I've been posting on hear for almost a couple of weeks now. I figured I should take the time to introduce myself. I'll start by saying I'm impressed with MHR and the traffic on the site. Very impressive for March. I love being places where people are passionate about football, and I can tell that's how it is here.
I'm 30 years old and have lived in northern IL my whole life. Mostly Bears
fans with a healthy dose of Packers
fans as well. I never had an interest of football growing up. My parents never watched it. My other brother never watched it. So I never did either. Growing up about 50 miles outside of Chicago in the late 80's early 90's as a kid was great. If you liked basketball of course. And I did. MJ and the Bulls were all I cared about. It wasn't until MJ retired that my focus shifted to football.
The 97 Superbowl was the first game I actually watched. In 99 I graduated from high school. I still wasn't totally into football yet, but an interest was brewing. I collected sports cards at the time. The only team I really knew anything about was the Broncos. Only because they just went back to back. I was always a basketball and baseball card collector. Now I started collecting football cards as well. I bought packs of cards, and would read about the players. I would buy cards of John Elway individually. He was my favorite player at the time. It was those first Superbowls and those early packs of card that first drew me to football.
So at this point we've established that I had an elemetary understanding of football, and was pretty much a fair weather fan of the Broncos. I realized this at the time. I really wanted my own team. Most of the people I knew were Bears fans. A few Packers fans, but mostly Bears. To me, proximity wasn't an issue. It's not like I grew up watching a team and had an emotional attachment to it. The only team I liked even a little was in Denver. I knew the only reason I liked the Broncos was because they just won two Superbowls. I really started to look for a team to follow.
Throughout my time collecting cards I had aquired a few Peyton Manning
cards. The first time I learned about Peyton was from a trading card. I know. I really liked what I saw. I took an interest. I've got to be honest. It was love at first sight. The more I learned the more I liked. I had a chance to watch a few games in 99 and I started to get attached. Oddly enough, it wasn't a victory that clinched my fandom. It was the playoff loss to the Titans
in 99 when I knew that was my team. It was the first time I felt the same type of emotion cheering for a team since my old Bulls were broke up. Definetly the first football game that I felt emotional about.
I've been hooked ever since. I've bought the NFL Sunday Ticket every year. I've driven to games every year. I've really grown to love football. It has become by far, my favorite sport. The only team that I've ever rooted for (since I actually knew anything about football) is the Colts
. It wasn't just about Manning. I really love that team. Regardless of how I became a fan. How can you watch the same team for 13 years and not get a little attatched?
So now I'm faced with a very sticky situation as a fan. I love the Colts, but I also love me some Peyton Manning. Well, here's the way I see it. I'm still interested in the Colts. I'll still watch the games. But I'll be damned if I'm gonna act like the player who made me love this game doesn't exist because he isn't a Colt. I will never chear against Peyton Manning. I didn't have a vote in the decision to cut him. I completely understand why the Colts did what they did. This isn't about holding a grudge. It's about watching a talent that I may never get a chance to witness again in my lifetime. It's that simple to me.
So here I am Broncos fans. I now have two teams. I'm a Broncolt. Just like my standing loyalty to the Colts, I hope this is a relationship that lasts a while. I don't think I am a fair weather fan. I don't choose teams because of Superbowls. I will always have affection to the Denver Broncos
for being the team that gave Peyton another chance to be great. I will always have affection for the Colts for being the team that made me love this game.I honestly have no idea what will happen when those two loyalties collide.
I know many of you probably feel differently than I do about what makes a person a fan. I just wanted to give people some insight to my situation. Shed some light on where I'm coming from. I love to talk football, and I look forward to discussing Broncos football with people on MHR for years to come. Go Broncos!
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