Earlier this year, as part of the Coloradoan’s Northern Colorado Sports Awards program, we asked you to nominate someone who deserves to be crowned Northern Colorado’s Most Spirited Fan.
Meet Brandon Lindsey, 15, a Loveland High School student who doesn’t go to any game without his red and black parachute pants.
He logged the most votes to win the contest. Here’s what his nominator said about him:
“A bit clichéd, but it is believed he does actually bleed Red & Black. Rarely misses a game, of any sport, boys or girls, unless he is busy representing LHS himself on varsity boys tennis, JV boys golf or boys baseball. More than just a sports fan, though — very active in several aspects at LHS — and encourages others to get involved in other events and activities. Actually won’t go to a game without the ridiculous red and black parachute pants that were willed to him by a graduating senior last year, and he must have the tennis spirit stick in hand. His life in general is red and black: backpack, cell phone case, all footwear, drink-ware, tennis racket and bag, letter jacket, all other outerwear, basically his entire wardrobe, golf bag and grips on his clubs, baseball bag, the color of his bedroom walls, swimsuit, car, sunglasses, etc. Brandon’s choice of lounge wear — you guessed it — red and black pajama pants, unless there’s a Bronco game on. It’s the only time the colors change!”
We asked Brian to tell us more about that:
“When my dad (Brian Lindsey) says that I bleed red and black, he really means it. I go to every single event for the school that I can go to, and I try to be as spirited as possible. Part of this spirit is the red and black parachute pants that Bailey McCaffrey gave to me upon graduating last year. She said that I deserved them because I reminded her of one of her good friends. I have worn them to every single home football game and three of the four playoff games that our football team was a part of. These pants are usually accompanied by the tennis spirit stick that Sam Hecker gave to me after graduating last year and any other red and black item I can find in our house.”
What makes a great fan?
“In my opinion, there are a number of things that make a truly great fan. One of these is choice of wardrobe. This one is fairly obvious; a good fan must be able to put their school colors on display in a crazy yet fashionable manner. Another characteristic of a great fan is a certain lack of caring for what others may think. They must be willing to scream their heads off and lead cheers with no regard to other’s opinions of them (within reason, of course). This also includes going to all events at the school, even if they aren’t very popular. For example, they should go to the school play, tennis match or swim meet even if none of their friends are willing to accompany them. The last and most important thing about being a good fan is being respectful. There is a line between supporting their team and offending the other team. Yes, some heckling may be necessary, but it must be done within reason; no booing or cursing out the refs.”
What’s the wackiest or most memorable thing you’ve done as a fan and why?
“Being a sophomore still, I have not been able to lead many of the crazy cheers that are left to the seniors, but I do love to participate in them. Some of my most memorable moments have been chanting “drive home safely” because we were destroying them, throwing flour in the air at a football game, doing the roller coaster cheer for the first time, and always being the most enthusiastic freshman for the cheers by class.”
Why are fans important?
“Fans are absolutely crucial to the world of sports. The fan base is essence of every team and to a certain extent can influence how they play. If one school has a huge student section that is always cheering and another school has a comparatively weak student section, the first school’s team will be more hyped up and willing to play their hearts out. From an athlete’s standpoint, it simply warms your heart to have people that you know are supporting you and your team.”
What are your plans after high school?
“While I am still quite a long ways from finishing high school … I have my heart set on Stanford University in California. I am a good student with a 4.0, and I’m currently taking three AP classes with four next semester. From Stanford, I am not sure where I want to go. I am gifted in math and science, so I may go into engineering, finance or business, but I would really like to be an entrepreneur.”
The Most Spirited Fan contest is part of the Northern Colorado Sports Awards program, which honors athletes and culminates in an awards show featuring Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning on May 17. Read more about the program and the athletes who will be honored at Coloradoan.com/sportsawards.