Congratulations to the Dodgers for steamrolling the competition and making it to the last hurdle of their championship run! It is the first time since 1988 that the Dodgers have made an appearance, and for those of you wondering, that is a 28 year drought. Over that long stretch, the landscape of sports in Los Angeles has had ups, downs and a few teams that said goodbye. In fact, sports fans in LA have had a few things they could count on as they patiently awaited the Dodgers next championship appearance.
Losing More Than Just Games
Topping off the list of losing are the Los Angeles Clippers. Since 1988 the team has only made the playoffs ten times, and has only advanced past the first round four times. For fans, rooting for this team has been tough. However, the team has improved in the past years, having not missed the playoffs in six years.
For football teams in Los Angeles, both the Raiders and L.A Rams packed up and left for greener grass in 1994. At the time that these teams left town, both had losing records after seeing success years earlier. Once they left, Los Angeles waited 21 years before a football team would return. The first team to come back to town was the Rams in 2015. Now the Rams are not alone. The Chargers, having moved from San Diego, are the newest football team trying to call Los Angeles home.
During the 28 year Dodger drought, the only team that flourished was none other than the Los Angeles Lakers. Since 1988, the Lakers have taken home six championships. With three of the championships coming in a row during the 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons. Not to mention that some of best basketball players of all time like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Shaquille O’neal and Kobe Bryant cemented their legacies in purple and gold.
The other sports team that reached success in the Dodger drought was the Los Angeles Kings. With Stanley Cup victories in both 2012 and 2014, they proved that Los Angeles can be a hockey town. Their two championships came after a 44 year drought.
Now that the Dodgers are back in the championship, the timing almost fits perfectly. Two football teams are back in town, the Lakers are prepared to return to glory with young talent, and hockey seems to be off everyone’s radar.
Finally, the Dodgers starting the series today against the Houston Astros at 5:09pm, and we have some advice for the Dodgers. Keep it simple, be great and stay humble. Just like our Humbly Hemp snack Bars!