Under normal circumstances – to be normal when fans were allowed to attend sporting events in large numbers and phrases like “super-spreader” and “pandemic” and “COVID-19 protocols” were not part of our language of Everyday – Our Ranking Exercise Southern California’s top teams and franchises would boil down to one simple question:
If your favorite team won a championship, how many people would show up for the parade?
We are still a long way from testing this theory. We have champions, but we haven’t had supporters in stadiums and arenas, let alone parades, for almost a year. But we’re going to move forward with our ranking of SoCal’s major league teams and major college programs from 1 to 15, although it’s probably pretty easy to figure out who’s No.1 (or more suitably No. 1 and 1A).
A reminder of the ground rules for this ranking, which This Space has done sporadically since 2005 (and last did in 2019): It is based on a mix of competitive success, ownership / administration commitment to success, of historical significance, fan interest and passion. Relevance, in other words, to North America’s most diverse sports market.
It’s designed to be a starting point, as well as a reminder to those running teams and franchises what they need to improve. And if you don’t like your favorite team’s ranking, as always, you know who to blame.
The list, with the 2019 ranking in brackets:
1 – Lakers (1): People who believed it all …
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