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Los Angeles may be known as the "City of Angels" but the City of Champions or TitleTown USA is far more appropriate. Not only is Los Angeles home to numerous world championships, but it also is home to the legendary voices that announced them, the eras that defined them and the players that transcended the games they played.
|Vin Scully's championship voice is another whisper in the ears of TitleTown USA voters.|
Simply listening to Vin Scully's call of a Sandy Koufax no-hitter (not to mention one of the five Los Angeles championships) sends shivers down your spine. Or how about the thrill of hearing Chick Hearn put one of the Lakers' nine world championships in the refrigerator during the "Showtime" Lakers or Shaq and Kobe days? These moments have no parallel in any other city.
USC's dominance in baseball helped lead it to 73 men's NCAA titles (the most of any school). This doesn't even include its 11 national football championships, which aren't included in the championship count (tied, most Heisman Trophy winners). If USC athletes had competed as a country in the 2004 Athens Olympics, they would have finished 16th overall. Shoot down the 10 freeway and you'll find UCLA, the first NCAA school to 100 national championships (70 men's, 30 women's). This powerhouse defined college basketball during the Wooden Years.
Wayne Gretzky's arrival in Los Angeles rejuvenated hockey, as David Beckham's Galaxy presence is attempting to do the same for soccer (Galaxy: two MLS championships). And let's not forget the achievements of the Raiders when they won titles in Los Angeles. Los Angeles may even be a global TitleTown as it revived the Olympic games in 1984 when no other country wanted to play host after the Montreal games were so unsuccessful.
The only criticism of Los Angeles is our "allegiance." It's easy to be fully devoted in a city that has only one ticket in town (sorry Green Bay). Doing this in Los Angeles would be an impossible task. But take a closer look and see that we're spreading our allegiance around to the many great things going on in TitleTown USA.
fighton195: Don't give me crap about not having an NFL team we have the next best, the USC Trojans. Look at all the champs Dodgers (6), Angels (1), Ducks (1), Lakers (14), UCLA (11 basketball) 100 all together, USC (7 football).
stikboy15: Don't forget the LA Xtreme, the only team to ever win the XFL.
mikehood1966: L.A. is "college" TitleTown simply by the number of championships. ... They suffer from East Coast bias and a subconscious jealousy that exists in all people who love great weather (and truthfully that's all of us).
jmh3153: We even give the title of best actor, actress, and movie in L.A.
Caliboy101: Nearby sits the Rose Bowl, the granddaddy of them all.
mrljjiii: L.A. Sparks, WNBA titles 2001, 2002.
UCLA has also produced some of the biggest names in every sport: Jackie Robinson, Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar), Troy Aikman, and the greatest coach in any sport, John Wooden. And their biggest rival USC is no slouch either, both raising the bar year by year.
USC has ... sports alumni Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer, Troy Polamalu and a couple more: O.J. Simpson, Marcus Allen, Randy Johnson, Mark McGwire and Lisa Leslie. These are the two most storied colleges in all of the nation. When you think NCAA basketball you think Bruins. When you think NCAA football you think Trojans. When you think TitleTown you think L.A.
When I first saw the comments posted on the bottom, many had the following: Boston, New York and Green Bay. And my first thought was "Where the heck is L.A.?"
L.A. is America's city for sports with teams such as the Kings, Galaxy, USC, UCLA, Angels, Dodgers and Lakers.
How can a city with more than 200 titles not be given the name "Title" Town? Isn't that what TitleTown is all about, titles?
What I'm trying to say is that Yankees, Red Sox and Packers is all those cities have. Because when you talk about L.A. you have to think of the Lakers, Dodgers, USC, UCLA, Raiders (who have won a Super Bowl in L.A.).
The city has many great franchises to offer. The celebs originated from L.A. such as Kobe, Shaq, Marcus Allen, Lew Alcindor, Tommy Lasorda, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Walton (UCLA), Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, all who were part of the Showtime Lakers and many, many more.
But it's not only the players and teams that make L.A. TitleTown. It's also the venues where the teams dominate. For example, Pauley Pavilion, the baddest college basketball venue, is home to 11 NCAA championship banners. L.A. Memorial Coliseum once held the Olympics. Staples Center is home to the Lakers and ESPYS.
Last, but not least, is Dodgertown, home to the greatest hot dog on the planet, where greatness happened (Kirk Gibson). L.A. wins. Enough said.
Oh yeah. I think I forgot to mention John Wooden, the greatest coach who ever coached in the history of sport. Ten championships, eight consecutive and an incredible 88-game winning streak.