TG7782

June 8th, 2010 at 4:05 PM ^

Good Lord who did the seedings, someone out there thinks there are 7 better sports towns in the country?  What are they on?

Maize

June 8th, 2010 at 4:06 PM ^

I just voted. With the Lakers playing for the title right now this is gonna be tough. Detroit could use any positive news it can get right now so I hope we can beat L.A.!

ken725

June 8th, 2010 at 4:10 PM ^

I live near LA (Orange County), but still voted for Detroit.  I had a conversation with my friend about how most LA fans are fair weather fans.  Diehards would care, but most people would not give a damn if the Lakers, Dodgers or USC are doing poorly. 

The issue is that there are lots of things you can do in LA and the surrounding areas.  There are many more sports towns that I consider better than LA.  Detriot would be one of them.

HermosaBlue

June 8th, 2010 at 4:53 PM ^

I live in LA County (Hermosa Beach) and work downtown. I grew up in Michigan. I still can't bring myself to cheer for LA teams, and no LA sports fan has given any reason other than pure bandwagoneering to change my mind.

There's way too much to do in LA other than cheer its sports teams, and the fans are far too fickle.

I still have Red Wings gear I got in high school in the late 1980s. I've carried Detroit sports teams with me and eschewed the local teams while living in DC, Philly, NY and LA.

Detroit is an infinitely superior sports town. It's not even close.

WolvinLA2

June 8th, 2010 at 7:13 PM ^

Same, I've been in LA for 3 years (Hermosa for the first 2) and I still rep all the Detroit teams.  I agree with all of the above, LA people don't love their teams like we do.  Sure, there's Lakers stuff everywhere when they're in the finals (which is a lot lately) but for every Laker fan in LA there's a person who hates the Lakers. 

LA teams have a lot of success, but LA has so many people from other US cities or foreign countries who couldn't give a shit about the LA teams.  The population of LA is not a good indicator for sports fans.

twohooks

June 8th, 2010 at 4:16 PM ^

Bigger Media Market?? No contest in my estimation Detroit is the better sports city for many reasons.  So I don't need to be outvoted by a large contingent of unknowledge, trendy, fair weather, perusing sports enthusiasts to understand which town is better. I'll put my four Detroit major Sports franchises against any four in the world.

PhillipFulmersPants

June 8th, 2010 at 4:18 PM ^

to the Pinchers Crab Shack fish sandwich voters. That'll get it done. 

I chuckle at these things but readily admit I went over and voted. Based on what I hear from people I know in LA, it seems like a pretty apathetic sports town compared to most ...

Rico616

June 8th, 2010 at 4:20 PM ^

Detroit currently leads 66-33%. The LA fans think they're a better sports town? Yea maybe the Lakers win a lot but so do the Wings and the Detroit fans are more die hard. LA is full of celebrities just trying to make an appearance for their new movie.

DesHow21

June 8th, 2010 at 4:54 PM ^

LA in this argument ....you bring up the Lions ? Do you know ANYTHING about the Lions?

 

Screw LA, I'm a die-hard Boston fan and I am a wolverine to boot. Detroit wins. Eff you Nicholson!

VictorsValiant09

June 8th, 2010 at 5:38 PM ^

Sporting News voted Detroit "Best Sports City" in 2007, and I believe we won ESPN's "Titletown" in 2008.  You know, for as much as the MSM ignores Detroit, based on fanaticism alone, we trump all these cities.  That's not counting titles, which is also staggering. 

But that's who we are.  We don't need those labels anyway, we've always done things on our own terms.  Beating the odds.

mgovictors23

June 8th, 2010 at 5:39 PM ^

I personally have been so loyal to them over the years and I really hope we start winning soon even though it just seems anything and everything goes wrong every game to put us in a losing situation.

Blue Bennie

June 8th, 2010 at 5:46 PM ^

I stayed at the alumni hotel for the 2007 Rose Bowl, downtown LA.  New Years day was on a Monday (I think) and there was Sunday NFL football the day before.

Yes, I didn't know where I was going, but downtown LA, on a Sunday, I was absolutely unable to find a sports bar showing NFL football.  Not one.

That would not have happened in any true sports town.

LA is a fraud.

WolvinLA2

June 8th, 2010 at 7:48 PM ^

Well, downtown LA was not a good place to look.  Downtown LA is DEAD on the weekends.  That doesn't mean it's a lame sports city, it just means it's a lame downtown. NFL football is actually really big in LA despite there not being a team here.  Everyone has their team.

Seriously though, if you ever go to LA again, DO NOT stay downtown.  There are a million cool parts of LA, downtown is not near the top. 

Sommy

June 9th, 2010 at 1:01 AM ^

Anyone who doesn't think LA is a superior sports town is nuts.  Sorry, guys, and I'm still living in Metro Detroit.

Hockey doesn't count.  The Lakers are clearly a superior team to the Pistons, and historically, the Dodgers edge the Tigers.  They don't even currently have an NFL team and they have more superbowls than the Lions.  If we're talking college, I think USC and UCLA historically have the edge on anything the state of Michigan offers in either football and basketball. 

