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By Drew Markol, TSN Contributor - Archive - Email
Nobody asked me, but...
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - How would you label your town?

Is it a football town?

A baseball town?

A basketball town?

A hockey town?

Or maybe, a town where if the team is winning in a certain sport, then that sport is the "in" thing until something else comes along.

Or, perhaps none of the above?

I think, and maybe it's just the cynic in me, that most towns are fair-weather places that get behind the home team if it's doing well.

And you know what? There's nothing wrong with that.

As hard as it seems to believe from sports diehards like ourselves, there are millions and millions of folks out there who wouldn't know a foul ball from a hockey puck (trust me, my wife falls into the foul ball, hockey puck category, and so do plenty of her friends, male and female, so they're out there).

But, it's these folks who hop on the bandwagon when the going is good that turn a town into a certain sports town for a season or two.

Again, there's nothing wrong with that. At least the masses are all behind something in common for a change.

But there are places, albeit not many, that when you mention them, you can pigeonhole a sport right on them regardless of what day is on the calendar. If you have to think about it for more than a few seconds, then it must not be. I only mentioned a handful of cities, if you can come up with any others, please let me know.

Before we start, a city doesn't have to have all four pro sports teams in it to qualify. The fact that some of these don't help to answer what kind of town they are.

In no particular order:

Boston - Baseball
A couple of World Series titles have made Red Sox Nation un-sufferable, but they do live and die with them 365 days a year (side note: The Bruins were a close second here while the Celtics and Patriots didn't really register).

Philadelphia - Baseball
The Phillies' recent run of success has moved them up the totem pole, but this is still a pro football town. I know, I live here. Good or bad, people will always talk about the Eagles. And if the Birds ever manage to win a Super Bowl, forget it.

Los Angeles - Pro basketball
The city can't keep a pro football team and the Dodgers have slipped (not this season, but in recent seasons). You could make a case for Southern Cal football, but it wouldn't hold up in court. From Kareem to Magic to Kobe, it's the Lakers.

Detroit - Hockey
They throw octopi on the ice. That clinches it.

St. Louis - Baseball
I've never seen a Cardinals home game, but it's on my bucket list.

Denver - Football
They put the state name in front of the Rockies and Avalanche for a reason; they were trying to attract a larger fan base. The Denver Broncos are Denver. And if Peyton Manning leads them to a Super Bowl win next February or the team goes 0-16, this town will always be about pro football. And great Mexican food, by the way.

Chicago - Baseball
Michael got old, so slip the Cubs in here. Much to the chagrin of the White Sox. Still, this town supports two baseball teams. That says a lot.

Dallas - Football
They host America's Team, so how can it not be pro football and the Cowboys?

Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi (wait a minute, those are states, not cities. I know, I know, but they deserve mention). College football. And they're not alone. While NASCAR also is popular, it's college football that's king. Heck, in many places down south, college football is first and second.

New York didn't make the list because it simply has too many options to choose from. Ask a New Yorker this question and you'd hear Yankees, Giants, Knicks, Jets, Rangers and on and on.

While not on the list, it would be nice for fans in other places to have so many choices.



Drew Markol has been a sportswriter and columnist for several newspapers in the Philadelphia area for more than 25 years.

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