I'm sure many of you can tell who some of my favorite teams are by the articles I've written, but I wanted to create a list of my favorite teams and what made me love them. Here we go:
San Antonio Spurs
There is one reason why I am a fan of the San Antonio Spurs, and that is David Robinson. I've written a few times before about my admiration for the Admiral and the type of person and player he was. After following David in college, I became a Spurs fan the minute he was drafted. I have been a loyal fan ever since. From a logo perspective, the Spurs went through the dreaded fiesta colors era which was not one of the brighter spots in sports logo history, but their current logo is clean and well done.
Big surprise here for anyone who is a regular reader. The Houston Astros are the reason I became obsessed with sports logos and uniform designs as a child. Again, I've written several times about my love of the Astros unique style in the 1970's and 1980's. As a kid, growing up in the Cincinnati area it was a bit strange for me to like the Astros so much, but they were definitely my favorite. Don't get me wrong, like every Cincinnati area kid, I loved the Big Red Machine, but the Astros were my baseball passion. I have been disappointed in the Astros since they left behind the classic round logo and rainbow look many years ago, but hope the team will return to its roots someday.
The other team I liked to pull for as a kid was the Baltimore Orioles. The only reason I adopted the Orioles was because of the Jim Palmer Kellogg's 3-D card I pulled out of my cereal box in the 1970's. The smiling bird and the black hat with the white front panel were definitely on the top of my list.
The one Cincinnati team that is at the heart of my sports loyalty is the Cincinnati Bengals.Though the team has provided more downs than ups over the years, they still occupy the top spot on my NFL team list. The two Super Bowl years provided the city with a ton of excitement, and that has kept fans of the Bengals going all these years. Though I do like the Bengals current helmets and uniforms, I am an old school fan of their original look. I've written many times on SDB about my love for the Bengals.
Growing up in Northern Kentucky gave young sports fans a bit of an identity crisis. You were so close to Cincinnati, it seemed as if you should root for all things Cincinnati, but there was a certain pride in living in Kentucky. That pride led to a strong devotion to the Kentucky Wildcats. As a kid I remember listening to Caywood Ledford call the games on the radio and would not miss a single game on television. The great Kentucky basketball players of the time were my heroes as a young Kentuckian. Over the years I have been extremely fortunate to have worked closely on many projects relating to and with the Kentucky basketball program. To this day, I am stil a devoted Wildcats fan who is definitely looking forward to what the next chapter in the school's long basketball history will be.
Alright, there you have it. I have confessed my loyalties to the world and the reasons I have them. I know my favorites are all over the place and seem to have no real rhyme or reason. Let's hear from all of you about who your favorites are. Time to open up and confess your loyalties in the comments. I want to hear about the passions everyone had for their favorite teams and why you chose to support them. Make your lists and let the world know the reasons why you support those teams.
Just a quick note:
The column that I wrote last week about redesigning the Astros uniforms is running today on Astros Daily.com. Stop by and check out this site dedicated to all things Houston Astros. Maybe we can start a revolution!