Well said Tom. I wrote an essay on this in college about fair weather fans, and said a few of the things you just said. The one thing I'd say is that you and I both back perennial winners in baseball, me being a Yankee fan and you as you said being a Cards fan. That makes it a little tough for me to say I'm the most loyal fan. Now the Cubs fans, the Cleveland Indians fans, those are some stellar fans. Those fans have had to suffer losing, near misses, (mostly losing for Cleveland, more near misses for the Cubs), for ages! Until 2004 the Red Sox were in that boat too, yet Red Sox fans were among the most rabid, loyal fans there were during the long losing years. They too had so many heartbreaks, like no other team. My late Dad's cousin was an old-timer who co-founded an organization called the BLOHARDS, which stands for Benevolent Loyal Order of Honorable Ancient Red Sox Diehard Sufferers. You can look their website up. He was a Sox fan through thick and thin, and even though we'd trade barbs (about things like Bucky Dent, etc.), I totally respected his fervor and loyalty, and loved his sense of humor. One Saturday morning in 2003 I woke at about 6:15 to my surprise to hearing his voice on the radio. He was being interviewed by Ed Randall on WFAN in New York on his show Talkin' Baseball. He was talking about his Sox who were that year into that "cowboy up" theme they had going, and a lot of them shaved their heads that year. I remember him saying in his old voice, "Those bald guys aren't afraid of anybody." Sadly for him that year ended in yet another heartbreak, to the Yankees of course, with Aaron Boone's ALCS gamewinning homer. But as you say, there's always next year, and for him, it finally happened in 2004. His beloved Red Sox came back from down 3-0 to best the hated Yankees, and went on to win the World Series in four straight over your Cardinals. As a Yankee fan that stung, as I'm sure it did for you as a Cards fan. But for him, what a gift. He actually got to hold the WS trophy. There's a picture of him on the website with it. He didn't live to see the 2007 Sox victory, so looking back, this is one time I'm glad my Yankees lost. At his wake, it may have been late 2005, his daughters requested that everyone wear red socks in his honor, and he actually had a Sox cap on as he lay in peace. Now that's a true fan! (Yes, I did wear red socks in his honor, for a life well lived and a great guy.) God bless.