San Jose is NOT a "Sports Town", it's a wannabe.

Discussion in 'San Jose Earthquakes' started by BlueMeanie, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. BlueMeanie

    BlueMeanie New Member

    Apr 1, 2002
    San Jose keeps putting on airs that it's this "major city." But it never will be without major league sports franchises (or a real nightlife scene). Oh, sure, SJ has the Sharks, and as a longtime season ticket holder, I love them. But one franchise in the pro sports league that's a distant #4 does not make this a major league city.

    Will SJ ever get MLB baseball? Who knows, but it doesn't seem likely. Probably not, unless the A's move out of the area and SJ somehow gets an expansion team, and that would still require redrawing the Giants' "territories." I'm skeptical SJ will get an MLS team any time soon, either, what with a public vote required to secure a facility for an expansion team. Yay! At least SJ still has arena football and indoor lacrosse!

    Columbus, OH, a city derided by many Quakes fans as a "cowtown", is more of a major league city. Not only do they have NHL and MLS teams with their own venues, they have AAA baseball (the Yankees' top minor league team) and big-time college sports. And when I went there for MLS Cup '01, I was surprised how much more metropolitan it is than the bigger San Jose.

    Face it, SJ, you're not even in league with Columbus. You're Omaha West.

    MLS, if you come back, please play in another Bay Area city, one that might be able to handle a team. I don't care if that means a different name and the beginning of a new legacy. Perhaps a fresh start is what we need.
  2. Goodsport

    Goodsport Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 18, 1999
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    A stadium can be built in San Jose without needing a public vote or being 100% privately funded, though it likely wouldn't be through the San Jose city council.

    Yet another challenge for SSV.


  3. Bajoro

    Bajoro Member+

    Sep 10, 2000
    The Inland Empire
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Pandering for an MLB or NFL team will never make a city "major league." Taking care of your own people, the resources you have, cultivating it and making all of it even more special -- that's what makes a city major league.

    I keep hearing one thing over and over again. "They want to steal the A's but they can't even keep the teams they have." I hope that kind of sentiment stings the local politicos into action.
  4. PsychedelicCeltic

    PsychedelicCeltic New Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    San Francisco/London
    Pandering for a major-league team is what second-rate cities do. SJ shouldn't be putting money into a soccer stadium, but rather into making a real city out of the place. I can't be the only one who feels like I'm in about three cities at once down there - it feels like a big overgrown suburb.

    Make a real city. If MLS doesn't want that, they can get ************ed.

    Of course, eventually I will own and operate the San Francisco Seals FC from my purpose built football ground in San Francisco, but they'll only play in Champions League after SF secedes from the US and joins Europe. ;)
  5. scumark

    scumark New Member

    Jun 24, 2004
    Fremont, CA
    Hey, you'll have an ally in Bill O'Reilly!
  6. BlueMeanie

    BlueMeanie New Member

    Apr 1, 2002
    Mercury News music critic Brad Kava two days ago:

  7. leonidas

    leonidas Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 25, 2005
    Palmeiras Sao Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    The reason why Columbus is a sports town is all because of OSU. that's obvious. you put a sports school like USC here and I can bet you we'll be a sports city. It's amazing what a good team can do to a city. Having gone to college at Michigan, well, things changed on football saturdays. it was a sports town because of the Wolverines.

    and yeah i think san jose is a sports town. the sharks probably have some of the best fans around...and they will get better this season.

    i think that part of the problem with san jose is that it's still growing. you may knock on San Jose for its lack of a metropolitan feel. I think differently. I really liked the city a lot. Shady tree-lined boulivards with great public transportation. This city will continue to grow and I think it will become a very nice one, along with good clubs, in 5-10 years. The problem is that it seems like the city council still considers the city a medium-sized city when it obviously isnt. but regardless of this, i still think that san jose will always be considered "that other" city in the Bay Area. I'm sure the Giants will fight to the bitter end to prevent SJ from getting the A's.
  8. billward

    billward Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    El Cerrito, CA
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    San Jose is a second rate city for two reasons: 1) proximity to San Francisco which is a first rate city even though it is smaller, and 2) no landmarks. You can't change #1 and a new city hall isn't enough to change #2. We need a whopping big skyscraper - but downtown is in the airport's flight path. Or a bridge - but nothing for it to span. Or some kind of useless giant thing like St Louis's arch or DC's Washington Monument. Something big and distinctive that will make a good miniature statue they can sell to tourists. Then it'll be a real city.
  9. CL_2004

    CL_2004 New Member

    Sep 10, 2004
    fact of the matter is SJ officials couldn't get the stadium in place and thats why San Jose is left without a MLS club.

    welcome Houston :D
  10. leftjab

    leftjab Member

    Jan 11, 2004
    hmm, New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago & Salt Lake officials couldn't get an SSS in place either, and yet there are MLS clubs in their metropolitan areas. Houston hasn't gotten an SSS in place either.

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