....(small drop off)...
Detroit Red Wings
...(big drop off)...
When I lived in Detroit I hadn't been following hockey in several years (pre Center Ice days and I lived in Los Angeles, then Ft Worth before moving to Detroit, so when I hooked back up with hockey it was when I followed the ascent of the Wings to their '97 Cup. At that time, they were my favorite team, yes, even more than the Sabres. The fact of the matter is that I really couldn't follow the Sabres "remotely" like you can nowadays, and I'd totally lost touch with the NHL anyway. So I actually thought of the Wings as my "home team" for a while; my wife still does.
As for the Dallas area teams, only the Rangers are counted in my "home team" list. The Cowboys are more like a "friends with benefits" team, where I'll spend an evening with them but I'm not emotionally attached. Yesterday's game was enjoyable with the late Cowboys comeback, but I wouldn't have much cared if they'd lost. But when they win, most of the sports fans around me are happy, so it's kinda good when they win.
Don't know. Latched onto them as a kid and been a fan ever since. Other than a brief period of time when Orel Hershieser was dominating on the mound, it's hasn't been an easy fanhood.
I was living in LA at that time. It was more than just Hersh; they had Fernando Valenzuela (whom I adored, as Lasorda used him as a starter, a spot reliever and even a pinch hitter and he pulled them all off well), Bob Welch, and umm.... yeah, one or two other good pitchers on the staff, Steve Sax at second, Mike Marshall (will never forget the brawl he started in San Francisco), Pedro Guerrero as the big bat, Mike Scioscia behind the plate, and the miraculous homer from Kirk Gibson.