OK. Here's where you post your favorite teams in any sport in any level of professionalism, in order of the most important to you. One rule: No Ties. They must be broken somehow.
For me, as you'll see, I break the ties by answering the question "Which team would I rather see win a championship?" This may be useful to you or it may not. Regardless, figure out a way to break them or don't post here.
Without further ado:
#1) San Francisco Giants- As much as I love college football, baseball has a way of floating with the ebb and flow of one's day-to-day life that no other sport can match. I was born in Detroit, but grew up in the Bay Area, and in that time grew to become the staunchest of staunch fans of the Black-and-Orange. As much as the Colorado hail Mary, or The Game 2006 or App State hurts, nothing will ever top the sheer skin-peeling agonizing pain of the 2002 World Series, Game Six, and Dusty goddamned Baker giving the (WAY TOO EFFING EARLY) hook to Russ Ortiz. Drives me crazy just to think about it. We were Six outs away. Six.
#2) University of Michigan Football- Never went there, but most of my extended family did and that's the team I grew up cheering for with my old man every Saturday, in person or on TV. It's the only team I schedule my life around, and the only reason I don't have this entry as #1 is because of misters Woodson, Griese and the rest of the 1997 team that delivered the sweet, sweet goods. Alumni or not, show me the Big House and have the band play The Victors and I'm teary-eyed as hell, I guarantee it.
#3) Detroit Red Wings- Stevie Yzerman. My favorite all-time athlete, bar none. I've never cried as hard for a sports team as I did for the 1997 Wings. The Wings are obviously the most rewarding team I've had to root for over the years. Thankfully. Everyone needs one team that wins all the time.
#4) Detroit Lions- Other than the Giants, they're the only team on this list who I haven't seen tasting championship glory. Most likely, they'll be the last to taste it again. But they're also MY pro team, through thick or thin (i.e. through thin). Like the Giants, they get the nod over the next team because I've never seen them win it all. Which leads me to the...
#5) San Francisco 49ers- Growing up a Lions fan in the Bay Area in the 80's meant one thing: finding another team to pull for once the playoffs rolled around. And oh did the Niners deliver. Montana. Lott. Rice. Young... endless glory.
#6) Detroit Tigers- My first team. Some of my earliest memories involve the '84 Series, Alan Trammel, Kirk Gibson and Tiger Stadium. Bless You Boys, indeed.
#7) University of Michigan (Mens) Basketball- The first college basketball game I ever watched was the Final Four game vs. Illinois in '89. I still have a completely destroyed Glen Rice replica t-shirt around here somewhere. I admit that they probably wouldn't have been this high except for Coach Beilein, Manny and the rest of the boys on this year's team.
#8) Detroit Pistons- The first pro basketball game I ever remember watching was the "And there's a steal by Bird!" game. Broke my little 10 year old heart. I've been a fan ever since, though basketball definitely takes a back seat to the other major team sports for me. Still, the 1989 and 2004 titles vs. the Lakers easily rank among the greatest sports moments of my life. If nothing else because: Screw the Lakers.
#9) University of Michigan Hockey- I'm a new fan (if at all) mainly due to the coverage here. However, I can't wait to check out my first game at Yost. I'll just have to get a tutorial on all the chants that the kids do beforehand.
And you, MGoCitizens? What are your squads?