I live in Alabama now. My days of SoCal are behind me (except for work related trips). My cost of living and quality of life have vastly improved (not that it was terrible before, the latter that is). So has the seafood. I'm closer to family, which is a huge help now that I have a fourth kid on the way (it's a boy). Outside of that, I'm a pilgrim in an unholy land.
That may a bit harsh. Let me explain.
I'm a Pac-12 guy. If you don't believe me, see my last post about how the Rose Bowl almost caused me to completely lose all grips on reality. Now my best friend will quickly jump in here and remind me that my allegiances to various sports teams has alternated over time. That's true.
Look, I grew up bouncing from place to place. I never lived in a sports town until I got to San Diego. When I live in Virginia, you had the Redskins with Joe Gibbs (both of which I hate with a passion). In Maine, you had the Patriots (who I've never hated. They just sucked back then and now I'm just exhausted with them). So for football, I embraced the Vikings, because they're vikings. Oh, and I looked like one.
But they never won. At the same time Bill Cowher (who I liked when he was an DC in KC) went to Pittsburgh. So...I started gravitating to them. For a year or so, I also flirted with the Cowboys.
Finally, sometime in early High School, I went with my family's home team, the Bucs. It also helped to make a final decision because I was, and still am, sick of my said friend reminding me I wasn't a "true fan". He, of course, loves the fucking Cowboys and Michigan. He neither lives in Texas or anywhere close to Michigan.
Anyway, I've been with the Bucs a solid 20+ years. Back off, bro.
As far as hockey goes, I started watching it in Maine and quickly embraced the Rangers and this cat named Messier and a philosophy of 60 minutes of hell.
Basketball: fuck who knows. I love watching playoff basketball but outside of that, and the NCAA tournament, they tend to be pick-em seasons. I loved the Jazz Stockton and Malone teams. Outside of that, I've come to appreciate greatness. So, I'm hoping for another Cavs-Warrior final.
Baseball bores me except for Game 7 of the World Series. I've always tended to be a Yankees fan, although I hold a soft place in my heart for the loveable cheapskate Rays. I came to baseball through the Braves because they were always on TBS. However, never cared about them except for Fred McGriff (anyone nicknamed the Crime Dog is cool) and their starting rotation.
Wait, this was supposed to be an explanation. Let's get back on track.
I hate the SEC. I hate how insane SEC fans are. I hate when I say thank you to some one around here, they either reply "Roll Tide" or "War Eagle". I love football junkies. I hate football arogance.
Tonight, I'm pulling for Clemson, even though I hate Dabo and his jerkoff face, a face that belongs more in Mayberry than on the sidelines. However, Saban and Alabama are the Patriots of college football. It was nice to see them matter again a few years ago. Now, they're exhausting.
And I would love to see them play USC again. Yeah, they destroyed us at the beginning of the year but I guarantee you, they have no desire to play us now with our offense and savant QB.