Some people want to sugar coat things in UAB football’s first season back, but I’m here to tell you it’s OK to get frustrated with your favorite team, and I think coach Clark would agree.

I’ve taken some heat for being hard on UAB football this year, and some UAB fans even get upset when I pick the Blazers to lose.

First of all, while this site’s main purpose is to bring recognition to all UAB athletics and the program, we are in no way affiliated with the university. Our opinions are our own, and they are real.

Secondly, being frustrated and mad at your favorite team is part of being a fan. It doesn’t mean you don’t love and support your school, it just means you’re a real fan.

I’m not going to blindly ignore the fact that UAB has struggled at times this year in certain aspects. We at The Daily Dragon are going to praise teams when they do well, and if they’re not performing up to snuff we’re not going to ignore those situations.

I understand some people want everything to be flowers and rainbows, but that takes away everything that’s great about being a fan. We get to voice our opinions and talk about what we’re seeing on the field – good or bad.

At the same time, I also understand that our coaches and players all work very hard to put a good product on the field. I’m never going to question the work effort of a player or coach. But if we’re not doing something good, like pass protecting, I’m going to express my opinion on that matter.

As fans, you shouldn’t be ashamed to voice your opinions when you’re frustrated as well.

I think Coach Clark and the other coaches wouldn’t want our fans to be satisfied with mediocre. I can almost guarantee you that any frustrations we’re feeling about UAB football, coach Clark and his staff are feeling as well.

No one is more frustrated and mad at disappointing performances than Bill Clark. So I believe it’s OK for UAB fans to feel that frustration.

I’m a huge Atlanta Braves fan, so you can only imagine the level of frustration I’ve had the past several years now. It doesn’t mean I don’t love the Braves or watch them any less. I still support them in everything they do and take up for the players and coaches on that team.

As long as you have that same view of UAB football, I think it’s OK — and even healthy — to be frustrated and upset at times.

As I’ve said before, I have high expectations for this UAB football team. I believe we could be 4-0 right now, and the fact that we’re not frustrates me. It doesn’t mean I love this team or its players any less, I’m proud of what they’ve accomplished. But I think they’ll even tell you they know they can do better.

I never want this fan base to get to a point where they are just happy being mediocre. I hope all fans are striving for greatness, because I now our players and coaches are.

But when you’re striving for greatness, prepare to be frustrated. Those frustrations just mean you expect your team be better.

Just remember that above all else, you still love and support your team. You don’t accept failure, but through good and bad times you show up to give your support. If you don’t, then you have no reason to complain or be frustrated, or even happy when they do good.

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Real fans get frustrated and mad at their team, but they also show their love and support no matter what.