As seen by the map pictured above, the Denver Broncos have one of the biggest fan bases in the NFL (perhaps in part due to their geographical location). Denver's fan base out-reaches America, however; as the NFL has grown in popularity throughout the world, so have the Broncos.
Broncos Zone has a large fan base from the Netherlands, with many readers of the blog and several facebook fans residing there, Brands among them. While there are many football fans in Europe and South America, it's not the same as Stateside. For that reason, Brands and Frenandes take advantage of blogs and social networking to stay in touch with fellow Bronco fans. "
Most of my contacts are from Brazil, but I'm also always researching and looking to improving my knowledge about football and the Broncos," wrote Frenandes over email. Brands expounded: "I know a few people at university here (not Broncos fans) who watch games on occasion, but not at the level that I feel like we can have in-depth conversations about the game, the players, and all the good stuff that die-hard fans like to talk about. I know quite a few people here who probably think: 'Oh there you have him again, with his football stuff' whenever I'm reading a book on football or look up articles on websites, but it really doesn't bother me. It's my passion, and I enjoy it. So whenever I want to talk about the Broncos or the sport in general, it's great to have Twitter and such websites as Broncos Zone to talk with fellow fans."
Although both bloggers grew up in soccer-loving countries, neither were drawn to it like they are to football. "I love football because it's a strategy team game," said Fernandes. "Every player knows what he need to to do and what the others players need to do too. And yes, after I watched football, I prefer football over soccer."
Brands complied: "I've never been a big fan of soccer like most boys here in Europe grow up to be. I''ll pay attention to the scores on occasion whenever the local team is doing good, but I really can't be bothered to watch it. I love football because every time the ball is snapped there is a chance for a big play for either team, offense or defense. It really is one of the very few sports where if not all 11 guys on the field do their assigned job at the same exact time, things will go wrong."