Having grown up in the Bay Area, I have witnessed my fair share of both horrible and spectacular teams throughout my adolescent and adult life. A few teams that come to mind include the 2002 San Fransisco Giants, 2002 Oakland Raiders, 1994 San Fransisco 49ers, and the 2006 Golden State Warriors. On the flip side, we have the 2009 San Fransisco Giants, 2008 Oakland Raiders, and... well we all know how our respective teams have been doing as of late. Even our San Jose Sharks, who were the best team in the NHL this season and won the President's Cup, lost in the first round to the eighth seeded Mighty Ducks.
Despite the Bay Area's recent slump, fans continue to hold out hope for their respective teams regardless of how terrible the previous season was. There is really only one complaint I have about Bay Area fans, and that is their acceptance of Jessica Alba only attending the Warriors' playoff games. Where was she this season? Does she even know who Monta Ellis is?
Sports writers, TV hosts, and fans will forever debate the impossible questions: What makes teams great? Is it an insanely fast offense? A punishing defense? Both? I believe if you look at consistently great teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, or Los Angeles Lakers, you will see that great teams at the very least have owners who want to win.
While the Rooney family, Jerry Buss, and Robert Kraft consistently give their fans playoff bound teams, Bay Area sports fans are blessed with the likes of Al Davis, Chris Cohan, and John and Denise York.
49er fans have long suspected that the York family was always more concerned to money than winning, but were given a glimmer of hope when they named their son, Jed, team president. Meanwhile, Al Davis continues to remain stuck in the 70's and 80's, using overhead projectors to explain why Lane Kiffin is a terrible person, and continues to make peculiar decisions for his beloved franchise the Oakland Raiders.
I digress however that this is a tribute to the fans, not a complaint of the teams. Regardless of how any Bay Area team is doing, fans will continue to show up and cheer. I have always believed that the Bay Area has the most underrated fans. Think about it, who else would put up with Candlestick Park for so long? Or deal with Al Davis' rants and raves on a weekly basis? Or watch Chris Cohan completely dismantle his team over and over and over again? We Bay Area sports fans have it rougher than most, but we love our teams.