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Sports Seasons May Come and Go but a Faithful Fan will last a Life time

Kobe Bryant: The engine that makes the LA Lakers go.photo credit: Keith Allison via photopin cc
Kobe Bryant: The engine that makes the LA Lakers go.photo credit: Keith Allison via photopin cc

As a self-admitted sports junkie I love to read, watch and play sports. A fan of professional sports from childhood, I have established a few favorite teams and follow them with passion. Sports fans all have their favorite sports and teams to watch and follow. There can be a million different reason a sports fan likes or follows a certain team. Below are a few of my personal favorite sports teams.

Some Personal Favorite Teams of a Self-admitted Sports Junkie:

My favorite professional sports teams are:  the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Red Socks, New York Jets and Dallas Stars.

I love a winner but most of the time I root for the underdogs of sports because not knowing for sure what will happen sometimes makes watching a sports event more enjoyable for this sports fan. Nothing I  hate more than a lopsided game that is dominated by one team but I realize those types of games happen in the world of sports occasionally.

Los Angeles Lakers:

As a die-hard Lakers fan I grew-up watching Ervin “Magic” Johnson and the Lakers dominate the NBA, winning  5 championship titles in the 1980’s . The squad even won back to back titles under the direction of Pat Riley as head coach. Magic was a great player and quite the Floor General during his time in a Lakers uniform. He even played all 5 positions in one game, as I recall, to help his team pick up the win.  Today Magic is a successful business man and has a share of ownership in the Lakers.

Die-Hard Lakers’ Fan with Magic Johnson As My Role Model:

Another Laker that caught my attention during his playing days was Kurt Rambis. He was a white-boy who could really play the game of

Laker Fans in 2009 Laker faithful sporting their team back in 2009. Mario Pineda  mstickmanp / Picture taken by above named in June 2009. Picture down loaded from flicker. . Taken on June
Laker Fans in 2009
Laker faithful sporting their team back in 2009.
Mario Pineda mstickmanp / Picture taken by above named in June 2009. Picture down loaded from  photo flickr.com

basketball. He knew his role on the team and played it well. Nicknamed “SuperMan” he looked like Clark Kent, with those glasses of his. He would fly down the lane with the ball like “SuperMan”, only without the cape. He retired from professional basketball in 1985, after a 14-year career. He has served as an assistant coach to the Lakers. Rambis was Head Coach of Minnesota Timberwolves 2009-2011. On August 8, 2009, Rambis was announced as the new head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rambis succeeded Kevin McHale, infamous for taking him down in Game 4 of the 1984 NBA Finals.

The stars of today for the Lakers are players like Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Unfortunately Kobe is out with injuries but he is expected to return soon per media reports. With Bryant and Nash out of the starting line up at the same time the team suffered on the floor and in the win column on the stat sheet.

 the Lakers have been in a world of hurt in the win column. Wins have come few and far between for this year’s squad. But as a true and faithful fan of the Lakers I know things will get better soon for the Western Conference team. A loyal fan does not abandon his team just because they have fallen into a loosing skid. He remains true to his team, as I will continue to be despite the current situation of the team or out come of this season.

New York Jets:

Now that the Super Bowl is over, I will openly admit my favorite NFL team is the New York Jets. Yes, the Jets are a true underdog but that is one of the many things that makes them loveable to me as a fan.

When I look back and think about the history of the Jets one name that pops up is Joe “Willie” Namath. As every Jets fan knows, we have not won a Super Bowl since 1968,  however, the Jets best finish since The Super Bowl  was 1982 in this fans opinion. It was the 1968 season that put Namath in the Hall of Fame. The professional football legend for his play in Super Bowl III. Some may also remember Namath for his panty hose

Head Coach Rex Ryan New York Jets Fans love Rex Ryan and the Jets. They spend a ton of money each season to support their team win or lose. Photo Courtesy of WikiCommons.
Head Coach Rex Ryan
New York Jets Fans love Rex Ryan and the Jets. They spend a ton of money each season to support their team win or lose. Photo Courtesy of WikiCommons.

commercials that showed the softer side of the tough football player.

Namath is still involved with the Jets organization of today from time to time. He has done interviews with the press where he has been asked about Gene Smith, Jets current starting quarterback, who just completed his rookie season with the team. It seems Namath has been impressed with Smith and likes him as the Jets quarterback, per media reports.

As a fan I think Smith has a bright future in the NFL, once he gets more experience under his belt. The Jets Draft choice out  of the University of West Virginia sure was a joy to watch this past season, keeping in mind the first-year player has a learning curve at the professional level before he can join the likes of Payton Manning or Tom Brady. Smith still has a lot to show the Jets before he can lock down the starting quarterback position permanently moving forward in his career with the Jets.

 Statically 1982 was  the best year for the Jets.  I remember the Mud Bowl and never realized just how dominate the team was that season on the offensive side of the ball. New York faced a schedule that gave up 18.26 PPG, yet the Jets offense had 27.22 PPG for a 49.04% scoring efficiency. The defense was poor that season and they faced poor offenses, but they accomplished their job on the field. Quarterback Richard Todd had his best season in the NFL that year and running back Freeman McNeil dominated the Jets ground game.

 The Jets, notorious for being bad finishers, may have been helped by a shortened season, but that should not take away from how well the team played in their 9 game season. Their big problem was the fact that the Dolphins, having a great defensive club, had their number and beat them three times that season, including the AFC Championship where the Dolphins intentionally allowed the field to become mud to slow down the Jets offensive talent.

Rex A True Jet Favorite with Fans:

Rex Ryan is another true Jet favorite for me. The Jets organization recently resigned Ryan, the popular coach to a contract extension , removing the lame duck label from Ryan and keeping him with the franchise through the 2015 season – and possibly beyond. The team announced the extension for Ryan, who had one year remaining on his contract, but provided no further details regarding the length of the deal or financial terms were not released when first reported by the media.

