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11-13-2008, 03:41 PM
What is your 5 year trend as a fan of sports?

- Less?
+ More?
= No Change

= MLB Fan
- Reds Fan

+ tOSU Fan
+ College Football (Phenomenal growth area for me as a fan)

- Bengals Fan
- NFL Football

- Bearcats Fan
= College Basketball

Marginal Fan of NASCAR, NBA, PGA, & Tennis.

Don't care in the least NBA, NHL, Soccer.


11-13-2008, 04:45 PM
=MLB fan
+ Reds fan (covering the minors much more closely last few years)

-NFL (hasn't done much for me)
-Titans (haven't watched many of their games even though they are doing awesome)

=NCAA Football
=Louisville football

=NCAA Basketball
=/+ Louisville basketball
= Arizona basketball

=NBA (still despise it)
+ Tennis
= PGA (still don't watch)
= NHL (still don't watch)

11-13-2008, 04:58 PM

+College football


+College basketball


I'm 18 years old so this probably is not a very realistic exercise... :)

Falls City Beer
11-14-2008, 02:14 PM

+College Hoops

Don't watch or follow anything else.

11-14-2008, 02:22 PM


+College basketball

+College Football
=Notre Dame

11-14-2008, 02:23 PM
I watch all MLB, NHL or ELP games Have the MLB and NHL package, don't watch anything else sports wise.

Hasn't changed in the last 5 years up nor down

11-14-2008, 02:53 PM
+Reds (largely thanks to RedsZone)

-College basketball (mostly because my school has been dreadful)
-James Madison b-ball (hopes are high with a new coach though)

+College football
+JMU football (consistent top-5 in I-AA these days)


-Wizards (pretty much since they changed their name from the Bullets)

11-14-2008, 03:24 PM
- MLB fan
-- Reds

++ Soccer fan
+ Real Madrid
+ New England Revolution
+ Blackburn Rovers

= NHL fan
+ New York Rangers

= college hockey
= Boston University

= Fighting sports (boxing, UFC)

+ X Games (summer and winter)

I'll watch big events in bike racing and tennis.

I pay next to no attention to the NFL, college football, NBA, college basketball.

I pay absolutely no attention to golf and NASCAR.

Rich, I ran into some folks from the JMU football team at Logan Airport after the recent game against Northeastern. They were optimistic about the basketball program going through a renaissance.

Hoosier Red
11-14-2008, 03:28 PM


=- NCAA anything


+US National Soccer

Basically I'm a homer. I have stopped watching sports where I don't have a rooting interest, and I rarely get myself worked up enough to have a rooting interest.

Some schools I used to support like UC, I'll still watch but basically it's my team or nothing.

11-14-2008, 03:43 PM
I'm pretty much down on all sports lately. Not sure what has happened but I've found myself with waning interest. I still check box scores and catch a game when I can, but my fanhood is nowhere near what it was even a year ago. I've had a lot on my plate lately though, and some interests have shifted around accordingly. Just seems off considering how big a role sports have played in my life thus far.

11-14-2008, 03:49 PM
+Cincinnati Reds
=Chicago White Sox (I have maxed out my fanhood and could not possibly care any more about this team and my faith is unwavering)
=Chicago Bears (Same reasoning as above)

= Chicago Bulls (Same reasoning as above)

--College Football (athletes are being treated too much like pros and it is ruining the only reason why IMO the NCAA could be considered better than the NFL and they need a playoff system)
+ Big Ten
+ Purdue, tOSU

Don't follow any other sports and don't care about them really

11-14-2008, 04:33 PM
Less overall.

Less Reds fan
Less Bengals fan

More UK football (and college football overall)
Same UK Basketball (probably slightly less for college basketball overall)

More PGA (Tiger Woods is the sole reason, as I've never played golf)

Less - NASCAR - races seem awfully long, but there's still some excitement

Slightly Less NBA (I don't have cable, so I see few games, but still like it somewhat)

I can't think of any others that warrant mention right now

11-14-2008, 04:42 PM
Rich, I ran into some folks from the JMU football team at Logan Airport after the recent game against Northeastern. They were optimistic about the basketball program going through a renaissance.

Didn't play NU this year - maybe it was Maine? Either way, glad to hear it! I'll believe it when I see it though. We had never had even two consecutive losing seasons until former JMU Academic All-American Sherman Dillard came along and drove the program straight off a cliff. New coach is Matt Brady who came from Marist; he's got his work cut out for him.

Nowadays, if people know us at all, it's because we happen to play in the same conference as George Mason.

11-14-2008, 04:50 PM
In general, I am losing interest in major sports because I am turned off by the expense and the exclusivity. Everything is moving towards subscription only viewing and I think that's just wrong.

