The Internet has allowed you to be a diehard fan of any team no matter where you are.Most of us hit ESPN.com before doing anything else in the morning.
But not too long ago, being a fan was radically different.
Take a look at how far we’ve come since newspaper box scores.
Now, the sports segments on the local news are pretty useless.
But local TV sports departments were once big players in the sports world.
A Dallas TV station actually broke the story that led to the downfall of SMU in the 80s.
With Twitter and the Red Zone Channel, it's way better to stay home and watch football then go to the stadium.
But there was a time when one of the only ways to form an opinion on your team was to see them in person.
Sportscenter is still a huge part of ESPN.
But most people who follow sports already know what's going on in the world before SC airs.
It's more of an analysis show than a straight news show at this point.
Before message boards where anonymous fans rip each other and everything they stand for, there was sports talk radio.
It's still around -- in all its shout-filled glory -- but fans have much better ways to express themselves online.
Newspapers are still a huge part of following sports.
But before they Internet they were THE way you kept up with your team.
There's a great moment in Moneyball (the book) where disciples of stats legend Bill James talk about ordering his Abstract from an ad in Sports Illustrated.
Imagine waiting weeks to read about sports stats.
With the rise of Baseball Reference, you can find any stat on any player ever.
But back in the day, baseball cards were the most efficient way for the kids to learn about their favourite players.
Want to see how a rival team played last night?
You couldn't just go online and get a full report, you had to dig through the box scores to see how the game went down.
These days, NFL pregame shows consist of eight former players fake laughing at each other for 60 minutes.
But without the Internet, these were the primary source for game previews.
Stars like Jimmy The Greek made their fame solely on pregame shows.
That's still the main way people follow sports!
For all the ways the Internet has changed the experience of being a fan, talking sports with friends, co-workers, and random people at bars remains one of the best ways to stay current.
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