Thursday, May 13, 2010

We’re #2!

Forbes puts the city as No. 2 on its list of “America’s Most Miserable Sports Cities.” This has nothing to do with the city, the weather, the venues, or the ownership (which would also land us high on the list if there was a poor ownership list), but this list covers the cities where the teams are pretty good but always seem to come up short in the end. The timing of this list couldn’t be better, or worse, it all depends on who you ask. With the Hawks just getting swept in 4 games by the Orlando Magic, the hurt is fresh with most Atlanta sports fans. The list obviously takes this into consideration. They also take into account the Falcons had never had back to back winning seasons until this year. Even then, they didn’t make the playoffs. Also the 14 year run by the Braves winning the division titles but only wining one World Series.

Click here to view the article and the list.
Forbes created its misery rankings this way:
  • It took the number of postseason appearances by a city’s teams and then compared that to actual titles won.
  • The cities that had a lot of playoff losses but few championships scored the highest.
  • Forbes gave more weight to losing in a title game, such as the Super Bowl.
  • So, just making it to the first round of a playoff series and then going home isn’t as bad as losing in the Stanley Cup final, for example, Forbes said.
  • One last factor? How long it’s been since a city has last won a title.

Taking all that into account, only one city is more miserable than Atlanta when it comes to their sports teams. That city is Seattle and they just had their NBA franchise move to Oklahoma City! After Atlanta, the rest of the list is as follows; Phoenix, Buffalo, San Diego, Cleveland, Washington, Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Houston.

Out of that list, the only city that has better weather than Atlanta is of course, San Diego. So at least we don’t have to deal with miserable weather as well!
I hope we can get off this list soon!

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