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NFL: Dad was a Jets fan so I grew up a Jets fan. Liked the Bucs uniforms as a kid, then when I moved to Florida and they changed to their current look they became my favorite team. Also like the Ravens because I was born in Baltimore.

MLB: Marlins and Orioles. Again, grew up in Baltimore as an Orioles fan, moved to Florida and became a Marlins fan. Good to have an AL and NL team to root for.

NHL: Friend made me a Penguins fan growing up and I loved Super Mario Lemieux. Became a Flames fan when Iginla broke out as a star, I love that guy. I have three of his jerseys.. a white one, a red one, and the alternate blue one with flaming bull head.

NBA: Nuggets because of Carmelo and Iverson, my 2nd and 3rd favorite players. I usually support whatever team Juan Dixon, my favorite player is on, but its getting tiring. Used to love the Kings until they dismantled the team.

College: University of Maryland all the way!

CFL: I like every team really, but Saskatchewan having a team and their kick ass color scheme makes them my favorites, and I like Calgary because I like the Flames and their color scheme kicks ass too.

So, I think Calgary and Baltimore are the only two cities where I like all the major sports teams.



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NHL: I was born and raised in Grey-Bruce County, which is mostly Leaf Country. Right now Iím living in Ottawa, the heart of the Sens Army. However neither is my NHL team of choice.

While preparing photos for a possible slideshow at our upcoming wedding, my mother sent my soon-to-be-mother-in-law some childhood photos. Included were several pictures of me, roughly three or four years old, wearing the colours of les Glorieux.

They were my team from as long as I can remember watching hockey. I would be so mad when they played Leafs games instead of Habs games on CBC, and I would always cheer for the Habs when they played twice a year (back in those days the Leafs were in the Campbell Conference while the Habs were in the Prince of Wales conference). Growing up I watched some old footage and read some stories of a certain player who wore the number nine, and he became my boyhood (and to this day) hero. An ideal choice for an ultra-competitive boy with a short-man complex, donít you think? Watched every minute of the í93 finals, and after game five I promptly showed up at my grade school early the next day to tag several blackboards with the ďC.HĒ. All told theyíve probably been my team for close to 24 years now (from the age of three to my current age of almost 27). No other team (regardless of sport) ever will compete with them.

So essentially, Iím your stereotypical/traditional Habs fan.

MLB: This is the only team which reached the levels of Habs fandom, and this makes their demise all the more tragic. I played baseball for almost 16 years, and when I first started I received an Expos hat. That started a long-lasting love of the Expos. Although I was much more vocal about my support of the Habs, I also consistently voiced support for the Expos (Grey-Bruce County is Jays/Tigers country mostly). Upon moving to Ottawa, I was less outcasted for my tastes. 1994 was traumatic, and took a long while for me to follow MLB after that. Began following the Expos again, and continually watched them get the shaft until finally, they moved to Washington. Since then I still follow baseball, with no team to root for. Iíve been debating on several teams, such as the Cubs (move from one hopeless case to another), the Royals (notice a trend?). Still on the fence about which team to support.

CFL: My mom and her whole family comes from the Ottawa Valley. This prompted me to be a fan of the Ottawa Rough Riders (not to be confused with the Roughriders). They lost their team, which meant that I became a CFL nomad. Ottawa got another team, however due to the flaky ownership situation PLUS they were not the ROUGH RIDERS I did not support them. Currently debating on supporting the Green Riders, as two members of my wedding party (including my Best Man) are from Saskatchewan and are huge Riders fans.

For those who donít know:

Ottawa Rough Riders (Riders who happen to be Rough. The Rough is an adjective, describing the noun Riders).

Saskatchewan Roughriders (Roughriders one word, which is just one noun).

There is a difference between the team names.

NFL: When I went on a business trip to Salt Lake, it was during the heart of the NFL season. I found out that several Americans take the NFL SERIOUSLY. I talked with these highly educated, polite, and very corporate fans (they would discuss the Sunday games over breakfast at the hotel before),and they encouraged me to find a team of my own for the duration of my stay. I chose the Bills, as theyíre the closest thing to a Canadian team geographically wise. It stayed that way to this day.

NBA: Very casual NBA fan, no team chosen as of yet. I follow the league as whole, but not one team in particular.

(edited by El Nastio on 29.7.08 1828)

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#43 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.55
Simply put, it mostly has to do with location and growing up with the team.

MBL: Started watching the Mets in 85', when I was 4. Of course, the 86 WS and the winning teams of the late 80's got me hooked to this day. God bless Bill Bunker!

NFL: I liked the Giants in the late 80's, but didn't really pay attention until SB 25. God bless Scott Norwood!

NBA: Never really had a favorite team. I did root a bit for the Knicks, then switched to the Rockets, and now tend to like the Spurs the most.

NHL: My friend is a Devils fan and got me into it right as they started winning Stanley Cups in 1995.
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#44 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.00
    Originally posted by dMr

    Soccer (Scotland): Rangers - local Premier league team. First team I went to see as a kid. We also owned back then which kinda helped I guess.


Local? Did you used to live in the Glasgow area or did Hearts and Hibs just not do it for you? If it's the latter, fair enough...

Myself, I moved to Plymouth when I was 6 and a couple of years later, I was taken to my first ever football(British) match, which was Plymouth Argyle vs Oxford United in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. 89/90 season and we lost 2-1 (or 1-0, I forget). Either way, I was hooked, and have been a proud Pilgrim ever since.



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First off the order of my sports interest:
Hockey>>>>>>>>>>football (pro and college)>College Basketball>Baseball>pro Basketball

Baseball-I was born and raised with St. Louis. Therefore, I am a Cardinals fan. Though I will admit when I was in junior high in the early 90's I did like the Braves a little (a little frontrunnership that was quickly quenched y family)

Hockey-I am a huge Blues fan. It is tough to explain the bond people have in this city for this team (the diehards, casual interest comes and goes with a good on ice product). I also liked the Leafs when I was younger due to Doug Gilmour and a young Felix Potvin, but it was always the Blues first and foremost

Pro Football-I became a fan of the Rams the second hey moved here. Before that I liked the Chiefs (next closest team). However, I now despise the Chiefs once I met some Chiefs fans in college (pretty obnoxious). I also have a small interest in the Ravens thanks to John Feinstein's terrific book "Next Man Up"

College Football-I like the Mizzou Tigers (closest team) and the Iowa Hawkeyes (went to grad school there). I also like the Army Black Knights thanks to another wonderful John Feinstein book "Civil War"

College Basketball-Mizzou...I grew up in the Norm Stewart era so of course its the Tigers. I also like the Hawkeyes here as well but not nearly as much as I do football.

Pro Basketball-I follow the Hawks due to the St. Louis connection, but I am not a huge NBA fan



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#46 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Doc_whiskey


    Pro Football-I became a fan of the Rams the second hey moved here. Before that I liked the Chiefs (next closest team). However, I now despise the Chiefs once I met some Chiefs fans in college (pretty obnoxious). I also have a small interest in the Ravens thanks to John Feinstein's terrific book "Next Man Up"


What, no love for the Cards before they moved?



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#47 Posted on
    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by Doc_whiskey


      Pro Football-I became a fan of the Rams the second hey moved here. Before that I liked the Chiefs (next closest team). However, I now despise the Chiefs once I met some Chiefs fans in college (pretty obnoxious). I also have a small interest in the Ravens thanks to John Feinstein's terrific book "Next Man Up"


    What, no love for the Cards before they moved?


I was 8 when that happened and a baseball only (except super bowl) kid at that time. I actually didn't get into hockey until about 1993.



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