By: Matthew Rodriguez
Sports lovers are everywhere everyday. Samueli also has sports lovers too. There is a lot of diversity on what team they are a fan of, but what is the overall favorite? Here are Samueli Academy’s favorite sports teams...
The NFL is one of the greatest and most exciting sports to watch. Based off of a survey that was conducted, Samueli chose the San Francisco 49ers as their favorite team, with 13.5% of the votes. Second place was the Dallas Cowboys, with 12.6% of the votes. Other notable teams were the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers, both with 9% of votes. The New England Patriots got 6.3% of the votes. Rafael Bermudez, a freshman at Samueli, said, “It’s California. Everybody goes for the local teams like the 49ers and the bandwagons like the Cowboys and Patriots.”
The NBA is a fast paced game that always gets you on your heels. California is represented by the Los Angeles Lakers, which took first with 35.1% of the votes. The Golden State Warriors took second with 17.1% of the votes. “Those are the bandwagons of Samueli Academy, but I respect them because they are representing our state,” states Moises Brito, an NBA fanatic here at Samueli. He mentions that people started to like the Warriors after NBA superstar Kevin Durant joined the team during the offseason. The Clippers and Bulls were also up there on the list with 12.6% and 10.8% of the votes.
The MLB is America’s game as a classic sport to our country. The Firewolves love their Angels and they took 39.8.2% of the votes. That was no surprise, due to the fact that the Angels take us to their games to give the students their version of a “baseball experience.” The Los Angeles Dodgers took 28.3% of the votes, while the New York Yankees took 8.8% of the votes. Classic Baseball at its finest. “Baseball is a very American sport, so I wasn’t surprised that the Yankees and Dodgers were on the top 3,” said Rafael Bermudez.
Henry Samueli and his foundation have donated so much to our school that some people may feel we are forced to like the Anaheim Ducks, or maybe it is the only hockey team we know. Obviously, the hockey spirit is showcased at Samueli as the Anaheim Ducks were 67.9% of the votes. “It is no surprise as the school is named after the Ducks owner, but the Duck Spirit spreads around Samueli and I am not gonna lie but I am a Ducks fan myself,” Gus Daskalakis, freshman, said. The Los Angeles Kings took 16% of the votes. Other teams took smaller percentages because Samueli can only breathe the Ducks spirit.
Soccer or football, your preference, is by far the most popular sport in the world and the most played here in Santa Ana, a Latino community. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have one of the best rivalries in pro-soccer history. However, here at Samueli, the students [who voted] are on the Messi train as FC Barcelona took 48% of the votes. “Soccer is a very beloved sport, and Messi has always been one of the top player in real life, and in FIFA, a video game, but I am surprised that Real Madrid did not get a lot of votes,” Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid 14% of the votes.
To conclude, sports have always made an impact in people’s lives; California has and will always love their local teams. The San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Anaheim Ducks, and FC Barcelona were voted as Samueli Academy’s favorite sports teams. Although those teams are great. The Firewolves will always be best in our hearts. Moises Brito, Samueli Academy Freshman, said “But overall, I think the Samueli Firewolves will be the favorite team here.”
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