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 Posted: Thu Jan 13th, 2011 02:35 am
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Beej I would add to your list this:

5 - If a Home town person plays for that team.  Especially for smaller towns.  I became a Steelers fan as a kid because of Bradshaw who was from Northwest Louisiana.  There are a ton of Steeler fans in this area to this day just because of Bradshaw.

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6. Your favorite player plays for a team outside your area.

Before I was a fan of MLB my Dad bought me the Rod Carew Batting Trainer, so Rod was my favorite player. I started following baseball in 78 so the Twins were my team, but I switched to the Angels when Carew was traded in 79. The Tigers are always a close second.

I became a Bucs fan when I started following the NFL. I was in Upper Michigan which is Packer Country, but my Dad was a Lions fan. All the kids at school were getting NFL Varsity Jackets, and I wanted one too, but I wasn't going to wear the Lions or Packers to school. (1979- They were the worst and 3rd worst teams in the NFL IIRC)

I wanted to be original and other kids I knew had the Dolphins, Rams, Cowboys, Steelers, Raiders, and Vikings, so I went with the Buccaneers. They were tough in 79. I've been a Bucs fan ever since.



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With me as a kid when I first started school in the late 70's the two powerhouses in hockey it seemed was Montreal and The Islanders. I hated Montreal and Toronto probably because there are a lot of fans of both from where I grew up. I always loved Mike Bossey and co. Once he retired I wasn't following hockey much then Mike Modano entered the league and he became my new favorite player and I became a big North Star/Star's fan. One of my proudest moments as a sports fan was when The Stars won the cup in '99.
Now that he's pretty much finished career wise, with the injury and all, I'm slowly reverting back to the Islanders.

Now with football growing up we got all the Maine network affiliates and then that switched to Boston, so there were/are a lot of Patriots fans around including my Father and a couple family members. I was always one to rebel and go against the grain as a kid so I remember my Dad watching a Jets-Patriots MNF game when I was 11 or so and I made a bet with him just for fun that The Jets would win...Ever since I've been a Jets fan. I always will be now too as I bleed green.

I loved the Mets teams of the mid 80's when I was a young kid getting into baseball, so they became my team because of that. Plus I totally DESPISE the Blue Jays as that is all you hear about in Canada when it comes to baseball.

Plus I like the city of New York and like cheering for the New York teams...except the Knicks. If they ever get their shit together though and make the finals some year and The Lakers aren't there with them, I'll probably cheer for The Knicks to win.
Don't mind The Rangers either. Not a Yankees or Devils fan at all. The Giants, I can take in small doses. It all depends on who they're playing and whether the outcome will benefit The Jets somehow. It's all about The Jets in the NFL with me...And The Mets in MLB too.

In basketball I had an older cousin I looked up to who was/is a HUGE Celtics fan and I remember just rooting for The Lakers to get a rise out of him when they were going at it tooth and nail back in the mid 80's. They've been my favorite team ever since and I couldn't imagine cheering for any team but L.A. I remember the season I first started watching basketball seriously and started rooting for The Lakers they ended up losing to The Lakers that year.

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carpetbeggar wrote:  I remember the season I first started watching basketball seriously and started rooting for The Lakers they ended up losing to The Lakers that year.

I don't remember the Lakers beating the Lakers in the NBA Finals. :tongue:



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CanadianHorseman wrote: carpetbeggar wrote:  I remember the season I first started watching basketball seriously and started rooting for The Lakers they ended up losing to The Lakers that year.

I don't remember the Lakers beating the Lakers in the NBA Finals. :tongue:

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I remember the season I first started watching basketball seriously and started rooting for The Lakers they ended up losing to The Celtics that year.

I guess that was '84 wasn't it that The Celtics beat The Lakers?

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carpetbeggar wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: carpetbeggar wrote:  I remember the season I first started watching basketball seriously and started rooting for The Lakers they ended up losing to The Lakers that year.

I don't remember the Lakers beating the Lakers in the NBA Finals. :tongue:

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I remember the season I first started watching basketball seriously and started rooting for The Lakers they ended up losing to The Celtics that year.

I guess that was '84 wasn't it that The Celtics beat The Lakers?

Yup - Boston won in 7 games.



