Born in Lexington, KY I bleed University of Kentucky blue. Always, no matter what.
But outside of college sports, who do you root for as a Kentucky native? We are an area that professional sports doesn't quite seem to touch. All around us there are professional teams.
But we don't have a "home team".
My favorite NFL team has been Green Bay since I was five years-old. Why? That season the Packers were winning games and on their way to the Super Bowl led by a man with the same first name I have. And how cool is that to a five year-old?
Since then my affection and ties with the Packers have obviously grown deeper. (Especially since afore-mentioned quarterback no longer plays in Green Bay.)
As far as baseball is concerned, I was born and raised a Reds fan, and pledge my undying allegiance to this day. Sadly, the last time they won the World Series is the year I was born.
I'm currently looking for a favorite NBA team. It's a tough decision. I used to go with whichever team had the most University of Kentucky alums playing. (Celtics, childhood cerca: Tony Delk, Walter McCarty, Antoine Walker) Currently the Celtics have Rajon Rondo, and the Pistons have Tayshaun Prince. But this reason for fan-hood has started to feel lame. Which is why I'm looking for a new, absolute, favorite team.
NHL .. eh, I've always been attracted to the St. Louis Blues. Don't ask me why though, because I don't really have a reason.
Lexington, KY has the Lexington Legends (part of the Houston Astros organization, best known for that one time Roger Clemens played for them when he was making starts in A, AA, and AAA before his return to houston). We also have the Lexington Horsemen, an Arena Football 2 team.
And then of course we have UK.
So, back to that NBA team. How do I pick a favorite? I need somebody to cheer for this season. I'm tired of picking a team on a game-by-game basis. I want a definitive favorite team. I'm looking for a winner, but they don't have to be the favorites. I don't want to be a bandwagon jumper, but my allegiane to Cincinnati's baseball team is really wearing me down in terms of how many losses I can put up with in a year. I've got no problem cheering for the up-and-comers, or the underdog, but I do want some wins. I want a team with a talented point-guard. PG play has always been important to me as a fan, and I appreciate a little flash and a little style to the game. I want a likable role-player, preferably a big man. I want a team that plays well together, and that actually seems like one coherent organism rather than a bunch of players slapped together to play together. I want a coach with a little bit of personality.
Any NBA fans out there? Does this sound familiar? Help me out! Who should my favorite NBA team be??