YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2348 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
As a Brit, I grew up with football and my local team was West Ham United (well Spurs were actually closer to where I lived, but thats a long story...) and although hard to watch with an 8 hour time difference, I still very much follow them.
I have always had a soft spot for Man Utd too for some reason and enjoy watching them and cheer for them in Europe.
Now in Vancouver in a hockey mad nation, I really enjoy this sport too and of course support the local team the Vancouver Canucks and own a 33 H Sedin shirt.
Not interested in any other sports, though was remotely interested in Saracens when I played rugby for my school team.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2542 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1913 times:
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I only follow (as in religiously be a fan of) two sports: Aussie rules football and Formula 1 racing.
In Aussie rules, my team are the Essendon Bombers. The first game of footy I ever watched was the 1993 grand final, in which the Bombers beat the Carlton Blues by 44 points. I quite liked their colours too, black with a red sash - which hasn't changed since the club was founded in 1873. Essendon have won 16 premierships: equal with Carlton and more than any other team in the league.
In F1, I've been a fan of the Williams F1 Team since 1994. The first race I ever watched was the 1994 Australian Grand Prix which Nigel Mansell won. That wasn't the defining factor for me to become a Williams fan, but because they had, in my view, the prettiest car on the grid. The Rothmans liveried Williams Renault FW16 looked stunning in royal blue, gold, red and white. Williams have won 9 F1 Constructors' Championships since their founding in 1977. Their ninth - and last - was in 1997, which was then a record. Since then, Ferrari has eclipsed that record. But Williams still has more Constructor's Championships than McLaren, despite their relative lack of success since then
Having been to Vancouver three times, I've developed a passing interest for hockey, and the Canucks. Unfortunately, I can only watch NHL games through a subsciption to the Fox Sports channel, which I can't afford to pay for. I watch hockey whenever I can on free to air TV, which is to say every four years at the Winter Olympics, and naturally, I support Team Canada.
My other passing interest is in what you Brits call 'football' but the rest of the world calls 'soccer'. I don't watch it frequently, except for the World Cup and a few EPL matches here and there. I don't really support any team, although my dad is an Arsenal fan and as such I have somewhat of a soft spot for them. I wouldn't be able to name anyone in the squad except for the manager, though :P
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1893 times:
I grew up in Boston but my deeper (non-European) roots are in Chi-town. I will root for a Boston team, and for a Chicago team, and try not to pay attention if teams from those towns are vying. But if I have to:
I will easily root for the Red Sox over the Chisox.
Boston has no NL franchise, but should a Cubs-vs-Red Sox World Series ever happen, then we know the apocalypse is 20 minutes away anyway, so I'd be on a hillside hollering my shema instead of watching the game.
I'd probably root for the B's over the B-hawks, but it would be a tad painful.
I hate basketball.
NFL-wise, in a Pats-vs.-Bears situation, I really don't know which way I'd go. That would be a experiment.
Elsewhere in the country, I will root against any (non-Patriots) team that has a state name instead of a city name (Minnesota Twins, Florida Panthers, Colorado Rockies, Carolina Panthers, New Jersey Devils... they really all must either a) be named after their cities, or 2) be dissolved )
And I will enthusiastically root against any team from the San Francisco Bay Area. I lived in San Francesspool for 16+ years and I welcome any opportunity to give it a slap in the face.
jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2649 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1888 times:
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I'm originally from the east coast of the US so most my teams are the "big" ones. For the MLB I am a big Yankee fan. Went to my first Yankee game when I was little with my father and been a fan ever since. Though I have to admit I don't watch near as much baseball as I once did.
When it comes to American Football it is the New England Patriots all the way. Though my entire family are Giants fans, so you can imagine the 2012 Superbowl costs me a few dollars and some pride!
Now my favorite sport recent years has been hockey. Something about going to school at a big Division 1 hockey town really makes the sport so much more enjoyable. For college I have to root for my school, the University of North Dakota (Fighting Sioux). The NCAA may have taken away our name officially but you will see no sign of that here. The name and tradition is still alive and well. For the NHL though it goes to the Minnesota Wild. When I was little my mom used to work as an executive secretary for the Hartford Whalers but sadly they decided warm and sunny Raleigh, North Carolina market was better suited for them. But hey money makes the world go round. So I was a man without a nation as one may say for a few years. Then my mom's boyfriend (now husband) was a Minnesota boy. So one winter break we went out and visited him and he decided he wanted to have a "bonding" day with her boys. Well he got us incredible seats at the Xcel center and they've been my team ever since. If you're ever in MSP check out a game. With the exception of the Ralph Englestead arena here in Grand Forks, I don't think there is a finer place to watch a hockey game.
