Its the offseason, and after getting into 3 or 4 mini-discussions about different professional sports teams here in Texas, I have decided to do a quick write up on what I think are the best sports cities in Texas, ranked by championships, heritage and consistency in their respective sports. This includes, NFL, NBA, MLB, WNBA, MLS, Arena Football, NHL, High school sports team reputation, and college sports teams in that city. Now I know that everyone here will have a different opinion, and although mine is slightly biased (as I live in Houston), I will bring up the following arguements about each city and why they deserve to be on top. BTW, these are just quick run downs with some facts and opinions thrown in. This fan post is meant to facilitate a discussion of what everyone else thinks as well.
1.) Houston - Home to the 2 time World Champion Houston Rockets, the Houston Astros (who won the pennant in 2005), and the hapless AFC South Houston Texans. The Rockets were a force in the late 80's/90's, won two championships with The Dream, Clyde the Glide, Vernon Maxwell and Robert Horry, etc. Rudy T's "Never underestimate the heart of a champion!" speech in 1993 still gives me chills. Although they have been a perennial 1st round exit team as of late. The Astros always seem to make a run around August and finally won the pennant and played in the 2005 World Series. Other than that, I would say that they are a consistantly average/above average ball club. The Texans - no explanation needed, although I personally think things are on the rise. MLS- 2 time back to back MLS cup champions Houston Dyanmo. Been in the city 3 years, already won 2 MLS Championships. Houston Comets, WNBA. Won the 1st 4, yes 4 back-to-back-to-back-to-back WNBA championships. Cynthia Cooper and Sheryl Swoopes owned the league during the mid 90's. Also home to the Houston Cougars (eh - made the final four in B ball in 1983 and 1984, lost both) and the Rice Owls (recent 10 win season). High school teams include North Shore, The Woodlands, Stafford, Nimitz, Eisenhower, Cy-Ridge, and Katy.
2. Dallas/Fort Worth - Home to Sammy Baugh, Doak Walker, Tom Landry, America's Team, and Mark Cuban. The Dallas Cowboys are IMO one of the best, if not the best Football clubs in American history. Their 5 superbowl wins, including 3 in the 90's are downright awesome. Jimmy J, Emmit, Troy, Michael, Deon, etc. will forever be one of the best teams ever assembled on the gridiron. The Texas Rangers - eh, great in the early/mid nineties, but never won a playoff series (0-3). Although like the Astros, they were home to Nolan Ryan for a while. Dallas Mavericks, almost made it the whole way until their collapse vs. the Heat some years ago. Also, trading away Devin Harris and Steve Nash really hurt this organization. However, as of the last 10 years, they have constantly been an above average NBA organization. Dirk, Terry and the crew can be a true force when they want to. FC Dallas MLS - nothing to write home about here, has yet to win a playoff game. Dallas Desperados - I actually root for these guys when they are on, and have been pretty good since the AFL has gotten more exposure on ESPN and in the media. If anything, their organization certainly helps Dallas' reputation as the Football Capitol of the US. Dallas Stars - Average hockey team ever since they came down from Minneapolis. Wondering when, if ever they are gonna turn the corner. However, Dallas/Fort Worth is also home to TCU and SMU, Doak Walker and Sammy Baugh, Craig James and Erick Dickerson, LT and the Cotton Bowl. SMU and TCU HISTORICALLY have had great programs, although we all know the story with SMU since 1984, and TCU should be in the Big 12 instead of Iowa State. However, they have made Texas and college football proud with their heritage. Also you can even throw in UNT if u wanna. High schools include Plano (all of plano schools), John Tyler, Dallas Carter, Allen, Southlake Carroll, Highland Park, Euless Trinity, etc. Truely the best all around sports (certainly football) high schools in the state.
3. San Antonio - Home to the 4 time World Champion Spurs and the Silver Stars. Tim Duncan, Vinny Del Negro, Avery Johnson, David Robinson (The Admiral), Ginobli, Parker, and Big Shot Rob. Spurs have always been a great organization, and as of late, amazing. I might even dare to wonder if they will challenge the Lakers for it all this year. Silver Stars (WNBA) - Made it to the championship last year/couple of years ago? but lost out. Nothing else to report here. Home of Preist Holmes, the Griffin Brothers, the new UTSA/Larry Coker era, Converse Judson, Reagan, Alamo Heights, etc.
4. Austin - Texas Longhorns, enough said. Really thats about it ever since the Wranglers went south the past 2 years and now play teams like the Waller Cottonmouths and the Boerne Ruffnecks. Home to Westlake, Pflugerville, Lake Travis (kinda), Round Rock high schools. Home to AJ Abrams, Brad Buckman, Drew Brees, Todd Reesing, GG (dont even need to spell out his name), Robert Rodriguez, Dennis Quaid (who played a QB in any given sunday), and on and on.....
Just my thoughts..... any rebuttals?