Five most miserable sports cities in America
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The five most miserable sports cities in America

4/16/13 in General Sports   |   droth   |   127 respect

With the end of the NBA regular season fast approaching, contending teams are ratcheting up for another playoff run.  Fans in places like Miami and San Antonio are talking about potential matchup issues or venting about how their second unit has seemed a little shaky.  These are the "first world problems" of the sports universe.  Meanwhile, many other fan bases have been looking forward to the draft and discussing new coaching options for months already.

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:


5. Seattle

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? May 25, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis (48) speaks with closer Brandon League (43) during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. League surrendered three runs in the ninth inning to earn the 6-4 loss. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

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.



4. Charlotte

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 November 13, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas (12) loses the ball as he is defended by Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin (13) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY SportsHornets 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.
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5/8/13   |   akalmans   |   1 respect

Detroit has Lions and Pistons but Tigers balance them out

4/21/13   |   MileHighSteve   |   1 respect

Buffalo Bills went to 4 consecutive Super Bowls, not 3... 

4/20/13   |   poliver3P   |   1 respect

Honorable - Indiana, Philadelphia. I am a Pacers fan. They have only one Finals appearance and no titles. The Colts only have two Super Bowl titles. The Phillies have only two titles. The Athletics left in 1965. The 76ers have only two titles. The Eagles have only two Super Bowl appearances and no titles. The Flyers have only two titles and none since 1976.

 

4/20/13   |   MarcS   |   1 respect

(Edited by MarcS)

there are multiple reasons Cleveland should be first. 

1) OVER KC - The Royals beat the Yankees in 1981
2) Over SD - weather - have you ever been to Cleveland?
3) Art Modell's Berlin Wallesque move of the team overnight, followed by the team winning the Super Bowl 2-3 years later.
4) Lebron James in a national interview basically says "Cleveland sucks, I'm going somewhere warm".  Again, he wins a championship 2-3 years later.
5)  Have you ever been to Cleveland?

In addition, Philly should have been on the honorable mention list.  Yes, the Phillies won a world series recently, but ask anyone in Philly if they care....It's all about the Eagles there.

4/20/13   |   mattk2   |   2 respect

chas6969 wrote:
1st off, this writer is wrong! 2nd, no real DUE DILIGENCE was done. 3rd, lazy, incompetent writing! 4th, he writes like he never visited any of these cities! 5th, his listing of seattle was questionable. the fan base there has always been plentiful!! 6th, his listing of BUFFALO is so completely wrong!! we have mostly great fans! our fan base is one of the best. both sports teams sell out regularly!! 7th, he should be fired for his errors, incompetency, laziness and complete idiocy!! GO BILLS and SABRES!!

LOVE MY CITY AND ALL MY TEAMS GO BILLS!!!!!!! THIS IS THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4/20/13   |   mattk2   |   2 respect

Buffalo #1 FOUR straight Super Bowl losses, enough said.

4/19/13   |   Dream_Machine   |   13163 respect

Always The Lead-in Eh!

4/19/13   |   daveloudon   |   1 respect

(Edited by daveloudon)

How can Cleveland be #3? The most arrogant fans when NO reason to be. No major championships since LBJ administration. Should be #1!

4/19/13   |   walterdelashmit   |   1 respect

I guess they did not clear this list with Josh and Katie Hamilton.

4/19/13   |   chas6969

1st off, this writer is wrong! 2nd, no real DUE DILIGENCE was done. 3rd, lazy, incompetent writing! 4th, he writes like he never visited any of these cities! 5th, his listing of seattle was questionable. the fan base there has always been plentiful!! 6th, his listing of BUFFALO is so completely wrong!! we have mostly great fans! our fan base is one of the best. both sports teams sell out regularly!! 7th, he should be fired for his errors, incompetency, laziness and complete idiocy!! GO BILLS and SABRES!!

4/19/13   |   chas6969

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4/18/13   |   lars1459   |   3 respect

I beleve Milwaukee did not make either of the lists.  The Bucks cast a long, depressing shadow.  Thank God we have Miller Park, which was almost not built. 

4/16/13   |   Jess   |   34492 respect

I'm about tired of my team being a perennial favorite on this particular list. Alas...

4/16/13   |   w_g_walters   |   222 respect

The Astros alone should put Houston on the list, plus losing the Aeros next year, even if they are minor league. But with the Rockets and Texans both playoff teams and the Dynamo in the last two MLS Cups, I understand why we're not.

4/16/13   |   stflory1   |   2 respect

Portland sucks quite a bit. Only one major team...coulda had Durant.