From an early age in our lives we align ourselves with sports teams. These allegiances are intense, and they are permanent. When our team is booted from the playoffs, we may project our fanaticism on another team still in the running, but that is a secondary, minor and temporary loyalty.
Once or twice in a generation though, a team catches our collective fancy. We find ourselves cheering—and cheering ferociously—for this squad from a city we've never been to, never cared about, maybe never heard of. These are the princesses risen from ashes. The underdogs. The lovable losers. The outliers.
Click on to see 20 teams, that try as you might, you just can't help but like.