Ranking Which U.S. City Has the Best Athletes: Philadelphia, Boston and the Rest

Joe IannelloAnalyst IIIMarch 28, 2011

Ranking Which U.S. City Has the Best Athletes: Philadelphia, Boston and the Rest

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    There are 13 cities in the United States that have teams from the four major sports. These are some of the biggest markets in America where the brightest stars can shine.

    Which city has the best collection of stars across the four major sports? What fanbase has that special talent or personality that can draw them to watch a sport that they make not even like? This is a ranking of each of the 13 cities best players from each sport.

    Each team gets two players, so every city will have eight players fighting for United States supremacy. Does your city have the biggest and best stars? How can this be judged? Here is how we're going to try.

    They will be ranked on the following scale from 1-5 with 5 being the highest:

    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

    Here are the 13 U.S. cities with four major sports teams biggest stars and how they stack up.

Atlanta, Georgia

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    I wanted to give bonus points to Hotlanta for having Ludicrous, but I figured I would have to give points to Philly for Will Smith so I decided against it.

    Atlanta rocks a pretty solid lineup of professional sports teams, with three out of the four teams making the playoffs consistently.

    Here is the breakdown:

     

    Falcons- Matt Ryan, Michael Turner

    1) Talent- 3.5.

    Matt Ryan has proven that he can win at the pro level but do defenses really shudder at the thought of playing him? Or does the threat of Michael Turner running the ball make the almost immobile "Matty Ice" that much more effective? He is a natural leader and has good arm strength and accuracy. Michael Turner has proven that he deserves to be a starting back. He is a bull with great speed.

    The Falcons rep the ATL pretty well from a talent standpoint.

    2) Success- 2.5

    The Falcons had the best record in the NFC this season, but they haven't done much until now with their current stars to earn a great score here.

    3) Star appeal- 3

    Matt Ryan is about as interesting as an arm chair, and that is coming from a guy that has met him (went to high school around me.) Even so, Atlanta has fallen in love with Ryan and is just what the franchise needed and deserved after the Michael Vick debacle. Extra credit for that.

    4) Income with endorsements- 3.5

    Matt Ryan did pretty well when he received almost $35 million in guaranteed money from his rookie contract, and I'll leave it at that.

    5) Charity Work- 3

    Ryan has been involved with charity work since before college and has continued that into his professional career.  


    Braves- Jason Heyward, Chipper Jones

    1) Talent- 4

    Larry Jones get extra credit here as he somehow was successful in being called, "Chipper." Heyward is obviously one of the best and brightest young stars in the game. Chipper's game has dipped slightly with his recent rash of injuries but still an excellent score from the talent standpoint.

    2) Success- 2.5

    The Braves blew a seven-game lead over the summer to the Phillies (who won the division by six games), but they still made the playoffs. They have not been much of a factor the past few seasons in the postseason, but that may change this year with the great mix of youth and veteran players in the dugout.

    3) Star appeal- 4.5

    Chipper Jones is known by almost every baseball fan. He has had a Hall of Fame worthy career that he looks to build on this coming season. Jayson Heyward is either on ESPN or the cover of SI every week it seems, so big kudos on the star appeal front.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4.5

    Chipper boasts the 12th highest income ever by a baseball player, earning a staggering $141.5 million. Something tells me Heyward will be pushing Chipper further down the list before all is said and done.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    You would hope that Chipper would be giving a little back with the type of money he has earned, and he has. He has been nominated for numerous Man of the Year awards, and he even has a Chardonnay named after him, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity. Good stuff.


    Hawks- Josh Smith, Joe Johnson

    1) Talent- 3.5

    Josh Smith is one of the most talented players in the NBA. He is a naturally-gifted athlete. Joe Johnson is a self-proclaimed, "gym rat" who has become an All-Star through hard work and dedication. Solid score here.

    2) Success- 2.5

    The Hawks seem to challenge the top teams in the playoffs each season, but they haven't been able to knock down any doors. Don't expect this to change anytime soon in an NBA where there are only four to six legitimate title contenders.

    3) Star appeal- 2.5

    Is anyone in New York talking about Joe Johnson? Does anyone in Boston care what Josh Smith ate for dinner last night? Didn't think so.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    NBA salaries are out of control!

    5) Charity Work- 3

    Neither guy has their own charity, but both do there part, as they have partaken in multiple charity functions hosted by other players in the NBA. 


    Thrashers- Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd

    1) Talent- 3.5

    "Big Buff" is a pretty special talent in the NHL. 260 lbs. and good speed is a dangerous combination in hockey. He has shown that he is versatile as well by moving to defense and not skipping a beat.

    Ladd has 27 goals and 27 assists and is one of the best young players in the NHL. The Thrashers can definitely build their team around these two players.

    2) Success- 2

    Atlanta as a whole hasn't won much lately have they?

