Duncan Devlin , 30
Favorite team: Bruins
Favorite player(s): Tim Thomas, Nathan Horton
Games attended yearly: 20-40
Game outfit: Bear hat; teddy bear named Timmy (has its own Facebook page).
TV sports viewing: All Bruins games; some Pats, Sox games.
Ever miss a big family or personal event for a game: No.
Stuff: Game-used sticks (Thomas, Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder); piece of 2011 Stanley Cup Game 7 hockey net; signed jerseys of various vintage.
Fan’s notes: Devlin rollerblades around Boston in his Bruins regalia, which is cute, and has also bladed around Montreal and Vancouver, which is crazy. “You know the movie ‘Fever Pitch?’ ” he says. “My girlfriend calls [their life] ‘Fever Puck.’ I know it’s unhealthy, and I don’t care.”
Don Therrien , 63
Favorite team(s): Boston College football, hockey, and basketball
Favorite player(s): Doug Flutie, Matt Ryan, Luke Kuechly
Games attended yearly: All BC home games (three sports); 2-4 football road games.
Game outfit: BC cap, shirt, jacket
TV sports viewing: Daily (pro and college)
Ever miss a big family or personal event for a game: No, but Therrien once smuggled a TV into a friend’s wedding so he could watch a BC-Syracuse football game.
Stuff: Autographed Flutie football; BC banners, photos, rugs, bookends, hockey sticks, pucks; 500-600 ticket stubs. “I’ll buy anything and everything with BC on it.”
Fan’s notes: A ’70 BC grad, Therrien owns two cars with BC license plates and goes on Eagles road trips with his wife (BC ’69). A “second-class citizen” in a pro sports town, he cheers any fan who digs college sports. “There’s nothing quite like the electricity,” he says, “when you’re playing a Notre Dame in football or a Duke in basketball.”
Daylon Trotman , 10,
a.k.a. Little Soulja Boy
Favorite team: Celtics
Favorite player(s): Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett
Games attended yearly: 20-plus
Game outfit: Celtics jersey, Celtics cap, dancing shoes
TV sports viewing: Celtics games, plus Pats, Sox, Bruins, ESPN
Ever miss a big family or personal event for a game: If invited to a friend’s birthday party on game day, he’ll go but leave early to make opening tip-off.
Stuff: Autographed 2008 championship basketball; signed pictures; framed Garnett jersey with a KG postgame quote about Trotman’s triple-double-level dancing (“...that kid really had it going on...”)
Fan’s notes: In 2008, Trotman became a Jumbotron phenomenon by busting out YouTube-worthy dance moves that landed him on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” When not playing travel basketball in Milton, he trains with the Phunk Phenomenon dance troupe.
Joseph P. Kahn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org