Fandom from Afar

Fandom from Afar

Join me as I discuss my journey as a Colorado sports fan living in Florida and my interviews with sports fans that are forced to enjoy their favorite teams from a distance.

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Celtic Pride, St. Patrick's Day and Playoff Predictions with James
15-03-2024
Celtic Pride, St. Patrick's Day and Playoff Predictions with James
As we tip off another episode, I'm joined by James, a die-hard Boston Celtics fan whose passion for the team was sparked by none other than Dee Brown. His story takes us back to the '90s, a pivotal time for both the Celtics and young fans like him. We explore the unwavering commitment of the team as they powered through rebuilding phases, all while Boston's fanbase remained as fierce as ever. Whether stationed overseas or nestled in a local pub, James's dedication to the Celtics exemplifies how distance can sometimes amplify the love for the game. We wrap our conversation around the idea of a Celtics vs. Nuggets final, keeping our eyes on the prize as we dissect the current NBA season.Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and the formation of the Celtics' Big Three marked a transformative era not only for our beloved team but for the entire league's view on creating superstar-studded rosters. We reminisce about the intensity Garnett brought to the court, the impact of the Big Three's championship run, and the organic team-building that has brought us to today's roster, featuring talents like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Our Celtics connection goes deep, tethered to the emotional ebbs and flows of player trades, injuries, and those serendipitous draft picks that have shaped the history of this illustrious franchise.Finally, we lace up our sneakers and make some bold predictions for the upcoming NBA playoffs. We respect the might of Joel Embiid and the 76ers, but our conversation dribbles past them to consider the likes of Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Coaching strategies, player dynamics, and the burgeoning talents of teams like the Knicks and Magic all come into play as we envision the road to a Celtics vs. Nuggets showdown. As we conclude, we're not just anticipating great basketball—we're counting on it, ready to savor every playoff moment that lies ahead.Support the showDon't forget to subscribe on Apple or Spotify and leave those 5 Star reviews!Follow us on SocialFacebookX / TwitterInstagram
Curveballs and Connections in the Rockies Realm with Krista
04-03-2024
Curveballs and Connections in the Rockies Realm with Krista
From the crack of the bat at Coors Field to the hushed anticipation of a ninth-inning pitch, the love of baseball runs deep in my family—especially for my sister Krista, the Colorado Rockies' superfan who joins me in this special episode. We take you on a nostalgic journey, reminiscing about the days of spring training autograph hunts and the electric atmosphere of the Rockies' MLB debut. Krista's vivid recollection of Eric Young's legendary home run serves as a touchstone for our shared baseball passion, illustrating how those formative moments can spark a lifetime of devotion.Baseball is more than just a game; it's about the community, the early morning encounters with players at spring training, and the personal connections that turn fans into family. In this episode, Krista recounts her evolution from cheering in the stands to orchestrating the game's timing as a field timing coordinator at Coors Field. Her story is a testament to turning your childhood dream into a career without losing the spark of fandom, even when you're scoring the game from the press box.Finally, we bring you a playful twist on player appreciation by constructing our ultimate Rockies lineup and, for a dash of reality TV flair, matching Rockies players with Bachelors based on first names. It's a quirky blend of sports trivia and "The Bachelor" fandom that's sure to entertain. If you're a fan of heartening stories, baseball lore, and a bit of good-natured competition, this episode hits a grand slam of memories, laughs, and unwavering loyalty to the team that's won our hearts.Support the showDon't forget to subscribe on Apple or Spotify and leave those 5 Star reviews!Follow us on SocialFacebookX / TwitterInstagram
Basketball Highs and Football Predictions
08-02-2024
Basketball Highs and Football Predictions