    3) Star appeal- 2

    Buff thinks he is a star...That counts, I guess.

    4) Income with endorsements- 3

    Not as much as the other top players in Atlanta, but they're not starving either.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Andrew Ladd was named Captain of the Thrashers because he is a leader on and off the ice. He does his own charity work in the offseason. Great job.


13th Place- Atlanta, Georgia

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

    14.5

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

    9.5

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

    12

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    15

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

    14

    TOTAL- 65

    Atlanta fans do not have to be told this, but the lack of championships lately has really hurt their star power.

Phoenix, Arizona

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    You may be thinking Arizona doesn't have the star power to do well in a competition like this, but they do have some of the biggest names in sports.

    Let's see how the Cardinal's, Suns, Diamondbacks and Coyotes do.

     

    Cardinal's- Larry Fitzgerald, Joey Porter

    1) Talent- 4

    Fitz gets a five and Porter a three at this point.

    2) Success- 3

    Fallen off the wagon since the Super Bowl appearance haven't they?

    3) Star appeal- 4.5

    Both of them are stars. 

    4) Income with endorsements- 3.5

    Arizona is getting Fitzgerald at chump change right now, but he will be a free agent after this season, uh oh.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Fitzgerald started a charity in honor of his mother, pretty neat idea.

     

    Suns- Steve Nash, Vince Carter

    1) Talent- 4.5

    Nash is a four for his hard work and dedication, I still have to give Carter a five even if his skills have diminished.

     2) Success- 3

    One-and-done in the playoffs is the Sunny way.

    3) Star appeal- 4

    Both guys are fours in the star category.

    4) Income with endorsements- 5

    Can you believe that Vince Carter makes $17 million this season? What if I said it goes up next year?

    5) Charity Work- 4.5

    The Steve Nash Foundation is a great charity program, and Vince Carter has a charity gala every year.

     

    Diamondbacks- Stephen Drew, Justin Upton

    1) Talent- 3.5

    Four to Upton and a three to Drew.

    2) Success- 2

    Long time since Randy Johnson and Schilling pitched there.

    3) Star appeal- 2.5

    Three to Upton and a two to Drew.

    4) Income with endorsements- 2.5

    At this point, Upton is still under a million. That will change when his entry contract is up.

    5) Charity Work- 2.5

    Expect more with more experience in the league. 

     

    Coyotes- Keith Yandle, Shane Doan

    1) Talent- 4

    Yandle gets a four because of the talent and Doan a four because of his hard-working nature.

    2) Success- 2

    They're doing...better.

    3) Star appeal- 2

    I'd rather watch a Chia Pet grow than hear Keith Yandle say one more word.

    4) Income with endorsements- 3

    Yandle is a bargain at $1.3 million, and Doan is nicely compensated at $4.5 million.

    5) Charity Work- 3

    Both are involved with the Coyote's team charity.

     

     

     

     

     

12th Place- Phoenix, Arizona

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

     16

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

    10

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

    13

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    14

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

    14

    TOTAL- 67

    Solid talent in Arizona, but a lack of success leads to less star appeal; hence the poor showing in this ranking.

Miami, Florida

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    Miami's star really started to shine brighter when LeBron and Chris Bosh decided to join D-Wade in Miami. Let's see if that can push them to the top. Heat, Dolphins, Marlins, Panthers.

    Heat- Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

    1) Talent- 5

    I may not like LeBron, but he may be the best athlete of all-time in any sport. D-Wade is pretty good too.

    2) Success- 4

    Man the Cavaliers are bad.

    3) Star appeal- 5

    The guys are ALWAYS on ESPN.  

    4) Income with endorsements- 5

    Will the other Florida sports help out enough with the scoring? 

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Kings for Kids charity for LeBron and Wade has already done a ton for his hometown of Chicago.

     

    Panthers- Thomas Vokoun, Stephen Weiss

    1) Talent- 3

    Vokoun gets a four and Weiss a two.

     2) Success- 1

    They've won as many championships as LeBron...

    3) Star appeal- 2

    Vokoun has been drooled over by fans in trade rumors for the past three years.   

    4) Income with endorsements- 3

    $6 and $3 million respectively.

    5) Charity Work- 3

    Both work with the Panther's charities.

     

    Marlins- Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez  

    1) Talent- 5

    The Pirates could learn something from the way the Marlins do business. They always seem to have a low payroll and top talent.

    2) Success- 2.5

    Personal success has not translated to team success.  

    3) Star appeal- 4

    Five for Hanley and a three for Johnson.

    4) Income with endorsements- 2.5

    $7 and $3.7 million is chump change for talents like Ramirez and Johnson.  

    5) Charity Work- 3

    Both guys are involved with the Marlin's charity auctions.

     

    Dolphins- Jake Long, Brandon Marshall

    1) Talent- 4.5

    Four for Marshall and a five for Long.   

