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Mori has a point. Most of us were born this way; you (kinda) had a choice! :D

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thunderspirit wrote: Sun Jan 14, 2024 12:28 pm Mori has a point. Most of us were born this way; you (kinda) had a choice! :D

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Ditka’s dictaphone wrote: Sun Jan 14, 2024 12:32 pm
thunderspirit wrote: Sun Jan 14, 2024 12:28 pm Mori has a point. Most of us were born this way; you (kinda) had a choice! :D

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@TJBearUK is a blades fan, he’s used to sporting heartache ;-)
No arguments there! Perhaps I'm some kind of sports masochist.

A lot of Bears fans seem to have a "If you don't laugh you'll cry" sort of mentality. I've had many years of practice in that regard from supporting Sheffield United.
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TJBearUK wrote: Sun Jan 14, 2024 12:44 pm
Ditka’s dictaphone wrote: Sun Jan 14, 2024 12:32 pm

@TJBearUK is a blades fan, he’s used to sporting heartache ;-)
No arguments there! Perhaps I'm some kind of sports masochist.

A lot of Bears fans seem to have a "If you don't laugh you'll cry" sort of mentality. I've had many years of practice in that regard from supporting Sheffield United.
:lol: it’s no fun supporting teams which just win all the time.

The bears are entertaining if nothing else. :D
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It's always kind of fascinating to me when people have carte blanche to just choose their fandom, as opposed to being assigned it as a child.
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Rusty Trombagent wrote: Sun Jan 14, 2024 1:26 pm It's always kind of fascinating to me when people have carte blanche to just choose their fandom, as opposed to being assigned it as a child.
I hear that. I was assigned Sheffield United pretty much from birth - the stadium is a five minute walk down the road and nobody in the family supported the other team in my home city, thankfully (our rivals are a team called Sheffield Wednesday...think Packers, but worse people, and you have to share a city with them).

I have other friends into NFL and they all seem to have random choices. I know a Ravens fan, a Fins fan and a Saints fan just off the top of my head.
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I've spent some time reading the recent threads, seems like a great community, thanks for letting me join.

My background: Decades of experience of being connected to both the Chicago Bears and Washington football communities.
(Divorced parents, schooling, work has led me to a lifetime of going back and forth between Illinois and Maryland).

My #1 loyalties do somehow still lie with the Washington team, despite how badly the franchised has scarred me over the years. However, rest assured, I am not a troll.

I've tried some of the Washington Football team message boards in the past, but never seemed to fit in with their fanbase. Much of the blame falls on Daniel Snyder for destroying generations of Washington football fans. Snyder's toxicity had a way of infecting just about everything.

Sorry, Let me get back to focusing on the positive, .. I am grateful to be a NFL football fan again. I am grateful to be settled as a Midwesterner.

I do love the Chicago sports scene, I do have genuine affection/interest for the Chicago Bears. In fact, I was a diehard Bears' fan in my childhood (Superbowl Shuffle was my first memory... McMahon/the Fridge/Walter forever idols... loved Neal Anderson/Tom Waddle... Connie Payton graciously attended our wedding).
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TJBearUK wrote: Mon Jan 15, 2024 1:55 am
Rusty Trombagent wrote: Sun Jan 14, 2024 1:26 pm It's always kind of fascinating to me when people have carte blanche to just choose their fandom, as opposed to being assigned it as a child.
I hear that. I was assigned Sheffield United pretty much from birth - the stadium is a five minute walk down the road and nobody in the family supported the other team in my home city, thankfully (our rivals are a team called Sheffield Wednesday...think Packers, but worse people, and you have to share a city with them).

I have other friends into NFL and they all seem to have random choices. I know a Ravens fan, a Fins fan and a Saints fan just off the top of my head.
Eh up soft lad!

Yep, even with the Blades struggles this year, you did well; Wednesday are shit. PLUS When Saturday Comes is the second best football film ever (after There's Only One Jimmy Grimble).

