Bryan and I were trying to come up with something for one of us to write tonight. Later this week I will be putting up a new mock draft and will be taking another look at the NFL playoff situation while Bryan will be putting up another one of his draft position posts, but tonight neither of us could come up with anything to write. With nothing else coming to mind I decided to lay out where my loyalties lie in each sport. I will briefly explain why each team is my favorite for that specific league and list a runner-up as well. This idea came to me because over the weekend I had stopped in Columbia, MO on my way from Knoxville back to my parents house for Christmas. On Saturday morning we watched a soccer game from the EPL (English Premiere League). After the game Bryan suggested that I pick an EPL team to be a fan of. I ended up settling on one and which team it is will be revealed later in this post. Let’s get started.
NCAA: The University of Tennessee Volunteers.
No surprises here. Everyone knows how big of a Tennessee fan I am. After all, I did move to Knoxville because I’m a Volunteer fan. The Orange is in my blood so I was born and raised to sing Rocky Top. My dad is a Tennessee Alum and brought me up right – to cheer for the boys (or girls – I show love for the Lady Vols too) in orange. The focal point of my love is for the football team, but don’t let that get you thinkin’ it’s the only sport I care about. I love all of the UT teams. From tennis to basketball, from track to golf, from swimming to football. I don’t care what it is, if Tennessee is competing in it then Go Big Orange!
Runner-up: I can’t really say I have a runner-up and if I did it would change depending on the sport. I like Oregon but that’s only because of their storied track and field program and because my friend, Scott Penny is a thrower for them. I like Iowa in football but primarily because I hate the rest of the Big TelevEN and my friend, Christian Ballard is one of their starting defensive linemen.
NFL: The Indianapolis Colts.
I wrote about my Colts fanhood a while back when we released Marvin Harrison but I’ll summarize it again here. I became a fan of the Colts when I was just a little kid and saw Marshall Faulk in a commercial that I thought was just flat out awesome and so I asked my dad what team he played for and my dad told me it was the Indianapolis Colts. Voilà! I was a Colts fan. At the time I didn’t exactly realize that I was pledging my allegiance to a 4-12 football team that would only average about six wins per season over the next half-decade but I’m glad I did. Since then the Colts have had ten seasons with double-digit wins, seven division titles, a Super Bowl win and Peyton Manning.
Runner-up: It’s hard to have a runner-up here as well. I’m so devoted to the Colts that in all other games I cheer for what will help them the most. If I have to pick one however it would probably be the Rams because I used to live in St. Louis and they’re in the NFC so the Colts hardly ever play them.
MLB: The Baltimore Orioles.
We started this experiment last year and I intend to go for round two this year. They have orange uniforms and fit into basically all of the other qualifications I had when picking a team to be a fan of. Plus when I was a little kid I loved Cal Ripken, I think I might even still have a Cal Ripken t-shirt jersey from when I was about eight years old. My favorite player now, however, is Nick Markakis. He’s probably cooler than you, and he’s definitely cooler than Brett Gardner.
Runner-up: The Braves. Why? Because basically everyone in Tennessee is a Braves fan and they’re in the NL so the Orioles hardly ever play them. Plus Bryan cares more about baseball than I do so I’ll cheer for the Braves for the sake of his sanity.
NHL: The St. Louis Blues.
This hasn’t really taken flight yet, but I think it will when football season is over. The decision to pick the Blues as my NHL team was pretty simple. Bryan said “you’re a Blues fan” and then gave me a few selling points. Pretty straight forward. David Perron (aka Frenchy) is my favorite player. I can call him Frenchy and he’s only 21 years old. He should be a fun player to follow.
Runner-up: Whatever team Craig Weller is on, which right now is the Minnesota Wild. His last name is Weller, his birthday is only nine days after mine and he does stuff like this.
NBA: The Cleveland Caveliers.
Yes, I’m a huge bandwagon fan here. More of a LeBron James bandwagon fan than anything else, which I’m not sure if that makes it better or worse. Either way the only reason I ever watch the NBA is to watch LeBron James so it makes sense that I would cheer for his team. Plus the Cavs throwback jerseys are orange and back in those days I actually followed the NBA and they had a guy named Mark Price. And Mark Price might not beat you off the dribble or dunk on you or even get a rebound over you, but he’ll beat you in a free throw contest anytime, anywhere… Oh, who am I kidding? I just like to watch LeBron posterize people.
Runner-up: The Miami Heat because I also enjoy watching Dwyane Wade sometimes.
EPL: The Hull City Tigers.
So here’s the rest of the story from up above. When Bryan suggested that I pick a soccer team to follow, my first question was “are there any teams with orange uniforms” and almost immediately after that, highlights from a Hull City game came on and, pointing at the TV, I said “like them, who are they?” He told me it was Hull City. He also said that I most certainly wouldn’t be getting accused of being a bandwagon fan. I wasn’t real sure I wanted to pick a team that was quite that bad, but then the next game that happened to be on was a match between Arsenal and Hull City. I took it as a sign and started cheering for the Tigers. I’m roped in, and I’ve already chosen my favorite player: Jozy Altidore. He’s a striker, he’s on the US national team and he’s only 20 years old. Badass. I’ve also already picked out my first t-shirt.
Runner-up: Uhhh… I guess Leeds United because that’s Bryan’s team… Wait, wait. Correction: whoever is playing against whoever Hull City’s rival is.
Schleuderball: Schweewarden, Germany
I’ll be honest here, this is the only team on the list that I just straight up haven’t ever even seen play before, but my friend, Tavis Sartin, who introduced me to the great sports of schleduerball, played with the team in Schweewarden, Germany while he was living in Deutschland. That in itself is a good enough reason for me to pick them as my favorite schleuderball team in the world. So Go Schweewarden!
Runner-up: Whatever team I’m playing on when I play a pick-up game.
Let me know if you think there are any teams, sports or leagues I’ve forgotten. You should also feel free to share your favorite teams in the comments.