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Jono Hartles of Hamilton, New Zealand wakes up at 5 A.M. every Monday morning (equivalent to noon ET on Sunday) during the football season because he is unwilling to miss a St. Louis Rams game. Like most fans outside of the United States, the origin of Hartles’ fandom is rather recent. Around 2004, Steven Jackson’s rookie season, he and his identical twin brother spent much of their time playing Madden on PlayStation 2.  Hartles would randomly play as the Rams during exhibition games.  He had Marc Bulger and was using Marshall Faulk yet found Faulk a bit slow and frustrating.…

When Sam Geoghegan of Dublin, Ireland was ten years old, his father, a New York resident and Jets fan, tried to expose his visiting son to American football. Geoghegan was not impressed. “My dad tried to explain the rules. ‘It’s a first and ten and there are a few opportunities to get ten yards, blah blah blah,’ Geoghegan remembers. “It didn’t make sense to me. It was slow and kept starting and stopping. I didn’t like it.” Then a few months later one of Geoghegan’s friends received this game called ‘Madden.’  Through the magical powers of Madden, Geoghegan learned the…

32 Fans, 32 Countries is a look at the global reaches of the NFL. For this project we have attempted to interview 32 different fans of all 32 teams in 32 different countries (UK, Canada, and Mexico excluded). As readers will find, the paths to fandom are as varied as the cultures and customs of each country. Next up: A Cowboys fan in Finland Tuomas K, a Dallas Cowboys fan from Finland, is awfully mysterious. In an email exchange he would not reveal his full name, his age or his current location. Most of what we know about Mr. K (as I’ll…

32 Fans, 32 Countries is a look at the global reaches of the NFL. For this project we have attempted to interview 32 different fans of all 32 teams in 32 different countries all around the world (UK, Canada, and Mexico excluded). As readers will find, the paths to fandom are as varied as the cultures and customs of each country. Check back every day for a new profile. Venice, Italy has a number of nicknames – The Floating City, City of Water, City of Light, City of Bridges. With a beautiful spirit embedded in the glow of the Grand Canal,…

32 Fans, 32 Countries is a look at the global reaches of the NFL. For this project we have attempted to interview 32 different fans of all 32 teams in 32 different countries all around the world (UK, Canada, and Mexico excluded). As readers will find, the paths to fandom are as varied as the cultures and customs of each country. Check back every day for a new profile. Next up: A Chargers fan in Belgium. When Ben Toussaint of Brussels was approximately seven years old, he noticed a French television channel broadcasting an oddity of a sport called American football. He…

32 Fans, 32 Countries is a look at the global reaches of the NFL. For this project we have attempted to interview 32 different fans of all 32 teams in 32 different countries all around the world (UK, Canada, and Mexico excluded). As readers will find, the paths to fandom are as varied as the cultures and customs of each country. Check back every day for a new profile. Next up: A 49ers fan in the Philippines. When I called Francis Aguilar in Manila a few weeks ago he had just finished watching a replay of San Francisco’s Week 15 41-34 win…

32 Fans, 32 Countries is a look at the global reaches of the NFL. For this project we have attempted to interview 32 different fans of all 32 teams in 32 different countries all around the world (UK, Canada, and Mexico excluded). As readers will find, the paths to fandom are as varied as the cultures and customs of each country. Check back every day for a new profile. Next up: A Patriots Fan in Thailand. For years, Thailand native Noppatjak Attanon was a casual NFL fan. In the early 90s, he would catch whatever games were shown live on TV 3,…

32 Fans, 32 Countries is a look at the global reaches of the NFL. For this project we have attempted to interview 32 different fans of all 32 teams in 32 different countries all around the world (UK, Canada, and Mexico excluded). As readers will find, the paths to fandom are as varied as the cultures and customs of each country. Check back every day for a new profile. Next up: A Ravens Fan in South Africa Rugby vs. football. In South Africa, it’s a debate with impassioned advocates on both sides. But there may be no one better equipped to…

Stephan Kornberger is not the only NFL fan in Ludwigshafen, Germany, a town across the Rhine from the more populous city of Manheim. But he has to be the only Minnesota Vikings fan with a son who became a fan of the Green Bay Packers.  To pile on, Kornberger also has a daughter who morphed into a Broncos fan in spite of the fact that the Chiefs are her father’s favorite AFC team. Apparently she is an animal lover who prefers broncos over say, lions and bears.  ”When she found out I really disliked them [the Broncos], that only encouraged…

32 Fans, 32 Countries is a look at the global reaches of the NFL. For this project we have attempted to interview 32 different fans of all 32 teams in 32 different countries all around the world (UK, Canada, and Mexico excluded). As readers will find, the paths to fandom are as varied as the cultures and customs of each country. Check back every day for a new profile. Next up: A Cardinals Fan in Australia.   Despite the striking phonetic similarity between “G’day” and “Goodell,” Australia is light years away from being a bastion of NFL fandom.  So for…

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