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seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11133 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1877 times:
Four Canucks sweaters, two Canucks hoodies, two Canucks henleys, no less than 15 Canucks caps, two Canucks shot glasses, Canucks licence plate holder, Canucks key chain, Canucks pucks, Canucks flag, Canucks rally towel, and two Canucks tattoos. Take a wild shot in the dark...
And I was so very proud when the Buccaneers won their only Super Bowl.
MillwallSean From Singapore, joined Apr 2008, 1217 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1866 times:
I only follow football thanks to different Internet broadcasts. And surprise surprise I support Millwall FC. South Londons finest and proudest. A club that still has the edge supporters used to have in English football.
Had a season ticket for many years and traveled away regularly from the late 80:ies to 2001 when I left London.
I Dont like what modern football is turning into though, we have a yank owning our club now. Bostonian apparently, he is ok to be honest, but some of the other owners in English Football, the Malaysians in Cardiff, the Kuwaitis in Forest, Glaziers in ManYoo etc should be shot.
And the entire world calls the sport football not soccer.
Minus the antipodeans and the US that is.
In Canada/US I enjoy NHL and I can watch a game of Aussie Football when in Aussie, AFL isn't football but its a decent sport and it has some traditions and pride in it.
Cant stand rugby or bum-licking ball as it was called where I grew up.
Apart from that I miss topless darts. A quality TV sport if there ever was one but unfortunately the major broadcasters seem to shy away from it.
Now we when have lost the prude yanks from the European broadcasting skies (ESPN didnt make it, lost to much money and never really gained much marketshare) and BT takes over ESPN Europe we might get it back though. Heres hoping...
LH7478i From Germany, joined Jan 2012, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1861 times:
For me it is FC Bayern München. The best team, nicest city . Last year's Champions League final was just a terrible game. I still don't get how that worked out for Chels. I really hope Bayern doesn't make it to the final again, because after loosing 3 finals in 4 years, I would not be able to watch one single minute of a match again.
flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7006 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1849 times:
The only team I follow "religiously" is the Miami Heat. Been a fan of them ever since I was a little kid. My first memories of Heat basketball was the 96-97 season with Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway taking the team to the eastern conference finals. I just like to point out I've always been a heat fan before Lebron and will be after he is gone.
For college I go with my alamater The George Washington Colonials. However I will go for my home college and grad school team too especially when they are top five in the country, that being U of Miami hurricanes.
Even though football (american) was my best sport it is a sport I don't go to the actual games much but I certainly enjoy watching. I watch most Miami Dolphin games and I am certainly a fan of them but not a huge fan. I also have always followed the University of Miami football team and go to their games more often than dolphin games. Right now they are free for me anyway.
I also enjoy baseball but unless its a big game or the playoffs I can't watch much on TV it's too boring I always have enjoyed going to games though. Again always been a marlins fan but these days it's hard to root for them.
Don't follow hockey much but I go to Florida Panther games once in a while. And after spending 5 months in Barcelona I became a Barca fan for my soccer club when it's not the World Cup which is the only time I try to watch a lot of it.
If I had to pick a "2nd" favorite team from the major sports league, ones I usually like to see win are the Wizards in the NBA, Redskins in the NFL and Capitals on the NHL from living in D.C. for 4 years and in baseball the Blue Jays because that means the Yankees, Red Sox or Rays might be losing. And for some reason I like seeing the Orlando Magic do well it is something about the Magic logo from the 1990s which made me just always like them when I was younger.
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tz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2866 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1802 times:
Growing up within equal distance of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, my sports team loyalty has shifted over the years. I grew up being a Orioles and Redskins fan but slowly shifted to being a strictly Philadelphia fan, so Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, and probably would be a Union fan if I cared for soccer. I also follow the WVU, as it's my alma mater.
Therefore, I can't wait til my teams are good again
mad99 From Spain, joined Mar 2012, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1789 times:
I follow f1 and always have. I don't care who wins too much i just want to see a good race. Some of the drivers i decide i don't like, vettel for example, but the rest i don't really put one before the rest.
If football is on i'll watch it but don't really have any favourites and i've never understood how someone can support a team like some do.
I remember watching a wonky eyed millwall supporter in a leather jacket clime onto the pitch and threaten the opposing team's keeper with a knife back in the early 90's. I always thought that was class....
CXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1752 times:
I have for my entire life followed Manchester United 'religously'. In the last 2 years I've only missed one game, and keep in mind, I'm in PER, where some matches start at 4am.
