TrueHoop had a fun article today asking it’s affiliated bloggers what their Second-Favorite Team is. Two people picked the Clips:
Kurt Helin, Forum Blue & Gold (Los Angeles Lakers blog)
The Clippers have one my favorite players in Baron Davis who, when his body isn’t betraying him or when he hasn’t mentally checked out, is just flat out fun to watch. Davis went to India this offseason, had some sort of epiphany (we can all hope that said enlightenment involves ignoring Mike Dunleavy when he tells Davis to slow it down), and he promises to try this season. Then there’s Blake Griffin, who was fun to watch at Summer League and made me a believer, and he seemed to have instant chemistry with Eric Gordon. And the list goes on — they’ve got emerging young guys like Al Thornton, plus a front-line combo of Marcus Camby and DeAndre Jordan that promises to give you one coming-from-the-weakside shot block into the third row every game. As it’s the Clippers, there’s the strong possibility things will go wrong in a spectacular fashion. That’s fun to watch too, in a Macbeth sort of way. Either way, I’m good with the Clippers this season. I want them to get the eighth seed in the West, so the first round is a Hallway Series at Staples Center. I really, really want that.
Matt McHale, By the Horns (Chicago Bulls blog)
As a fan, the worst possible experience is watching my team fail when I expected them to succeed. Well, the Clippers are never expected to succeed. And that’s actually a good thing, because there’s no pressure whatsoever. The Clippers would never crush my optimism because I wouldn’t have any. Then the rare victory would be that much sweeter. It would be like walking down a dark alley and, instead of getting brutally mugged, finding a crisp new one hundred dollar bill. Watching the Bulls start out slowly (thanks to that darn circus road trip) and then fight to make the playoffs every season really stresses me out. Following the Clippers would be great for my blood pressure, plus I’d get to make Clippers jokes all the time. That would provide an endless source of material. Just ask Kevin Arnovitz and Bill Simmons.
Okay, um full disclosure, for those who haven’t read the “About” section, the truth is the Clips are my #2 too. My real team, as painful as they’ve been the last many years, are my hometown Knicks. However having been out in LA now for nearly a dozen years, I’ve seen the Clippers play about 40x more than the Knicks. So I actually know the Clips much better than I do my Knicks. At a certain point, does that mean you need to transfer your ownership, er, fanship, over to your new model?
Anyway, so what’s your #2 team? Or if the Clips are your #2 team, then what’s your #1? I wonder if I’m just a fan-slut ‘cuz I’ve probably got like 5 teams that I really root for in any given season.