    2) Success- 2

    They are in such a tough division, it seems unlikely they will make the playoffs in the near future, even with Bill Parcells on board.

    3) Star appeal- 3

    Bookend tackles really shouldn't be flashy guys anyways....

    4) Income with endorsements- 3

    Long is the top-paid Dolphin, and Marshall was grossly underpaid last season. 

    5) Charity Work- 3

    Both players have given back to the Florida area, not much out of the ordinary here though.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

11th Place- Miami, Florida

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

     17.5

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

     9.5

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

     14

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

     13.5

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

     13

    TOTAL- 67.5

    They may have the "Big Three" in Miami, but they do not have much else.

Dallas- Forth Worth, Texas

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    There's no doubt about it, when you think of Dallas you think of the Cowboys. Is it just me or does Tony Romo golf A LOT?

    Dallas is represented by the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and Stars.

     

    Cowboys- Tony Romo, Miles Austin (Even though Dez Bryant will be better.)

    1) Talent- 4

    Romo has the tools, while Austin has worked his tail off to be so successful.

    2) Success- 3

    It is very satisfying for an Eagles fan to be giving the Cowboys a three for success. 

    3) Star appeal- 4

    I don't know if it's because he is the quarterback of America's Team, but the national media really seems to love Tony Romo. I just don't get it.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4.5

    Believe me, Jerry Jones can afford them.

    5) Charity Work- 2.5

    Romo does golf tournaments...

     

    Rangers- Cliff Lee (Joking...) Michael Young, Josh Hamilton

    1) Talent- 4.5

    Hamilton is as talented a baseball player in the game, and Young is not to shabby either (Even if the Rangers want to trade him.)

    2) Success- 3

    2010 may be as good as it gets for the Rangers for a while. Just saying...

    3) Star appeal- 3

    Hamilton is a success story and big kudos to him for overcoming what he has, but Young is just so blah.

    4) Income with endorsements- 3

    Young is overpaid and Hamilton only makes $3.2 million this year making him the Black Friday special of Major League Baseball.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Both of these guys are known for their charity work. Great job guys.

     

    Mavericks- Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd

    1) Talent- 4

    Dirk gets a five and Kidd gets a three at this point in his career.

    2) Success- 3

    Someone tell Mark Cuban that the Mav's still haven't won a championship.

    3) Star appeal- 3.5

    Their is no doubting Urlacher is a star, (whatever you say Mr. Urlacher please don't hurt me), but Cutler has been in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons lately.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    At least Kidd took less money to play with the Mavericks, but I'm pretty sure he has made enough throughout his career. Dirk is doing okay also with his $17 million this season.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Nothing wrong with Jason Kidd getting the entire team out during an off-night for blackjack with all the proceeds going to charity.

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    Stars- Brad Richards, Brendan Morrow

    1) Talent- 3

    Solid players but are they spectacular?

    2) Success- 2.5

    I have to give them respect for their performance so far this season. 

    3) Star appeal- 2

    And I'm a Brad Richards fan.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Solid dollar amounts for hockey players.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Brad Richards and his poker fundraiser for charity sounds like a blast. Is it a Texas thing to gamble for charity? If so, that is pretty sweet.


10th Place- Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

    15.5

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

    11.5

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

    12.5

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    15.5

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

    14.5

    TOTAL- 69.5

    Little recent success and a lack of star appeal in all four major sports hurt the Big D.

Detroit, Michigan

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    Thank God for the Red Wings. I guess Detroit is known as Hockeytown for a reason. Watch out for the Lions in the near future though. Red Wings, Lions, Pistons, Tigers.

     

    Lions- Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh

    1) Talent- 5

    They are as talented as it gets in the NFL today.

    2) Success- 1

    I really expect the Lions to be playoff contenders in the near future, tough division though.

    3) Star appeal- 3.5

    Not national superstars yet, but that may change as well.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Top draft picks in football make BANK! 

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Johnson is involved with tthe YES charity and Suh rocked a sequined glove (single glove) for charity That's a good time.

     

    Pistons- Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon

    1) Talent- 3

    Gordon is a player, but Rip is almost done.

    2) Success- 3

    Rip has had a very successful career, and he deserved it for working so hard. Gordon has found hard times in Detroit, like Marshall Matters.

    3) Star appeal- 2.5

    Could Hamilton be the face of the league with a facemask?  

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Both guys make over $10 million a year, not bad at all.

    5) Charity Work- 4.5

    The Rip City Foundation is right around where I reside and much love goes out to Hamilton for his work on that front. Gordon likes to sign autographs for fans and donate the money to charity.

     

    Red Wings- Henrik Zetterburg, Niklas Lidstrom

    1) Talent- 5

    Lidstrom may still be the best defenseman in the NHL, truly amazing.

    2) Success- 4

    They are known as Hockeytown for a reason.

