San Diego Chargers. A guy from home town used to play for them in the mid-90s. He always held youth football camps for us and I liked them ever since. Also, I am from western PA and am not on the Steelers' nuts like everyone else is around here. So, I generally root for whoever is playing against them.
OT: National Football League - Who do you support?
Even though I grew up in the Detroit area, I've rooted for Denver as much or more than the Lions because we spent our summers in Colorado when I was a kid, and out there the papers were naturally full of Broncos training camp stuff.
Of course, since we're talking about the Lions, one of the more dubious distinctions they have is that they were the very first team of the old NFL to lose to a team from the upstart AFL. It was in a preseason game in 1967, and contrary to the meaningless exhibition games these days, that game was a big fucking deal.
And the team the Lions lost to? The lowly Denver Broncos.
As a youngun' here on the blog (current undergrad) I grew up idolizing Barry Sanders. The dude was legit. I am a Lions fan through and through, even in all the losing seasons.
I also do like the Patriots and Tom Brady. When the Lions were losing they were the team that I rooted for that I actually expected to win...
I grew up a Jets fan, but I now root for The team that has the most or favorite M players.
Which team are you supporting today? Patriots? Steelers? Packers? Dolphins?
(The Carolina Panthers do not have one Wolverine and I'm convinced they won't win sh-t until they change things. That, and the fact that they drafted consummate d-bag Chris Gamble with their #1 pick a while back.)
My support goes out to the colts all day. Its hard for most michigan fans to agree with me and my loyalty to peyton manning. But throughout the years there have been many great michigan football players through the colts locker room. Its there intelligence and composure on and off the field. Any other fellow colts fans out there ???
Not sure why you got collapsed, but I'm with you. Admittedly, I mostly watch the NFL for entertainment since I lost faith in the Lions awhile ago. So naturally, a player with Peyton Manning's talent and ability to coordinate an offense at the line of scrimmage will appeal to me. The 2007 AFC Championship game was easily enough to sell me on Manning.
I feel compelled to test your reasoning: What makes you gravitate more towards Manning than Tom Brady? I feel that they are very similar QBs but one did not play at Michigan . . .
I'll be brutally honest: If Brady hadn't gone to Michigan I could see myself finding him completely insufferable. When it comes to sports, Boston is the new Los Angeles (no, that's NOT a good thing) and Brady's edging dangerously close to the celebrity side of things where LeBron and Beckham reside. Despite the Woodson-Manning connection that Tennesseans still haven't gotten over, I think Manning is a lot more grounded, down to earth, a little humbler, and plays for a team that is MUCH easier to root for. I don't "take sides" in the Brady-Manning thing (except that I do pull for the Colts against the Pats) but that's how I feel about things.
Love my Colts! Raised in Indy's suburbs. It is possible to love P. Manning and be a UM alumna (class of 09). I've noticed a few Colts fans on the board over the years, and it's a great organization to be a fan of. This pleases me.
I'm a lions fan myself but my fiance is from Indy and her and her entire family are in love with Manning and the Colts. I've always had a little shit in my neck so I love nothing more than either A) calling Manning a choke artist and asking when the Colts are going to finally sign tee Martin and B) coming up with as many A>B>C>D ridiculous comparisons as I can until I find a way that the Lions beat the Colts.
1) my fantasy teams
2) the Lions
3) ex-Michigan players
I hope you have alot of money riding on your fantasy teams, otherwise your priorities are pretty misguided...
if the Lions manage to stop breaking my heart, they might pull into a tie for #1.
but no, i have no money riding on my leagues.
pride, ridicule, and bragging rights are priceless.
I grew up watching Barry Sanders in MI, so I like the Motown Kitties. Also, my father's family is from Pittsburgh, so I root for the Steelers. Additionally, I used to work for the Baltimore Ravens, so they will probably always be my favorite. Beyond that, I will root for all Michigan Men.
Grew up in Chicago in 70s/80s. Walter Payton was/is my idol (may he rest in peace).
Of course, like the rest of us, I root hardest for Tom Terrific and thus am a de facto NEP fan.
On top of that, my son is a huuuge Ravens fan. I have met Ray Lewis. For all his background and "Thug U" upbringing, the guy is now the very definition of SOLID. Turned his life around, is now deserving of being the face of the franchise and one of the very top "faces of the NFL," I am very ok with my son idolizing Ray the way I idolized Walter. So, I end up pulling for the Ravens too.
I live in DC area, so, of course, I hate Satan (=Dan Snyder) and generally laugh at how inept the pathetic Skins are. Racist name, too.
