5 Cities That May Not Witness a Major Sports Championship During This Decade
Bringing a championship home can do wonders for a franchise and the city that supports it. Areas such as Pittsburgh, New England and Los Angeles have been blessed over the past decade to witness their teams win multiple championships.
However, some cities would be grateful if their team made the playoffs, let alone win it all. In the coming years, it's hard to see some cities competing for championships and easy to see the losing culture continuing to spread.
Let's hope I'm wrong for your cities' sake, but here's the list of the cities with at least three out of four of the major sports that may never win another major sports title.
5. Phoenix, Arizona
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The last title the city of Phoenix witnessed was back in 2001, when the Arizona Diamondbacks upset the mighty New York Yankees. It was one of the greatest series I have ever seen, and it came down to a winning hit off Mariano Rivera in Game 7.
Since that title, only the Cardinals have shown promise by reaching Super Bowl XLIII, but they are predicted to struggle again this season unless they sign a veteran QB.
4. Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Teams in Minneapolis always come across as being competitive, but it's crossing over that last bridge that always seems to haunt them. The Vikings have appeared in four Super Bowls losing them all, and went to three in four years.
The Twins have won two World Series, but haven't done so since 1991. The franchise had some of their best teams in the 2000s, having eight winning seasons in 10 years to go along with five division titles.
The Timberwolves are an up-and-coming team, but haven't been competitive since the days of Kevin Garnett. The team made a Western Conference finals appearance in the 2003-2004 season after seven straight seasons of losing in the first round.
The Wild, who were founded in 1999, and are the second NHL franchise in Minneapolis after the North Stars left for Dallas in 1993. The Wild have made a Western Conference finals appearance in 2003, but have yet to get anywhere close since then.
3. Oakland, California
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Oakland may have football's most notorious fans, but they do not have football's most notorious football team. This is a team I would love to see succeed, but a lack of QB production has caused them to face their fair share of struggles since reaching the Super Bowl in 2002. The Raiders could win the AFC West this year, but don't expect a run at the Super Bowl.
The A's were one of baseball's best teams over the past decade, but found a road block in the Yankees during most of their playoff runs. The team is a low-budget franchise that works through the farm system, making the development of championship-caliber teams a long process.
With Mark Jackson coming in to coach the Warriors, I see them as a viable playoff team, but just not a championship contender. The franchise has been bad for most of its existence with a few random playoff appearances during the years. A Dwight Howard acquisition is the only way I can see taking this team off the list.
2. Houston, Texas
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The city of Houston's last championship was way back in 1995 when Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to their second championship in as many years. Yao Ming was supposed to be the second coming of the big man, but never lived up to the hype due to several injuries. The Rockets have had some good teams since then, but are nowhere near the level of a championship contender.
The Astros are another struggling franchise, having only one World Series appearance in 2005 against the Chicago White Sox. The team is in its rebuilding stage and a World Series berth is years away.
Football in Houston has been disappointing since the Texans joined the league back in 2002. The team has failed to make the playoffs in their young history, but is young and improving. Out of the three major sports teams in the city, this team has the best chance of bringing a title to Houston.
1. Cleveland, Ohio
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The entire country should have a soft spot for the city of Cleveland. A city full of blue-collar workers who support their teams year after year but never come out on top. The city has a 46-year championship drought with the last title by the Cleveland Browns when they won the 1964 NFL championship. The Browns are one of four teams who have never reached the Super Bowl, joining the Lions, Jaguars and Texans.
The Indians have been just as bad, with their last title coming in the 1948 World Series. The team came close in 1997 but lost in seven games to the Florida Marlins. The Indians have showed promise so far this year, but a championship will be difficult to come by.
LeBron James was depicted as the savor of Cleveland when he was selected No. 1 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. The King led the Cavs to the NBA Finals four years later, but they were eventually shot down in four games by the veteran San Antonio Spurs. The Cavs and their fans witnessed a 42-win drop off from the previous year and still have an upset stomach on the issue of LeBron. Hopefully the draft picks of Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson can bring this team back to its previous winning ways.