Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Droopy Special: Forbes' Most miserable sports cities 2009

hahah. For years Philadelphia had to be #1 on this list. Now? before reading the article i'm going to guess Seattle, Cleveland and Washington. Lets see:

#1: Seattle: 107 seasons, 1 title among franchises. Mariners awful, Sonics moved. One time is 30 yrs ago.
#2: Atlanta: 145 seasons, 1 title (wow). Braves back down to earth. But they have good college sports with some successes in Ga Tech.
#3: Buffalo: 85 seasons, 2 titles. Bills go 0-4 in superbowls and have been mediocre to bad since.
#4: Phoenix: 84 seasons, 1 title. And that one title was the Diamondbacks.
#5: Houston: 128 seasons, 4 titles. Texans just can't get it going and look like they're doing their third rebuilding job.
#6: San Diego: 89 seasons 1 title (the 1963 AFL title, that doesn't really count does it?). Both NBA franchises tried here have failed (Clippers and rockets)
#7: Denver: 115 seasons, 4 titles. I might argue about this one: Denver's teams seem to be decently successful across the board in recent years. All 4 of their titles happened between 96-01, so 5 years of bliss doesn't mean you're miserable now.
#8: Cleveland: 215 seasons, 7 titles: 5 of those titles were AFL titles in the 50s and 60s ... they havn't won in baseball since 48. They currently own the longest drought of any 3-team city.
#9: Minneapolis: 162 seasons, 8 titles: not much going on lately though. Twins won't spend money, the vikings been poor lately, NBA team dead last while their former franchise player won a title last year. good times. Longest title drought of any of the 4-team cities (edging out washington).
#10: Kansas City: 114 seasons, 3 titles: but they're looking up in baseball.

No Dc. Surprising considering two of our 4 teams are among the worst in the league, the Redskins are middling .500 team for years and the Caps are, well, a hockey team that nobody gives a sh*t about.

man, i'm productive today.


  1. I certainly don't think that you can say that no one gives a crap about the Caps. I think they set franchise records for consecutive sell-outs this year and they're pretty closing to selling out all of their season tickets for next year.

    They've certainly laid a goose egg in the playoffs this year, but they've also proven that they can draw fans.

  2. Yeah that was sarcasm. My running joke about how hockey only has 15 fans nationwide :-)

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  4. Ahh... The annual "Miserable Sports Cities" index/discussion which is one of my favorites every year.

    ***Interesting how Philly moved off the Top 10 with last year's Phils World Championship. It's like a dark cloud lifted off of the city.***

    The thing I love about this is topic is this argument can go in many different directions. In years past we discussed how cities with more than one team should rate higher than three or two team cities. I think that is now part of the index. But now I think TWO NEW categories should be added to the index, which would indeed probably put Philly back on there even after last year, and would DEFINTITELY move Buffalo and Cleveland upward -- probably to the top of the list. They are described below, but I label them as follows:

    The "Passion Index"
    Nutshot Rating

    1. Passion Index: Anyone could tell you the city of Atlanta is mostly a transient city -- most people living there are not from there. Not sure about Seattle. Because of that, I think these two cities would rate lower on the "Passion Index", meaning mostly that the lack of passion towards their teams would negatively affect their miserableness rating.

    "Oh well, the Falcons lost their playoff game this year. Too bad." I think the Falcons actually have trouble even selling out their home games. My point being -- cities like Philly, Cleveland, Buffalo -- they are mostly homegrown fans, with a PASSIONATE (to some degrees one would admit nearly scary) love affair with their teams. Which makes losing all the more difficult.

    2. The "Nutshot Rating": Hard to argue with the "Nutshot Rating." I define this loosely as how hard has the kick to the nuts been in the "near misses" -- again, Buffalo and Cleveland take the cake.

    Buffalo: FOUR, count'em, FOUR SUPERBOWL LOSSES. With one of these losses the infamous "wide right" game. And don't forget the Stanley Cup finals loss to the Dallas Stars when Hull was CLEARLY in the crease, a rule which probably disallowed 25 goals during that playoff season but was horribly missed in OT of the 1999 Game 6 Stanley Cup Final game-winner.

    Cleveland: "The Drive", AFC Championship 1986, where 60,000+ Browns fans in the dog pound got to watch Hall of Famer end their dreams with under 2:00 left in regulation, and to lose in OT. I believe Cleveland lost another time to Elway several years later. And Jose Mesa, blowing Game #7 of the 1997 World Series against Florida up a run in the 9th.

    If you add these two additional "ratings" or factors into the index, I think most would agree these two cities would vault to the top.

    BTW -- Denver is an awful choice on this list. One or two Stanley Cup titles and two Superbowls HARDLY contributes to the miserable index. They have had it GOOD.

    BTW#2 -- I would also say, it's starting to get up there for DC. The 'skins last title was 1991, and for a four sport team (albeit the Nats are recent), things have been pretty barren in the ole' trophy case over the last 15 or so years. Thoughts from you DC Fans?

  5. Additional comment, which I was getting at with the two additional ratings, is I think Philly could still fall on this list. :-) All of the near misses, including yet another NFC Championship game loss (in yet another game where the Eagles were probably favored), the Joe Carter 1993 walkoff (which I will admit thankfully tastes a little less bitter after last year's title), and several Flyers near misses and the Sixers coming up short earlier this decade.

    But I would also say that NO CITY should make the top 10 in a year following any title. That would be a rule. So if you include my newly instituted rule, we'll give Philly a pass this year. :-)

  6. Here's the 4-sport cities and their last championship year:

    New York 2008 nfl
    Los Angeles 2007 nhl
    Chicago 2005 mlb
    Philadelphia 2008 mlb
    Dallas/FW 1999 nhl
    Miami 2006 mlb
    Washington 1992 nfl
    Detroit 2008 nhl
    Boston 2008 nba
    Atlanta 1995 mlb
    Phoenix 2001 mlb
    Minneapolis 1991 mlb
    Denver 2001 nhl

    and likewise for 3-sport cities:
    Houston 1995 nba
    Toronto 1993 mlb
    Oakland 1989 mlb
    St. Louis 2006 mlb
    Pittsburgh 2009 nfl
    Tampa 2004 nhl
    Cleveland 1948 mlb
    Milwaukee 1997 nfl

    Cleveland is by far the longest suffering city. If you wanted to talk about lack of passion among fans, I'd throw Miami in there too.

  7. Check out this Cleveland Indians run; I didn't realize it was this bad. In addition to the late 80's Browns heartbreak:

    Look at this run:

    '95 Hargrove LOST World Series
    '96 Hargrove LOST Division
    '97 Hargrove LOST World Series (Mesa!)
    '98 Hargrove LOST ALCS
    '99 Hargrove LOST Division

    '01 Manuel LOST Division

    '07 Wedge LOST ALCS