Dodgers win the World Series this year, he’ll have some bragging rights, even over a Bosox fan. Patriot fans have bragging rights over anyone, at least till February. Also, ‘78 was a greater comeback than ‘04. While ‘04 might have meant more to fans because of past demons, anyone can win 4 in row. Two comebacks in ‘86 were better than ‘04, though down 3-0 and one run with Rivera on the mound ranks pretty high.


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