The 10 Worst Cities in America To be a Sports Fan
We all go through it, those of us who really care about the teams we cheer for, at least. Some of us go through it more than others. If you've lived in Boston you have barely gone through it at all since 2001. For some of us its more painful than others. What am I talking about? The agony of defeat.
At the start of every year, sports fans think that this could be the year for their team. Most of the time it's not;most cities very rarely have a sports team that wins a championship in a given year and these 10 cities are the perfect example of that.
Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), Cleveland Browns (NFL), Cleveland Indians (MLB)
Championships: 6 (2 by Indians, 4 by Browns)
Last championship: 1964
Cleveland kicks off the list of worst sports cities at number 10. Their three sports franchises combine have only been able to produce six championships for the city over the years. Most people under the age of 46 would have a hard time fact believing that. But since their last championship 1964, Cleveland has the second longest championship drought of all cities with at least two major professional sports franchises.
The Cavs came into this season hoping to end the drought knowing they had one of the best teams and the NBA. They also knew that if they did not win a championship, that LeBron was as good as gone. They finished the season with the best record in the NBA, but couldn't beat the Boston Celtics in the second round. Now, Cleveland fans will have to wait and see how the offseason plays out to see if they get James back, knowing that any NBA championship in the near future rides on his decision.
Teams: Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Championships: 5 (5 by Reds)
Last Championship: 1990
The fact that the Cincinnati Bengals have not won a Super Bowl since they became a franchise in 1968 is pretty bad. Almost as bad is the fact that the Reds have only won five championships in 128 years. The last time the city of Cincinnati won anything was in 1990, but before that ,you have to go all the way back to 1976, when the Reds won their fourth World Series Title.
Although the Bengals have never won a championship in their existence, they have been the best team in Cincinnati as of late. They finished 10-6 and first in the AFC North, but continued their history by loosing in the first round to the New York Jets.
Teams: Miami Heat (NBA), Miami Dolphins (NFL), Florida Marlins (MLB)
Championships: 5 (1 by Heat, 2 by Dolphins, 2 by Marlins)
Last championship: 2006
Probably somewhere around half of the professional athletes in America live, at least part time, in Miami. It is a tropical paradise, yet none of the teams in Miami seem to be able to use this as a selling point in bringing in skilled athletes. The Heat, however, were able to win a championship in2006 when they brought in Shaquille O'Neal and teamed him up with Dwyane Wade for the cities last championship.
The fans of Miami have all but given up on their teams. The Marlins were second to last in average attendance last year with an average crowd of 18,770. The Heat and Dolphins each ranked 15th in their respective leagues for average attendance.
7. Kansas City
Teams: Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), Kansas City Royals (MLB), Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Championships: 3 (1 Chiefs, 2 Royals)
Last Championship: 1985
Last season was a textbook Kansas City type season with the Chiefs and Royals combining for a record of 69-109. For the Kansas City Royals every season since their 1985 World Series victory has been like that. They have failed to make the playoffs each of the last 24 seasons since 1985.
Only in the state of Missouri would the Kansas City Chiefs not be able to take the claim of worst team in the state, that honor belongs to the St. Louis Rams. The lowly Chiefs have not been to the Super Bowl since their only victory in 1970 and have not made the postseason since the 2006 NFL season, the ninth longest drought in the NFL.
Teams: Buffalo Bills (NFL), Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Championships: 2 (2 by Bills)
Last Championship: 1965
Some call it coincidence, others call it bad luck, but most Buffalo residents call it the Buffalo Curse. This curse is Buffalo natives reasoning behind their teams inability to bring home a title in the last 45 years. The curse rose to popularity after the Bills lost four straight Super Bowls in the early 90's and the Sabre's inability to win a Stanley Cup.
Ever since the 1998 season, the Bills have been unable to achieve a winning record and have accumulated the longest current playoff drought in the NFL. With preseason and now regular season games being scheduled in Toronto, rumors are that the Bills are going to ditch the city of Buffalo and the curse in hopes of greener Canadian pastures.
Teams: Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Championships: 2 (2 by Rockets)
Last championship: 1995
The Dynamo and the Texans may both be relatively new teams in their respective leagues, but in their short time as franchises, have not been able to change Houston's losing ways. The Texans finally got their first winning record in franchise history in 2009, but were still unable to reach the playoffs.
Ever since 1995, putting on a Rockets jersey has been the easy way for players to say I want my career to end soon. Don't believe me? Ask Tracey McGrady, Yao Ming, or Clyde Drexler; they will probably agree. The Rockets have not been able to win a division title and have only been able to make it out of the first round once since winning the NBA championship in 1995.
Teams: Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Atlanta Falcons (NFL), Atlanta Braves (MLB), Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Championships: 1 (1 by Braves)
Last title: 1995
From 1991 to 2005, the Braves were arguably the best and most consistent team in Major League Baseball. The won an unprecedented 14 straight division titles in that time period. Despite, making the playoffs 14 years in a row, the Braves were only able to win the World Series once.
The Falcons, on the other hand, have almost always been a losing team. They have only made it to the Super Bowl once, a loss to the Denver Broncos in 1998,and have only made it to the NFC Championship game twice. They have recently been attempting to rebuild after star quarterback Michael Vick was arrested in 2007, but following a 9-7 record in 2009, things are looking up for the Falcons.
Teams: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Championships: 1 (1 by Diamondbacks)
Last Championship: 2001
Just three years after becoming a franchise, the Arizona Diamondbacks became the winningest team in Phoenix history when they brought the city its first and only championship. That team, that featured Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, and Luis Gonzalez soon was dismantled and the Diamondbacks have failed to make the playoffs all but two years since then.
The Suns and Cardinals have shown recent success, with the Suns making it to the the Western Conference Finals twice since 2005 and the Cardinals making the Super Bowl in 2008. Unfortunately, both teams were unable to capitalize and left their city with a mere one championship.
2. San Diego
Teams: San Diego Chargers (NFL), San Diego Padres (MLB)
Championships: 1 (1 by Chargers)
Last Championship: 1963
Like the city of Buffalo, the people of San Diego believe in a curse that has kept their teams from winning any modern day sports championships. The Chargers won the AFL Championship in 1963, but they have never won a Super Bowl.
The Chargers have made the playoffs every year since 2006 but have failed to make it to the Super Bowl in that time. The only Super Bowl the Chargers have made in their history was in 1995 when they lost to the San Francisco 49ers. Don't worry San Diego fans, while losing may be your specialty, you aren't dead last this time, that honor goes to...
Teams: Seattle SuperSonics (relocated to Oklahoma City in 2009, NBA), Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Mariners (MLB), Seattle Sounders (MLS)
Championships: 1 (1 by SuperSonics)
Last championship: 1979
Hey Seattle, the only team to ever bring you a championship may have turned its back on you and left for Oklahoma, but if it's any consolation you are officially the worst city never to win a championship. Another consolation is you get to keep the Seahawks and the Mariners, even if they had a combined record of 90-88 and both failed to make the playoffs last year. Although your sports teams as a whole may be pretty bad, you can give them a nice pat on the back because they have won your city the award for Worst City in America to be a Sports Fan.