Get ready to ride the high tide of sports enthusiasm as we unpack the Denver Nuggets' hot streak, including a standout victory that will send the Milwaukee Bucks reeling. Feel the energy as we chuckle over Nikola Jokić's 'night off,' which, let's face it, he deserves after dishing out triple-doubles like they're going out of style. But it's not all laughs—Joel Embiid's injury has us swapping our jest for genuine concern, crossing our fingers for a rapid recovery to keep the NBA's electric rivalry alive. Plus, you won't want to miss the inside scoop on Peyton Watson from our insightful chat on DNVR, brimming with the kind of details that'll make you feel like an insider.Then I'll match Football stars to their NBA counterparts. Shift your cleats towards the fantasy realm where Christian McCaffrey's football finesse meets Jokić's fantasy basketball wizardry for a masterclass in sports excellence. And because we love a good game of predictions, hear my take on the Super Bowl face-off that's got everyone biting their nails—will San Francisco snatch victory, or will Kansas City reign supreme? Place your bets, and let's see if McCaffrey can dazzle his way to the MVP title. It's a week of connections and celebrations in the sports world, so lace up for a full-court press of entertainment in this latest episode.Support the showDon't forget to subscribe on Apple or Spotify and leave those 5 Star reviews!Follow us on SocialFacebookX / TwitterInstagram
The Knicks-Raptors Trade Saga and Mid-Season check in with Mason
12-01-2024
The Knicks-Raptors Trade Saga and Mid-Season check in with Mason
Explore the seismic shifts of the NBA midseason with our expert guest, Mason, as we unravel the intricacies of the surprising Knicks and Raptors trade. Feel the tremors of the league as we delve into the repercussions of seeing favorites like RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley swap jerseys, and dissect how the Knicks are shaping up with defensive titan OG Anunoby in their ranks. Experience the raw emotions and strategic gambles that come with such a high-stakes trade, and consider the impact it has on players, fans, and the future of the franchises involved.Strap in for a rollercoaster ride through the NBA playoff landscape, where we scrutinize the contenders and underdogs, making bold predictions that could make or break your basketball banter. With Mason's deep basketball knowledge lighting the way, we celebrate the astonishing synergy of the Boston Celtics, ponder the unpredictable streak of the Milwaukee Bucks, and dive headlong into the MVP-worthy performances of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with the Thunder. This is your courtside ticket to understanding the alchemy of team chemistry and individual brilliance as the playoffs approach.Finally, we tackle the elephant in the room: the impact of sports media on the game we love. Join us in a candid discussion that peels back the glitz of sensationalized coverage to reveal the pure, unadulterated passion for basketball. We'll leave you with a reminder of why we're all here - for the love of the game - and a playful nod to the unpredictable dance of the New York Knicks. Thanks to Mason for sharing his unparalleled insights; this is one episode that's not just a slam dunk, it's a game-changer.Support the showDon't forget to subscribe on Apple or Spotify and leave those 5 Star reviews!Follow us on SocialFacebookX / TwitterInstagram
The Magic of Jokić's Half-Court Heroics: That's why I stay up late!
05-01-2024
The Magic of Jokić's Half-Court Heroics: That's why I stay up late!
Have you ever witnessed a moment so electrifying that it sends shivers down your spine? That's precisely what unfolded when Nikola Jokić launched that half-court prayer to seal a breathtaking Denver Nuggets victory against the Golden State Warriors. Clutch your seats as I recount the emotional rollercoaster, from Jokić's jaw-dropping first quarter to the Warriors' third-quarter rally and Denver's final victorious surge. I'll spotlight the heroic efforts of Aaron Gordon and Jamal Murray, whose performances could very well be the harbingers of a deep playoff run reminiscent of last season's magic. You'll get an insider's look at what this triumph means for the Nuggets' narrative, perhaps marking a defining turnaround that echoes the glory of their previous campaigns.Now, let's shift our gaze to the horizon where the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder loom, teams teetering on the brink of their own remarkable tales of ascent. With the heart of a storyteller, I share insights on the promising paths of Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner, as well as the strategic crossroads at which the Thunder find themselves with their cache of draft picks and youthful dynamism. No crystal ball is required to see the potential ahead for these squads, but I'll lay out the strategies and pitfalls that may shape their futures. As the Nuggets brace for their next encounter with the Magic, I'll dissect the subtle influences of scheduling and rest that might tip the scales, framing a narrative of what's to come in a league where every game is a chapter in a larger, captivating story.Support the showDon't forget to subscribe on Apple or Spotify and leave those 5 Star reviews!Follow us on SocialFacebookX / TwitterInstagram
