As specified on this blog many times before, the active following of sports is new to me, and since baseball is slow right now, I find myself listening to and learning about the other Big 4. But who are my teams? Who do I care about? Here’s my official list, in alphabetical order, if anything to set my own brain straight:
Obviously I went local. That seems to make the most sense to me, considering I’ve lived in the Bay Area all my life. Some quick thoughts on each pick:
Warriors – The only pick where I really had no clue. I had to look up who my local basketball team was, that’s how sad I am. The only b-ball players I’ve ever heard of come from the Lakers, Bulls or Celtics. Indeed, I almost went with the Lakers as my choice, but I ultimately felt it was cheating to pick the best all around team just because they’re the best. Sure, the Warriors are second to last place right now, but they’re sharing my air, dagnabbit. (Oddly, basketball is my least edumacated area and yet, as a 6’6″ lanky dude, my body is probably the best geared towards that particular sport. Figures!)
49ers – One of two sports where I have choices, even if going local. But nah, I know the 49ers are way better than the Raiders. Even as a non-sports follower, I’ve heard of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, etc. I know they’re winners, and again, I would pick San Francisco over Oakland any day.
Giants – Well duh. The other sport where I have local options, but obviously…well see above.
Sharks – No option here from a local standpoint. And of all four listed above, they are the closest to me, as San Jose is only about 20 minutes away. I definitely live in Sharks territory, so this was an easy pick.
Now…how do they do? Even though it’s not really comparable, here’s how they compare to each other based on appearances in their respective sports “final” competition, ordered by win percentage:
Or to put it graphically:
Interesting that the Warriors rank second, and the last time they won a Finals was the year I was born. That’s kind of cool. Ridiculously shocking that the Sharks have never won a Stanley Cup, or even a Conference Championship, because I was always under the impressions they won all the time. Guess I was totally wrong about that, but that’s not surprising. And of course the Niners have never lost a Superbowl they made it to, and the Giants haven’t won a World Series since they moved to San Francisco.
All caught up now? Let’s play!