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This Fairview lady is a sports fan

Radio show names Fairview resident best female sports fan

A recent radio contest intended to find the 'Best Female Sports Fan' in Oregon found a clear choice in Fairview resident Sherry Fox Hames.

Fox Hames, who won the competition held by the John Canzano radio show on AM 750 The Game in October, has the resume of an avid sports fan: She is a season ticket holder to the Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Cowboys, as well as a supporter of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels and the Oregon Ducks, although she will support the Oregon State Beavers if they're not playing the Ducks.

'I'm definitely an Oregon fan; as long as it's an Oregon team, I want them to win,' she says.

Fox Hames often hosts Civil War parties and started a Dallas Cowboys group at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Wood Village. She has scheduled her vacations around sporting events, noting that she and her husband, Mike, would like to see a Blazers game in every national arena. She also prides herself in getting others to take an interest in professional sports.

Fox Hames, who listens to AM 750 'religiously,' says she was listening to Canzano's show about six weeks ago as Canzano discussed what constitutes a female sports fan. Fox Hames, who is known as Blazer Fan Sherry, called in and offered her opinion.

'A sports fan is passionate and loyal, although it doesn't mean you have to like every player,' she says, noting she's not a fan of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Sports fans should also be knowledgeable about the sport and their team, she says.

Canzano decided to hold a competition, and Fox Hames became one of 16 contestants for the 'Best Female Sports Fan.' Each week, the contestants would answer sports trivia and give their opinions about topics such as the World Series, Michael Vick and the NBA lockout.

Listeners then sent text messages with their favorite contestant's name to the radio station. Those with the most votes advanced to the next round. Fox Hames eventually was one of the two finalists, competing on Oct. 27 against a mother of four daughters from Corvallis.

The competition was not without controversy. Fox Hames got Trail Blazers announcer Brian Wheeler and former Trail Blazers Jarrett Jack and Martell Webster to call the show and endorse her, which was criticized as unfairly influencing the final vote.

'Isn't that what presidential candidates do? They get people to endorse them,' she says.

Despite the controversy, Fox Hames was named as the competition winner the next day. Although she wasn't told how many votes she received in total, she surmised that it was a walkaway.

'Had I not been crowned Friday, (Oct. 28), I was still a winner,' she says, adding that she was grateful for the support from her family, friends and from other radio listeners.

Before the final competition, Fox Hames wrote an email to her supporters: 'I just would like to say, this has been an exciting ride over the past month and I am truly blessed with all the love and support you've given me. I'm a winner no matter what the outcome!'