His level of play and devotion to preparation is inspiring, especially for someone who has already played for 16 years. His maturation and leadership skills combined with the fact that the best players on the team (Ed Reed, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, etc...) are such good people allows this team to play so well.
In every way.
Miami Dolphins. My father's side of the family is cuban and lived in Miami for a while. My grandfather has always cheered for Miami teams so I grew up watching everything Miami. It's easier to cheer for them now that they have Chad and Jake, which I actually hung out with a couple of times while attending Michigan. Oh, and the owner is Stephen Ross, as in U of M Ross School of Business.
I also like whichever team Tom Brady plays for. In this case the New England Patriots.
I as well grew up watching the Lions and Barry Sanders, Lions fan through and through.
Live in the area and was born a Steeler fan, it's the only thing that wasn't an option growing up.
My moms entire side of the family lives in wisconsin and I decided at a young age to root for the Packers. My grandpa and uncle both have sets of season tickets...which are kinda hard to get.
This is awesome. As a first generation here in the states I'm the first in my family to grow up a football fan (upon moving here my dad became a huge Bills fan and introduced my to football). I feel like if I were to sign up for GB season tix now, I'd only get them once I have grand kids
If by you getting them, you actually mean your grandchildren, then you are correct.
I love the "You mad" meme.....thanks to your tar, I love it more.
Also, excellent name.
As for the actual thread,
1) Lions/fantasy teams
3) Tom Brady's team
4) Other Michigan players
I used to love watching the Houston Oilers play cause they were the only team than played indoors at the time and the field was very cool looking (although hard as concrete). When i was growing up Channel 2 (CBS) carried the NFL games and Channel 4 (NBC) carried the AFL games and for whatever reason it seemed like we got a LOT of Oiler games. And in my memory the Chiefs were seemingly always playing the Raiders (as were the Jets somehow) and the Oilers played the Chargers and the Bills a bunch.
Those were very cool games to watch.
Raised in cleveland as a browns fan. It can get very depressing,
on for size. You talk about depressing.
Here we go, Lions! Also, gotta cheer for Terrific Tom and the Pats. It'd be nice to see him become the greatest QB ever
The lions all day. And I keep mental notes on every person who has ever made fun of me for being a fan. Cuz when they get good (haha) and they will because I'm still young....I am going to be petty as shit in going around telling them they are unloyal trash when they jump on the wagon and pretend to have been loyal all along. Childish? Yes. Don't care.
I'm only 27 but have loved the lions since birth. I have taken so much flak the past five or six years for it. Now those same people want to talk with me about it and I just say "I thought you didn't care about the lions?" As you stated it is petty, but I don't care.
Good for you. Can I help? I'm probably going to be a total bastard about it when the Lions get good. I've been suffering through the Lions ever since just before the Barry era started and had to live out of town during the entire Millen era so of course I took epic amounts of shit from people. But this season I got around to springing for season tickets. Suh made me do it.
Saw my first football game when I was around 5 years old. 49ers vs. GB, back when Favre was bursting onto the scene and the niners were still prominent. At the time, I wanted the Niners to win because I thought their jerseys were sweet. But GB won the game and I, as any 5 year old would do, quickly switched allegience to the victors. The rest is history. Suffice it to say that having my favorite UM player of all time be on my favorite NFL team has been..well...awesome.
Also inspiration for my handle.
I cannot explain why because my Dad is a Lions fan. However, I can recall watching Joe Kapp, Dave Osborne (sp?), Bill Brown, Paul Krause, Wally Hilgenburg, Karl Kasulke (sp?), Carl Eller, Alan Page and the rest of the Purple People eaters. Losing four Super Bowls (fortunately, not in a row - lookin' at you Buffalo) was tough to swallow. I've also followed the Giants and like the Pats. Denver was fun when Elway was playing.
Hometown team, and it doesn't hurt that Tom Brady is the QB
I can honestly say that I have not heard of any of those Vikings that you mention and I'm no spring chicken. Wikipedia, here I come!
[Edit: This is in respons to Bronco648's post above. My bad.]
Not an NFL history buff? Fran Tarkington? Bud Grant? Wrong way Marshall? No Purple People Eaters?There wasn't only the Steel Curtain. The Fearsome Foursome. (No, they didn't fight the Fantastic Four). nicknames were cool back then. If you haven't watched film of Butkus, Brown, you're not an NFL fan.
I grew up in North Carolina before there was a Carolina football team. I have always been a Redskins fan. Art Monk and Darrel Green were my favorite players as a kid. My step father is a Lions fan so I follow them as well. It was a pleasure to get to watch Barry sanders in his prime....wow.
