Congratulations Nick!

The Fan Embassy family just got a bit bigger.

Congrats to Nick and his lovely wife! Mother and twin girls are happy and healthy!

 

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Tottenham Hotspur Supporters at Scallywags Bar, Toronto

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As mentioned in the last post, The Fan Embassy hit the road last weekend.  We took in two different fan experiences in Toronto.  Here is one of them.

As someone with a growing interest in English Premier League (EPL) soccer, I’ve been eager to take in a match at a pub or bar with a strong supporters’ presence.  My beloved hometown of Buffalo, NY doesn’t have much interest in Premier League (or soccer in general, though that is changing), so I knew a road trip to a more cosmopolitan city would be in order. Nick and myself had already been planning on heading up to Toronto last Sunday (30 Oct) to check out the latest installment of the controversial “Buffalo Bills in Toronto Series”, so I naturally researched EPL supporters groups in the city.  With only a single match that day between two clubs that were not very well-known to me (Tottenham Hotspur v. Queen’s Park Rangers), I thought that this plan might not work out, but as you’ll read, I was pleasantly surprised.

Through the magic of Google, I learned that there is an official Tottenham Hotspur club in Canada, with a chapter in Toronto.  After some emails back and forth with club members, I learned that they would be enjoying the match at Scallywags Bar (11 St. Clair Ave West, Toronto M4V 1K6, 416-922-3737), so that became our destination.

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Fan Embassy Road Trip

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The Fan Embassy is hitting the road tomorrow to check out some passionate sports fan communities.  There’s a good chance we’ll see some football, and some football, if you catch our drift.

Where?  Which teams?  Stay tuned to find out.

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Watch the NFL Playoffs in the Big Apple – Home Turf for Each Team

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New York City is well known as being the ultimate melting pot of America. In addition to being home to large ethnic communities from all over the world, you can also feel right at home in Gotham if you’re from a city that has an NFL team lucky enough to be playing in this weekends Divisional Playoff matchups. Check out this guide that AM New York published to help any football fan from Seattle, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Green Bay, Baltimore, New England or Atlanta cheer with fellow fans of their teams.  Some of these bars have great drink and food specials for the games such as Pittsburgh Steelers Bar Public House (140 E. 41st. St.) free Bud and Bud Light drafts a half hour before the game!  Or if you’re a Seahawks fan head over to Carlow East (1254 Lexington Ave.) for a free salad, wings, sausage and pasta buffet along with $3 Hawk-ikaze shots after Seattle scores a TD.  No matter who your team is these New York football mini home fields will help you enjoy the great weekend of football ahead!

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Three Brits in Buffalo-An Ultimate Backer Road Trip

On December 12th, three very passionate Buffalo Bills fans traveled from London, UK to Buffalo to watch the Bills host the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  The Buffalo News has the story about these lovers of all things Bills who actually make the trip annually to Buffalo from the UK to catch a game.  The three also enjoy all of the fan pagentry that goes along with a game in Buffalo “Tailgating is absolutely fantastic”.

Nick Manning along with his dad John and friend Greg Zalka of London were accompanied by another friend from Toronto to take in the cold and rainy atmosphere that accompanied a rare Bills victory. Nick proudly serves as president of the UK Bills Backers club, a group that Nick estimates to be around 300 people strong-check out their Twitter feed here. These guys truly embody the word fanatic.  Nick hand stitched his custom Union Jack Bills logo flag, watches every Bills game online and even got engaged at the stadium.  Nick’s 7 year old daughter won’t be able to escape her father’s love for his favorite team, “She’s definitely going to be a Bills fan, it’s compulsory now in my family”.

Like many Bills fans Nick has strong opinions about why his team has lacked success on the field in recent years.  “My big complaint with the Bills is that they didn’t make enough of a change in the front office, talent evaluation has been poor for a decade”.   Nick’s rabid devotion to his team and annual trip across the pond for games are a good example of why the Bills Backer network of wordwide fans is one of the largest, proudest and well organized in pro sports today, cheers Nick.

For the full story, check out the article in TheBuffalo News

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Watch Your NFL Team in Colorado Springs

Colorado SpringsRecently, Coloradoconnection.com posted some of Colorado Springs’ most popular bars, including a map of NFL team backer bars that host groups of fans of NFL teams on game day.  Frequently ranked as one of America’s best places to live, Colorado Springs is a haven for transplants of all kinds. From Military personnel (both the Army and the Air Force have bases here) to people seeking employment in the city’s high-tech companies, thousands move here each year who want to catch their NFL team’s game with fellow fans.  A few bars listed include The Overtime that hosts Pittsburgh Steeler nation, Oscar’s Pub caters to Green Bay Packer Cheeseheads, and Indigo Joe’s where you can catch a San Diego Charger game.   Enjoy!

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Patriot fans: Where will you watch the games this season?

Hey Pats backers!  Where do you plan on watching your favorite team this year?

Here are some options, via boston.com:

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub 713 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 703-548-1717 http://www.murphyspub.com

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A growing Bills fan community

Check out this scrappy community of Buffalo Bills fans, via mpnnow.com:

[John] Franklin has felt the effect on living on the outskirts of Buffalo Bills nation in recent years. Too often, Franklin was watching games with fans of other NFL teams.

Franklin laid the ground work last year to unite local Bills fans by forming the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Bills Backers. Bills Backers is the official fan club of the team with chapters all over the country.

Read the rest here: bit.ly/9gUvQa

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Why are we loyal to our teams?

This post may seem a bit long-winded for a blog entry, but I think it’s an interesting question, and one that gets to the heart of what has inspired The Fan Embassy community. Comments are welcome, or you can email your feedback to brien@thefanembassy.com.

The main idea that gave rise to this site can be summed up quite simply – sports fans away from home. They are found at Buffalo Bills bars in Ft. Lauderdale and Pittsburgh. They have been seen in a Manchester United-themed bar in southwest China, and watching the Super Bowl steps from the beach in Thailand. People seem to be loyal to “their” team, no matter where they are. Why?

One of the most obvious answers is time investment. If a person is born and raised in a particular place, they are mostly exposed to the local fans there. Thus, when that person starts to take an interest in sports, they would likely choose to support the local team(s). If that person does not move to another location until they are an adult, then it amounts to ten or more years of following and supporting the team. It wouldn’t make sense to switch allegiances after that amount of time. But what is built over the course of this decade or more? What is it that makes these bonds so strong? Read on.

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Writers Wanted

We’re looking for aspiring writers, bloggers, or anyone who thinks they have what it takes to write well thought out and comprehensive reviews of sports bars, or other places where fans gather to watch a specific team, of any sport.  These will not be your typical reviews of restaurants or bars!  Our angle is fan experiences, and the review guidelines will be exiting, fresh and different from anything else out there today!

Compensation:

What’s in it for you?  Well we are a new business, so initially, writing for us would be strictly volunteer.  But, if you enjoy going to sports bars and watching sports with groups of fun fans and making new friends anyways, why not put your fanaticism to work for us! Writing for us also gets your name out there, building your resume and showcasing your writing for a growing website and brand with designs on rapid growth.  As we grow we will do what we can to market your name and link you to our site to push traffic your way.

Contact us today for more information:  admin@thefanembassy.com
Thank You.

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