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First Law of Persecuted Fandom


I think I’ve said this before, but it might be worth enshrining here for future reference. Therefore:

The First Law of Persecuted Fandom. If you are a passionate fan of one particular team, and you think you notice that that same team happens to be singled out, consistently, for outrageously unfair treatment by other fans, referees, and the media. . . then you are DEFINITELY RIGHT.

This has been The Run of Play’s First Law of Persecuted Fandom. Mathematicians, update your textbooks.

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First Law of Persecuted Fandom

by Brian Phillips · March 9, 2011

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