Dan Grant @SlamminDannyG

I'm a 31 year old teacher from Toronto, Ontario. I have a wonderful wife and a hilarious dog. I've grown up around sports my whole life. Being Canadian, I was raised with hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer, with some crossover for both. When I was about 10 years old, the Toronto Raptors came into existence. I already knew of Michael Jordan, who was the biggest star in the world at the time, and the birth of the Raptors combined with the release of Space Jam made a lifelong basketball fan out of me. There were some lean years, but the Raptors are finally good (and it appears to be sustainable), so that's been great. The majority of football fans here in Ontario are Buffalo Bills fans, due to geographical proximity, though you'll see the occasional Lions, Steelers or Giants fan sprinkled in, and with their success the last fifteen years or so, the Patriots have some followers too. I became a Green Bay Packers fan around the same time I became a Raptors fan-- my dad brought me home a Brett Favre jersey he'd gotten in a promotion at work, and then the Packers won the Super Bowl in 1996. I loved Brett Favre and Reggie White, and instantly knew that this was the team for me. I've yet to make the trip to Lambeau, but it's something I'd love to do sometime in the near future. The Blue Jays and the Maple Leafs are at the core of who I am as a sports fan. Summers spent at the ballpark and listening to the Jays on the radio are some of my earliest and fondest memories. I went to my first Jays game at age 4, in the then brand new SkyDome. Roger Clemens vs Dave Stieb, a truly classic match-up. I made my dad leave in the 4th inning and he's never forgotten it. Luckily it was bat day, and we still have the bat to prove we were there. The Jays runs to the ALCS in the past two years have fired up this city like it was back in the late 80's and early 90's. Here's hoping they can keep it going next season. The struggles of the Leafs in the last dozen years or so have been truly awful. I stuck with it for awhile, watching every game, but eventually it became hard to subject myself to such horrendous play. It wasn't just that they were bad, it was that it felt like there was no hope. I'm not ashamed to admit it, but in the last couple years, I can count the number of full Leafs games I've watched without taking off my shoes. There was a brief sojourn where I lived overseas in there as well (making it difficult to see them), but the team just wasn't fun anymore. It was a weird feeling for me, because I grew up the die-hard of all die-hards. I could quote names and stats at you until I was blue in the face-- still can. They literally willed me away as a fan, which was disconcerting to say the least. The team is a lot more fun now, and having Brendan Shanahan (a player I always loved) and Mike Babcock (the best coach in the world) has definitely made a difference. I find myself watching more and more. Anyway, that's a snapshot of me and my closest sports interests, but the things I love the most about sports aren't in there. I love the competition, at its heart. I love the debates. I especially love a good trivia question. All of those things are why I'm here, and why I'm a fan.
Favorite Athletes

All Time (retired): Brett Favre, Mats Sundin, Bobby Orr, Roberto Alomar, Vladimir Guerrero Current- NBA: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James MLB: Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista NFL: Aaron Rodgers, Mike Daniels, NHL: Jonathan Toews, Morgan Rielly, Auston Matthews

Favorite Teams

Toronto Raptors, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, Green Bay Packers

Bitter Rivals

New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions

Biggest Upset Ever

Packers NFC Championship loss to the Seahawks in 2014/15/Leafs first round loss to Bruins in Game 7

Best NFL Team Ever

Green Bay Packers

Lemieux or Gretzky?

Gretzky

Jordan or LeBron?

Jordan

SNES or Genesis?

Super Nintendo

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