Top 10 Cities That Deserve a Title
Trying to win a championship is something all cities want their teams to strive for.
Some cities get the reward more often than most. Places such as Miami, New York, and more recently Boston have been rewarded for their patience as fans after long periods of waiting for the fans.
(I know Dolphins and Knicks fans the wait continues).
However, there are some cities that have gotten minimal to no compensation in hardware return for their support, and this list is out to show which cities deserve to get some love with a parade and celebration.
Whether or not they will continue to wait is anyone's guess. But, from looking at the droughts some of these cities have sustained, we can feel their pain.
Honorable Mentions for cities that should receive a title soon:
Sacramento: The capital of the largest state in Union should get a title in the near future.
They only have one professional franchise, the maligned Kings.
The Kings haven't won a title in 58 seasons, and there closest call was in 2002 when they lost to the Lakers in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals in very controversial fashion.
Vancouver: The site of the 2010 Winter Olympics are home to the Canucks, who have yet to hoist the Stanley Cup in their 39 years of existence.
They took Mark Messier and the Rangers to the edge in 1993, but came up short. There recent playoff runs have also ended in lackluster fashion after great regular season runs.
Toronto: The successes of the Argonauts withstanding from the picture it seems this city should get a championship.
The Blue Jays have sputtered since the back to back titles in the mid 90s, and the Raptors have been irrelevant come playoff time in their history.
The city's "team," the Maple Leafs, have not won the Cup in 43 years. At least the Cup is in the city at the Hall of Fame all year til June.
Detroit: Hockeytown can bask in the dominance of the Wings and the efforts of the hard-working Pistons, but they still have the Lions.
The Lions need to end the drought and reach a Super Bowl.
The Tigers also are starting to gather years on their last title and a recent World Series appearance is not enough.
Chicago: Chicago only got on title in the past decade from all its sports franchises.
But from some perspectives it was won by the team that has the smallest fan base (White Sox).
The Blackhawks are on a run that may or may not end in a title win, but they currently hold the longest drought in the league.
Also, the Bears shuffling days are getting a little dusty, and MJ's brillance is being to look like yesteryear.
Oh and the Cubs...
No. 10 Kansas City
This city known for its BBQ has gotten used to the idea of not winning championships.
The Royals who have not won the title in 26 years, and have been the bottom-dwellers of the league with the Pirates for most of the years since.
Notable players such as Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran have come and gone.
Young ace Zach Greinke is the hope for KC's future.
The Chiefs have gone even longer without a title.
It's been 41 years since the days of Lenny Dawson and Coach Hank Stram.
The new organization, built mostly from personal of the Patriots, hopes to change things.
No. 9 San Diego
Though being on this list looks bad for San Diegans (as said by "Anchorman" Ron Burgandy), don't sweat it, you still reside in San Diego.
However the Chargers haven't won it since the AFL days with one of the greatest wide receivers of all time in Lance Alworth.
They have played in a Super Bowl, but were embarrassed by Steve Young, and have since come up short in playoff appearances.
The Padres have also had their lackluster title appearance in a butt-kicking sweep at the hands of the Yankees.
In spite of their surprising start, they are considered rebuilding now and I don't see a title in sight.
No. 8 Seattle
Seattle very well could be higher on this list, but I have them as No. 8.
They no longer have there basketball franchise the Sonics, but in the 90s Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton came close to bringing Seattle a title.
In baseball, one of the great mysteries is how the mega-talented Mariners of the 90's didn't bring a title home.
This included a 2001 team that won 116 games, and I don't even think that team was their best. It's been 33 years since the M's have been around and no title.
The Seahawks have possibly the craziest and loudest environment to play in for an opposing team, but it has still not brought them a championship in 33 years.
No. 7 Atlanta
Yes, the Thrashers haven't been a team for that long and the Braves won it all 15 years ago, but Atlanta is a city that makes the list.
The Braves plain and simply should have won more titles with the streak of division titles that they won.
That is why I think in some ways it is almost worse than some of the longer streaks of ineptitude from other teams.
