When we first created this blog back in September 2009, we wanted to make it a place for Celtics fans from all over the world to get-together and be both informed and entertained on all things Celtics.
I had always watched every Celtics game I could growing up in Boston. Initially just the away games with Gil Santos and Bob Cousy, as well as the national tv home games, which Tommy Heinsohn ironically was the color commentator for. Then when we finally got cable I could watch all the games.
So going away to college in Chicago in the 90's, while great in terms of getting to experience the Bulls titles 4 through 6, posed some difficulties for someone who was a Celtics fan. The Celtics were a mess and rarely if ever on national tv. My freshman year was back in the "go to the computer lab to do your papers and check emails" stage of the United States. There was no internet in your dorm, League Pass options or anything like that. So to get my Celtics fix, my dad would send me VHS tapes of and Boston Globe clippings from the recent Celtics games.
I remember walking to the Barnes and Nobles a pretty good distance to read the Sunday Boston Globe sports section which was a must read back in the day if you were a Celtics fan. Note I wrote "read." Couldn't buy at out of town paper as it was like $3 or something obscene like that. Also remember trying to watch Celtics national tv games on TNT at bars through their windows since I was too young to get in.
Now that you have the "When I was a kid, I had to walk 10 miles in the snow to school everyday..." version of being a Celtics fan away from home story, let's fast forward to 2009. By then due to the internet, you could live anywhere in the world and still follow your Celtics not only day to day, but hour to hour or minute to minute if you wanted to. If you were savvy, there was always some shady link online that allowed you to watch the Celtics games in real time. You could then communicate online with Celtics fans in the States, Boston or elsewhere.
Our writers have always been from all over New England, the United States, and a handful from around the world as well. We hit a milestone when we passed the 100 million views mark last season. But the thing is only 64% of our page views come from United States viewers. 36% come internationally. Tens of millions of Celtics fans follow their team internationally on Celtics Life. That's wild.
So without further ado we are going to be giving shoutouts to the top 20 countries represented on Celtics Life based on analytics. Check in for the next twenty days to see where your country lands in the top 20. And if you are from that country or connected in anyway, please drop a comment with your story. Would love to see faces and words from all these Celtics Lifers that have visited the blog all these years.