when i was 13, i read an article about the red wings in a sport magazine here in germany and their cup-win in 1998.
As this was a time the internet was something the most people never heard of, these little printed things made of
wood were almost the only thing to get information about the nhl. I liked all these names in the article like Yzerman, Shanahan etc.
and started to look for the Red Wings everywhere i could: Reading results in TV-Videotext, Articles in Magazines and than, thanks to my father, we got Pay-TV and i was able to see games. Then the internet started to develop and of course this was a huge improvement. I started to hear games in the NHL-Radio and, with improving internet-speed, finally see games on the internet.
During all this time i started to realise how great the whole organization is and how are all the people dedicated to success. I have a poster of Yzerman with a qoutation that is a perfect example of this: "COMMITMENT A promise to yourself that you will devote the best of your talent and energy towards reaching your goals". Not to mention, that i bought so many stuff of the red wings like Jerseys, shirts, sweater, cups, my last acquisition was the Al Octopus pillow pet.
The wings are my most favourite team in sports. I started to realize that a Wings-loss it the most unpleasent one for me compared to the loss of other teams in other sports i cheer for.
So, now i am 28 years old, i never had the opportunity to see a wings game in Detroit. This is something i am working on in the next years. Unfortunately, alle the big names like Yzermann, Lidstrom, Shanahan and i assume Datsyuk and Zetterberg will be gone by that time too and propably also the Arena might be a different one, when i am not quick enough. But it is all about the organization and we have a lot of talent in the pipeline ans so i am very curious about the development of our organisation.
And, coming back to the bandwagon thing ... How i picked up my favourte hockey team in germany: When i was about 12 years old, i read the standings of the german league in the TV-Videotext. The Eisbären Berlin were on the last place and I felt sorry for them. So i started to look for them - and uptil now i am fan of them too. (and how it turns out, they are record champions now )