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

1. San Diego

It's hard to feel bad for people that live in San Diego with their perfect weather all year long, beaches, and world famous zoo. But with the annual disappointment that is the Chargers and the Padres being a perennial non-factor in the NL West, sports fans in San Diego have reasons to be upset.

The best thing you can say about the Chargers is that their powder blue jerseys are probably the best alternate jerseys in sports.  Congratulations. The Chargers have had their chances, which makes being one of their fans that much more frustrating.  They've had talented players like Ladanian Tomlinson, Junior Seau, and Antonio Gates as well as big-name coaches but have never reached the elite level.  The closest they've gotten toDecember 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) lies on the field after losing a fumble during the third quarter against the Carolina Panther at Qualcomm Stadium. The Panthers won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports the Super Bowl since '94 was hosting it in their stadium twice.

In the Padres 45 year history, they've made the playoffs exactly one time without Bruce Bochy as their manager.  Bochy took the Dads to the postseason four times, including a World Series run in '98, but he's managing for a division rival now and has won two out of the last three World Series with his new team.

San Diego tops this list because of the potential of this city to succeed as a sports town.  This west coast paradise is the largest city in the country to never win a major professional championship (8th largest population in the US) and with their current rosters, I wouldn't expect much to change over the next couple of years.  


Honorable Mentions:

Buffalo: It's a city that is often at or near the top of this sort of list.  Buffalo has suffered a lot but they did make it to three straight Super Bowls.  Not a whole lot of teams can say that.  And Buffalo is the 72nd largest city in the country, so it's not like we're talking about huge market potential here.  That is not to diminish the agony that Bills fans have experienced, but sports fans in Buffalo might want to count their blessings while fans in Lincoln, Nebraska (#71 on the list of US cities by population) and Henderson, Nevada (#73) are team-less.

Portland:  Some one-team cities have all the luck.  Green Bay and San Antonio fans probably skip around and sing all day while Portland residents day dream about what could have been.  Greg Oden and Brandon Roy were supposed to be the cornerstones of a perennial contender, if not a dynasty, before each suffering repeated unlucky and career threatening injuries and setbacks.  

The bad luck goes back even further.  Had they drafted MJ instead of Sam Bowie or if Bill Walton hadn't also been struck by the injury bug, the Rose Garden would have a lot more than one Championship banner hanging from the rafters.  Portland didn't make the list of most miserable sports cities, but they would certainly top the list of Unluckiest Sports Cities.

Atlanta: Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.  Well except in 1995.  For a city that's had very competitive teams for the last two decades, they've accomplished very little.  The Braves won a million NL East championships in a row, the Falcons dirty birded all the way to the Super Bowl, and the Hawks have made the playoffs six years in a row, but the city only has one championship to show for it.  I feel sorry for the fans that have had high hopes only to see their teams fall short, but to be a miserable sports city your sports fans need to be MISERABLE not just disappointed.

What do you think about these rankings?  Any cities out there that I forgot?
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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   |   13476 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   |   35129 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.