My friends, being devoted UConn fans already, occasionally discussed the results of the men’s team throughout the season, but it wasn’t until the Huskies stunned their conference by winning the Big East Tournament that people really started paying attention.
When I was 8 years old, I picked Arsenal as my favorite European soccer team. In 2004, Arsenal were one of the best teams in the world and were coming off an undefeated season in the English Premier League. The team was littered with stars like Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.
I was in a bad place on March 31, 2014.
Growing up in central Connecticut, you really only have two choices when it comes to picking your favorite football team: The New England Patriots or the New York Giants. Very few people in the region seem to even consider a third team, the New York Jets, as a viable option to cheer for.
Soccer is growing in the United States and European soccer is much more prevalent in our media, so it was going to be hard for me to avoid it. But now I’m really a soccer fan.
My fandom for the collegiate level was nowhere near the passion I held for professional sports teams.That all changed when I decided to come to UConn.
As a Jets fan, there isn’t too much to celebrate, so I tend to root for whichever team the Patriots are versing that week. This has caused me to really take a liking to the New York Giants because they beat the Patriots in not one, but two Super Bowls.
On Dec. 28, 2015 I attended my first UConn women’s basketball game. It was the Maggie Dixon Classic held in Madison Square Garden and it featured UConn taking on No. 6 Maryland.
Perhaps the worst part of being a sports fan is suffering tough, heartbreaking losses. For Fandom Week, this week’s Point/Counterpoint pits Boston fans against New York fans in a debate about their worst losses.
I could have at least been a valued contributing member to society.Instead, nearly all my free time is spent watching Tim Duncan highlights and I spend way too much time thinking about Duron Harmon’s ability to give help in zone coverage.