The World of Wacky Fans

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Sammy Warshaw ’12
Staff Writer

In Connecticut, it is safe to say that there is very little variety of professional sport teams. Because we are not blessed with a bevy of professional sports teams (my apologies WNBA team Connecticut Sun), we are forced to follow tri-state teams. If you like the NFL, then you like the Patriots, Jets, or Giants. If you like the MLB, it’s mostly the Mets or Yankees. Due to this current lack of local professional teams, people have started to broaden their horizons of fanaticism. Welcome to the world of wacky fans, where your favorite team requires a monthly fee to watch, and in order to buy a jersey you most likely have to pay shipping and handling.

Name: Clay Singer ’12
Sport: Football
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Why do you like them?
“I have liked them ever since they won the Super Bowl. It was the first year I loved football.”
Would you call yourself a die-hard fan?
“Yes of course I am a die hard. I have followed them intensely ever since.”
Have you been to a game?
“I have been to two games. For my bar mitzvah I went down to Tampa for a game.”
Is there hope for next year?
“I would like to say yes, but I don’t think so.”


Name: Mason Pajolek ’12
Sport: Baseball
Team: Cincinnati Reds
Why do you like them?
“I started liking the Reds when Ken Griffey Jr. was on the team and I like them now because they are the best.”
Have you been to a game?
Yes I have been to a game, one at Yankee stadium and also I’ve been to the Red’s Ballpark.”
Is there hope for next year?
“Yes, there is hope for next year because the Reds have a lot of young talent on the roster.”


Name: Julia Friedman ’11
Sport: Men’s College Basketball
Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Why do you like them?
“One of the coaches of the PAL program was also a big fan, and we would always watch and I fell in love with the coaches and the program ever since.”
Would you call yourself a big fan?
“I am a diehard fan. The integrity of the program and the recruiting process intensifies my love for the team”
How do you feel about the Duke/UNC Rivalry?
“It’s such a great rivalry and being part of it is something special.”




Name: Ryan Vaughn ’10
Name of Sport: Baseball
Team: LA Dodgers
Why do you like them?
“I follow the Dodgers because I was born in LA and my Dad is a huge fan. I started watching games with him when I was really little, and I became a big fan.”
Have you been to a game?
“Every year my family takes a trip to LA, and we make it a point to go to a Dodgers game. Last year, I had the chance to go to two games while on the trip.”
Is there hope for a World Series run?
“I think there is hope for a World Series run. The last two years they have been really close, losing both years to the Phillies in the NLCS. I think they just need some more pitching to have a good shot at winning it.”

Name: Danny Leskin ’12
Sport: NFL Football
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Why do you like them?
“I started liking them when Michael Vick was on the team and now I like them because Matty Ice is sick. They are such a  notorious team and ever since I started following them  I never looked back.”
Would you call yourself a die-hard fan?
“Yes of course I am. I haven’t been to a game yet but I  definitely want to.”
Any hope for next year?
“Yes there is hope for next year. They are a really  young team and they are already good.”

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