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I think I only really hate bandwagon fan when it comes to pro sports as opposed to college.  I think the reason is I live in NJ, and we've never had a great college sports scene.  In fact, back in the 80s, I hardly remember Rutgers football ever being on TV.  I started following Notre Dame football because my dad liked them and both my maternal and paternal grandfathers liked them.  I don't even have a college basketball team I root for, although I I lean a little towards Georgetown just because Patrick Ewing went there.

When it comes to pro sports teams, there's nothing I despise more than fake ass football fans.  In NJ, there are a lot of fake ass douchebag Steelers, Raiders, Dolphins, and Cowboys fans.  These assholes are all either in their late 40s or my age (late 20s early 30s).  The only reason they became faraway fans is because the Giants and Jets both sucked whenever they started watching football and they latched on to a frontrunner because they have no character and don't have the guts to stick with a team through thick and thin.  You see a lot of these jerkoffs in Bar-A down in Belmar every weekend.  They have their own little douchey clicks.

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Unless you go to the games, you're not a fan.  Simples.



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kargol wrote: Unless you go to the games, you're not a fan.  Simples.

So then you need to have a lot of disposable income to be a fan.  Interesting theory.  But judging from the typical British soccer hooligan, I can believe that all their money goes towards tickets and not a flat with indoor plumbing or new clothes.

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srossi wrote: kargol wrote: Unless you go to the games, you're not a fan.  Simples.

So then you need to have a lot of disposable income to be a fan.  Interesting theory.  But judging from the typical British soccer hooligan, I can believe that all their money goes towards tickets and not a flat with indoor plumbing or new clothes.

Yay! Let's get into a "my country's sport fans are stupider than your country's sport fans" debate!

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srossi wrote:
kargol wrote: Unless you go to the games, you're not a fan.  Simples.

So then you need to have a lot of disposable income to be a fan.  Interesting theory.  But judging from the typical English soccer hooligan, I can believe that all their money goes towards tickets and not a flat with indoor plumbing or new clothes.


Corrected. You weren't to know.

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The Ultimate Sin wrote: 6. Your favorite player plays for a team outside your area.

Before I was a fan of MLB my Dad bought me the Rod Carew Batting Trainer, so Rod was my favorite player. I started following baseball in 78 so the Twins were my team, but I switched to the Angels when Carew was traded in 79. The Tigers are always a close second.

I became a Bucs fan when I started following the NFL. I was in Upper Michigan which is Packer Country, but my Dad was a Lions fan. All the kids at school were getting NFL Varsity Jackets, and I wanted one too, but I wasn't going to wear the Lions or Packers to school. (1979- They were the worst and 3rd worst teams in the NFL IIRC)

I wanted to be original and other kids I knew had the Dolphins, Rams, Cowboys, Steelers, Raiders, and Vikings, so I went with the Buccaneers. They were tough in 79. I've been a Bucs fan ever since.



And you give me shit all the time about liking someone besides a Detroit player, and you're not even a Detroit fan? isn't that funny. YOU have nothing to say to me then, ALL of my teams are from Detroit, and I follow them first and foremost. I do follow a few others, but, not as much as Detroit teams.

Im a fucking Lions fan, you have to be a die hard to be a Lions fan. And Sin, YOU of all people should know: things werent always as rosey for the Wings as they have been in recent years. They stunk for many many years. I remember going to the Joe w/my buddies, and we'd wear bags over our heads and call ourselves(along with many others folks in the house), "Dead Wings fans". But, I stuck with them, through thick and thin, you have to IMO. Just like I do with all the other teams.

On a side note: Many Laker fans are bandwagon fans. Didnt like em when: Sedell Threat, or Nick Van Exel played for them, but now that they're winning, there are all these "Die hard" Laker fans "all of a sudden"?

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stingmark wrote: On a side note: Many Laker fans are bandwagon fans. Didnt like em when: Sedell Threat, or Nick Van Exel played for them, but now that they're winning, there are all these "Die hard" Laker fans "all of a sudden"?


