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Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:47 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 10:47 am
 

Favorite, Preferred, & Despised Teams- NHL

I’ve only given a general introduction of myself, but haven’t really given a sense of where my fan perspective is coming from.  So what I’m doing with this series is giving you an insight of how I view a particular sport through the teams I follow.  This is essentially a month overdue since the season is well underway and missed doing it last week during my vacation because I was sick, so here it finally is.

Favorite Team
Nashville Predators- I’m not going to deny I’m a homer with this selection because frankly the Predators play in the state of Tennessee and I’m going to give support for teams that play in my home state.  Besides that there’s also the fact that since their inception they have had only one head coach, Barry Trotz, who has been a steady hand that has molded an expansion team into a yearly playoff contending team.  The recent ownership questions and the fact that we have a low payroll are somewhat discouraging until one realizes that the Predators keep on finding ways to surprise everyone by being in the hunt late in the season.

Preferred Teams
Pittsburgh Penguins- Until the Predators came into existence this was my favorite team because when I first became “sports conscious” the Penguins were making their first run to the Stanley Cup and at the time that seemed the team to root for.  Ever since whenever I watch them on TV, I route for them except if their facing the Preds.  I’ll be honest when the team was having hard times and it was Mario who became an owner then did everything in his power to keep the Pens in Pittsburgh, it was nice to see and now they’re back among the top franchises in the league.

New Jersey Devils
- Well, it’s hard to explain how I came to like the Devils.  Basically it comes down to this, as a teenager and needing to be rebellious in a decidedly Christian community what better way then to wear gear that has a demon tail on it?  Besides that, the team was until recently been a constant contender in the Eastern Conference if not for the Stanley Cup.

Despised Teams
Detroit Red Wings- Well, since this team is always the team to beat in the Central Division and since the Predators have never finished above them, yeah I don’t like this team.  Even though I don’t like to, I give credit to the organization for always being consistent with talent and coaching to be as good as they are but still can’t they just have one off year every so the Preds can get a better playoff seed?

Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:28 pm
 

Favorite, Preferred,& Despised Teams- NFL

I’ve only given a general introduction of myself, but haven’t really given a sense of where my fan perspective is coming from.  So what I’m doing with this series is giving you an insight of how I view a particular sport through the teams I follow.  With the NFL season already two weeks old, I figured that it was about time to post this.

Favorite Team
Tennessee Titans- When the Oilers moved to Tennessee in 1997, they instantly became my first option team because they were located in my home state.  While the first two seasons were both 8-8, they were some good moments to remember and that helped keep people interested.  Then came 1999 when the Oilers officially transformed into the Titans and the run to the Super Bowl officially made them my favorite team.  While there were some down times after the success of the early 00s, I’ve never thought about changing my allegiance.

Preferred Teams
Atlanta Falcons- Before 1997, the Falcons were my favorite team since basically they were directly south of Chattanooga via Interstate 75.  Of course being a Falcons’ fan, you learned pretty early that the franchise had a roller coaster history.  That roller coaster history was not having winning seasons for consecutive years, until last season, and long periods of just bad football.  However Arthur Blank has attempted to change that and while the Vick era seemed to promise that the Ryan era might accomplish a long string of success.  While the Falcons are my official back-up if the Titans are having a bad season, they are my team in the NFC.

Cleveland Browns
- In what will be a running theme throughout this series, the Browns is my family’s “fall back” team for one reason: while I was born and lived near Chattanooga all my life, both my parents are from the Canton (OH) area.  My sports consciousness didn’t exist in the 1980s, I was basically too young and wanted to play more than sit and stay still so basically I missed the heartbreaking experiences of the AFC Championship games against Denver.  Ironically enough one of my oldest memories happens to be of an old NBC start of the game graphic showing the Browns playing the Colts.  And the only NFL game I’ve ever attended was when the Browns played against the Falcons in the early 90s, my family when with a group of my mother’s teaching co-workers (plus families) who all happened to be transplants from upper Ohio as well.

Despised Teams
Dallas Cowboys- Like several other teams, you either like or hate the Cowboys.  I don’t care for them, never have.

Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:27 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 2:22 pm
 

Favorite, Preferred, & Despised Teams- NCAAF

I’ve only given a general introduction of myself, but haven’t really given a sense of where my fan perspective is coming from.  So what I’m doing with this series is giving you an insight of how I view a particular sport through the teams I follow.  With college football ready to begin in less than two weeks, I figure its time to post this.

Favorite Team
Tennessee Volunteers- I really didn’t get into college football until the fall of 1992 when I was almost 11.  Being a Seventh-day Adventist, my parents were a bit conservative in raising me before my tween years and so TV before sundown on Saturdays was only allowed for ‘very special circumstances.’  But 1992 was when they started easing up a bit and that corresponded with a 5-0 start for the Vols under Philip Fulmer and Johnny Majors.  The spectacle and tradition of college football instantly hooked me and the Vols became my team.  I’ve endured the disappointments against Florida, the elation of back-to-back conference titles then a National Championship, and finally the frustration of a roller coaster decade.  But the Vols are still my team every Saturday.

