I'm not going to lie. As a native New Yorker, I was rooting hard for a Kings vs. Rangers Stanley Cup Final.
Sorry rest of America, but there's nothing quite like the two greatest cities in the country getting together to decide the championship for one of the four major sports.
I'm an NBA guy through and through, and while a weekend in South Beach is as good as it gets, good luck selling me on the San Antonio end of the Heat-Spurs NBA Finals.
New York vs. Los Angeles, on the other hand, has everything you want.
It's glamour and glitz and star power.
It's Hollywood vs. Wall Street. Malibu vs. Broadway.
It's Staples Center vs. Madison Square Garden. Sunset Boulevard vs. Times Square.
Does it get any better?
Thing is, as I sat down to extoll the virtues of the two biggest sports stages in the world, it hit me like a Nolan Ryan fastball to the ribs just how far New York has fallen behind L.A. when it comes to our sports teams.
It's almost embarrassing how bad things are in my hometown, especially when you consider how good things are in Los Angeles.
Even with the Lakers struggling in a rebuilding phase, the L.A. sports buffet offers a bunch of other delicious dishes to delight our palate.
With Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers can create magic on any given night.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are a dynamic duo for the Clippers.
Mike Trout is a highlight show waiting to happen.
Brett Hundley is a Heisman Trophy candidate at UCLA.
And the Kings are that nerve-racking cliffhanger you can't stop watching.
Did I mention California Chrome will be looking to make history on your turf this weekend?
It's a 24/7 sports smorgasbord.
The Dodgers will draw more than three million fans this year — again — the Angels will exceed two million.
The Lakers play in front of superstars and the Clippers sell out every night.
And we don't come out just to mingle.
Our teams are damn good.
On top of the weather and beaches and mountains and all that eye candy we enjoy every day, our sports nights are filled with star power and entertainment and winning.
Lots and lots of winning.
New York, not so much.
The Big Apple has gone sour all of a sudden.
Aside from the Rangers — who are making just their second trip to the Stanley Cup Final over the past 20 years — what exactly does New York have going for it?
From baseball to basketball to football, these are sad times in Gotham.
I've been a Mets fan my whole life, but is there a more boring team in baseball?
Quick, turn off your smartphone and tell me who plays first base for the Mets.
What about shortstop?
Or right field?
I guarantee you every single New York baseball fan knows Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Puig man those positions for the Dodgers.
But consider yourself a geek — and for the love of man, get a life — if you knew Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and Curtis Granderson played those positions for the Mets.
And then there's the Yankees, who got old all of a sudden and didn't have the farm system to replenish. They've somehow scored fewer runs this year than the Mets, a watered-down, small-market-looking $80 million roster filled with a bunch of second-rate players.
Yet the 20,00 frustrated diehards keep showing up to Citi Field.
New York should be ashamed of itself, fielding a team like that. Or for letting owner Fred Wilpon get away with it.
Say what you want about Los Angeles being laid back, but when it comes time to run an owner out of town, we get to work.
So long, Frank McCourt. Hello, Guggenheim Baseball Group.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Donald Sterling. Pull up a chair, Steve Ballmer.
And don't get me started on the New York Knicks and the bungling manner in which James Dolan has rendered them irrelevant.
The Knicks have spent just as much money as the Lakers over the past three decades and have two finals appearances to show for it. They've won one playoff series over the past 14 years.
They've changed coaches and regimes and they finally got so desperate they begged Phil Jackson to come save them.
But only after paying him a whopping $60 million.
Not to coach, mind you.
To oversee the basketball office.
The Brooklyn Nets are soaring over the salary cap and stuck with an aging roster the next two years.
Meanwhile, the Lakers have the seventh draft pick, a boatload of money and the lure of history, the beach and great weather to entice free agents to come to Los Angeles.
And we still get to watch Paul and Griffin and Doc Rivers and the Clippers as we wait on the Lakers.
Yup, life is good on the L.A. sports scene.
Not so much in New York. The Jets can't get their act together at quarterback and the Giants and Eli Manning are slumping badly.
And the New York Islanders are ...
Wait a minute, are the Islanders still in the NHL?
Yo, New York! What's up with your sports teams?
I know, I know. Los Angeles doesn't even have an NFL team.
For now, anyway.
But keep this in mind
You know who was paying attention to the Clippers — THE CLIPPERS! — selling for $2 billion dollars and the Dodgers going for $2.15 billion recently?
The NFL, that's who.
Life on the L.A. sports scene is that good right now.
New York, not so much.