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Old 28.08.2012, 11:14 PM
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Hi all,

So I've been absent from the forum for a good long while, but in that time I've been whittling down my teams and I've almos picked my team from 3.

My highest percentage is for the Miami Dolphins - out of 100% I would say about 60-65%. My main reasons are that I've known about their existence from when I first saw Ace Ventura in 1994 as a kid and I have a number of other reasons such as being a shorter plane journey if I ever wanted to see them, they have some hall of fame greats such as Marino and ascetic wise I do like the kit.

However, the remainder is split between 2 teams - New York Jets and Green Bay Packers.

I've liked the Jets since I watched the Monday Night Miracle and like the Dolphins, are a shortish Plane journey if I ever got a chance to see a match.

The Packers I have an admiration for in the sense that they are a fan owned and not for profit team - and they strike me as a team that invests in the future. However, I have seen less of their games and what holds me back is that I don't want to be labelled as a glory chaser (Although I only found out their history recently after already being interested in them).

Those of you who have picked your teams, did you ever have a yearning towards one team out of a few? If I pick the Dolphins for example, what can I expect?

And also with the Packers, are they a glory chasers haven - if they're supported, do you automatically get classed as ignorant of all the teams?

I originally had about 8 teams I liked so I've streamlined heavily but am in the final now (so to speak).

Cheers all!
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Old 29.08.2012, 10:21 AM
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Hello mate,

I always take an interest in these threads because I appreciate the process you go through in finding the right team - I am choosing from 3 at the moment but that's for another thread.

At the end of the day all teams have millions of fans, you only need to look at each team's facebook page to see this. The lesser supported teams are the newer teams but eventually they will be successful and pick up support too.

The point I'm trying to make is that every team is a bandwagon at one time or another. That doesn't mean that all supporters are bandwagoners however. As long as you have personal reasons for choosing a team then it really doesn't matter what people label you as - you've got to start supporting a team at some point and more often than not it's because that team has grabbed your attention, most likely for the way they play the game.

You'll probably hear it a thousand times, but go with your heart. Miami and New York are both relatively easy journeys but I wouldn't let that sway you unless you plan on visiting often. If your heart picks out Green Bay, then you shouldnt let their success put you off as they won't be at the top forever.

Similarly you could argue that both the Jets and Dolphins are a bandwagon right now....the Jets with Tebow and coming off the back of Hard Knocks, and the Dolphins who are currently in the spotlight of Hard Knocks. Incidentally, check the series out as it could push you to one team or the other.

Ultimately, it's your decision and you have to be happy with whoever you choose.

As for the Dolphins right now, I would say they are very slowly on their way up after a troubled period. Their front office is under scrutiny (although I can't claim to be an expert on what's going on). They are a storied franchise though known for their perfect season, they have had superbowl success, they are an iconic team and also had one of the greatest QB's to their name. Also you'll find plenty of Dolphins followers in the UK so you'll always have a decent forum and local supporters.

Just my opinion, I hope it helps.

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Old 29.08.2012, 03:11 PM
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It took me a long team to choose a team.
My choices were the Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Dolphins and the Buccaneers.
Just watch some games and eventually you will pick one.
It might not even be one of the teams you have on your shortlist.

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Old 29.08.2012, 09:48 PM
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Hello mate,

I always take an interest in these threads because I appreciate the process you go through in finding the right team - I am choosing from 3 at the moment but that's for another thread.

At the end of the day all teams have millions of fans, you only need to look at each team's facebook page to see this. The lesser supported teams are the newer teams but eventually they will be successful and pick up support too.

The point I'm trying to make is that every team is a bandwagon at one time or another. That doesn't mean that all supporters are bandwagoners however. As long as you have personal reasons for choosing a team then it really doesn't matter what people label you as - you've got to start supporting a team at some point and more often than not it's because that team has grabbed your attention, most likely for the way they play the game.

You'll probably hear it a thousand times, but go with your heart. Miami and New York are both relatively easy journeys but I wouldn't let that sway you unless you plan on visiting often. If your heart picks out Green Bay, then you shouldnt let their success put you off as they won't be at the top forever.

Similarly you could argue that both the Jets and Dolphins are a bandwagon right now....the Jets with Tebow and coming off the back of Hard Knocks, and the Dolphins who are currently in the spotlight of Hard Knocks. Incidentally, check the series out as it could push you to one team or the other.

Ultimately, it's your decision and you have to be happy with whoever you choose.

As for the Dolphins right now, I would say they are very slowly on their way up after a troubled period. Their front office is under scrutiny (although I can't claim to be an expert on what's going on). They are a storied franchise though known for their perfect season, they have had superbowl success, they are an iconic team and also had one of the greatest QB's to their name. Also you'll find plenty of Dolphins followers in the UK so you'll always have a decent forum and local supporters.

Just my opinion, I hope it helps.
That has really helped mate, It's great to get another's opinion who is also going through the selection process.

I think I've so far eliminated the Jets so it's between Green Bay and Dolphins now.

As a matter of interest, who are your 3?
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Old 29.08.2012, 10:10 PM
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No worries at all, glad it helped a little. I've been round and round on this one. Ultimately I want a classy and high character team, from a city I would like to visit/live, who are known for playing tough football, with a good locker room chemistry (no egos)....To cut a long story shory, my final 3 choices are:

Texans
Broncos
Seahawks

I have reasons for each so I'm just waiting until I gravitate to one more than the others. I dont think it will be long now the season is upon us.
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Old 29.08.2012, 10:15 PM
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No worries at all, glad it helped a little. I've been round and round on this one. Ultimately I want a classy and high character team, from a city I would like to visit/live, who are known for playing tough football, with a good locker room chemistry (no egos)....To cut a long story shory, my final 3 choices are:

Texans
Broncos
Seahawks

I have reasons for each so I'm just waiting until I gravitate to one more than the others. I dont think it will be long now the season is upon us.
The Texans are a good choice, and the added bonus is that they're a new team that is in the process of making its own history.