Preferred Teams
Chattanooga Mocs- The local Division I-AA football team was only consistently good before I was introduced to college football.  Since 1992, the Mocs have been constantly bad with half a dozen coaches that at best have one good season in their tenure.  However things are looking up with Coach Russ Huesman taking the helm last year and getting a winning season in his first year after the Mocs endured a 1-11 2008 campaign.

Ohio State Buckeyes- In what will be a running theme throughout this series, the Buckeyes are my family’s “fall back” team for one reason: while I was born and lived near Chattanooga all my life, both my parents are from the Canton (OH) area.  Like the Vols against the Gators throughout the 90s, my family had to deal with the disappointments against Michigan until Jim Tressel took over and made the Wolverines his play toy.  While the Buckeyes have been disappointed come bowl time most of this decade, they’ve been the bright spot when the Vols season has gone downhill.

Boise State Broncos- I can’t help it, I like the blue turf.  I love watching the Broncos and I’m not ashamed to say it.  Currently my favorite team in the WAC, soon they’ll be my favorite MWC team.

Nebraska Cornhuskers- When I started following college football in the early 90s, the Cornhuskers were dominant and after the Vols and Buckeyes there my next favorite team for one reason: Tom Osbourne.  Right now they’re the only team in the Big 12 that I’d want to watch and soon they’ll be joining the Buckeyes in Big Ten, thanks to Tom Osbourne.

Fresno State Bulldogs- “Anyone, anywhere” explains it all, but the fact the Bulldogs make the big boys earn those victories makes watching their games fun.  Until the conspiracy between BYU and the WAC was exposed, the Bulldogs were going to be my favorite team in the WAC now they’ll be a solid #2 behind the Broncos in the Mountain West like they are in the WAC.

Navy Midshipmen- I don’t know if it’s a patriotic twinge every fall or the triple option offense, or a combination of both, but I just like watching the Midshipmen.  And I have the ability to watch them (when not watching teams I route for more), I flip to them.

Utah Utes- Since they burst onto the scene close to the start of the last decade, I’ve been interesting in finding out how the Utes are doing.  With their move to the Pac-10 next season, they’ll become my favorite team in the conference especially when they face Southern Cal and “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.”

Despised Teams
Georgia Southern Eagles- The continual humiliating beat downs that the Eagles gave the Mocs throughout the 90s and early into the 00s made me really dislike this team.

Michigan Wolverines- You can’t like the Buckeyes and not dislike UM.

Texas Longhorns- This offseason made me dislike this team. Prima donnas.

Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:58 pm
 

Favorite,Preferred,& Despised Teams- MLB edition

I’ve only given a general introduction of myself, but haven’t really given a sense of where my fan perspective is coming from.  So what I’m doing with this series is giving you an insight of how I view a particular sport through the teams I follow.  Since I started this blog after the MLB season began, I’ve waited until the All-Star Break to post this.

Favorite Team
Atlanta Braves-  The Braves weren’t always my favorite team, between the ages 3-9 I liked the Tigers (evidence a child-size Tiger’s shirt from circa 1984-5), the Giants (first year in summer baseball we wore their jerseys, so that became my favorite team for a while), and probably a few teams I can’t even remember.  Then came 1991, this was an important year not just was the first year of the Braves decade and a half long dominance but because that was the year I became “fully conscious” of the world of sports (which is an entirely different blog topic in and of itself).  Since I live near Chattanooga (TN) basically the Braves were the de facto ‘team of the South’ for people who had lived in the area their entire lives.  So as the local news showed Braves highlights and I was able to watch games on TBS, I quickly became a fan and wanted to know what was happening with the team.  It simply became ingrained in me to support the Braves and ever since I’ve been hooked on them.

Preferred Teams
Cleveland Indians- In what will be a running theme throughout this series, the Indians is my family’s “fall back” team for one reason: while I was born and lived near Chattanooga all my life, both my parents are from the Canton (OH) area.  The 1995 World Series was particularly interesting, though the consensus in our house was that the Braves would win because I looked like the Indians would be good for several years, sure enough in 1997 it looked like it was time for Indians to win their championship only for me to feel the heartbreak that people in Cleveland know all to well.

Los Angeles Dodgers- The Dodgers’ AA farm team are the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League, so basically I’m helping my local minor league team added support by being interested in how their ‘parent’ club is doing.  Hopefully in the future, I can look on the Dodgers’ roster and say “He was on the Lookouts, he was too, and him” like I’m doing with players on Cincinnati’s roster from when the Lookouts were there AA club.

St. Louis Cardinals- The reason I prefer the Cardinals is because from the players on the field, to the man on the bench, and finally the front office whole organization seems to be it is one of the best run team in all of sports.

Despised Team
New York Yankees- It is said that the Yankees are one of those teams that you either love or hate, I am in the latter category.

 
 
 
 
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