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Being a football fan is full of ups and downs. A real guy can accept that his favorite team is going to lose sometimes; a real guy can move on with his otherwise fulfilling life. A loser can't, and will break Guy Code by claiming his team lost for the following pathetic reasons...
1. Bad Luck
Horoscopes, astrology, tarot cards -- a man doesn't believe in this kind of unscientific hokum. Except when his beloved team loses. Then, he's all but certain that a mystical force "jinxed" them somehow. (Then again, if you're a Browns fan, you actually have to wonder.)
2. The Refs
Who grows up with ambitions of wearing a black-and-white striped shirt while blowing a tiny whistle? Yes, refs are clearly the worst part about football. But it doesn't mean they're the reason your team lost. They may flub calls, throw their flags at the wrong times and generally just get in the way of the action -- but most of the time, they're equally incompetent toward both teams.