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Connections

Discussing ethics and how to contextualize sports fandom...and we ask: are the Bills and the Browns cursed?

Shaun Nelms on "Connections"
Megan Mack
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WXXI News
Shaun Nelms on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Thursday, December 28, 2023

In Western New York, sports fans sometimes wrestle with how much of their time and emotional energy to invest in local teams. For Shaun Nelms, his beloved Bills are going back for another run in the playoffs. For Evan, his childhood-favorite Browns appear to be heading back to the postseason as well. But fans like Evan have had to wrestle with the ethics of supporting teams that feature players who have committed egregious acts.

We talk not just about sports fandom, but how to contextualize our fandom, how to look for real leadership, and whether our franchises are cursed. (They're not, we don't think.) This is our first conversation in what could become a series known as the Long Suffering Podcast.

Our guests:

*Note: The music featured in the pre-recorded introduction to this program is "Persistence (Original Mix)" by Ron Gelinas Chill Beats.

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.