In 2015 the producers of the What A Fan Awards decided to add a few categories, one of which was Sports Parody. We were very excited about all the talented fans that we targeted for Nomination, one of the stand outs was Ryan Shibley. In 2016 the category was added to the Award Show and Ryan was selected the inaugural winner.
What’s your favorite sport?
Ryan: It’s so tough to truly narrow it down because I really love Football, Basketball and Baseball. But if I had to pick my favorite sport I guess I’d go with Basketball and my favorite team the Boston Celtics. I played 4 years of college basketball at Emerson College in Boston and basketball has always been my # 1 sport.
How long have you been a fan?
Ryan: I’ve been a fan of sports for as long as I can remember. I’m the youngest of 4 kids in my family and all of my older siblings were into sports so I was simply born into it. My earliest memory of being a sports fan is back in 1988 cheering for the San Francisco 49ers when I was 5 years old. I’m still a 49er fan to this day!
Why should you be selected as winner?
Ryan: I should be chosen as the 1st Winner of the Sports Parody category because I’ve created so far 11 sports parody videos which vary in terms of music videos and sketches. Several of my sports parody music videos have found their way to TV and Radio in the markets of the teams that I’ve targeted. My Buffalo Bills “Playoffs” parody music video has close to 100,000 views already. My Deflate-Gate parody music video “Deflate it Nice for Brady” was voted a Top Five Deflate-Gate parody by the HOUSTON PRESS along with the videos created by “Saturday Night Live” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. I have sports parody videos/songs that touch upon Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Soccer, Golf and Tennis.
How did you get started doing sports parodies?
Ryan: Well back in the summer of 2009 I created my first sports/comedy video which was a segment called “Sports Sketch Live” and it involved me as the news anchor. It can be found up on YouTube and that opened the door for me wanting to create more comedy videos. Then in October of 2011 I created my first two parody music videos that didn’t yet touch upon sports. I realized how much I loved coming up with concepts, lyrics and music video ideas. So then in 2013 I created a 25-minute sports sketch comedy spec TV pilot which I kicked off with my first sports parody music video. From that point on I was hooked and I’ve since created 10 other sports parody music videos.
Favorite sports moment?
Ryan: It’s a tie between the New England Patriots defeating the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl back in Feb. 2002 for the franchise’s 1st ever title AND the Boston Red Sox knocking off the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS after being down 0-3 in the series. Both were amazing, both happened while I was in college in Boston, and they are 2 of the greatest sports moments the city of Boston has seen in the last 14 years of dominance in that city.
What charities are you involved with?
Ryan: I currently donate to “Guiding Eyes for the Blind” and the “Special Olympics”. I’ve been donating to each organization for many years now.
How important is this award to you?
Ryan: I think it is extremely important because let’s face it…. Sports fans make up a huge aspect of the sports world. Without fans, players and teams would be playing in front of empty stadiums and probably wouldn’t even be showed on Television if there wasn’t a big interest from the fans. Fans live and die with their teams and they show up rain or shine, great record or lousy season, and even during important life/world events. Fans bring the passion to the players on the field, bring life to the sports atmosphere, and allow these various sports leagues to thrive!
What would winning mean to you?
Ryan: Simply put…. It would validate all of the time, effort, money, excitement, and sorrow that I’ve put into my own sports parody projects as well as to what I’ve given to the various teams that I’ve cheered for throughout my life. It would be a great honor!