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March 25, 2013

Leading Off: NorCal's most beloved team: Giants or 49ers?

Luke, a midtown Sacramento resident and longtime Giants fan, took exception via email last week when I proclaimed the 49ers as the most beloved pro sports team in Northern California.

Luke, a midtown Sacramento resident and longtime Giants fan, took exception via email last week when I proclaimed the 49ers as the most beloved pro sports team in Northern California.

His argument was valid, considering the Giants have won the "World Serious" – in Luke's words – two of the past three seasons while the 49ers have not won a Super Bowl in 18 years.

Still, it's a good debate, especially with baseball season starting Sunday.

Do NorCal fans have a bigger spot in their heart for the 49ers now that they're title contenders again and a year away from moving into their long-awaited stadium in Santa Clara, or the defending world champions who play in the best ballpark in baseball?

Do fans prefer Colin Kaepernick over Buster Posey? Matt Cain over Patrick Willis? Jim Harbaugh over Bruce Bochy?

With apologies to loyal A's and Raiders fans, the Bay Area's top teams have S.F. logos.

Some fans can choose a favorite. Others would consider it as impossible as choosing between children.

Giants or 49ers?

What to watch

NHL, Sharks at Anaheim, 7 p.m., CSNCA: The Sharks meet the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks for the second time in four games and will meet them again Wednesday.

Today's poll

Which is NorCal's favorite pro team?

49ers

Giants

It's a toss-up

Neither

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Weekend poll results

Besides the Kings, what would you most like to see in a new arena?

NBA All-Star Game: 22%

NCAA basketball tournament: 40%

Major concerts: 32%

Political conventions: 5%

Total votes: 410

Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.

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