Yesterday in the workplace I was talking with a new employee. He is a college student (Miami of Ohio) who will be working with us as a seasonal employee for the Summer. Our get-to-know-each-other conversation touched on NBA basketball. He is a Cleveland Cav fan and said he has been a fan for many years. I said, "I have been a fan of the Pistons since they were in Fort Wayne."
His look said it all. "They were in Fort Wayne? Indiana?"
"Yep", was my smiling response.
How many of you can recall the movements of some of your favorite teams, from city to city.....even from league to league? When you look at the four major sports in the USA and Canada, it is quite a history. Here are some examples.....
The movement I still remember the most happened when I was a kid and just getting in to baseball. The New York Giants moved to San Francisco (which didn't seem to bother many) and the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles.
The travels of hockey franchises are near-legendary. Anybody remember the Cleveland Barons? How about the Kansas City Scouts? The Scouts became the Colorado Rockies and then moved on to New Jersey (to become the Devils). I can still remember the Winnipeg Jet jokes....."Lose-I-Peg Jets".....and they moved to Phoenix. Smart.....moving from one of the coldest annual temperature cities to one of the warmest annual temperature cities.
I mentioned the Fort Wayne Pistons. They moved to Detroit in 1957. Other NBA teams included Minneapolis' Lakers moving to Los Angeles, the Jazz moving from New Orleans to Utah, the Rochester Royals eventually ending up as the Sacramento Kings.
Here in Ohio there are still pixxed-off Cleveland Browns fans.....angry at owner Art Modell for moving that historic franchise to Baltimore (Ravens). The NFL did something strange when that move happened.....because the Browns were "so" NFL historic they promised them a new team with the same name. Jax is a fan of a team that used to be in Los Angeles (Rams). The original St. Louis NFL team (Cardinals) is now in Phoenix. And the Raiders have bounced back and forth from northern California to southern California.
Some of the changes and expansion was influenced by competing professional leagues, such as the American Basketball Association (ABA) and their striped ball, the American Football League (and their wide-open style of play), ETC.
Anybody have memories, fond or otherwise, of fave franchises moving around?
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