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It ain't easy being a fan

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I became a sports fan back in 1974.

I was born in Winnipeg, my brother in Calgary.

In 1973 and 1974, we lived in the Dominican Republic.

We moved to Burnaby, BC in the summer of 1974.

As sons look up to their fathers - I watched with awe as my dad cheered on the Lions and Canucks. As we love rivalry, I decided to cheer for the Bombers - as I was born there and likewise, my brother became a Stamps fan.

As Winnipeg wasn't in the NHL, I became a Canucks fan at the young age of 11.

First game I saw at the Pacific Colosseum was the Canucks vs the Blackhawks (with Tony Esposito in net).

In the NFL, my dad was a Steelers fan...I didn't like Pittsburgh...so I just kind of took my time trying to decide which team to cheer for - I looked for an underdog and saw the Patriots were 0-4 - so I decided I would cheer for them.

They won their next 2 games! I was pumped to be a fan.

Then they went on to finish the season something like 4 and 12...

The Canucks had a good run i 1982 - but then got smoked 4 games to zip by the Islanders.

Finally, after 10 years of being a sports fan, one of my teams wins - The Bombers won the Grey Cup in 1984!

Then, the Pats make all the way to the Super Bowl - only to get blown out by the Bears 46-10.

Bombers won again in 1988 and in 1990, but now it has been over 20 years since their last Grey Cup...

The Canucks again came close in 1994 - but failed again to capture the cup...Course my brother became a Flames fan when they came into league - and is always there to remind me of the Flames 1989 cup...

On a side note, I did cheer for the Jets - but they were my second team - Canucks have always been first...

I forgot - the Patriots...until the 21st century they were pretty much a pathetic team - yet I stood by them - then they finally won the Super Bowl in 2001!

2003 and 2004 they won back to back!

It has been pretty good being a fan of theirs the last 10 years.

Last year, the Canucks were so close...up 2 games to 0, and then the collapse...so very disappointing...3 times the Canucks made it to the dance floor and 3 times they have lost...

To summarize, for the 37 years that I've been a sports fan (of the NHL, CFL and NFL) my 3 teams have a combined total of only 6 championships...

That's 6 out of 111 attempts.

That's brutal.

It ain't easy being a fan....

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i look at sports differently....when i coached, i always told my players, if you give everything you got and leave everything on the ice or the field, you'll always be winners to me...i feel the same way about professional sports...winning it all is certainly sweet but giving everything you got is good enough for me....the season and the playoffs is a journey, much like another journey we all take....if we give everything we have and lose....is there any shame there?...i don't think so...


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