    3) Star appeal- 4

    Both guys are stars and are deserving of a four.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    What, Zetterburg can't be an underwear model? Screw you Tebow!

    5) Charity Work- 3

    Solid work with the Red Wings organization here. 


    Tigers- Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander

    1) Talent- 3.5

    Four for Cabrera and three for Verlander here.  

    2) Success- 3

    Moderate success as a team, but Cabrera has had great individual success (minus the drinking)

    3) Star appeal- 3

    Let's put it this way, they wouldn't get my vote if they were on American Idol.  

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Cabrera is in the $20 million a year range, while Verlander is at a reasonable $6.8 million. . 

    5) Charity Work- 3.5

    Both players have given back to Detroit and have taken part in different fundraisers to benefit the city.


     

     

     

     

9th Place- Detroit, Michigan

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

    16.5

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

     11

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

     10

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    16 

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

     16

    TOTAL- 69.5

Minneapolis – Saint Paul, Minnesota

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    Thank God Brett Favre is retiring. He is retiring right? The Viking's boast some serious star power with their top names. They may not have as many players with star appeal as New York or Boston, but there is no denying they have some of the biggest names in sports.

    Let's see how the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves and Wild do.

     

    Vikings- Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen

    1) Talent- 4.5

    Peterson gets a five and Allen with a four in the talent department.

    2) Success- 3

    They've had success the past few years, but they better resolve their QB situation if they want to continue as title contenders.

    3) Star appeal- 4

    Both players are very likable and are marketable figures for the NFL. 

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Allen's salary jumps from $6 to $9 million next season and Peterson's from $1 million to $7.7 million. Both guys do pretty well in endorsements as well.

    5) Charity Work- 4.5

    Jared Allen has a charity golf tournament among other things, and Peterson has the "All Day" foundation.

     

    Timberwolves- Kevin Love, Michael Beasley

    1) Talent- 4

     Five to love for the combination of talent and work ethic and a three to Beasley.

     2) Success- 2

    They definitely can build around Kevin Love.

    3) Star appeal- 3

    Love is a double-double machine that goes about his job every game.  

    4) Income with endorsements- 2.5

    Love's salary is a bargain until 2013, and that is when Beasley's pay hike is scheduled for as well.

    5) Charity Work- 4.5

    Love has shown the love with the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, coats for charities and monetary donations for cancer research, and Beasley has played in the T-wolves charity bball game.

     

    Twins- Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau

    1) Talent- 4.5

    Mauer is a once-in-a-generation type of talent deserving of a five, and Morneau gets a four.

    2) Success- 3

    Moderate success. 

    3) Star appeal- 4

    Five for Mauer and three for Morneau.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Morneau is making $15 million a year, and Mauer is a steal, even at $12.5 million.

    5) Charity Work- 4.5

    Good to see they are giving some of their hefty paychecks back to Minnesota. Mauer is involved with the Friends of St. Paul Baseball and Morneau with the New Westminster Firefighter's Assoc. among other charity work.

     

    Wild- Martin Havlat, Brent Burns

    1) Talent- 3

    Both players receive a three. 

    2) Success- 2

    Will they ever be a contender for the Cup?

    3) Star appeal- 2

    The Minnesota Wild are a tough draw nationally anyways, but Burns and Havlat are nothing to go crazy about.

    4) Income with endorsements- 3.5

    $5 million for Havlat and $3.8 million for Burns. Not bad in hockey terms. 

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Remember when the Wild players wore camouflage jerseys to support the troops? Awesome gesture.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Tied for 7th- Minneapolis – Saint Paul, Minnesota

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

     16

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

     10

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

    13

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    14

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

    17.5

    TOTAL- 70.5

    The Vikings really helped out the numbers here. Success was the killer for Minnesota.

Denver, Colorado

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    Denver had a lot more star power when Carmello was playing for them. But here we go anyways with the Nuggets, Broncos, Rockies and Avalanche.

    Nuggets- Kenyon Martin, Nene

    1) Talent- 3.5

    Again, would've been a better score with 'Melo.

    2) Success- 2

    This probably wouldn't have changed with 'Melo.

    3) Star appeal- 2

    Does Kenyon Martin get extra credit for being called K-Mart? No.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    The two highest players on the team, but I'm not saying that's a good thing.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    You have to give Kenyon some credit for giving back to the city that pays his bills.

     

    Broncos- Tim Tebow (even if he isn't starting) Champ Bailey (even if he isn't playing for you next year)

    1) Talent- 4.5

    Champ is an elite talent, and Tebow gets extra credit for his incredible leadership and work ethic.

    2) Success- 3.5

    Something needs to be said about Tebow winning at every level he has played for, and the Champ continues to make Pro Bowls.

    3) Star appeal- 4

    Tebow is a superstar (underwear model really?), and the Champ is one of the most recognized defensive players in the NFL. 

