Bay Area Sports: A Decade in Review
In the last decade, Bay Area sports teams have seen both all-time highs and all-time lows.
To start the decade off, the San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball (MLB) solidified their dynasty in the baseball community, winning three of the first five World Series Championships in the 2010s. However in recent years, they have struggled to keep their winning streak, starting their decline after their championship season in 2014. On the other side of the Bay, the Oakland Athletics are a steadily competitive baseball team, making the playoffs five times in the last decade.
The San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL) started the decade strong, even reaching the Super Bowl in 2012. In the second half of the decade, the 49ers struggled due to factors such as frequent coaching changes. They had a streak of five seasons without a winning record, which would not qualify them for the playoffs. In 2019, however, they finally made it over the hump, which could be due to their overwhelming defense and above-average offense. This combination puts them on track to having a very successful season. On the other hand, the Oakland Raiders have struggled throughout the decade, making only one playoff appearance in the last decade and losing their first game and only playoff game of the decade. The Raiders look for a new start, as they are moving to their new Las Vegas stadium next season, leaving the 49ers as the sole Bay Area football unit.
The Golden State Warriors became one of the most dominant dynasties in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. Stars like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant led the Warriors to three NBA Championships in five years, missing the playoffs only two times in the decade. In the 2015-2016 season, Most Valuable Player winner Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a record-breaking 73-9 record. Despite being a very controversial team because of the roster stacked with multiple future hall-of-famers, the Warriors solidified themselves as a hall of fame basketball team.
In the realm of professional hockey, the San Jose Sharks were a very skilled team throughout the decade, only missing the playoffs one time. Unfortunately, they were never able to win the Stanley Cup, the National Hockey League’s (NHL) championship series, despite reaching the conference finals three times and the Stanley Cup once.
Bay Area sports have proven dominant throughout the decade, winning a grand total of six championships and reaching a championship series ten times across four leagues.