Which Atlanta Hawks fan thinks they’re Fan of the Year?

PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 13: Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks talks with Dennis Schroder
PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 13: Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks talks with Dennis Schroder /

Atlanta Hawks fans are some of the best fans in sports, and deserve to be honored with FanSided’s Sports Fan of the Year, the best ever to cheer the game.

If you are, we’re going to need you to prove it — but we promise, it’ll be worth your while.

We can’t offer you rings — no, there are some things only professional sports achievement and/or joining a super team can provide for you — but what we can offer the 2017 Sports Fan of the Year is pretty sweet.

Gone are the days (2015) of “just” a year’s subscription to Sports Illustrated and “only” a profile in the magazine. Now, we do all that and fly you to New York, load you up with swag, including but not limited to a trophy and your own bobblehead. And we’re not sending you New York for kicks. No, we’re sending you to New York City to attend the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony — after all, you, Sports Fan of the Year, are also a sportsperson, in a way. We’re sending you to rub elbows and take surreptitious selfies with the likes of LeBron James, Peyton Manning and “Big Papi” David Ortiz.

At least that’s who San Francisco Giants devotee Dave Edlund hobnobbed with when he would last year.

Now, you know you’re the best fan out there. (Or, alternatively, you know someone who is.) But how do you convince us? It’s not unlike the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge, only it’s much easier than the All-Star Skills Challenge.

  1. Dribbling, or finding the correct site.

Go to the Fan of the Year homepage. Beautiful. You navigated beautifully around the obstacles of other sites.

  1. Passing, or clicking the correct button.

Click “Enter Now” or “Submit Entry.” Nailed it.

  1. Lay-up, or filling out basic information.

Enter your contact information. (Name, phone, email, etc.) You’ve got this.

  1. 3-pointer, or convincing us of your fandom.

The highest technical difficulty, but for a natural sports fan like you, it should be second nature. We need you to submit 200-words or a two-minute video explaining why you’re the Fan of the Year. Tell us about how you’ve attended every game for the past 25 years. Tell us how you have a lucky jersey and it’s absolutely unbeaten. Tell us how you have to excuse yourself from family functions because you can’t watch games in public spaces. We want to know.

There are, of course, rules — no duplicate entries, no profane or pornographic content — and regulations — legal residents of the 50 U.S. states; 18 years and older — but the most important for you, dear fan, is the deadline.

Application window closes at midnight on Friday Oct. 27.

Next: Enter To Be The Fan Of The Year Here

So what are you waiting for? Shoot your shot, you have a title to win!