The Falcons have not won a Super Bowl and have been around for over 40 years. Hopefully Michael "The Burner" Turner and Matt "Matty Ice" Ryan can bring one to the ATL in the future.
The Hawks have also gone 50 years without a championship even with Dominque Wilkins in the 1980s.
No. 6 Phoenix
The Suns have been around for 41 years and always seem to be a team with a lot of wins, but just don't have that "it" factor to finish it.
John Paxson and the Bulls ruined their best chance in 1993 with a team starring Charles Barkley. Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire look to end the streak this season.
The Cardinals technically haven't won a title going back to 1947, but they have changed cities several time since that year.
We will see if they can come together under Matt Leinart to get back to the Super Bowl.
The Coyotes may or may not be going back to Winnipeg, despite the fact that nobody in Arizona cares...
At least Luis Gonzalez got that hit off Mariano in '01!
No. 5 Philadelphia
The Phillies were only a small piece of redemption for the Philly sports fans.
Their run to excellence came after a long dry spell in one of the most passionate sports cities in the country.
The Flyers haven't won a title in over 30 years since the days of the 'Broad Street Bullies'.
This years team may in fact take away the streak and move Philly in to the category of winning sports cities with two championship caliber teams.
76ers fans have waited a long time as well to see their team win something.
Allen Iverson almost won a title by himself in one season, but since then, they haven't gotten to the promise land.
It was a shame that Donovan McNabb was unable to end the drought for the Eagles as he got the them to the playoffs in most of the seasons as QB of the team.
I don't think Kevin Kolb is going to get them to a Super Bowl, but if Rex Grossman can do it, anyone can.
No. 4 Oakland
The Raiders are, well, the Raiders.
You never know what you're going to get from the Raiders, but one thing for sure is they will not be winning the Super Bowl next season.
The A's had a good run in the end of the 80s with the 'Bash Brothers', but have since been up and down without any World Series appearances.
The Warriors have never really been a real good team in my lifetime, and who knows what their current direction is outside of having Stephen Curry.
No. 3 Milwaukee
Milwaukee is an underrated city in terms of sports woes and struggles to win a championship.
They've never won a World Series, and they're only appearance was in 1982.
Since than they haven't done very well even after switching leagues, and getting a beautiful new ballpark.
The Bucks won their crown in their third year of the team's history as 'Fear the Deer' still is the quickest team to win a title after expansion.
Since then they have yet to win one.
No. 2 Washington D.C.
The nation's Capital is the runner-up for the city that deserves a title the most.
The Capitals were the best team in the regular season this past year, but it didn't mean anything as they were upset early in the playoffs.
The Nationals/Expos haven't won a title, and the franchise's best year was unluckily at their peak during the strike shortened season.
Here's to hoping that Stephen Strasburg is what all the Nationals fans have hoped for.
Wizards are going on 31 years and are counting on John Wall to build a bright future.
The Redskins have won the city's most recent title, but with every disappointing season the team seems further and further from the greatness of the 'Joe Gibbs Years' (Part 1).
No. 1 Cleveland
No surprise. Cleveland lands the dubious honor of No. 1 on the list.
The Cavs' most recent disappoint adds to the pain and torment in this cities sports landscape.
If LeBron were to leave, it would be catastrophic.
The Browns have a team history that sports fans all over can give their up most sorrow towards.
'The Drive', 'The Move' and Tim Couch have made it a sorry experience to be a Browns fan. Here's to hoping Colt McCoy can be the answer.
Lastly, the Indians have gone over 60 years without a championship.
The Marlins win over the team in the 1997 World Series was a dagger into many Clevelander's hearts.
No. 1a Buffalo
The Buffalo Bills are a team that has long since suffered through many heartbreaks. The four straight Super Bowl appearance and the Music City Miracle come to mind.
Also the Sabres' inability to bring home the big Cup despite the having "The Dominator" Dominik Hasek and now star goalie Ryan Miller have led to despair in Buffalo.