5 NFL Cities That Deserve a Championship
For some franchises, it's a bit more elusive than others. The Cowboys, Steelers and Niners know what it's like to get there and win multiple times. Other teams aren't as fortunate.
Here's a look at five NFL franchises whose fan base deserve that day off of work to go to the victory parade.
Buffalo, New York
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The Buffalo Bills spent four years in the early 1990's as a bridesmaid.
Behind quarterback Jim Kelly, the Bills won the AFC and made it to the Super Bowl in four consecutive years, which is impressive on its own. However, they couldn't close the deal and actually win an NFL Championship.
Since 1966, Bills fans have stood by their team through both the good and bad times. The weather in Buffalo is bitter cold and fans pack Ralph Wilson stadium each week during the season without a second thought.
There is hope Bills fans, as this off-season has been a good one so far for the organization. They signed a guy named Mario Williams, you may have heard of him. If not, he's a stud and an instant upgrade to the defense.
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The Seahawks franchise was started in 1976 and fans are still waiting for that ticker tape parade through the streets of Seattle.
Since the beginning, Seattle's fans embraced their team and soon home games were loud and constantly sold out. These crowds became known as the 12th man.
The Seahawks have at least been to and played in the big game, Super Bowl XL in 2006. They lost to the Steelers 21-10 coming off an excellent NFC-best 13-3 season. In the recent past, Seattle has showed promise and fans might finally get the chance to celebrate having the Lombardi trophy in their city.
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The city of Detroit has faced its share of trying times both on and off the field. Through it all, Lions fans have stayed strong and been there for the franchise.
There have been some horrendous Lion's teams and plenty of embarrassing Thanksgiving Day massacres along the way.
After seeing what a Super Bowl win did for the city of New Orleans, it would be fantastic to see Detroit reap similar benefits. A Championship would bring pride and hope to a city that suffered greatly from the recent recession.
Luckily for Lions fans, they shouldn't be too far away from that brass ring. Detroit is solid on both sides of the ball and, if the team can stay healthy, has all the makings of a potential Super Bowl team.
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Oh, Cleveland. First they lose to "The Fumble, then "The Drive". Then they lose their original franchise to Baltimore.
These Browns fans haven't had much to cheer for. With Mike Holmgren serving as President, things are looking up and the Browns have potential for a great upswing. They have a chance to make some moves and set up for the future in the upcoming draft in April.
Let's hope so for the sake of the fans and the city of Cleveland.
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The Arizona Cardinals' last championship was in 1947 as the Chicago Cardinals. This is the second longest active streak without a championship by an American sports team. The Chicago Cubs hold the longest drought with their World Series win in 1908.
The Cardinals were pathetic for so long that folks had given up hope on ever seeing the big game. Kurt Warner turned things around for the franchise and they made it to Super Bowl XLIII in 2008, losing to the Steelers by a close 27-23.
Through their dismal seasons and with the recent resurgence, the Cardinals have won the hearts of many football fans around the world.
With key players in place on both sides of the ball, the Arizona Cardinals are poised to make a run at that elusive Super Bowl title, thus pleasing their long-time supportive fan base.