Worth the weight
The question still comes in all the time. It floated into our e-mail portal again before the holiday, even though there's no question it has been addressed here before.
So who's your favorite team, Stein?
Since this is clearly a matter of considerable interest, let's proceed with a quick review to avert any further confusion.
Favorite NBA team: Buffalo Braves.
Favorite basketball team still in existence: Cal State Fullerton.
Favorite professional basketball team still in existence: Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
Ultimate favorite professional team/life-or-death rooting interest: Manchester City.
City actually made it a tough Thanksgiving. After going to great lengths to import the satellite feed of Thursday morning's UEFA Cup tie in Poland -- thank you, Eppy -- I was subjected to a limp nil-nil draw at tiny Groclin, bringing an empty halt to our first passage into European competition in 25 years.
Of course, on the day after Thanksgiving especially, there is one other team I (and all of you) can appreciate and celebrate. It's not easy to feel good about yourself so soon after all that carb-loading, so maybe a detailed breakdown of this team can serve as an inspiration. A source of hope.
It's the Stein Line All-Slimmed-Fast Team.
It's a group of guys who have noticeably shed excess poundage just since last season and whose games have picked up as a result. One-by-one they are: