Attention Bay Area: Los Angeles Is Winning, and It’s Not Even Close


May 3, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) scores a run against San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) during the fifth inning at AT

It has been brought to our attention at LA Sports Hub that the highly touted Angels and Dodgers both got off to horrific starts, which is turning into a worse middle for the Dodgers. It’s true, we looked at the standings. But it’s also been well documented by our friends over at Golden Gate Sports.

Yes, before Yasiel Puig the Dodgers had very little to be proud of, outside of anyone named Clayton Kershaw. We get it.

Ok ok, yes, we do recall the Lakers circus and Clippers successful season coming to a close in the first round. Thanks for the reminder. And before you go there, we acknowledge that the 2012 Pre-Season #1 ranked football team from USC was not #1 at the end of the season, in anything. The expectations and failures are well documented.

OK That’s enough. First of all, we wish the Angels the best but they are definitely Orange County, not LA, no matter what Arte Moreno says. Anyone from LA or Orange County can tell you that.

But more importantly Golden Gate Sports, you can only poke the bear so much before it begins an eloquent, well-reasoned, written attack. We have one word for you (followed by many more) . . . SCOREBOARD!

Yes, that’s right. Look at the scoreboard. The Bay Area thinks they are high and mighty because the Giants won 2 out of the last 3 World Series, the 49ers lost in the Super Bowl, the A’s are over .500, and the Warriors actually made the playoffs. LA teams have expectations . . . unfulfilled expectations of late. But those expectations exist because LA is winning on the Championship Scoreboard. Anyway you slice the championship pie, Los Angeles has more titles than the cute and fuzzy Bay Area teams. . . and it’s not close.

May 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the statue of former Los Angeles Lakers player Magic Johnson (not pictured) with a Los Angeles Kings jersey before game one of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Sharks at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Championships: The Los Angeles Lakers have won 11 NBA titles, without counting the 5 they won in Minneapolis. The Dodgers won 5 World Series in LA, and we won’t carry over the 1 in Brooklyn. That’s 16 championships between only two teams for the non-math majors. The Angels, wherever they play, won a single World Series in 2002. The Kings won their first Stanley Cup last season. The Ducks won a Stanley Cup as well. The Clippers haven’t won anything but a Pacific Division title. There is no NFL in LA currently, but don’t forget the LA Rams who won one NFL title in the Pre Super Bowl era, and the LA Raiders who won a single Super Bowl in LA in 1983. And then the LA Galaxy won 4 MLS Cups, the most in the MLS.

11+5+1+1+1+1+4=25 Championships in Los Angeles

You don’t think the MLS is a “major” league and shouldn’t count? Nor should the Rams Pre Super Bowl and Pre St. Louis title? Nor LA Raiders’ title on their LA sabbatical count? Nor Orange County’s two titles because we can’t disown them and count them two paragraphs later? In the interest of proving a point that’s fine. We’ll count that as 17 Championships–the bare minimum calculation–for Los Angeles.

Bay Area Championships: The San Francisco Giants have won 2 of the last 3 World Series titles, but those are the only two since the Giants moved out West. The A’s won 4 World Series in ’72, ’73. ’74, and ’89. The only Bay Area team with more championships is the 49ers with 5 Super Bowls (’82, ’85, ’89, ’90, ’95). The Oakland Raiders won 2 Super Bowls, since the 3rd Raiders Super Bowl was in LA in ’83. The Warriors have 1 NBA Championship in the Bay, the 2 titles in Philly do not count. The San Jose Sharks have no Stanley Cup (Appearances). But the San Jose Earthquakes won 2 MLS Cups too. The Bay Area can count all the titles won by the Sacramento Kings too. But don’t try and count any would-have-been-titles robbed by Robert Horry and NBA referees.

2+4+5+2+1+2=16 Championships for the Bay Area.

If the Bay Area counts as many championships as they can muster, including the 2 MLS Cups, versus the bare minimum title total for LA, that’s 16 Championships for the Bay Area compared to 17 for Los Angeles.

Los Angeles > Bay Area

The Giants and Niners are winning for now. But it won’t last, just like the LA teams’ struggles and overblown expectations. So when Golden Gate Sports or a Bay Area fan tries to talk trash for their teams, you only need to cooly respond . . . SCOREBOARD.