Code For LA Area Football Fans

Michael SamuelSenior Analyst IJune 24, 2008

With the upcoming season almost two months away, I have some ideas for LA football fans.

Since the LA Rams left for the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis following the 1995 NFL campaign, and the LA Raiders went back to Oakland, football fans in Los Angeles have had a tough choice to pick a team.

It makes no sense that LA is the second largest media market and still does not have a football team.

They have the USC Trojans, whom NFL Network ranked as the No. 1 Football Factory, but still no NFL team in over a decade.

The way fans in the LA, Orange County area, should pick a football team should consider the following. 

Does your family have any long ties to another city?

For example, I have a friend who grew up in Orange County, but his family was originally from New Jersey, so he picked up the Giants.

This could be a way to not feel as though you are just picking a random team, but rather one that you can cheer with family.

For particularly Orange County you are close enough to San Diego where it would be legitimate to say you are a Chargers fan.

That could be the team for you, and why not Ladanlian Tomlinson, Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates and Shawne Merriman, what could be better?

If you are feeling ambitious you could pick the Raiders or 49ers that are both storied franchises.

Although the Raiders left LA they really are more associated with Oakland.

These two teams though are located in "Nor Cal" which some Southern Californians don't care to be associated with. 

The final possibility is to become a fan of a team with history such as the Cowboys, Steelers, Dolphins, Bears, Vikings or Packers.

The Cowboys, as much as I hate to say it, are the most popular team.

The Steelers have been a classy organization that has won five Super Bowls over the years.

The Dolphins are an interesting choice to claim fan hood, because after the 1-15 season in '07 then if they every build there way up than you have a good team for the future.

The Bears are another legendary team; same with the Packers even without Brett Favre Lambeau Field still has the mystique it always has.

The Vikings are an interesting choice as well, because they have a long history of futility by losing four Super Bowls, but they have a once in a life time talent in Adrian Peterson which would be a nice player to follow for the next 10 years.

The point though, is that you have to be careful when picking a team, because this should be you team for life.

I understand that this is a tough decision for someone living in LA to pick one team, but make sure you have a team to root for, because the greatest sport in this country will be that much more enjoyable.


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