While at a restaurant watching Friday night’s Brewers/Cubs game on the big screen, I saw playoff hockey and the NBA playoffs being shown on smaller TVs throughout the room and I realized I couldn’t care less about what was happening in them – because I couldn’t identify with any of the teams.
I’m a huge college hockey fan, but I’ve never been able to get into the NHL. I’m certain this is because we don’t have a team here in Milwaukee. And despite the proximity of the Blackhawks or the Red Wings or the Wild, I’ve never become attached to a team.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been pretty awful my entire life. Again, I’m a big college basketball fan – but I’m just not interested in the Bucks’ season. They don’t draw me in.
I played soccer for 20 years and yet have no intense attraction or fandom for any team. I love the game and would turn on any game at any second, but I don’t have any particular affinity. I tried a few seasons ago to follow the English Premier League. I debated which team to follow and DVR’d the games on Fox Soccer Channel, but that lasted just a few weeks.
I clearly don’t know how to be a long-distance fan.
I’m used to going to 20-30 Brewers games a summer. We have partial season tickets to University of Wisconsin hockey. So much of my fandom is wrapped up in the live fan experience.
How do you entrench yourself in the team and get wrapped up in their ups and downs without that tactile group experience?
It’s difficult enough to keep up with all my teams when the season’s start to overlap and that’s when my team’s are on TV and covered in my morning paper and on the nightly news – this is where I got lost during the EPL season. When I have to go searching for games and coverage, that’s where I got lost.
How do the rest of you do it?