Bay Area’s Top 10 Sports Traditions, ranked by… – The Mercury News

RITUALS OF OUR SPORTS LIVES

The Bay Area’s Top 10 Athletic Traditions (As ranked by Bay Area News Group sports columnist Mark Purdy)
1. The Big Game (Cal and Stanford will vie for the Axe on Saturday for the 119th time)

2. Dipsea Race (America’s oldest trail race, from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, began in 1905)

3. Hating teams from Los Angeles (Holds true with all pro and college teams.)

4. Oldest high school rivalries (Lincoln High vs. San Jose High, St. Ignatius-Sacred Heart, among many others)

5. Golden State Warriors “The City” jerseys (Donned first in 1966, when team was in San Francisco–and even in Oakland, people seem to love them)

6. California Derby (Northern California’s Triple Crown prep horse race dates to 1873)

7. Raiders’ tailgating at Oakland Coliseum (Pregame intensity and charred meat since 1966)

8. Kayakers in McCovey Cove At Giants Games (Relatively recent but already beloved)

9. The Giant Shark Head At SAP Center (Every player in teal since 1993 has skated through it)

10. Oakland Athletics Opening Night, Not Opening Day (Charlie Finley started it in 1968. Would be disorienting to play a day home opener now)

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