I mostly root for my fantasy players to do well. but that's probably because I'm a Lions fan and I never get to see them play since I live in NC. Hopefully the Lions will live up to their hype this year because I imagine it's easier to get pumped when your team is playing well*.
*This completely contradicts my Michigan fandom.
Eagles first, Lions second.
Eagles fan. I bet that bandwagon is going to have its axles dragging the ground this season. Not saying you are by any means. Between Vicks come back last year and all the frre agent action this year that fan base is going nuts.
Sports are very freudian for me.
I grew up rooting for all sorts of teams, but have eventually come into the teams my father roots for, as most of our conversations are about sports, and most of our beer drinking happens while a game is on. I've been a Colts fan, went to the Titans when the Colts threatened to leave Indiana. And then, I decided to go with the Lions, so I could know what was going on when my dad and I watched games. That same year the Titans (my former team) started off 8-0 and the Lions went 0-8. I've been a Lion's fan ever since, no two ways about it.
On a similar note, I was a cubs fan growing up, but if you walked into my office now, you'll find a tigers schedule on my bulletin board. Nowadays, if it's sports, you can tell who I root for by looking at the great state of Michigan. Well, except for Arsenal.
I really need Michigan to get back on track this year because this Bengals team looks to rival the Lions 0-16 squad.
It's great to be an eagles fan because you are expected to hate your own team as much as everyone else in the NFL. My dad put it best to me as a fan growing up in South Jersey when he told me that the Eagles fans would rather see the Giants go 0-16 than have the Eagles go 16-0. That only makes sense to a Philly fan.
Sounds exactly like the Sparty view of the world.
But I kind of know what you mean re: the Iggles. I had a housemate in college who followed them religiously and could be found every Sunday in his room just chewing his team out mercilessly. If it was quiet we knew the Eagles were winning.
New York Giants. Grew up on Long Island, and for some reason chose the Giants over the Jets (so long ago, I can't remember why). Both parents are from Michigan, but never even considered the Lions.
New York Giants. Grew up on Long Island, and for some reason chose the Giants over the Jets (so long ago, I can't remember why). Both parents are from Michigan, but never even considered the Lions.
Raised in LA when the Raiders were still there (I hated the Rams) so that childhood fandom still lingers. It was pretty easy to like them when Woodson was on the team, and when Gruden was coaching. It's gotten harder and harder to stick with them though as Al Davis gets crazier and crazier (and when the starting point is already crazy, that's some super crazy) and the team gets more and more poorly managed.
I've always tried to sort of pull for the home team too, and now that I live in western Washington I try to follow the 'hawks and am warming up to them. I had awesome seats for the playoff game when Romo botched the snap--that was a good time.
I'm a big Brady and Space Emperor fan, so a big part of me likes to see them do well, even though I generally hate all teams from Boston.
Lived in Wisconsin until I left for college so naturally I became be a Packers fan. Luckily I was born bleeding maize and blue so I have always loved Michigan more than any other team, which is why I will always cheer for Michigan Men (no matter what team they play for) in the NFL.
Are you also hoping they cut brandon saine at the end of camp like I am?
Yes and I will continue to pray to the Almighty Football Gods that the Packers will realize the mistake they made.
I will watch on occasion to see how Wolverine alumni are doing, and will go to a superbowl party, but aside from a game playing in a bar while I am there I generally don't follow the NFL. There is something just mercenary about pro football, I will stick with the college game.
who are like me...
I almost never watch a complete NFL game, ever. I'll watch a little bit here or there; maybe a half, if it is a really important game. I'll watch some of the Super Bowl. Out of sheer boredom.
But I spend most of 7, 8 or 9 Saturdays every fall watching Michigan games, live. And when Sundays roll around, I have had enough football. I'd rather play golf. Or even watch golf. It's not that I get overloaded on football so easily. I love to watch other college teams, especially conference rivals and the big national programs. And I'd rather watch most college teams, as opposed to most pro teams, play. And all together, that is waaay more televised football than what I really require. I have almost zero rooting interest in the mercenary millionaires of the NFL. I sort of like watching the Dolphins, to see Henne and Jake Long work together. I enjoy watching Charles Woodson play for the Packers. Ditto Tom Brady, of course. Mesko. And Woodley and Larry Foote, etc., etc., etc.
If you gave me tickets to a Lions game, I wouldn't go if the weather was nice enough to play golf instead.
I prefer watching college football and hoops a thousand times more than their pro equivalents.
