Fans must be patient for ‘golden teams’

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Alyssa Alvarez, Sports Editor

Whether a fan of sports or not, much of the nation has been witness to the historic season Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have put on. The team’s success is like a new baby that fans are keeping a watchful eye on.

The Warriors had a 23-43 record during the 2011-12 season and produced their first winning record in five years in the 2012-13 season. They are now the reigning NBA Champions and highly favored to have back to back championships.

San Francisco 49ers fans are now feeling the same disappointment that Warriors fans felt four years ago. After three historic seasons and reaching the Super Bowl, the 49ers now have trouble filling the brand new Levi’s Stadium as they continue to produce losses.

Yet, true fans are there through both the winning and the losing. They have hope that things will turn around and teams will be great again or for the first time because of athletes like Curry.

In the midst of another disappointing season, Curry published a tweet in 2011: “Promise to all the Warrior fans…we will figure this thing out…if it’s the last thing we do we will figure it out.”

I remember racing home from school or practices to watch Warriors games when I was younger, even though I knew they probably would not win. I did it because I knew all the players and loved the sport, so it never really mattered if they won.

If one does not remember the times when her favorite team struggled, then she is someone who falters when times get hard. She is a fair-weathered fan who jumps on the bandwagon of successful teams and what is most popular.

It is important to stick with a team –– or even a passion –– because one can learn and experience events that can improve them as an athlete and a person. Curry’s shot and the Warriors winning ways are clear examples of things that did not happen overnight.

Being successful is a process. Fans, players and people overall cannot hope for triumph overnight, but must understand that it comes with time and patience.

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