Re: How did you become a fan of the teams you are a fan of?
I became a fan of the Orlando Magic & Tampa Bay Rays because they are what's most accessible to me. I get every single Magic game on Television, and around 150 of the Rays games per year. In both sports, I started out watching very casually, and developed a small bond to teams other than the Rays and Magic. Due to the fact that I can watch Magic and Rays games whenever their on, though, it just became natural and I've grown to be a big fan of both teams.
I became a Miami Hurricanes fan simply because where I live (Daytona) I see so fucking much of the Florida Gators, that I was already sick of them before I even had an allegiance to any team. I decided I wanted to stay in-state with my favorite team, and even though they were pretty mediocre (still are), chose the Miami Hurricanes.
As for how I became a Carolina Panthers fan, well...Madden. I had played Madden a bit before I ever was a real fan of the NFL, and Steve Smith was my favorite player to use. Naturally, this affection for Smitty crossed over into the real world, and I became a fan of the Panthers.