Football – San Francisco 49ers
I grew up in central California in the days of Steve Young. Who would have thought that there would be a post Joe Montana savior, but as luck would have it, I grew up watching arguably the greatest football dynasty of all time. Although after the turn of the century, we didn’t post a winning season for 8 consecutive years, it was pretty easy to keep my fan-ship towards them after moving to Ohio as who would even want to root for the Browns or Bengals! I am glad to see my ‘9ers are back on top, and are ready to make a run at the Super Bowl with Kaepernick at the helm!
College Football/Basketball – THE Ohio State University
As previously mentioned, I moved to Ohio early on, and immediately grew attached to the passion and intense competition of Big Ten play. After living in a place where college sports had almost zero relevance compared to their professional counterpart’s championship games, I came to a state where the most important competition each year was against “that team up north”. I fell in love with the tradition and excellence of the Buckeyes, and follow them with perhaps more scrutiny than their countless haters around the country.
Baseball – San Francisco Giants
Pretty self-explanatory after the 49ers rant. I like to make it to a few games a year, and have made my home at Chase Field in Arizona each time they come around.
2010 and 2012 World Champions – It’s been a good couple of years.
I went to my first NHL Game at age 8, and I had such an awesome time. The Sharks beat the Stars and I’ve been hooked since then.
Favorite Players: Logan Couture, and the Big Pavelski
MMA – Clay Guida, Chael Sonnen, Brian Stann
I was a huge fan of Jon Jones until recently. I saw his first fight live a few years back, and was intrigued by his reach and basic skills. He was my favorite fighter through his run these past two years, but I have since fallen away. Sure I would have liked to see him step up to the plate and fight Chael or Silva at UFC 151, rather than just letting it fall to the wayside. Of course I want to see him start asking for fights with either Silva or the heavyweights to challenge his game since he cleaned out his division. Sadly though, my fanship was revoked since we got to know the real Jon “Bones” Jones this year. The arrogance, disregard for others, preaching Christianity, but getting DWI’s. It’s hard to get behind a guy with these sorts of tendencies.
The first UFC fight I ever saw was a rerun of Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez (which won fight of the year in 2009). Not a bad way to start off watching the sport… Anyways, the man has no fear. He will literally bounce, punch, and kick around the cage for 15 minutes straight, and still have tons left in the reserve every fight. He doesn’t get intimidated, and will never leave a fight without giving it his all. There is not a more exciting fighter in the UFC.
Think of the greatest upsets of all time. The ’04 Red Sox beating the Yankees after being down 0-3. The Miracle on Ice in 1980. George Bush sneaking back into office for a second term with an election day approval rating of 45%. None of these (well all of them do, but to build suspense, we’ll forget it) come close to what Chael Sonnen was able to do for 6 out of 7 rounds over two fights vs. Anderson Silva. After a couple of years of Silva toying with his opponents, Chael did something that sports figures today have trouble with accomplishing. He talked so much trash, that you actually started to believe him. He ran his mouth for months, and grew a fan base the size of Big Country’s gut. It was the first card I ever bought, and it lived up to the hype. Outside of a dumb move in the last 30 seconds, Chael dismembered the undisputed best pound for pound mixed martial artist in the world, and for that, he has my respect.
It’s amazing for someone to go out and fight for our country. Our troops have all the love and support I’ve got. To see a man that is so accomplished in fighting for our freedom, come into the Octagon and have such great success is a victory for service men everywhere. He fights with great pride in himself, his gym, and his country. Can’t find a fault with Brian Stann… Except… you know… his ground game.