Dec 27, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; General view of the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl between the Brigham Young Cougars and the Washington Huskies at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles has its beaches, New York has its skyscrapers, and the San Francisco Bay Area has its sports. The Bay Area stretches across nine counties and has a population of over 7.56 million people. Most importantly, the region is home to eight professional sports franchises:
NHL: San Jose Sharks
MLS: San Jose Earthquakes
AFL: San Jose SaberCats
Excluding New York City, the Bay Area has the most professional sports teams in a single metropolitan area. This is a luxury for all Northern Californians as there is always some type of sports event within range. Although generally in
May 28, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
separate leagues or conferences, the incredibly close distance between each of our teams have lead to rivalries and energy among the fans. Instilled by the desire to dominate the Bay Area, these tension-filled rivalries turn meaningless games into a battle for home territory.
It’s one thing to simply host a number of sports teams, but it’s another for them to be successful. The Bay Area has seen a total of 21 championships, including five by the San Francisco 49ers. This phenomenal statistic makes Cleveland fans cringe (Cleveland sports teams have not won a championship in any sport in 51 years).
Don’t let fans or signs like this one fool you,
Jun 19, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
We take our sports teams and their success for granted, and times have been anything but torture for Bay Area sports.
With that being said, which of our beloved sports teams have had the most success? You might say, “Well, of course it will be the team who has the most championships.” That is not entirely true. I will be ranking the teams according to their success during the regular season, effects on the Bay Area community, individual player accolades, their overall image throughout their respective leagues, and, of course, cumulative postseason and championship success.
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So who will win the title of being the number one professional sports team in the San Francisco Bay Area? Will it be the San Francisco Giants because of their recent quest for a dynasty? Will it be the San Francisco 49ers, despite their drastic decline in the past decade? Or will it be a dark horse like the San Jose Sharks because of the pride and passion among the fans?
Read on to find out.