engage in the phenomena of CORFing, which means cutting off reflected failure, done by distancing themselves as far as possible from the losing team. (Cialdini & Richardson 1980). These fans want to avoid any negative evaluations by others in relation to the team that was unsuccessful. The closer the identification to the team and the degree of commitment by the fan, the greater the risk the fan has of suffering a loss in self esteem if their team has lost.
It appears that the self esteem of a large number of people on the forum has taken a hit this season due to the failure of the team. What a pathetic bunch. I am sure for most of you, your personal lives mirror the dismal start of this season.