This is going to be a short post, but I feel like it would be a good idea if all of the contributors (Grey, Miller, T-Wah and I) all state for the record our favorite teams from the four major American Sports Leagues (NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB) and the CFL (for the needed Canadian content) with a short description of why we like them/have them as our favorite team. No need to get in depth, but there should be some kind of explanation here. If anyone else who reads the Padsb wants to join in, feel free, but this is a challenge to all of my other writers to get back on the website. Here we go:
NBA - Dallas Mavericks
I first liked them because they had my favorite player on the team (Michael Finley) and the tallest player in the league (Shawn Bradley) which I thought was great, even though I later learned that he was terrible! They then got Dirk, Mark Cuban bought the team and they've been great ever since. I've had some rough times with them (the first years of liking them were awful, the 2006 Finals, the 2007 upset) but I love them!
NFL - Minnesota Vikings
I have a few reasons for why they're my favorite team. First if that purple is my favorite color, and even if their shade of purple wasn't my favorite, I had to like them. Then they had Dante Culpepper, Chris Carter and Randy Moss, three great players, and that made me like them even more. My liking of them has progressed so far that I could keep them as my favorite even when Brett Favre, one of my least favorite players, was on the team.
NHL - Edmonton Oilers
I've finally decided after a few years that the Oilers really are my favorite NHL team. I tend to cheer for any Canadian team (except the Leaft, who I hate for some reason) but the Oilers have finally risen to the top. They are from my birth city, and I was drawn to them because of the success they had in the 80s, giving them some good history. They're pretty crappy right now, but that doesn't really matter to me, even if that will cause trouble in my house, with my wife being a Flames fan!
MLB - Philadelphia Phillies
This is also a very recent decision. Although I do enjoy the Blue Jays, because of their Canadian connection, I again felt that I needed to cheer for a team with a long and dignified history. A quick wikipedia search showed that they were the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of pro sports (they've been around since 1883!). I also chose them because they have good pitching (especially Doc) and some good hitters (like Ryan Howard). I know that I don't have a close connection to this team yet, but I'm going to work on it during the next few summers.
CFL - Edmonton Eskimos
My reasons for them are pretty similar to the Oilers. That was where I was born and I just feel that I have to cheer for them.
So there you have it. I know that this is a basketball website, but I felt that we really needed to get back in to writing, and this seems like a pretty easy way to do it. Now Grey, Miller and T-wah, get writing! If the guy's who's in grad school, works and has a baby can do this, so can you!