Hey now, I loved the Nick Van Exel/Eddie Jones era of The Lakers, but I get what you're saying. Back when I was a kid and became a fan of them there were a ton of Laker fans around, then after 'Showtime' ended they seemed to disappear and all of a sudden everyone was wearing Bulls gear. Then all of a sudden in the late 90's when Kobe, Fischer and O'Neil came along everyone was wearing Laker's gear again.
There used to be a lot of Orlando Magic fans in the early 90's too, but they all vanished once Shaq left town.
Now I'm noticing a large number of Miami Heat fans walking the streets. Funny though I never saw much Heat clothing being worn when they won their championship five or six years ago. I guess they weren't as 'hip' and 'cool' as they are now back then, even though they won that title.
I also remember even though The Raiders I don't think were doing much on the field back in the very early 90's when playing in L.A., but a few gangster rappers wear Raiders hats and 'BOOM' every homey white and black boy was wearing LA Raider gear. I'm serious, The Raider's must have made a KILLING at that time in clothing sales as everyone was wearing that shit. Remember those stupid fucking ball caps that had the metal plate on the front with "Raiders" written on it?
As far as hockey I'm seeing a lot of Penguins gear being worn here around Halifax, but that is understandable as this is Sidney Crosby's hometown. Still though, makes you wonder what teams these people were cheering for before Sid The Kid came into the league?

I remember when I bought my first Minnesota North Star hat and wore it to school for the first time. I was the laughing stock of the school that day. They didn't laugh too long as come playoff time the Stars stunned everyone(including me) by making it to the finals against The Penguins.

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carpetbeggar wrote: stingmark wrote: On a side note: Many Laker fans are bandwagon fans. Didnt like em when: Sedell Threat, or Nick Van Exel played for them, but now that they're winning, there are all these "Die hard" Laker fans "all of a sudden"?


Hey now, I loved the Nick Van Exel/Eddie Jones era of The Lakers, but I get what you're saying. Back when I was a kid and became a fan of them there were a ton of Laker fans around, then after 'Showtime' ended they seemed to disappear and all of a sudden everyone was wearing Bulls gear. Then all of a sudden in the late 90's when Kobe, Fischer and O'Neil came along everyone was wearing Laker's gear again.
There used to be a lot of Orlando Magic fans in the early 90's too, but they all vanished once Shaq left town.
Now I'm noticing a large number of Miami Heat fans walking the streets. Funny though I never saw much Heat clothing being worn when they won their championship five or six years ago. I guess they weren't as 'hip' and 'cool' as they are now back then, even though they won that title.
I also remember even though The Raiders I don't think were doing much on the field back in the very early 90's when playing in L.A., but a few gangster rappers wear Raiders hats and 'BOOM' every homey white and black boy was wearing LA Raider gear. I'm serious, The Raider's must have made a KILLING at that time in clothing sales as everyone was wearing that shit. Remember those stupid fucking ball caps that had the metal plate on the front with "Raiders" written on it?
As far as hockey I'm seeing a lot of Penguins gear being worn here around Halifax, but that is understandable as this is Sidney Crosby's hometown. Still though, makes you wonder what teams these people were cheering for before Sid The Kid came into the league?

I remember when I bought my first Minnesota North Star hat and wore it to school for the first time. I was the laughing stock of the school that day. They didn't laugh too long as come playoff time the Stars stunned everyone(including me) by making it to the finals against The Penguins.



Notice i said 'Many Laker fans"....as it's true. The second they dont win, it's "They suck, get rid of Kobe and Phil". I was talking to a guy the other day, @ the bar, he was supposedly a "huge Laker fan". When I mentioned that I loved the "Showtime Lakers", moreso than this bunch, and that I enjoyed Robert Horry play, he said "who"?

Thats what I mean....he said "I dont know the players, I just like the team".

 

LoL, I agree with you. When my Tigers went to the WS in '06? Before then, you'd be lucky to find a hat from them anywhere in the city, and that was being kind. As soon as they go? "All of a sudden", the sports apparel stores are carrying  Tigers: Jerseys/hats/etc...

Same thing w Vegas again, I've been wearing my Tigers road jersey forever....wayyyyy before they went in 06. One day, Im walking down Fremont Street, under the huge canopy, I see a glut of Tigers "fans" supposedly, wearing all of this Tigers stuff. Nobody was wearing it before, now "all of a sudden" they are? My buddy sent me one of those "I was a Tiger fan before 2006" shirts, I still have it, wear it from time to time.

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Kriss wrote: srossi wrote:
kargol wrote: Unless you go to the games, you're not a fan.  Simples.

So then you need to have a lot of disposable income to be a fan.  Interesting theory.  But judging from the typical English soccer hooligan, I can believe that all their money goes towards tickets and not a flat with indoor plumbing or new clothes.


Corrected. You weren't to know.

All those Old Firm IRA and UDF supporters are English then?  Interesting.

And anyone who knows anything about hooligans knows they spend a fuck of an amount on new clothes.



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