First of all, I'm 39 years old and live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific called Oahu. And in a fairly busy city called Honolulu. It's a unique situation being a sports fan from Hawaii, since we don't have any professional teams of our own. Most locals follow the University of Hawaii's various teams and I do too. Especially since I live about an 8 minute walk away from the campus. But more times than not, UH teams do not get much respect due to the conference affiliations or sometimes lack of success of the teams. Whether this is fair or not, it is what it is. Most critics fail to realize that UH wouldn't be accepted into any other conference due to the geographical challenges of being all the way out here. But that's another story...
As I mentioned earlier Hawaii doesn't have a Pro team of it's own so many here will choose teams on the west coast. This never made much sense to me as I don't see the difference in being 2,500 miles away from your team versus 3,500 miles. There's still a whole ocean to cross to see a game.
I took a different route. When I was 7 years old(1976) all I heard about was this great football team with a tough-as-nails defense called the steel curtain. Needless to say I was hooked from the first game I watched. Looking back I never regretted that choice I made when I was little. There's something really appealing to me about the way the Steelers do business. It just exudes "old school" and everything that that implies. They may not be the flashiest team or the sexiest team, but they'll knock you down and punch you in the mouth if you don't have your head on a swivel!
The Braves are a different story. I never got into watching baseball although I played a little as a kid. But in 1995 I decided to watch the World Series between the Indians and the Braves and I fell in love with the Braves. They too weren't the flashiest of teams. They didn't hit a ton of home runs or wow you with high scoring games. They won with great pitching, good defense and timely hitting. I also noticed this young switch hitting shortstop that had a ton of potential. He ended up tearing his knee but I kept on following his career and he soon became my favorite player. The team later moved him to 3rd base and I think most of you could guess I'm referring to one Larry Wayne Jones or as he likes to be called "Chipper". But besides all of that they were also the only team I could watch consistantly here because of TBS.
I have followed both of my teams since and both have rewarded my loyalty with unforgettable moments.
Before I die or get too old to care, my one dream is to fly over the ocean and watch a game live of either or both of my favorite teams. I have family in Cali so maybe an away game. Hey, maybe that's why locals here choose west coast teams! Ahh, now it makes sense...
Hey Darryl, I've recently written a new article you may be interested in reading:
"The Miami Dolphin Crime Family: Tony and the Sparanos"
Come read about how the Miami Dolphins have become the franchise with the most arrests in the NFL, a story no one else in the media seems to be following, and a problem that the Dolphins don't seem interested in correcting.
Another bit of stat analysis:
Hey. I've been doing some stat analysis and I've been teasing out some interesting NFL facts.
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What up everyone? I wrote an article about the changes here on B/R over the last couple of months, and about some of the things that we used to have, that we don't anymore. If you could, check it out.
As I have said in the past, many times, I am not on here for AOTD votes, but I believe that if enough of you give me your AOTD vote, then maybe the higher ups will bring back some of the things that are gone.
Thanks a bunch, I really appreciate it.
Much has been written about the Steelers, the 1970s, and their use of steroids. The current public perception is the Steelers began and glamorized the use of roids in the 70s. Read my article to find out who one man, with 4 NFL teams, spread the use of steroids throughout the NFL, beginning in 1963, and see just how pervasive roid usage was by the time the Steelers began their decade of dominance.
I just wrote an article about the inconsistencies of Roger Goodell's beefed-up Player Conduct Policy. I'd appreciate you reading it and any thoughts you might have. Thanks!
I've written two new articles recently. Please have a look and let me know what you think, thanks!
How The Roethlisberger Story Affects a Sports Family: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/223595-roethlisbergers-effect-on-a-sports-family
And I wrote an article debating the view I see commonly on BleacherReport that 2004 was a major shifting point in the elevation of passer rating in the NFL. Let me know your thoughts:
I said in an article last week that when one door closes, another one opens. Here is the story about my door opening. If you get the chance, please check it out. It would mean a lot to me.
There is a new Steelers writer on bleacher. His name is Jason, and he is pretty good. You should check out his first article.
Ben Roethlisberger faces a lot of criticism for not putting up MVP-like numbers year in and year out. I believe it is the system he plays in. Read my article "Do Lack of Pass Attempts Keep Steelers' Roethlisberger Down?" for a statistical explanation.