And this is why:
"...No man is more important than The Team. No coach is more important than The Team. The Team, The Team, The Team, and if we think that way, all of us, everything that you do, you take into consideration what effect does it have on my Team? Because you can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here. You will never play for a Team again. You'll play for a contract. You'll play for this. You'll play for that. You'll play for everything except the team, and think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is, The Team. We're gonna win it. We're gonna win the championship again because we're gonna play as team, better than anybody else in this conference, we're gonna play together as a team. We're gonna believe in each other, we're not gonna criticize each other, we're not gonna talk about each other, we're gonna encourage each other. And when we play as a team, when the old season is over, you and I know, it's gonna be Michigan again, Michigan."
I'm pretty much in this boat (except that I could watch college football seven days a week if it were on). I invest so much time following college football that I just don't have much desire to get fired up about another level of football beyond that. If I tune in to the NFL, it's just for entertainment purposes. It doesn't really matter to me who wins.
Lions first and foremost. The Colts in the AFC as long as they are not playing the Lions.
I grew up in the 70's when the Cowboys were calling themselves "America's Team"... I hated them so much that I became a fan of the Steelers since they were the only ones who seemed to be able to beat them.
And then I read a biography on Vince Lombardi for either a 4th or 5th grade book report and instantly became a Packers fan as well... which was rough until recently because they were a pretty bad team through the 70's - 80's.
But my screen name should tell you which team I favor if push comes to shove...
Lions have always been my team, but the patriots are my playoff team, i'm hopping that the Lions will finally be able to have meaningful games past the first 4 weeks of the season now though.
Miami Dolphins. My dad wasn't as big a pro football fan as college (Go Blue!), so I was left on my own. The Lions never caught on with me, though I've watched them a lot, living in the area. My earliest (vague) football memories are of the Dolphins making a playoff run in '71 before getting crushed by the Cowboys 24-3 in Super Bowl VI (grr). But the next season was perfect. :D
The '70s - strange time in football, very heavily run-oriented. Three yards and a cloud of dust! Miami had a trio of RBs who saw time: HBs Jim Kiick and Mercury Morris, and FB Larry Csonka. Back in the day 6'3", 235 was FB size. Csonka wore a single-bar helmet, had a crooked nose that had been broken a number of times, and carried two or three guys before going down.
Also like Brady and the Pats.
Learned about football when I was 4 years old living in Ft. Worth so I follow the Cowboys. Moved to central Ohio when I was 5 so I also follow the Bengals. Now I'm back in Texas following both.
Funny side story. My Dad always follows the local team where he is living. We had moved to Ft. Worth from Wash DC, so when we moved, he was a Redskins fan. His son becoming a Cowboys fan was almost too much. It made for two great Sunday afternoon's every year. He now lives in Indianapolis so we no longer have that rivalry.
I've been a Packers fan since birth. I love that the two Super Bowl victories of my lifetime were made possible because of the contributions of the two UM Heisman Trophy winners of my lifetime.
Don't laugh. I'm from NorCal.
One of the most storied franchises in the NFL is on the path of the Lions for the youngest generation.
I was raised in Kalamazoo = life long Lions fan. New England comes in next, Thanks to one Thomas Brady and Belichick (dude just wipes your ass on detailes). Oddly enough 3rd is Green bay(something about team play, and Chuck)
4th anybody that beats Dallas, Cleveland, Jets, Philly, Pittsburg, Tennessee, Minnestota and Indy.
Monsters of the midway! Big Bears fan.
I grew up a Lions fan watching Barry demonize defenses by himself (only to be let down by the rest of the team usually).
I also enjoyed rooted for the Colts while Harbaugh was their QB (which gave me an affinity for Marshall Faulk as well). I am a fan of the Patriots and Brady when they aren't playing the Lions. I was also rooting for the Raiders when Woodson was playing for them and they made it to the AFC Championship Game.
Ultimately, I am a college football fan for the pageantry and *cough cough* amateurism of the sport. Something about watching a game at the Big House, as I'm sure you all know, is just too special to be overcome by the pro game.
Reading the other thread (though he deserves the HT).
Growing up in Michigan where the Lions suck with a father who was a Bears fan and a mother who liked the Lions (but far less than Michigan), I was naturally...a Vikings fan. They were good, and I liked their uniforms. But as time went on, I far more root for Michigan players, and after Anthony Carter was done the Vikes got a little too Buckeye-y, and Denny Green was kinda an ass. Now it's the Pats. I sooooo want Brady to get at least one more. The loss to the Giants is my most scarring sporting event not involving Michigan, or the Pistons in a Finals. After that, the Dolphins (I've always liked them...More so now) and whatever team Breaston plays for (I guess KC now). And Michigan guys.