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PS Incidentally, if you do have the money and the opportunity to see the Bears at Spurs' ground next season, I recommend it. It's not like going to a footy match. I saw the Bears beat the Bucs at Wembley in 06 and it was a blast, the Bucs fans were brilliant.
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Hello guys,

I'm Andy from Germany. I'm 37 years old and unfortunately came to football late.

I've been following the sport for 7 years and have been a Bears fan for about 5 years. Now officially addicted to Bears.

You are often a fan because you come from the city or the surrounding area. As a child, you often decide to join a club because you like the logo, etc.

Since I was already an adult, my decision to join the Bears was very conscious. It was important that it was a club with a lot of history and that I could also identify with the city. The Bears stand for many things that I value very much.

I'm not a "nice weather fan" (I don't know if you know the expression), otherwise I would have ended up with the (fxxk) Packers or Pats like many Germans.

Glad I came across this forum.

Many greetings from Bavaria, Germany
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German Bear wrote: Wed Jan 17, 2024 1:52 pm Hello guys,

I'm Andy from Germany. I'm 37 years old and unfortunately came to football late.

I've been following the sport for 7 years and have been a Bears fan for about 5 years. Now officially addicted to Bears.

You are often a fan because you come from the city or the surrounding area. As a child, you often decide to join a club because you like the logo, etc.

Since I was already an adult, my decision to join the Bears was very conscious. It was important that it was a club with a lot of history and that I could also identify with the city. The Bears stand for many things that I value very much.

I'm not a "nice weather fan" (I don't know if you know the expression), otherwise I would have ended up with the (fxxk) Packers or Pats like many Germans.

Glad I came across this forum.

Many greetings from Bavaria, Germany
:welcome: Andy. I’m from the UK and here we call it “a fair weather fan” i.e. you’re only a fan when the sun is shining down but during the miserable stormy times you’re not a fan.

I’m certain there aren’t any fair weather fans supporting the Bears anymore :lol: but I’m very impressed by your reasons for choosing the Bears. Sport is about so much more than winning, it is the history, it is the dignity, the endeavour, the entertainment and the drama.
We can get obsessed with winning, but your story shows us how there is so much more to consider.

Great to have you around Andy :thumbsup:
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German Bear wrote: Wed Jan 17, 2024 1:52 pm Hello guys,

I'm Andy from Germany. I'm 37 years old and unfortunately came to football late.

I've been following the sport for 7 years and have been a Bears fan for about 5 years. Now officially addicted to Bears.

You are often a fan because you come from the city or the surrounding area. As a child, you often decide to join a club because you like the logo, etc.

Since I was already an adult, my decision to join the Bears was very conscious. It was important that it was a club with a lot of history and that I could also identify with the city. The Bears stand for many things that I value very much.

I'm not a "nice weather fan" (I don't know if you know the expression), otherwise I would have ended up with the (fxxk) Packers or Pats like many Germans.

Glad I came across this forum.

Many greetings from Bavaria, Germany
Servus Andy and Welcome. A second Bavarian Bears Fan? We may be pushing the limit! Just kidding. I see Wurzburg is your hometown, pretty much the northern most point in Bavaria. I am 40km from Ingolstadt myself. (Oberpfalz) Little town on the Altmühl river. Nice group of guys here and not too much drama. Look forward to seeing your posts.
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Sadly, it does not involve the Bears.... :frustrated:
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TJBearUK wrote: Sun Jan 14, 2024 11:10 am Hi, all!

Me and my fiancé are from Sheffield in the UK. Having watched a few Super Bowls together over the years and always threatening to properly take up watching American Football, this season we finally bit the bullet and chose a team.

We've always referred to each other as bears, so there was only one clear choice for us.

We've loved getting into the sport and have tried to watch as many games as we can (time zones permitting). Been a bit of a rollercoaster and we're still learning lots about the game but we've totally got the Bears bug. I'm sat typing this wearing a JF1 jersey 😂

Obviously being a Brit my first love has always been football and my club is Sheffield United. We have our moments but often disappoint which I feel will stand me in good stead for a lifetime of watching the Bears!

I've been an active member of a Sheffield United forum for over ten years so I'm all about the forum life. Looking forward to reading, learning more and chatting with you.

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