How much does where you live matter as a sports fan? The short answer is: It depends.
If you're an Alabama football fan, there's no better place to live than Tuscaloosa. If you're a Red Sox fan, there's no worse place to live than New York City.
But what if you were a free agent, so to speak? What if you loved sports but didn't have a specific affiliation to any team? Say you're moving to a new city. What city would have the most to offer you as a sports fan? What city would give you the best overall experience?
That is what we're here to find out. We took 25 of the best writers from Bleacher Report and beyond to objectively look at their cities and come up with a ranking. To get a better understanding of the categories and grading criteria, click here.
Houston comes in at No. 22.
Houstonians are known more for our ability to consume prodigious amounts of food than for our passionate support of our sporting franchises.
I’m Jeremy Botter, Bleacher Report’s lead mixed martial arts writer. I lived in Houston for 36 years, and though I now reside in Las Vegas, I still consider myself a Texan at heart. I grew up as a family friend of Nolan Ryan and his kids, which means I’m a Houston Astros fan to my very core. I loved the Oilers and was despondent when they decided to move their operations to evil Tennessee.
Love ya blue, forever, is what I’m saying.
I went to Katy High School, where the Texas high school football championship trophy has taken up nearly permanent residence.
I’m qualified to speak of Houston as a sports city, and that’s what I’m doing today. So let’s get started, shall we?