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19 Things You Only Understand If You're A Parramatta Eels Fan

"It's been 84 years..."

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1. If you're under 30, you've never seen the Eels win a grand final.

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2. But you'll reminisce on the Golden Era like you were actually alive back then.

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3. Especially when people tease you about your choice in football team.

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"I'd just like to say the early 1980s was a great time to be an Eels fan OK?"

4. You'll probably never get over the 2001 grand final loss.

Fucking Newcastle, you fucking fucks.
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Fucking Newcastle, you fucking fucks.

5. Mainly because of the fact we came so damn close in that second half.

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6. You remember thinking that the Hayne Plane might actually take us all the way in 2009.

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7. Only to have your heart broken by the Storm.

Fucking Melbourne, you fucking fucks.
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Fucking Melbourne, you fucking fucks.

8. As sad as you feel for yourself, you feel more sad for the players who remained loyal to the club and never won a premiership.

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9. But they are players you'll revere for the rest of your life.

Ily Hindy.
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Ily Hindy.

10. And, of course, there are certain players you'll never forgive for leaving.

I'm not saying it's you Jamie Lyon, but... yeah OK you're one of them.
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I'm not saying it's you Jamie Lyon, but... yeah OK you're one of them.

11. You're far too used to seeing your team start strong in March then go on a downward slide from there.

If only there were a March Premiership.
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If only there were a March Premiership.

12. And when every media outlet starts reporting in March it's "the year of the Eel" you know not to get your hopes up too high.

It's better to be pleasantly surprised vs. facing another heartbreak.
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It's better to be pleasantly surprised vs. facing another heartbreak.

13. Tbh your emotions are a hot mess from March through 'til September.

14. When things start going right for the club, you're still prepared for the worst.

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Got a good team going? Just wait for those injuries, salary cap breaches, Jarryd Hayne-like players taking off, and coaches being sacked.

15. And you're still patiently biding your time for the dreaded halfback curse to end.

So many halfbacks starting with promise, so many halfbacks dropped after half a season.
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So many halfbacks starting with promise, so many halfbacks dropped after half a season.

16. You're constantly on the edge of your seat every game.

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Because even with two minutes to go and 8 points up, there's no guarantee we'll actually win it.

17. But the high of winning will never get old.

Probably because it happens so rarely.
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Probably because it happens so rarely.

18. After every loss there's a strong chance you'll get a text from one of your mates stating, "What's the matter?"

Fuck y'all.
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Fuck y'all.

19. Yet despite it all, you're an eternal optimist.

2016 is totally our year... right?
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2016 is totally our year... right?