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Champ has been throughout his career like the shutdown corner that he is, and Tebow rakes in the cash from endorsemnts (Underwear model really?)

    5) Charity Work- 4.5

    This number was close to a five before the Champ's charity work was even considered. Tebow's charity history is incredible.

     

    Avalanche- Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny

    1) Talent- 3.5

    The Av's have some really solid young talent, but do they have enough to be a serious contender anytime soon?

    2) Success- 2

    Colorado seems far removed from the Forsberg, Sakic, Roy days.

    3) Star appeal- 2.5

    Both guys are known playmakers in NHL circles but are not players the NHL can really sell because the team has not won consistently.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Stastny is probably deserving of his $6 million a year salary, but Duchene is an absolute steal RIGHT NOW at $900,000. Don't worry about him though, Colorado always locks up their top talent.

    5) Charity Work- 3

    The Avalanche do a nice job of giving back to the community, and that includes Stastny and Duchene. 


    Rockies- Ubaldo Jimenez, Troy Tulowitzki

    1) Talent- 4.5

    Both are still young, and they are already top players at their respective positions.

     2) Success- 3.5

    Are they legit title contenders behind these two? 

    3) Star appeal- 4

    America was caught up in Jimenez's success last season, and Troy a Palooza is, well Troy a Palooza.  

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Injuries may be the only thing stopping either of these guys from being All-Stars for the next decade. 

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Tulowitzki has a contract that automatically debits a portion of his money and goes to Troy's charity of choice, pretty awesome stuff.


Tied for 7th- Denver, Colorado

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

    16

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

     10.5

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

     12.5

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

     16

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

     15.5

    TOTAL- 70.5

    Obviously the loss of Carmelo affected their star status.

Washington D.C

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    I am still blown away the National's gave Jayson Werth $126 million dollars. He's never even had 100 RBI hitting in a lineup with Utley and Howard. Okay, now that I have said my piece:

    Nationals, Wizards, Redskins, Capitals.

     

    Nationals- Steven Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman

    1) Talent- 4.5

    Hopefully, Strasburg can make a full recovery and be as good as we all think he will be.

    2) Success- 1

    Will Werth pay dividends? How quickly?

    3) Star appeal- 4

    Strasburg is nationally loved, and Zimmerman is nationally respected. 

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Big bucks at such a young age is an awesome thing.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    The ZIM's foundation for charity was a terrific idea.

     

    Wizards- Rashard Lewis, John Wall

    1) Talent- 4

     Wall is a five, and Lewis is a three.

     2) Success- 2

    Total disaster.

    3) Star appeal- 3.5

    Lewis is as interesting as a blank TV.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4.5

    Lewis makes $20 million a season. Ridiculous.

    5) Charity Work- 3

    Lewis has a charity bowling tournament, and Wall is involved with the Boys and Girls Club.  


    Redskins- DeAngelo Hall, Albert Haynesworth

    1) Talent- 4

    Both guys are a four, even if Fat Albert can't pass a conditioning test.

    2) Success- 2

    Not much happening on the championship front, and it couldn't have happened to a more deserving man than Daniel Snyder.

    3) Star appeal- 3.5

    Haynesworth "thinks" he is a star, if that counts for anything. 

    4) Income with endorsements- 5

    What weighs more? Haynesworth or his $24 million a season price tag?

    5) Charity Work- 3

    Hall has always been involved in charity work, including his Birthday Bowl for charity, and the Redskins donated $100 million to the "Let Albert Eat" foundation.

     

    Capitals- Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin

    1) Talent- 5

    They get a five based on Alexander the Great alone.

    2) Success- 3

    They may finally be ready to battle in the playoffs with their new defensive mindset.

    3) Star appeal- 4.5

    Five for Ovey and a four goes to Semin.

    4) Income with endorsements- 5

    Huge salaries in a hockey sense at $9 and $6 million.

    5) Charity Work- 2.5

    Ovechkin does charity work in Russia a lot...

     

     

     

6th Place- Washington, DC

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

    17.5

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

    8

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

    15.5

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    18.5

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

    12.5

    TOTAL- 72

    You may not think of Washington as star-studded, but they have some of the biggest names in all of sports. They are definitely a city on the rise.

San Francisco Bay Area, California

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    The Giants are World Series champions, and that will certainly help their case. Do they have what it takes be the most star-studded in the country?

    The Bay Area has the Giants, Athletics, 49ers, Raiders, Warriors and Sharks.

     

    Giants/Athletics- Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson

    1) Talent- 5

    Wilson throws the ball 100 mph, and Lincecum is a "freak."

    2) Success- 5

    They're the champs; you have to give them their respect.

    3) Star appeal- 4.5

    Wilson is a five, and Timmy is a four. 

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    $9 and $6 million between Lincecum and Wilson, but they have collected big-time endorsements after the World Series.