I try to visit Old Trafford once or so a year, but haven't been able to the last 3 years, and am partly ashamed for that! At one point I even considered applying to the University of Manchester to get closer, but my parents convinced me that I was just being stupid.
By the way, my father is a die hard Manchester City fan and the last season and this season have been extra heated.
I also follow Tromso IL (also football) which is my local top division team in Norway, as well as Perth Glory (football) here in Australia.
I do follow a bit of AFL (Australian Rules), where my favourite team are the Fremantle Dockers. Used to be a season ticket holder, but am not this season due to the amount of games I'm likely to miss.
I do like to follow all sort of sports, but when it comes to specific teams I cheer on, then the above would be them.
CalebWilliams From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1730 times:
All the Minnesota teams:
Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild,Minnesota Timberwolves -- okay I don't follow them so much, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Lynx and of course Manchester United. I follow mostly university sports such as the University of Minnesota.
eicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1713 times:
Only really follow two sports, football & Gaelic games (both gaelic football & hurling). I dont support any Irish club football team, Arsenal are my team. Had many nice weekends over in London attending a few games, last game I was at was nearly 2 years ago, need to get back to the Emirates soon.
Being a true Irish sports fan of course I'm a big supporter of the national sports. When it comes to supporting your local club it depends on where you are from. Club teams are all about the community, you don't support a GAA club because they are successful or your favourite county player plays for a certain team. My local club team is St Peregrines http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peregrines_GAA. We are not one of the most successful teams in Dublin but we are by no means the worst. We are more of a football club than hurling, our first football team plays in division 2 & our second team won division 6 last year. Like any club sport were if your good enough you get selected to play for your national team, in GAA you get selected for your county. Dublin is my county team & you wont find anyone who is big a Dublin fan as I am. Currently the Dublin football team are top of division 1 with 2 wins from 2 & in September 2011 we won the All-Ireland final for the first time in 16 years ( the All-Ireland final is one of, if not the biggest day sporting occasion in Ireland each year) We have been quite successful at U18 & U21 level in recent years too. Our U21 team won the All-Ireland in 2010 & 2012 & in our first game this year we won by 37 points! (any gaelic football match were a team wins by 37 points is a VERY one-sided game) The U18 team won their All-Ireland last year & were beaten finalists in 2011. The Dublin hurling team is nowhere near as successful as the football team but we have been doing well at underage level in the last few years.
GrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2750 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1658 times:
Football: FC Barcelona and my local team SM Caen (that's in Normandy, they play in 2nd division). I've been a die hard fan of both teams for about 20 years now. I used to spend my summer holidays in Catalunya when I was a teenager, so it was quite natural for me to start supporting Barça.
NHL: Montreal Canadiens. A die hard fan too, but hockey grew on me only a few years ago. My brother went to study in Montreal in 1998 and he used to talk about the hockey team there, but I never really paid attention to it, because hockey is an obscure sport in France (which is a shame because it is truly a great sport). With the coming of broadband Internet, I started to be curious and went often to watch hockey highlights on the NHL website, paying special attention to the Canadiens' performance. Then my company transferred me to Montreal a couple of years ago and that was just perfect for me. I went to the Bell Center a couple of times and I watch all games on TV.
Basket-ball: I follow more the players than a team in particular. At the moment I pay attention to the Spurs because of Tony Parker, but I also like the Celtics (which I went to see at the TD Garden last December).
American football: I started watching that sport when I moved to Montreal. A friend of mine is a huge Patriots fan and I often go and watch the games with him. His passion for the club influenced me a bit, I guess. But I can't really say I'm a "fan". I'm happy when they win, but not really sad when they lose... yet!
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na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10365 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1649 times:
There has only been one team that I have constantly supported since childhood days when Niki Lauda won the title: the Ferrari F1 team, the red heart of Formula 1. Not too much of a fan of other sports, I do of cause cheer for the local football team Eintracht Frankfurt, which is doing quite fine this year. I hope to see at least one game in the stadium this year. Internationally I always liked FC Liverpool.
As you can judge from all this my favourite sports colour is of cause red!
texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4265 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1635 times:
EPL: Aston Villa
La Liga: Sevilla or, on the rare occasions when they are in the top division, Granada CF
MLB: Texas Rangers
NHL: Dallas Stars
NFL: Dallas Cowboys and whoever plays against the Eagles, Redskins and Giants
NCAA Football: University of Texas Longhorns
NCAA Basketball: Saint Louis University Billikens (#18 in the country!)
Super Rugby: Hurricanes and whoever plays Crusaders
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