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Breakdown of Favorite Teams & Drivers (Updated)
Reuploaded due to some major changes that occurred in the last couple weeks, plus in the original I forgot to add a link to a current post in case of any further updates. The ‘Year Started’ refers to the year that the team joined the league that I am speaking of. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series- Matt Tifft Year Started: 2019 Championships: N/A Tifft will begin his first-ever full-time season in the Cup Series in 2019, driving the new #36 car for Front Row Motorsports. NASCAR Xfinity Series- Chase Briscoe Year Started: 2018 Championships: N/A Briscoe started roughly half the schedule in the Xfinity Series in 2018, earning his first career Xfinity win in the process, however this year he will likely be running the full schedule for the #98 team of Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste Racing. NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series- Ben Rhodes Year Started: 2016 Championships: N/A Rhodes started racing full-time in the Truck Series in 2016, with two wins, 17 top fives and 33 top 10’s over the course of three seasons with a best points finish of fifth. In 2019, Rhodes will continue racing in the #41 truck for ThorSport Racing. ARCA Racing Series- Mike Basham Year Started: 2016 Championships: N/A Basham began racing nearly the full schedule in 2016 at age 48, albeit using underfunded equipment for most of his full-time racing career, with only one top 10 in three seasons. In 2019, Basham will continue racing for his father’s team in the #34 car. National Football League- Cincinnati Bengals Year Started: 1970 Championships: N/A After the Bengals joined the NFL in 1970, the team has been unable to bring home a championship, however they did go to the Super Bowl in the 1981 and 1988 seasons, but lost in both of those games. Alliance of American Football- Atlanta Legends Year Started: 2019 Championships: N/A The Legends, a brand new team, will join a brand new league in the AAF, for the inaugural 2019 season. Arena Football League- Columbus AFL Team Year Started: 2019 Championships: N/A The Columbus AFL team will begin their inaugural season in 2019 and take over as Ohio's main indoor football team, however an official team name has not yet been announced as of my writing this. Indoor Football League- Quad City Steamwheelers Year Started: 2019 Championships: N/A The Steamwheelers move over into the IFL after spending a season as a part of the Champions Indoor Football league, with this set to be their first season in IFL competition. National Hockey League- Columbus Blue Jackets Year Started: 2000 Championships: N/A The Blue Jackets joined the NHL as an expansion team in the 2000-01 season, however they have also not yet made it to a Stanley Cup Final, appearance or victory. American Hockey League- Cleveland Monsters Year Started: 2001 Championships: 1 (2016) The Monsters were originally known as the Utah Grizzlies in the AHL from 2001 to 2005, before taking a one-year hiatus and relocating to Cleveland in 2007 as the Lake Erie Monsters. Since then the team won its first championship in 2016 and renamed itself to the Cleveland Monsters at the start of the 2016-17 season. They are affiliated with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL. East Coast Hockey League- Cincinnati Cyclones Year Started: 1995 Championships: 2 (2008, 2010) While the name ‘Cincinnati Cyclones’ has been used for three different franchises, I’m referring to the current team here. After relocating to Miami as the Louisville Riverfrogs from 1995 to 1998, and then relocating to Cincinnati for the 2001-02 season after a one year stint as the Miami Matadors, the team has had a successful run with two championships and a third Kelly Cup appearance in 2014. They are affiliated with the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL. Federal Hockey League- Mentor Ice Breakers Year Started: 2018 Championships: N/A The Ice Breakers joined for this season as an expansion team for the FHL in 2018, however the team has struggled so far in its inaugural season, falling to last in points as of this article. Major League Baseball- Cincinnati Reds Year Started: 1903 Championships: 5 (1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, 1990) The Reds became part of the MLB prior to the 1903 season, and as one of the oldest MLB franchises have won five World Series championships along with four other World Series appearances. Triple-A Baseball- Columbus Clippers Year Started: 1977 Championships: 2 (2010, 2011) The Clippers won two out of the four overall AAA championship games/series that they have been a part of since becoming a minor league team in 1977. They are affiliated with the Cleveland Indians in the MLB. Eastern League- Akron RubberDucks Year Started: 1997 Championships: 6 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2016) The RubberDucks have had a good run over the course of their relatively short time thus far, despite being called the Akron Aeros until the 2014 season, when they assumed the RubberDucks name. They are affiliated with the Cleveland Indians in the MLB. Southern League- Tennesee Smokies Year Started: 1972 Championships: 2 ½ (1974, 1978, Co-champ in 2004) The Smokies found success early on, but have been shut out since the 1978 season, except for a co-championship in 2004 when the rest of the playoffs was cancelled due to Hurricane Ivan. They are affiliated with the Chicago Cubs in the MLB. Texas League- Springfield Cardinals Year Started: 2005 Championships: 1 (2012) The Cardinals again have found success with a 2012 championship in just 13 years as being a part of the Texas League. As the name suggests, they are affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB. California League- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Year Started: 1993 Championships: 3 (1994, 2015, 2018) The Quakes have found their way to three championships, breaking a 21-year long championship drought in the process, and play in a city that has a very fun name to say. They are affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the MLB. Carolina League- Salem Red Sox Year Started: 1968 Championships: 6 (1972, 1973, 1974, 1987, 2001, 2013) The Red Sox have had a strong run in the Southern League, winning championships and making championship appearances on a consistent basis. Not surprisingly, they are affiliated with the Boston Red Sox in the MLB. Florida State League- Daytona Tortugas Year Started: 1993 Championships: 5 ½ (1995, 2000, Co-champ in 2004, 2008, 2011, 2013) The Tortugas were initially known as the Daytona Cubs as they joined the Florida State League in 1993, which is the moniker that they have won all five and a half championships under. However, when their affiliation shifted from the Chicago Cubs to the Cincinnati Reds in 2015, they switched to their current name. If you enjoyed this article, please consider becoming a supporter on Patreon: patreon.com/Zmiller82 Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/Zmiller_82 Current Breakdown: goo.gl/JgpzRL

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