    5) Charity Work- 3.5

    Both guys sign memorabilia for charity.

     

    49ers/Raiders- Vernon Davis, Richard Seymour

    1) Talent- 4

     Davis is as talented a tight end to ever play in the NFL.

     2) Success- 2

    Not much going here.

    3) Star appeal- 3

    Seymour is a former Patriot so you shouldn't expect much in the star category.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Davis is cleaning up in endorsements, and Seymour is getting paid BIG bucks.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Seymour started the Blessing God's Children (BGC) foundation, and Davis oddly enough had a charity curling tournament (seriously.)  


    Warriors- Monta Ellis, Steph Curry

    1) Talent- 3.5

    They can light it up, but they're not premier players in the NBA.

    2) Success- 2

    Still a few players away from being taken seriously in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

    3) Star appeal- 3.5

    Curry's star began to shine at Davidson and has followed him into the Golden State. 

    4) Income with endorsements- 3

    Ellis gets a four ($11 mil. a season), and Curry gets a two (around $3 mil.)

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Ellis started the ME8 foundation, and Curry teamed up with his dad to start the Curry Celebrity Classic.

     

    Sharks- Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley

    1) Talent- 4.5

    Two of the top talents in hockey.

    2) Success- 3.5

    The Sharks may be the best team to have not won a Cup the past five years.

    3) Star appeal- 4

    Hockey fans know Thornton and Heatley.

    4) Income with endorsements- 5

    Heatley makes $8 million and Thornton $7.2 million. Huge amounts in hockey terms.

    5) Charity Work- 3

    Both are involved with the Shark's team charity.

     

     

     

     

Tied for 4th Place- San Francisco Bay Area, California

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

    17

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

    12.5

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

    15

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    16

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

    14.5

    TOTAL- 75

Chicago, Illinois

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    Chicago has five teams, but we won't hold that against them. Still, only the best make the cut in this list. Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks.

    Bulls- Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah

    1) Talent- 4.5

    Rose may be the best point guard in the NBA. He has an overall game that will garner him MVP considerations throughout his career. Noah's work-ethic is second to none. Great score here.

    2) Success- 2.5

    They are currently making a lot of noise in the East, but they haven't won anything with their current group of stars. Will this change?

    3) Star appeal- 3

    The NBA is clearly trying to shove Rose down our throats and for good reason, but Noah looks like a troll/gargoyle/Lord of the Rings character all-in-one.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4.5

    Well, at least Derrick Rose is under $10 million a year...until 2013.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Derrick Rose partakes in the Bucks for Buckets charity, and Noah participates in golf tournaments, which he does not do well in. Nice thought though! 


    Cubs/ White Sox- Carlos Zambrano, Mark Buehrle

    1) Talent- 3

    I felt obliged to have a Cub on this list (even if it was not warranted.) I also was at a complete standstill trying to decide between Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Jake Peavy and Paul Konerko...Not really star studded.

    2) Success- 2

    The White Sox did win a World Series with many of the players they have now, and they have a shot to win it again. As for the Cub's success, my buddy is a Cub's fan and he told me, "If the Cub's win a championship, I will never miss church again."

    3) Star appeal- 2

    Not many stars playing baseball in Chi town.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    The Cubs may be the king of overpaying players.

    5) Charity Work- 5

    Much love to Buehrle and his work saving dogs.


    Bears- Jay Cutler, Brian Urlacher

    1) Talent- 4

    There is no denying that Jay Cutler has all of the tools to be a premier quarterback in the NFL, if only he would get off of that treadmill. Urlacher is in a class of his own at linebacker, and any football fan would love to have him on their team.

    2) Success- 2

    They did make it to the Super Bowl in 2008, but the Cubs may be starting to rub off on this proud franchise.

    3) Star appeal- 3.5

    Their is no doubting Urlacher is a star, (whatever you say Mr. Urlacher please don't hurt me), but Cutler has been in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons lately.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    The guy is a quarterback, of course he is going to be paid well. Urlacher deserves every penny.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Again, a shout out to Urlacher for winning over $47,000 for charity during his Wheel of Fortune appearance. Thank you Vanna!

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    Blackhawks- Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane

    1) Talent- 5

    Quite simply, they are two of the 10 best hockey players in the world right now.

    2) Success- 4.5

    You have to give it to the young guns for bringing a championship and hockey back to the Windy City.

    3) Star appeal- 5

    They're not Crosby or Ovechkin, but they're pretty close.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4.5

    Toews is the cover boy for NHL 11, enough said.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Charity golf outings and food kitchens, these are two fella's Chicago can be proud of. (As long as Patrick Kane never takes a cab again.)


Tied for 4th- Chicago, Illinois

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

    16.5

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

    11

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

    13.5

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    17

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

    17

    TOTAL- 75

    The Cub's really brought down the success and star appeal numbers, but the Blackhawks really repped Chi town well. Solid showing overall.