I'm rooting for the Lions. The team that were no more than a point of humor to me might have it right. I hated them after Millen fired Moeller after the NFL meetings so he couldn't even get a coordinator job, for his joke hire du season. (Still only Lions coach with a winning record in my lifetime). But this may be the best management team they've ever had under Ford. That may not be saying much, but Prez, GM, Coach...they at least all appear competent. And likable.
Lions faithful here....RESTORE THE ROAR!
Lions...cause it's Detroit and Barry. But I pull for the Pats due to Brady and the mentality/discipline they foster when Detroit has a bad year.
Hometown team, follow them out of hope. This year, I think the hope will pay off.
p.s. According to Greg Banks' twitter, he is now on the Lions. Congrats to him.
Lions till I die.
Why- My best friend growing up was a Dallas fan and he is the one that got me into it. I live in Ohio so I like to see the browns do good as well even though I live closer to Cinci. I just can't stand Mike Brown.
Grew up in Chicago as did my Dad so I'm a diehard Bears, Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks fan. The one team I went against the grain with was...Michigan since there are countless Irish fans in Chicago.
It seems the Hawks-Wings rivalry is all that puts me at odds with the board.
Detroit Lions all the way! Unfortunately, I'm 17 and have seen zero playoffs wins in my lifetime, but we're changing that in the next few years!
The New York Football Giants (sorry if the "Football" make Chris Berman come to mind, but it is their official corporate name). My family have been Giants fans since it was neccessary to distinguish between the football and baseball teams of the same name.
Wow guess I'm an oddity around here. I was born in Atlanata and moved to Michigan when I was 4. My mom's a huge MLB and NFL fan and thus I was dressed in Braves and Falcons gear since birth. The other two sports I adopted my Detroit teams(although less ferverently) and I do root for the Lions and Tigers to do well. Of course all of them are dwarfed by my love of the Maize and Blue.
But living in NC......... Carolina is my second. Hate the Newton pick
I'm from Michigan.
Have lived in Philly my entire life. It's definitely a great time to be an Eagles fan. The season can't come soon enough. High expectations to say the least. Hopefully BG can come off the PUP list sooner rather than later to help them make a run.
Has to be the Motor City Kitties. Go Lions!
I have always stayed a homer and root for the home teams. Even though I have moved away a long time ago. I still root for all Detroit teams and the beloved UofM. I have rooted for the Steelers and Patriots since they usually always have a strong roster of Michigan players. But always a Lion fan. NFL isn't as crucial as college though with 16 weeks and a PLAYOFF.
I was a Lions fan first and always will be, but I end up supporting the team in the local market wherever I happen to live. Now, it's Tampa Bay, but it's also been the Bears, 'Fins, and Jaguars for various periods of time.
I tried the same while living in dc for 4 years. I gave the Redskins a chance. Then I realized that being a lions fan, it's impossible to root for a team that has (had) talent and doesn't win anyway. Plus their fans and stadium and owner are horrible.
Prideofdetroit.com is pretty good.
I was born in Michigan but I've lived in Tennessee for the past 29 years. I've loved the Lions as long as I can remember which has mostly been futile but I've always had hope. I also became a Patriots fan in 1976 when Steve Grogan was their QB. The fact that Brady ended up there is just gravy. When they play each other I pull for the Lions. So It's the Wolverines and all the Detroit teams first and foremost for me !!!!
It's great to be able to cheer for Charles Woodson on Sundays.
I'm a Cleveland Browns fan. I always also somewhat liked the Raiders because they had Charles Woodson at the time, and were also a playoff rival to the Steelers in the 70's. So when Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore, I was really big on the Raiders during that stretch. I love Tom Brady, but that's still a fumble when Woodson hit him in the tuck rule game. Then the Browns came back and I've been all about them again since, following the Raiders as a distant second. It's been terrible because as I'm sure all of you see, the Browns and Raiders are both awful every season anymore.
Glad to see the other Bears fans on the board!!
so I root for the Bills. I was in high school when they lost 4 Super Bowls in a row and it hasn't gotten a lot easier since then. They have had so many good players and I love the way their fans stick with them through the good times and bad. It's really disappointing to hear all the talk of moving the team to Toronto or elsewhere. I think the fans deserve better.
1. Lions - grew up in Michigan with Billy Sims and Barry Sanders and Jeff Komlo. What's not to love?
2. Seahawks - have spent most of my adult life in Washington, minus 5 years in NC
3. Patriots - but only because of Tom Brady
Dammit. Double post.