Just because enough unemployed in the state of Michigan have time to repeatedly vote on a poll on the internet doesn't make it true.

FreetheFabFive

June 9th, 2010 at 1:34 AM ^

I'm going to try to refrain from calling you any names, but when you make ridiculous backhanded comments about Michigan's unemployment rate, you just end up looking like a flaming douchebag.

I also suggest you do some research on the subject too, consindering that California's 13% unemployment rate is currently tied with Rhode Island for 3rd worst in the nation.  With your ridiculous logic, LA should have a hell of a lot more votes then it does since all unemployed workers do nothing but sit at their computer all day looking for meaningless polls to vote on.

Last, but not least.  Hockey DOES count.

Rico616

June 9th, 2010 at 9:17 AM ^

OK since California has one of the nations highest unemployment rate. Also considering California has a much larger total population, it shouldnt matter in a couple hundred votes so your theory is flawed. Shit LA compared to Detroit has to be atleast 4x higher.

Are we talking about better sports teams or a better sports town? Because Detroit is clearly a better sports town with a more passionate fanbase and more vested interest in the teams. The problem is that a lot of the people at LA games are transplants from other cities and dont really give two shits. Thats why the Lakers crowds arent rowdy and Dodgers games are empty before the 7th inning stretch.

And can we get an update when Detroit plays the NY-Dallas winner? The bottom half of the bracket looks easy. The comments on that board made me laugh,

M-Wolverine

June 9th, 2010 at 11:05 AM ^

And wrong too. Not sure why hockey doesn't count when LA has had a team for years; other than it ignores the fact that Detroit has one of the elite teams historically in the League. And since you like to use that word, historically, the Lions have 4 NFL Championships; LA teamS only have 3. Last I checked Michigan has the all-time leader in wins and win percentage in college football. And for the fun of it - Pistons vs. Lakers in the Finals? 2-1. And it should have been 3-0. The Pistons end Laker Dynasties.

I Bleed Maize N Blue

June 9th, 2010 at 5:40 PM ^

The Detroit Tigers have been around since 1894.  The LA Dodgers since 1958.  (No, Brooklyn doesn't count for this argument.)  Respective World Series records:  4-6 and 5-4, so only a slight edge to LA there.

And BS on hockey not counting.  How you can discount an Original Six team with 11 Stanley Cups is beyond me.

I'll grant you the Lakers are better, but don't you have to subtract something for the Clippers?  And as mentioned, while the Lions haven't won any Super Bowls, they have won championships.

But being a sports town is more than just number of championships:  until the past couple of seasons, with the really bad Michigan economy, even though the Lions sucked, they had a long streak of sold out games.  That kind of loyalty puts Detroit ahead in my book.

Sommy

June 10th, 2010 at 12:05 AM ^

An edge is an edge nonetheless, and the Dodgers are clearly a better baseball franchise, especially in the short period of time that they've been in LA.  Sorry.  Rutgers has been playing college football since the beginning of time.  Would we award them points for that?  Of course not.

Hockey doesn't count because it's hockey, and only the upper midwest gives a shit.  And are we really pulling up streaks of sold-out games?  The Lions didn't sell out jack diddly poo last year, and neither did the Pistons.  Hell, the Wings couldn't even sell out playoff games last year.  I get so sick of hearing people pull the loyalty card for Detroit fans.  Bullshit.  Just because your teams suck doesn't mean you have loyal fans.

Every city everywhere believes that they have the best "sports town" anywhere, but few have any right to say it.  Detroit is a bandwagon sports town, period.

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

June 10th, 2010 at 7:13 AM ^

It goes the other way round, dummy.  Detroit caring about sports that LA doesn't care about makes Detroit a better sports town.  LA can't even support the most popular league in the country.

This is really the world's stupidest argument.  What it boils down to is you claiming that not one single person in town could give a shit about sports and it would be a great sports town.  Of course loyalty matters.

Brodie

June 10th, 2010 at 2:44 AM ^

This is so fucking profoundly stupid.

Hockey doesn't count because LOL NOBODY CARES? Fuck you. Enough people care that the Stanley Cup final was just on a major network in primetime. Hell, LA seemed to care when they were actually good at hockey in '93... of course after that they stopped caring because LA is a shitastic sports town.

Who gives a flying fuck if their teams are better historically? That's not the question. It's about which city has better sports fans and traditions. LA's biggest sports traditions are half empty stadiums and leaving after the 7th inning to beat traffic.

If Detroit is a bandwagon town then so is every other city in the country. Newsflash! Nobody wants to pay to watch a shitty product. That's true in Detroit like it is in LA or New York or Chicago or anywhere else.

And unemployment jokes to top it all off? Thanks Leno! Does it make your dick feel bigger to mock the less fortunate? I hope you're looking to move in the short term because the last thing this area needs is assholes like you who do nothing but look down on and insult this great region and it's people.