New York City, New York

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    New York was a tricky state to review, considering they have teams in New Jersey and in New York. Still, you would have to think New York would score solidly in the star catagory. They do have seven teams to choose from. Knicks, Giants, Jets, Mets, Yankees, Rangers, Islanders. I took the top stars from baseball, basketball, football and hockey. So, the Yankees will have two players on this list while the Mets have no one.

     

    Yankees- Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter

    1) Talent- 5

    A-Rod gets a five for the steroids, and Jeter gets a five for the work ethic/leadership/talent combination.

    2) Success- 4.5

    Jeter gets a five and A-Roid gets a four.

    3) Star appeal- 5

    Rodriguez should THANK Cameron Diaz for feeding him popcorn; it's more publicity for the guy! Jeter has seemingly dated every woman on the WAG list. 

    4) Income with endorsements- 5

    They don't call the Yankees the "Evil Empire" for nothing.

    5) Charity Work- 4.5

    Jeter has the "Turn 2" foundation, and Rodriguez has worked with the Boys and Girls Club for years.

     

    Giants/Jets- Eli Manning, Mark Sanchez

    1) Talent- 3.5

     Both players get a 3.5 here for talent.

     2) Success- 3.5

    Four to Manning for his ring and a three to Sanchez.

    3) Star appeal- 4

    They both are very marketable, Sanchez for his personality/looks/charm/talent and Manning for his brother/brother/father. 

    4) Income with endorsements- 4.5

    They both are paid as franchise quarterbacks, but are both fanbases convinced that Manning and Sanchez should be the guy?

    5) Charity Work- 4.5

    Sanchez has been working with the Boys and Girls Club, and Manning's work during Hurricane Katrina was inspiring.

     

    Knicks- Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire

    1) Talent- 4.5

    Carmelo gets a give and Stoudemire a 4.

    2) Success- 3

    The 76ers have a better record than them right now, right on!

    3) Star appeal- 4.5

    Not as flashy as the Heat, but pretty darn close.

    4) Income with endorsements- 5

    They do alright...

    5) Charity Work- 4.5

    The Amare Stoudemire Foundation and the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center both bring in big bucks for charity.

     

    Rangers- Marian Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist

    1) Talent- 3.5

    Gaborik and Henrik are both above-average players.  

    2) Success- 2

    The division is loaded with the Flyers and Penguins.

    3) Star appeal- 3

    There are more flashy names in New York than Gaborik and Lundqvist, I'm just saying.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4.5

    Both are over $7 million, huge numbers in hockey terms.

    5) Charity Work- 3.5

    Henrik rocks out for charity, and he's pretty good too.

     

     

     

     

     

     

3rd Place- New York City, New York

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

     16

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

    13

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

    16.5

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    19

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

    17

    TOTAL- 81.5

    With so many teams, this may be a bit of a disappointment to New Yorkers. Then again, Eli Manning and Mark Sanchez are your franchise quarterbacks, so you should get used to disappointment.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    My hometown, my first love. I will try and stay as unbiased as possible here. Philadelphia is loaded with star-caliber players, many of whom came to Philadelphia the past few seasons.

    Philly Nation has the Phillies, 76ers, Eagles and Flyers playing for them. Do their stars shine the brightest?

     

    Phillies- Roy Halladay, Chase Utley

    1) Talent- 5

    They may be a four for actual talent, but their work ethic pushes them to a five. Don't you just love extra credit?

    2) Success- 4

    "World Bleepin Champs" for Utley and Halladay pitched the second no-hitter in Philly postseason history in his first postseason appearance. Not bad, not bad at all.

    3) Star appeal- 5

    Two of the top five jersey sales in MLB, enough said. Okay, I'll say one more thing, the President said he would pick Utley with the first pick to start his franchise.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4.5

    Not quite A-Roid and Jeter numbers, but still not chump change.

    5) Charity Work- 4.5

    It's a bit ironic that Michael Vick came to town and is a hero in the same city that Utley and his wife's All-Star Animals has flourished. Halladay is known for his charity work with the Ronald McDonald House among many other things. Both players are pure class.

     

    Eagles- Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson

    1) Talent- 5

     Two of the most explosive players in NFL history.

     2) Success- 3.5

    Playoffs are not good enough for Philly.

    3) Star appeal- 5

    Don't try to deny it, the guys are superstars. Love or hate Vick, he will be in the news and will be making bank because of it. 

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Franchise-tagged Vick is on his way to becoming very rich...Again. D-Jack's big-time payday is worrying Mr. Lurie, good thing he won that Oscar.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Jackson gets a five for appearing on The View and signing a jersey for a boy that was viciously attacked by a group of students. Vick has appeared at a lot of Philly schools becoming a spokesman and an advocate for dogs. I find it hard to believe he would be doing this, however, unless he had too. Vick gets a three. 

