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

3. Cleveland

The "Rock and Roll Capital of the World" gets a lot of attention for being a depressed sports city, in part because the Cavs were victimized by Michael Jordan during his ascension. Then the city was embarassed on national television by the player that was responsible for the only on-court success that they had seen in Nov 13, 2011; Cleveland, OH, USA; A Cleveland Browns fan wears a paper bag on his head after a loss to the St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sportsyears.  Now, with the emergence of Kyrie Iriving, hope is returning but the squad is very much still in rebuilding mode.

The Indians have made the playoffs twice in the last 13 years and one of those times is remembered more for the 10 Plagues-esque sworm of insects than the for fact that the Tribe won the series.  

And then there's the Browns.  Is Phil Dawson the best player the new version of the Browns has ever had?  Well, even if he was, he's a 49er now, so Browns fan are going to have to hope Trent Richardson is the real deal.

For Cleveland sports fans, recent history has been unkind.  For this reason, they often top lists of worst sports cities, but they have something that dozens of other sports cities want: historical significance.  Jim Brown is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time and Bob Feller is an American hero as well as a legendary pitcher.  Lebron and Eric "Mangenius" Mangini may represent recent Cleveland sports history, but the city has other, albeit historic, reasons for sports pride.



2. Kansas City

Most of the cities on this list have something to fall back on.  Maybe it's a franchise player to build around or historic successes to take pride in.  Kansas City has neither.  Sure, George Brett led them to a World Series title in 1985 and they got to watch the tail end of Joe Montana's career, but the rest has been pretty gruesome.

The Royals haven't even made the playoffs since that '85 season and have had only two winning seasons since joining the AL Central in 1994 (one of which was shortened due to the strike).  The team has been stocked with top prospects for a few years now but cannot find a way to put the pieces together.  They are one of several November 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Edgar Jones (99) reacts after losing a fumble during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sportsteams that follow the model of trying to compete with cheap, young talent, but for whatever reason, they are always the worst at it.  And when their players do pan out - Carlos Beltran and Zach Greinke, for example - they don't even try to seize the moment, opting instead to save some cash and rebuild some more.

The Chiefs have been slightly more exciting, making the playoffs a whopping two times in the last ten years.  They haven't won a playoff game since 1993 but they have seen some interesting and competetive teams in recent history.  In 2003, the team started 9-0 and finished the year 13-3 behind the incredible play of Priest Holmes.  Every few years since then, the Chiefs will have a season where they win nine or ten games and mislead the city into thinking that they have a chance to change their luck, only to falter again the next year.  Now, two years after a 10-win season, the Chiefs are about to pick first in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Stay strong, Kansa City.  Eventually these two franchises will put a consistent product out there.  Until then, Sporting Kansas City and barbecue will have to suffice.
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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   |   13259 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   |   34856 respect

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

4/16/13   |   w_g_walters   |   223 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.