I've see Off Road Championship Racing only about five times. I could watch that stuff all day long.

Will M
11-14-2008, 05:15 PM
+++ Reds fan.

- overall baseball. i used to watch all kinds of games but now i mostly just follow the Reds.

Baseball is the only sport I follow. Years ago I followed the NBA, college basketball, the Bengals, the NHL Pittsburgh Penquins. Over time I lost interest. Not sure why.

Will M
11-14-2008, 05:16 PM
Everything is moving towards subscription only viewing and I think that's just wrong.

My cable bill is $53 a month for fairly standard channels ( no HBO, Showtime, etc ). I was thinking about going with rabbitt ears until I realized I needed FSN to watch the Reds

Patrick Bateman
11-14-2008, 06:17 PM


Baseball not too long ago was my unquestioned #1 sport, but right now, hockey has my interest most of the time. Just the feleing I get watching the Blackhawks is way ahead of the Reds right now, maybe it's because it's the first team I've really followed that seems to have really figured things out.


I was always a fringe football fan in the first place, so I'm surprised that the Bengals haven't losses me yet, but they haven't.

11-14-2008, 07:36 PM



Once the Reds went in the tank last spring, I can't remember having less interest in them.

They've finally beat me down. I'd rather watch good baseball, even though I still watch a lot of Reds games.

11-14-2008, 08:58 PM
=Chicago White Sox (always have been a huge fan, and they'll always be my #1!)
=MLB (always have loved following baseball)

-NFL. I'm not the biggest fan of the NFL. Give me baseball any day of the week over football.
-College Football

+UC Bearcats (since I go there)

11-14-2008, 09:20 PM

I've always been a huge Reds fan but somehow it continues to grow every year. So much in fact, I plan on moving to Cincy in a year or two just so I can get season tickets.

---NFL...I was a NFL fan five years ago but I've lost all interest in the No Fun League these days.

=College football

11-15-2008, 12:23 AM
++MLB (I also follow the Orioles and Angels regularly and enjoy several other teams too. I'll watch just about any game when it's on TV with a few exceptions. ;))
++Reds (I like the young "Core of Four" as I've been calling them...Volquez, Votto, Ceuto, and Bruce...and I think the team has some good potential if it's used correctly and the right parts are added to it.)

++College Football (I've been watching more and more over the last few years)
++Ohio State Football (Terrelle Pryor is awesome. I was talking to a Michigan student a couple weeks ago and he said it just kills him to see Terrelle playing for the Buckeyes. I kind of felt bad for him because he sounded so pathetic and beaten, which pretty much describes their year so far, LMAO :laugh: )

=/+ Figure Skating (that's my number one sport and I go through phases of loving it related to how many skaters I like at the time...currently there are a lot that I like so I'm enjoying this new season.)

-NFL (Meh, I like college football better but I do like the Colts)
----Bengals (Do I need to explain this one? ;))

+Gymnastics (The Olympics always brings my fandom up a bit but I watch it on a regular basis and have since I was very young.)

11-15-2008, 04:33 PM
-MLB (although to begin with I never watched a ton of anything but the Reds, in fact I would rather spend my time talking about the Reds than watching another team w/ exception to college & little league world series)
+Reds (my interest started to wain after the strike a little until Jr was signed I believe and even then it was mild until Dunn, Kearns and the like)

+NFL (Fantasy football, gave me some interest. But FF is now waining)
+Bengals (Lewis & Palmer got me back but now I am slowly headed down a negative path)

-College Football (only passing interest in other non OSU teams)
+ TOSU (The Cooper era was killing me but Tressel gave me renewed interest)

=College Basketball (Never had much interest)
+ TOSU (a tad more interest since the days of Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd)

-NBA (Less overall interest since MJ and Pippen are gone)
- Chicago Bulls - I still try to keep track of them, but since the great Bulls teams are gone WGN stopped broadcasting lots of games and I'm not paying extra $$$'s to see mediocrity. I'm doing everything I can just to keep from jumping ship and joining the Cavs bandwagon.


-Boxing (This sport needs a facelift still)

11-16-2008, 10:25 PM
Once the Reds went in the tank last spring, I can't remember having less interest in them.

They've finally beat me down. I'd rather watch good baseball, even though I still watch a lot of Reds games.

This is exactly what I felt last season. I love baseball, but I am free falling into apathy with Reds baseball. I am actually a bit nervous to see if I can "turn it on" come spring training next year. :(


11-16-2008, 10:34 PM

I follow the Reds more and more every year, but overall baseball is about the same.


I follow the Bucs just as closely, but my overall interest level for the NFL has gone down.