My mate in the USA is a Broncos fan, he lives in Florida but has never been a huge fan of the Florida based teams (with the exfeption of the Gators in college football).
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Old 29.08.2012, 10:25 PM
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Yeh, I think that is an appeal about the Texans, they are new and without success to their name. I also like the identity they are creating around the 'Bulls On Parade' theme plus I have a liking of their LB core...Cushing, Barwin, Reed etc.

I visited Denver when I travelled, and had a photo taken outside the stadium so a little bit of a connection there. The Broncos have always been one of the teams whose results I take an interest in. The only off putting thing about them was the fact they have had a bit of success, but then again as I said before, everyone will eventually have their day.

The Seahawks have always been under the radar which I like. I love what I've read/seen about the city. Im also following the NFL after not having watched it since the 90s, therefore it would seem apt to follow a team who were formed in my year of birth, who had a new start (redesigned unis) the season I came back - stupid reason I know! ha
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No worries at all, glad it helped a little. I've been round and round on this one. Ultimately I want a classy and high character team, from a city I would like to visit/live, who are known for playing tough football, with a good locker room chemistry (no egos)....To cut a long story shory, my final 3 choices are:

Texans
Broncos
Seahawks

I have reasons for each so I'm just waiting until I gravitate to one more than the others. I dont think it will be long now the season is upon us.
Same here after watching all of last season, I have still not picked a team yet but lost interest in some teams straight away.

I am after that well run franchise from top to bottom, with quality fans and a city I would love to visit.

After going through teams history's (by downloading them) news reports nfl network, fans forums, youtube- you always find something not to like about a team lol. Lets me list a few things that put me off teams straight away.

Prob about to offend well over half the forum here but ah so what here goes -


This is just my view, not wanting to get anyones back up.

Saints - Obvious dirty play, going out to really hurt people is not on.

Eagles - Jail judge and court needed to be put in veterans stadium.

Snowballs at 49rs fans on youtube not just a few - a whole stand section. Ok its a laugh but not sure how old they were, shouldn't be treated to that just for wearing your teams jersey!

Booing Irvin when he was down and in pain with what looked a real serious injury. then there the baseball and battery throwing but you have enough already.

Browns - Bottles thrown at ref ( shows lack of class ) even though it was a really bad bad call that he cant even make as a ref.

Jags/Dolphins/Bengals/Bucs/Cardinals/Rams/Falcons- when you often see large chunks of empty seats, it just spoils the atmosphere and makes you look like your fans are pants.

Patriots - Cheats!

Lions,Panthers, Chargers, Falcons, - fairweather fans, sell out now but looking back when times were hard they were not many to be found.

Colts - Where were they before manning showed up- then they doubled in size.

Titans - Stomping on Steelers towel real lack of class, think myron cope had only died a few years before- prob did not know how it all started but not knowing your history is no excuse for showing your franchise up in my eyes.

Cowboys - Harsh but- most people hate jerry jones even cowboys fans, and some of their hall of fame players and others had a real attitude problem. + come out of nowhere i guess looking at early attendances.
Looks like jerry jones has his own thing going on- draft war room clips over years having calls on what players he wants in over the head coach.

Redskins - Never seen so many tickets for sale on ticketmaster exchange- they may sell out but get taken over by other teams support loads of times, dut to fans not turning up or looking for a quick buck and selling.

49rs + Raiders- feel a bit harsh on raders and 49rs here as both I think have great fan bases. Raiders have a bad reputation. But lots of fans and news reports have said they are a friendly bunch. But sorry the fights I saw on tv and gang related stuff going on between the two. fights breaking out and people getting shot - you are straight off my list. Not going to put myself in that situation - I know it was a mindless few but would I risk it -no chance.

Ravens - criminals + stole Clevelands team + art model is hated in parts - just seen he is in hospital now also in Baltimore

Left with these who I havent got any real feeling towards after watching them, cant get into their games that much- but have great loyal fans and good run franchise.

Bills
Jets
Giants
Texans
Broncos
Vikings


Teams I like to watch but have favourites above them -


Chiefs
Seahawks


The teams I have watched the most, love the history of them, really well run franchise - fans are pure die hard in my view. Would be proud to wear their jersey. See their fans at road games in strong numbers- Will no doubt pick one of these as my team this year.


Packers

Steelers - just a few things here (Ward drink driving - Ben those charges which he settled on instead of clearing his name)

Bears


Any info people would like to add would really help also, thanks- bit of a long one I know sorry about that.

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Old 06.09.2012, 01:14 PM
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I can see where you're going with this. The problem I found is that if you set your expectations too high then every team will disappoint you, and i'm only saying that because I'm analysing the teams like you have. I think it has to come down to having a feeling for a certain team. Just to be Devils Advocate you might look at the Bears and question their character with the events surrounding Sam Hurd and now they have taken a risk on Marshall. Well the Steelers also have their controversy in Roethlisberger or Harrison...but all being said and done they are two great franchises that compare favourably to anyone. As for the Packers, well I can't think of anything negative apart from their name (clutching at straws here). I guess my point is, dont look too hard as you will always find a reason not to like someone, just wait until you get that feeling. Well that's what im waiting for
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Donnie Darko picks on Hines Ward's drinking driving but not Roethlisberger's questionable past.
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