The five most miserable sports cities in America
And for some cities, unfortunately, this has been the norm for years. There are places where the prospect of rooting for a contender is foreign. Many of these locations have multiple professional franchises to root for or enjoy certain economic and geographic advantages but just can't seem to win, leaving their populations starving for a taste of success on the big stage. These are their stories:
Ten years ago things were great for Seattle sports fans. Ichiro had just taken the MLB by storm, the Sonics recovered well during the post-Gary Payton era, and Mike Holdmgren's Seahawks were a force to be reckoned with. During this run of competitiveness across three major sports, it looked like the city's title drought might actually come to an end. The only championship in Seattle history came in 1978-79 when the Sonics won the title, but Ichiro's Mariners or Shaun Alexander's Seahawks were sure to change that, right?
A lot can change in a decade. The Sonics are long gone now and the fact that the Thunder are an elite young team is salt in an open wound. And just this year, the Mariners literally had to move the fences in just hit like a major league team. The Emerald city has gone from a sports town on the cusp of greatness to just another city waiting for a ring.
Seattle would be higher on the list but they have hope. In the next few days, there's a real chance that sports fans in Seattle will forget about their problems if the NBA decides to permit the sale and relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. And the Seahawks have more momentum going into this season than any team in football with the way they finished 2012 and the moves they've made this offseason.
Additionally, the MLS has a massive presence in Seattle. The Sounders pack Century Link with fans and a Sounders game is as exciting a sporting event to attend as you're likely to find. So despite the turbulent sports decade they've had, there are definitely signs of life in Seattle.
In what is undoubtedly Basketball Country, Charlotte hoops fans have had a rough go of it. Located about 150 miles away from Tobacco road, they're left with the NBA to soothe their basketball cravings. And for a little while there it was going ok. Unfortunately that was more than a decade ago. In the 14 seasons that the Charlotte Hornets were in existence, they only had four losing seasons and from 1996 to 2002, they went to playoffs five times. And then, poof!, they're in New Orleans.
And since the NBA has returned to Charlotte in 2004, it's been ugly. They've had one winning season (where they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs) and have been a model of ineptitude since their formation. With the greatest basketball player ever at the helm and in such a basketball crazy part region, this franchise initially had promise but has done absolutely nothing to encourage their fan base since then.
The bright spot, it's sad to say, has been their NFL team. The Panthers made a trip to the Super Bowl in recent memory and even now have an iconic franchise player in Cam Newton. Too bad that hasn't resulted in many wins.