Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:10 am

Getting to Know the Community

Alright, I'm new to this whole blogging thing. At least, creating one. So, bear with me. I'm not sure if anyone has asked before, but I'd like to get to know the people who post here. Obviously, we are all passionate sports fans. We spend our free time, our lunch breaks, a few minutes before bed after the conclusion of a sports day, or whenever we find time, to comment about the world of sports. I'd like to know about how you all became involved in sports. Our profiles show our allegiances, I'm interested in knowing how you all formed those allegiances. What sparked your interest in sports, and which sports in particular? How long have you been a fan for? What memories are you fond of? I'm interested in knowing the paths that led to where everyone's views and allegiances in sports came from. My games are baseball and hockey. Football, too, but not nearly as passionate.

I'll always be a Motor City boy, even though I haven't lived there in a half decade. Some of my first memories in life were when the Tigers won the series back in '84. I was always the annoying little kid who was clinging around the adults and the older kids around the block. Everyone either talked baseball, or how this young kid in Detroit named Yzerman looks like he could have some potential to be something special. I had the benefit of being one of the very last kids to grow up similar to the way my parents did. We played ball on the corner of Gable and Sobieski, where we met EVERY day after school, and didn't go home until our moms yelled that it was time for dinner. Well, unless Kirk Gibson was signing autographs somewhere and I'd bug my aunt until she finally caved and took me, even though I had gotten his autograph about 50 times already. I had the benefit or all of the stereotypical memories, like sitting between my dad and grandpa at a Tigers' game with a Coke and a hot dog. My grandpa taught me how to keep score. I learned the finer points of hockey when my dad took me to about 10 Red Wings game a season. Basically, the way I was raised in the sporting world, we hold true to our allegiances, but we also were taught to have a deeper appreciation for the game. And sports serves not only as a means of entertainment, but also like a photo album that helps me remember my family, especially the members who've passed on. Whenever I'm at a game, I'll always think back to the old days, and the memories made, that I'll keep with me for a lifetime.

So, that's how I came to be a sports fan. I'd like to hear some of your paths as well, if you wish to share.

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