Power Ranking the Bay Area’s Pro Teams

Nov 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; General view of the Bay Bridge and the downtown San Francisco skyline before the NFL game between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Self-explanatory isn’t it? Which teams are the best in the Bay Area, and which teams are the worst?

Obviously, fans don’t like to hear the cold hard truth, but that’s just the way it is. At least for the Giants fans, they can take pleasure in saying that their team has won the World Series two out of the last three years. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they can’t exactly say the same thing. It’s cruel, yes, but the Raiders, in time will get their recognition.

1. San Francisco 49ers:

Opening the season with an electrifying victory over the Green Bay Packers was Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers. Not only did they play great defense when it mattered most, but Colin Kaepernick had over 400 yards passing and was outstanding.

He hasn’t yet had that slump that everyone says he is going to have. The 49ers are looking to get at it after a frustrating loss in the Super Bowl, and they are one of the best teams in the NFL, Right now, the Niners are in a good place and should continue to see success.

2. Oakland A’s:

Next up: the A’s. Not many people thought that the A’s could be considered one of the best teams in the Bay Area, but look at them now. Since the All-Star break of the 2012 season, the A’s have been on a roll and have never looked back.

Right now, they are competing with the Rangers for the top place in the division. They have a slight edge, but it’s going to be an interesting finish. Either way, the A’s are going to make the playoffs, and hopefully win the World Series. If this happens, some of the bandwagon in the Bay Area will be balanced out a little bit. Thank God!

3. Golden State Warriors:

This is another team that nobody really expected to do well. Last season, they finally got it together and made the playoffs, and even got past the first round. Fresh off this deep postseason run, Stephen Curry and the recharged Warriors have added more weapons to their arsenal. For example, they’ve signed Andre Iguodala, one of the best small forwards in the league.

This means that Harrison Barnes must ingratiate himself with the bench, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Warriors are going to be unstoppable this year, and are looking to once again finish sixth or higher in the Western Conference standings.

4. San Jose Sharks:

The Sharks are the Denver Nuggets of the NHL. They are always good in the regular season, and seem to have one of the best rosters on paper.

Unfortunately, however, they always choke in the playoffs. It’s very unfortunate because Bay Area fans are deserving of a Stanley Cup. The reason that the Sharks still are good today is because hockey players can play till they are considerably old. Most of the Sharks are up there, but not quite at the level of retirement. This Sharks’ core has a couple more good years left in them.

5. San Francisco Giants:

Can’t win it all every season? Would you rather be the Rangers, who always make the playoffs, but lose? Or would  you rather be the San Francisco Giants, who make the playoffs and win it all, but then miss the playoffs the next season?

Honestly, I would choose the latter because at least you have something to add to your resume. The Giants aren’t in a great place right now, and the four teams above them are all playoff-worthy. Still, the Giants have a great fanbase, and are looking to rebuild. Hell, maybe they’ll win another World Series next year. Who’s to say?

6. Oakland Raiders:

Sorry Raider fans, but you must have known that this was coming. If you don’t like me saying this, then please specify in the comment section below why you think that the Raiders are better than the teams above them. Please eliminate the bias.

I cannot stress that part enough. Right now, I see the Raiders taking the steps in the right direction, but as far as I’m concerned, the Raiders are just going through another year of rebuilding.

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks

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  • RdrFusion

    We’ll c in 16 weeks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.schroeder.161 Chris Schroeder

    I’m a raiders and giants fan. I get it, no worries. Raiders and giants will be back, I have faith, and 2 World Series rings in 3 years will having lasting memories. Raiders will be a force among forces in 2014 maybe 2015. Once they dumb that 50 mil, they can sign big time players and get back to the glory days.

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