Inside the Nest: A Baltimore Ravens Fan Perspective with Tyler
27-11-2023
Inside the Nest: A Baltimore Ravens Fan Perspective with Tyler
Dive into the heart of football fandom as we sit down with our die-hard guest, Tyler, to dissect the Baltimore Ravens' recent performance and upcoming matches, with a keen focus on the rivalries within the AFC North division. Let Tyler walk you back to his first memory of being a Ravens fan at the tender age of six and get a first-hand account of the adrenaline-filled atmosphere in downtown Baltimore on game days. As we shine a spotlight on the Ravens' quarterback, Lamar Jackson, you'll gain insight into his unique skills and challenges, all while basking in the spirit of football and loyalty.Our chat with Tyler takes an exciting detour as we paint a picture of downtown Baltimore, pulsating with energy on game days. As a season ticket holder, Tyler recalls his exhilarating experiences at games and paints a vivid picture of the city's love for football. How about some pop culture mingling with football fandom? From the popular saying "Ravens and O's, crabs and bows" to references from the TV show "The Wire", we've got it all. In a playful twist to our football discourse, we reimagine the cast of "The Office" with the Baltimore Ravens' players. We'll also ponder upon a new house, "Raven", in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, and create a Quidditch team with current and former Ravens players. Wrapping up our chat, sharing thoughts on the upcoming NFL season, while expressing anticipation for the potential match between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs. So, tune in for an engaging, passionate, and thoroughly enjoyable discussion on football, fandom, and all things Ravens!Support the showDon't forget to subscribe on Apple or Spotify and leave those 5 Star reviews!Follow us on SocialFacebookX / TwitterInstagram
Thrills and Triumphs of the Texas Rangers' Journey with Brad
13-11-2023
Thrills and Triumphs of the Texas Rangers' Journey with Brad
Ever been on a roller coaster of emotions, gripped by anticipation, suspense, and jubilation, all within the span of a baseball game while watching updates on your phone? Well, our guest, Brad, has lived it all through the extraordinary journey of the Texas Rangers to their first-ever World Series win. We dissect the high-octane regular season, the nail-biting four-team race for the wildcard, and every unforgettable moment leading to the Rangers' well-earned victory.Strap in as we move beyond the emotional roller coaster and delve into the strategic masterstroke that fueled the Rangers' playoff momentum. The iconic home runs of Corey Seager and Adolis Garcia dramatically altered the course of history for the team. As we dissect these game-changing moments, you'll be pulled into the suspense and thrill that Brad felt every step of the way. And if you thought baseball was just about bat and ball, think again. We explore how recent rule changes have transformed the game into a strategic battlefield, enhancing the spectacle for fans and players alike.Let's shift gears and bring on the fun with Chuck Norris jokes and a game of Lone Star Wars, where we mash up names with a twist. Brad shares his all-time favorite Texas Rangers lineup, and we debate on what the MLB can do to attract more viewers. Think new streaming options and speed-up rules could change the game? We wrap up the episode, taking these thought-provoking discussions further and sharing our take on the future of baseball. Don't miss out on this episode, filled with hardcore baseball talk, passion, strategy, and a whole lot of fun!Support the showDon't forget to subscribe on Apple or Spotify and leave those 5 Star reviews!Follow us on SocialFacebookX / TwitterInstagram
Sizing Up the NBA Season with Mason
30-10-2023
Sizing Up the NBA Season with Mason
Basketball is back! We're bringing in Mason (@thebrandonblitz), our resident basketball savant to lay down the game plan! We're kicking things off by sizing up the Bucks. With Dame and Giannis, who is going to stop them? Add to that, the strategic spacing coming from Middleton and Lopez - they're certainly one to watch. We also say don't sleep on the Oklahoma City Thunder's rookie, Chet Holmgren, whose anticipated performance could just be the wildcard sparking major trade talks!Keeping the ball rolling, we're talking all things trades. Imagine a world where the Timberwolves' Karl Anthony Towns switches jerseys with the Knicks' RJ Barrett. What if the Lakers somehow manage to snag Kyrie Irving? Our crystal ball predicts the Suns might be offering us a glimpse of