So below are the sports teams I consider myself to have a rooting interest in, in order of passion.
- Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) No other team causes me to yell at the TV like the Eagles, and that will probably always be the case. A bit odd, since they were probably the last of the 4 major sports I picked up. But I started to get football during the Buddy Ryan / Randall Cunningham era, which was entertaining if not terribly successful, then suffered through ups and downs over the next 25 years. The long-suffering sports fan is bit of an insufferable narrative, but I do think following the team through a variety of disappointments had bonded me to the team, even though I've never seen a game in person. Also, probably one of the 5 easiest teams to follow from out of town.
- Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) 1980 World Series Championship is my first sporting memory, and 2008 championship may be my happiest. First game I ever went to, most memorable in-person game (Terry Mulholland's no-hitter), most memorable season (1993).
- St. Louis University (NCAA basketball) Only basketball team in town in the sport I have played the most and probably know best. Enjoyed last year's A-10 title run.
- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) Difficult to spend much time in St. Louis without picking up. Probably easier to get news on Cardinals here than it is to get Mariners news.
- Northwestern (NCAA football) Wife's alma mater
- Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) Several runs to the finals, no championships. Harder to keep in touch with NHL teams.
- Seattle Sounders (MLS) Picked up when I moved out here, and fun to follow, though the Sounders do have some unlikable players.
- St. Louis Blues (NHL) Will follow them if they make a playoff run, hard to follow otherwise.
- Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Probably the team I followed most closely growing up. Really turned off by the current tanking.
- Seattle Seahawks (NFL) Fun to get on the bandwagon; few more enjoyable than Russell Wilson. Defense good, but talks a bit more than I'd prefer.
- Villanova (NCAA basketball)
- Missouri (NCAA football)
- St. Louis Rams (NFL) 1999 Super Bowl Championship team was first championship team I actively followed and a lot of fun, but they've done a lot to drive away fans the past few years. Trading them in for Seahawks was not a difficult choice
Honorable Mention (will watch and support if they reach playoffs): Seattle Mariners, Rutgers football, remaining big 5 basketball, Missouri basketball, Illinois football and basketball, Washington football and basketball, University of Seattle basketball.