By Jonathan Morales
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 at 4:58 pm in Moraga.
Okay, being 107th in something may not always be worth cheering, but when you’re talking about a list of America’s best sports cities, it’s impressive to see tiny Moraga even make the list.
Sure there are Campolino sports and the aquatic center, but I’m going to exercise a little bias and chalk it up to my alma mater: The Gaels know how to rock McKeon Pavilion.
The top half of the list is pretty heavy with cities with pro teams. Moraga comes after a long line of other college towns like Lubbock, Texas (Texas Tech); State College, Penn. (Penn State); and South Bend, Ind. (Notre Dame). But I’m going to venture to guess most of the 1-106 schools are bigger than St. Mary’s.
And only three cities on the list (as far as I can tell) have fewer people than Moraga: Storrs, Conn., home of the University of Connecticut (20,000 undergrads); Clemson, S.C., home of Clemson University (14,000 undergrads); and Troy, Ala., home of Troy University (21,600 undergrads).
With about 16,000 residents in Moraga and about 2,500 undergrads at St. Mary’s, I’m going to say Moraga being mentioned among other great sports towns is pretty darned impressive (for some others maybe not, depending on how much game-day traffic irks you).
Basketball season starts Nov. 13.