I like both, but I'm leaning towards football.
Ride the fence and say both
For once, I agree with ^^^^^ on the NBA season. I definately think it needs to be shortened.
I like both, but I'm leaning towards football.
I think with the Saints winning the Super Bowl the way they did, while having a positive influence on the comunity after Katrina, it makes it hard to NOT be a "football town." However, I was a huge fan of Bird v Magic, and Knicks v Bulls in the 90's
I love the Hornets but I ******* hate the NBA (odd, I know). Can't stand the "star environment" they have setup.
So it's soccer, football, then Hornets for me.
Wait you hate the star environment of the NBA but you like Soccer... There's no salary cap in that whatsoever, 100% star environment.
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Football, both college and NFL have the edge for me, but I also love college and NBA basketball. I don't really rank them in the same catagory, though. The year just kind of moves from one to the other, and it's AWESOME.
I know I'm going to offend people here by stating the facts: the Saints had a terrible history until 5 years ago when they finally put the pieces together. If New Orleans is a "football town", that has to be in large part due to LSU, correct?
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I'm pretty much with Patrick Jr. on this one. I grew up liking all sports with baseball being my primary passion, but I loved them all. Of course, I am likely much older than most here, since my heroes growing up were Mickey Mantle, Bill Russell and Roger Staubach.
Although I am originally from northeast Texas (Colt .45/Astros fan), I lived in Oklahoma City (the .89ers were an Astros farm team) for a while so I got to see Jim Wynn, Joe Morgan, Rusty Staub and others play minor league ball. I moved to St. Louis and enjoyed seeing Roger Maris, Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Bob Gibson, Tim McCarver, and the other Cardinals win a couple of World Series in the 60s. In high school, we moved to Mississippi, where I went to school with a guy who would later play for the Braves, so thanks to him and TBS, I have followed the Braves ever since, going to spring training in Florida some years.
I grew up a Celtics fan as many who were young in the 60s were, and I enjoyed college basketball too (it was the days of Lew Alcindor and Elvin Hayes, of course). But I preferred the NBA to college. It was a smaller league then, so it was so easy to appreciate the skills of Jerry West, Walt Frazier, Wilt Chamberlain, etc., while hating their teams. My interest in the NBA waned through the years, until Bird and Magic rekindled my enjoyment of the pro game. I still enjoy the game, but it's not the same. The regular season is too long and the players, while skilled, just don't generate the passion in me the way they used to. I admit that my interest in the NBA increased when New Orleans got the Hornets, but I wasn't yet all in with the team. Call me a bandwagon fan if you like, but until Benson bought the team and I knew they would stay here, I didn't want to fully commit to them. I am hopeful that my appreciation of the Hornets/whatever they will soon be will follow a similar path that I took with the Saints.
I was always a college football fan growing up, especially Texas football, but my having lived in 11 states over the years, I picked up allegiances to a number of college programs. None of them match what I have experienced as a fan of the New Orleans Saints. Growing up a Cowboy fan (I know), I couldn't imagine pulling for another team. I started rooting for the Saints as my second team after moving to Mississippi in 1969, but my best friend in college went to Abramson and his influence led me to become a die hard Saints fan in the early 70s. Now no team or city holds my allegiance like New Orleans, especially since my mom moved to Kenner in the 80s.
I say all of this to convey that not every fan of a team comes to them the same way. I have lived all over the country, so I could just as easily been a fan of many different teams. I am a fan of the Saints and Hornets by choice, not birth or residence or family tradition. And you can be a huge fan of the Hornets and not have that take anything away from your support of the Saints and vice versa.
You'd be surprised at how many New Orleanians hate Baton Rouge's LSU.
That being said, basketball has always had a place here and was never completely overshadowed by football. That was the point of this thread anyway.
I'd say a 50/50 split gives the tie to football on a basketball board
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Even with success they don't get consistent support, so yeah...major college sports is a bit of a dead spot unless you don't mind our folks 80 miles northwest.
I also prefer the fact that in basketball you get to enjoy the players careers much longer and if you watch a team like the Lakers prime time you'll prob get to see Kobe play VS The NFL where the Saints vs Packers on MNF looks good on paper but you're one Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers injury away from that being a snoozer.
I can't stand when people have the mentality that because they like one thing they have to hate the other. Saints vs. LSU or Football vs. Basketball, even Rock vs. Hip Hop or NOLA vs. BR it's just silly to me.
Anyway, I grew up loving football and a huge Saints fan, even through the Ditka/Mora years, but I loved to play basketball even though I tried out all 4 years of HS and never made the team. I've started to follow hoops much more recently but football is still my preference. Also, football is undoubtedly king in the US of A. The guy above who said that football is slipping in popularity is delusional. 15,000 fans showed up to watch the Saints/Pats PRACTICE a couple weeks ago. It wasn't even a game, and stadiums sell out for games that don't count. How could you say that football has slipped in popularity? It's as popular as it ever was.
The real and current problem for the NFL is people choosing to watch the games at home vs paying these ridiculous amounts to sit in a half empty state funded stadium and watch say a Jags game. Also you have teams constantly demanding new state funded stadiums such as the Rams who have had little to no success in almost a decade then you have teams like the Chargers who are usually successful yet can't sell out games and are also looking for a new stadium.
The NFL is undoubtably far and away the most popular sport in America but that stuff combined with rule changes in the last few years and soaring ticket cost + player discipline and most of all concern for concussion and injures are undoubtable hurting the game in terms of popularity. I do love the NFL but the game is not at its best right now even though it makes more money than anything.
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