their new super team. We're dissecting the ins and outs of these heavy-hitting trades, their effects on the teams, and how they could potentially reshape the NBA landscape.And what's a good NBA discussion without some playoff predictions and trade rumors? We've got the Western Conference under our microscope, scouting for teams that could make a mark this season. We're keeping tabs on the Kings, Grizzlies, OK City Thunder, Lakers, Clippers, Suns, Nuggets, Bucks, Celtics, and Knicks. Will the Knicks pull a power move involving Donovan Mitchell or Joel Embiid? Strap in for our fearless forecasts for the season, get acquainted with the rumblings in the trade market, and join us in sizing up the Houston Rockets, Portland Trailblazers, and Minnesota Timberwolves. This season is going to be fun!Support the showDon't forget to subscribe on Apple or Spotify and leave those 5 Star reviews!Follow us on SocialFacebookX / TwitterInstagram
The Ups and Downs of Being a Jaguars Fan with Eric
23-10-2023
The Ups and Downs of Being a Jaguars Fan with Eric
Eric, a loyal Jaguar aficionado since Jacksonville's entry into the NFL in 1995. Let his journey take you back to your first exhilarating encounter with sports, as he recounts the evolution of his fandom from witnessing the creation of the team to present-day triumphs and challenges. With a rich narrative that includes memorable games, heart-wrenching losses, and an unwavering commitment to the Jaguars during the lean years, Eric's story is a compelling testament to the enduring allure of football.Together with Eric, we delve into the prospects of the Jacksonville Jaguars clinching a championship. Drawing on his fan's passion and analyst's acumen, Eric sheds light on the team's potential rivalries and considers their chances of making it to the AFC Championship or Super Bowl. The conversation also ventures into the intriguing realm of football trivia, as we discuss Eric's impressive Jaguars jerseys collection and brainstorm a hypothetical all-time Jaguars offense. Towards the end of our chat, Eric opens up about the joys and trials of sharing his Jaguar fandom with his family. He candidly explores the difficulty of keeping his kids engaged with the team during tough times, and the pure joy when his sons' perspective changed following the Jaguars' successful 2018 season. From discussing potential relocation rumors of the Jaguars to London, to recollecting his experience at a London game, Eric's captivating recollections make for a truly immersive experience. So, whether you're a Jaguars fan, a football enthusiast, or simply love a good sports story, join us in this memorable conversation with Eric.Support the showDon't forget to subscribe on Apple or Spotify and leave those 5 Star reviews!Follow us on SocialFacebookX / TwitterInstagram
Journey of a Minnesota Vikings Superfan - Ryan's Story
09-10-2023
Journey of a Minnesota Vikings Superfan - Ryan's Story
We have an awesome episode lined up for you today with our guest, Ryan, a die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan. Together, we'll be exploring his journey of fandom, starting from his childhood days of huddling around the television with his father, rooting passionately for the Vikings. Hear about his favorite players, including legends like John Randall, Chris Dolman, Chris Carter, and the incomparable Randy Moss. But it's not just about the past, we'll also be discussing the evolution of his relationship with the team, and his thoughts on their current roster.We're diving deep into the rich history of the Minnesota Vikings, from the highs to the lows, with a special focus on the Bud Grant era. Relive the magic of Randy Moss's unparalleled rookie season in 1998, reflect on the Detroit Lions' struggles, and share in the heartache and hope of every Vikings fan - always on the brink of victory, but never quite making it. That’s not all, we also delve into the world of sports fandom and its relationship with gambling, discussing its impacts on physical and mental wellbeing. And did we mention the quarterbacks? Get ready for a deep-dive into the exciting and often turbulent history of the Vikings' quarterback position.In the final segment of the episode, it's trivia time! Can Ryan identify some lesser-known players from the Vikings' past? Stay tuned to find out! Plus, we'll be sharing some fascinating tidbits about the Vikings that even the most dedicated fans may not know. And as we wrap up, remember - no matter where you are, you're never too far from your fandom. So whether you're a Vikings fan, a football enthusiast, or just love a good story, join us for this engaging episode of Fandom From afar.Support the showDon't forget to subscribe on Apple or Spotify and leave those 5 Star reviews!Follow us on SocialFacebookX / TwitterInstagram