Started following the NFL when it first aired on british television in 1983.
Different teams shown every week, so didn't really follow a team liked Riggins and Darrell Green of the redskins
and Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen of the Raiders.
Decided to follow the Panthers the day the Frachise was announced - (luckily Jacksonville was granted later).
Used to follow the games on play by play on NFL.com.
Now usually get a stream of Panthers games if they are not on T.V. Don't like late games as we are 5 hours ahead
If you are 5 hours ahead, don't you know who wins before the game even starts? I bet you could make a killing with the bookies.
In other news. I was the Bar Manager at the Carolina Country Club in the early 90's. When JR came for dinner he would come to the bar and have a Makers Mark. We would talk about things until the wife came to get him. It got to be a habit. After dinner he'd have a drink and we would talk. He always remembered my name, and always treated me well.
He once asked me if I was a football fan, and who my favorite team was. I told him I grew up in Michigan and was a life-long Lions fan. That's when he told me he was trying to get a team, and asked how I felt about that. I told him that being a part of a fledgling team would be too cool. That getting in on the ground floor would be incentive enough to change my allegiances. He laughed and said he hoped everyone in both Carolinas would feel the same way.
So I feel proud to know I was one of the first people to know we were trying to get a team. Proud to consider JR a friend. And proud to say I am a Panther fan first, and a Lions fan second.