     

    76ers- Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand

    1) Talent- 3.5

    Four to Iggy and a three to E.B.

    2) Success- 3

    The 76ers have a better record than the Knicks but still no extra credit.

    3) Star appeal- 3

    Sorry, but Philly will never be jiggy with Iggy.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4.5

    The fact that they score so well in income is not a good thing for the Sixers...

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Iguodala has a charity game every year among other things, and Brand signs countless memorablia for charity. 

     

    Flyers- Chris Pronger, Mike Richards

    1) Talent- 4

    Pronger is in the Lidstrom class of d-men. Richards has drawn comparisons to Bobby Clarke.  

    2) Success- 4

    Best team in the East all year and Stanley Cup runner-up last season.

    3) Star appeal- 4

    Pronger seems to thrive in front of the camera, and the NHL is trying their best to tell America that Mike Richards has a personality. The guy is a leader though any way you look at it.

    4) Income with endorsements- 5

    $100 million contracts in hockey don't come around very often.

    5) Charity Work- 4.5

    Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival is copied by many, but there is only one original.

     

     

     

     

     

Second Place- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

     17.5

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

    14.5

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

    17

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    18

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

    17

    TOTAL- 84

    Loaded with stars, they just miss out on first place by a half pt. The success numbers were the difference here, but my Philly brethren already knew that. Philly fans will still take their collection of stars over anybody's in the world.

Boston, Massachusetts

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    All four Boston sports teams have the talent, chemistry and ownership to win it all. They boast a lineup of the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots.

     

    Red Sox- David Ortiz, Jason Varitek (Pedroia?)

    1) Talent- 3

    Big Papi can still get the job done in the clutch, but is he as effective as he was when he was taking the "juice?" Varitek made this list because he is the heart and soul of the Red Sox. He is the type of tough, blue-collar player that Boston loves.

    2) Success- 5

    What Curse? Babe Ruth who?

    3) Star appeal- 4

    Big Papi gets national attention, and Varitek is loved by Boston and respected around baseball. Good score here.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Again, baseball contracts are out of control.

    5) Charity Work- 5

    Ortiz has a Children's Fund and Varitek is well-known for his charity work in hospitals. Some of the best in the business.  


    Celtics- Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    1) Talent- 5

    Two Hall of Famers for sure, nuff' said.

    2) Success- 4.5

    The team hasn't been together for a decade, but they have been consistent title contenders and will be so for at least another two years.

    3) Star appeal- 4.5

    K.G is definitely a worldwide commodity, and Pierce's popularity isn't too shabby either. 

    4) Income with endorsements- 5

    Hall of Famers deserve to get paid, and they have made a ton.

    5) Charity Work- 5

    Ray Allen has the Ray of Hope foundation, and Garnett donated $1.2 million to build homes after Hurricane Katrina, among many other things. You have to respect that.  


    Bruins- Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas

    1) Talent- 4

    Chara has the hardest shot ever recorded in the NHL, and Thomas leads the league in GAA. with a ridiculous 2.02. Chara can move pretty well for being the tallest player in NHL history as well. They get their props here.

    2) Success- 2.5

    I'm a Flyers fan so I had to point out: We came back from down 3-0!!!!

    3) Star appeal- 2.5

    Hockey in general lacks star power compared to other sports, but Chara and Thomas are just, ehhh.

    4) Income with endorsements- 4

    Chara makes $7.5 million, and Thomas makes $6 million. Big numbers per year in hockey.

    5) Charity Work- 3

    Nothing out of the ordinary here; they work with the Boston Bruins foundation.  


    Patriots- Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork

    1) Talent- 5

    Both of these guys are undoubtedly a top-three player at their respective positions.

    2) Success- 5

    They may have not won the Lombardi Trophy in the past few years, but three of them is pretty good.

    3) Star appeal- 4

    Tom Brady is a superstar. Good-looking, dates a supermodel and talented quarterback of winning team. He gets a six. Wilfork, however, gets a 2.

    4) Income with endorsements- 5

    Both are paid as franchise players, which they are. Brady rakes in the endorsements.

    5) Charity Work- 4

    Brady has been heavily involved in charity work, especially for the Best Buddies Foundation.

1st Place- Boston, Massachusetts

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    1) Talent (Skill) + or - points will be added or subtracted based on work ethic. 

    17

    2) Success (Championships, Division/Conference titles, etc.)

    17

    3) Star appeal (Video games, magazines, fan favorite, etc.)

    15

    4) Income with endorsements (Jersey sales, TV/radio appearances, etc.)

    18

    5) Charity Work (Community service, charitable donations, etc.)

    17

    TOTAL- 84

    Solid in all four sports. Loaded with star players that make big bucks. Boston, Ma. has the biggest collection of stars in all of sports and maybe the biggest star in Tom Brady. BABE RUTH WHO? WHAT CURSE?