+++Illinois basketball
+NIU basketball
++College basketball

Over the last few years, I've followed Illinois basketball closer and closer. The more I care, the worse they get.

=college football
+NIU football
=Illinois football

For some reason, I like Illinois basketball better, but NIU football better. Go figure.


Love them, always have

11-17-2008, 12:02 AM
- Reds (mostly because I'm at school and don't have time to go to 10-20 games a year like I did in high school)
+++ OSU sports (being a student tends to do that)
-NFL (too much HW on Sundays)
++College football
++College basketball
+ Columbus sports (Clippers, Blue Jackets, Crew)
-Southwest Ohio College basketball (UD, UC, Wright State, Xavier) (living out of the area does that)
-High school sports

Seems to me like most of my changes have been a shift from high school into college as I've changed my location and time demands quite a bit. I have a feeling my interest in the NFL will increase dramatically next year when I actually have a lot of time on the weekends.

George Anderson
11-17-2008, 01:09 AM
-Reds...maybe the first time since I became a fan in 1975 that I have felt this way, but last year was just totally miserable and had myself at times questioning why I was still a fan of this organization.

+MLB...still a great game to watch and follow.

+College baseball...I think the CWS is very underrated sporting event.

+College basketball...Big Ten Channel makes it cool to follow this sport.

+Indiana basketball...Tom Crean is restoring dignity to this once proud school.

+Butler basketball...If you are a college basketball nut you have to go to Hinkle Fieldhouse. It is a great facility to watch a game at.

-NBA....Just overall not an entertaining game to watch. I miss passing and players who can shoot and oh..........play defense.

+Indiana Pacers....I have already watched more games this year than I watched all of last year. They play hard!!

-NFL....First time in a long time I am in no fantasy stuff, so maybe thats why I am not following it as closely this year.

=Colts....I miss them being one of the elite teams in the NFL but I also realize I have been spoiled, I coulda been a Bengals fan.:eek:

11-17-2008, 01:56 AM
++Reds- much higher than 5 years ago
+ Texas Rangers
= MLB- Rest of baseball

++ Chicago Bears- been a fan since Super Bowl XX
= NFL- somewhat follow the other NFL teams

+ OSU football- became a fan the last couple of years

---NBA, NHL, college basketball, soccer. Don't care much about them.

Falls City Beer
11-17-2008, 12:45 PM
This is exactly what I felt last season. I love baseball, but I am free falling into apathy with Reds baseball. I am actually a bit nervous to see if I can "turn it on" come spring training next year. :(


Yep. I cried "uncle" this season, too. I'll watch this upcoming season, but it'll most certainly be with a glazed and bleary eye.

Not having Dunn will definitely make it that much harder.

11-17-2008, 01:12 PM
- Reds

For me it was two years ago that the Reds beat me into submission. Actually the O'Brien followed by Krivsky and the The Trade is what did it. I have more hope now that Jocketty is in charge, but I went from living and dying based on Reds games (much like I still do with my NY Football Giants) to, eh.

= NYG (Its just not possible to be more of a fan or this would be +)

- NY Knicks (although D'Antoni is bringing me back. Once they start getting nationally televised games this will ascend, but probably not as much as when I lived in NY and could watch the Ewing led Knicks on MSG whenever I wanted)

++ College Football
++ ND

+ College Basketball

No hockey, NASCAR, soccer for me.

11-17-2008, 01:17 PM
--- (a triple-minus) for Nascar

I got into it while the Browns were extinct. Now it is too polished, too corporate, too boring. (Old-time fans were probably saying that about it in the mid-90's when I began watching as well, but its gotten exponentially worse).

Its become a joke.

Other than than I've remained the same in my fandom.

Roy Tucker
11-17-2008, 01:52 PM
+ MLB Fan
= Reds Fan

I thought long and hard about giving the Reds a "-". But I'm as much of a fan as I ever was, just a little beat down. I've gotten a little more appreciative of watching any good MLB over the years. I love to watch a well-played baseball game.

= tOSU Fan
+ College Football

Always be a big tOSU fan. Have grown to appreciate the diversity of college play (styles, regionally, etc.) of college ball over the corporate IBM-like NFL.

- Bengals Fan
- NFL Football

Bengals suck and will continue to do so yea verily. The pro game is just so ... the same. Plus I never could get my Browns fever back after they moved.

= Bearcats Fan
- College Basketball

Bearcats I still like. In college hoops with so many kids skipping college or the one-and-done thing, the overall talent and quality of play has declined IMHO. Actually, I think international game is the most fundamentally sound hoops around.

Like the NBA and follow it. The pro game has gotten fundamentally better.

Follow soccer more now after getting to understand the game and getting HD TV. I liked NASCAR better when it was the gold ole boys.