The five most miserable sports cities in America
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 to 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.
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?