Growing up in Raleigh presented a challenge for the fan of professional sports. The nearest basketball team was in Charlotte, as was the closest football team. Baseball wasn't anywhere to be found besides the Durham Bulls. So, naturally, I took to the appeals of the public, taking in the Miami Heat, the New England Patriots, and the Washington Nationals as my primary teams. I was formerly a Boston Bruins fan, until the Carolina Hurricanes moved to Raleigh in 1997. From then on I was a Caniac, but first and foremost I'm part of HEAT Nation.