Ryan is a fun and interesting coach to watch at press conferences. He does not beat around the bush and try to hide things about the team from the media. He is direct and to the point and says what is on his mind and tells you how he truly feels. That’s what makes him likable for me. He also does not hesitate to tell the press that it’s non of their business, if  they ask a question he feels they do not need to know.

A young rookie favorite of mine is Geno Smith. He was impressive in his rookie campaign considering this past season was his first season in the NFL. He still has a lot to learn about the pro game, while the Jets are still learning about him, he has a bright future in the NFL that is as bright as sunshine on a sunny day. Look for him to improve as a Jet quarterback as he gets more experience under his belt as a NFL QB.

The Jets have always been a favorite team of mine. Not because they have won countless Super Bowls, it’s because they are the hard working man’s team. The team always comes to play when they step on the field no matter who they are playing that day. They always work hard and they believe they can win any game they play in and win as a team.

Boston Red Socks:

With spring training for Major League Baseball opening in February, I can not wait to see my Boston Red Socks get back on the field to pursue another  World Series title. It will be interesting to see how their roster has changed due to off-season trades and signings.

As a Red Socks fan I love their competitive edge and their will to win. As the world champs of baseball they will have teams gunning for them this season, as they re-load the roster and try to hang on to their title. It is also hard to repeat as World Series Champions but the boys from bean-town just might have the roster to get it done.

John Oly Olerud John Olerud as a member of the Boston Red Socks in July of 2005. Photo credit Liz Martin owner/ Picture taken from Flickr Photo website.
John Oly Olerud
John Olerud as a member of the Boston Red Socks in July of 2005. Photo credit Liz Martin owner/ Picture taken from Flickr Photo website.

My favorite Red Socks player John Olerud announced retirement from baseball on December 6, 2005. At the time of his retirement, his 2,239 career hits represented the 143rd-highest total in Major League Baseball history. His career .398 OBP ranks 65th all-time, and his 500 doubles are good for 44th all-time. His 17-year career spanned 2,234 games.

One player on the Sock’s active roster that I love is Pitcher John Lackey. What’s not to love about Lackey. He is a player that some fans wanted gone off the Boston roster, who fans love to hate.  Going into the 2014 season, as of January, Lackey is a Boston Red Sock.

Lackey was poison. He was overpaid, weighed too much, churlish, and a bad example for the Sox’s young pitchers. His five-year, $82.5 million contract, signed in December of 2009, signified the beginning of the decay of the Red Sox. Lackey was the symbol of throwing money at problems, putting TV ratings and instant gratification ahead of scouting and player development.  That was a storyline back in the 2013 season per media reports.

Boston has a lot of young talented players coming up from the farm in 2014 that are projected to break into the big leagues this coming season. Look for the Reds Socks to be in battle for another World Series title in 2014, with the load of talented players they have on the club.

Dallas Stars:

It is  exciting  to be a Dallas Stars fan. After a few  seasons of frustration and disappointment, the Stars are once again the team to watch. With the potential to be the hard-working and exciting team we’ve loved since they came to Dallas in 1993. While most fans first thought the Stars would be bad. This team was  better than first reported to the public. I don’t think many ever expected this level of continued success in Dallas.

The Fans in the State of Texas Love The Dallas Stars:

Unfortunately, there isn’t the same level of enthusiasm for these Dallas Stars that we’ve seen in the past. While the die-hard fans are just as crazed and rowdy as always it’s been frustrating to see such a promising young team skate to the smallest crowds in franchise history. The club has said through different media outlets all season long that if the Stars would just keep winning then the fans would start to come back; sadly, that doesn’t appear to be the case.  So far this season the Stars are holding down 5th place in the NHL Central Division with a 22-20-8 record.  

Dallas Stars in action during a game.photo credit: Kaz Andrew via photopin cc
Dallas Stars in action during a game.photo credit: Kaz Andrew via photopin cc

 Mike Modona A favorite with NHL Fans Will Be Missed on the Ice:

Mike Modono was my favorite Stars player to watch on the ice when he played for the Dallas Stars. His style of  play made hockey exciting to watch  for me. I love the speed in which the game is played. As a fan I feel I could do without the fighting that goes on during a game. Fighting in hockey does not have any place in the game because it has no outcome in the final score of a game. The only outcome I can see to fighting in hockey is players getting hurt while having large medical and dental bills.

The most memorable year for me was the 1999-2000 season when the Stars won the Stanley Cup, which is given to the best hockey team in the NHL for a given season. Modono and Bert Hall helped lead the club to the cup that season and boy what a great season it was, Dallas’s first Stanley Cup ever.

There are millions of sports fans across America and around the world with many different favorite teams, for many different reasons. Above are just a few of  my favorite teams.  For whatever reason or reasons a fan picks his or her favorite team or teams, I am sure your reasons are good. Let me know who your favorite teams are, and why?

emembered for his performance in the New York Jets’ stunning 16-7 upset of the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. However, during his 13-year tenure from 1965 through 1977 he was one of the game’s most exciting, proficient and publicized quarterbacks. – See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=161#sthash.NypTzKoE.dpuf
best remembered for his performance in the New York Jets’ stunning 16-7 upset of the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. However, during his 13-year tenure from 1965 through 1977 he was one of the game’s most exciting, proficient and publicized quarterbacks. – See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=161#sthash.vLWieEgE.dpuf
best remembered for his performance in the New York Jets’ stunning 16-7 upset of the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. However, during his 13-year tenure from 1965 through 1977 he was one of the game’s most exciting, proficient and publicized quarterbacks. – See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=161#sthash.vLWieEgE.dpuf
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