Are we in a Golden Age of Bay Area sports?

Are we in a Golden Age of Bay Area sports?
February 4, 2013, 11:15 am
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The Giants have won baseball's crown two of the last three tries, and show no signs of regression. (AP)

Often times, history paints a better picture of the past, than it actually seemed at the time.  In other words, we can get so caught up in a moment, that we fail to appreciate the present for what it is. 

Which brings us to a compelling question: Is this a golden age of Bay Area sports?

Even with the 49ers loss in Super Bowl 47 yesterday, the storied franchise remains ever-so-close to a sixth Lombardi Trophy. With the likes of Harbaugh, Kaepernick, Willis, Davis and Crabtree intact ... promise remains high for San Francisco's core.  Nobody feels like this was a one-shot deal.

And then there are the Giants. They've only won baseball's crown two of the last three tries, and show no signs of regression as Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean continue on the verge of what could be considered a dynasty.

In the East Bay, the Warriors only have two winning seasons to their name in the last 18 years. But here in 2013, they are poised and on track for a return to the playoffs, as one of the biggest cinderella teams in the NBA.

Not to forget the 2012 A's.  Predicted by many to lose 100 times, they ended up making the improbable a reality, winning the A.L. West in game 162 of the season.

The South Bay is no stranger to success stories, either. The Sharks have been a playoff team in each of their last eight campaigns, and with a 7-0-1 start, are aimed to knock on Lord Stanley's door again this year.

The Earthquakes won 2012's Supporters Shield, with the best record in Major League Soccer.  A new, modern home for the team also broke ground, securing them for the long term.

The nationally-ranked San Jose State Spartans enjoyed remarkable resurgence, going from one win in 2010, to 11 this year, including a victory in the Military Bowl.

While up highway 101, Stanford football capped off their fourth consecutive season with a bowl game, coming up Roses on New Year's Day. Besides churning out the likes of Harbaugh, Gerhart and Luck, the Cardinal have lost only five times in the last three seasons.

Even if all of these teams aren't "yours"... this part of the country is.  And times like these don't happen often, nor do they last forever.  Just something to keep in mind, before the present escapes us.