Top 10 most miserable sports cities, according to Forbes
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Is your city among the top 10 most miserable sports cities?

2/29/12 in General Sports   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Forbes loves to make lists. Their latest: The 10 most miserable sports cities.

Here's their list:

1. Atlanta
2. Seattle
3. Phoenix
4. Buffalo
5. San Diego
6. Houston
7. Denver
8. Cleveland
9. Kansas City
10. Cincinnati

Personally, I think Cleveland should be a little higher on the list. Sure, they won a few NFL championships in the pre-Super Bowl era, but let's be serious... how many of us even were alive for those?

Most Atlanta teams are pretty disappointing, but the Braves were dominant throughout the entire 90s. They only walked away with one World Series championship, but they were definitely contenders.

Cities like Cleveland and Buffalo not only haven't tasted a championship in years, they haven't really been a contender in most sports for a while. The Cavaliers were contenders with LeBron, but The Decision pretty much wipes that out.

As far as Phoenix goes, the Diamondbacks won an unforgettable World Series over the Yankees in 2001, and most of their teams are too young to really even make the list, in my opinion. And San Diego... do people even care? They're in San Diego, one of the most beautiful cities on Earth.

Another team that should be higher: Seattle. Not only have they had some serious trouble winning, they lost their basketball team. Right when they got Kevin Durant. That hurts.

For me, Cleveland should top the list. Some might disagree, but for as long as I can remember, they've been the embodiment of miserable sports teams. Sorry guys.


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3/2/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

derms33 wrote:
Fans are loyal and Desperate in Cleveland.  The 2 are a volatile mix.  Indians fan call for the Owners head yet continue to support him, so its like they don't get it.  I only go to games if i get free tickets, then I will get a hotel room and put money into the local economy, but not the stadium.  I do this in Cleveland and when I go to see the Pirates.  And with the price of NFL tickets, I will never attend an NFL game again

That is very true, and I do not blame you for not buying a ticket for footballs game there with the prices they are asking. I go see the Rays, Jags, and Bucs when I get free tickets too. I do not go see the Marlins it is not worth the trip down there.

3/2/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

msylvan10 wrote:
I am going to go ahead and ignore the majority of your uninformed statements and just say this: I believe the poll was measuring the most "miserable" sports cities, not the "greatest" sports cities as you seemed to insinuate in your last sentence. I really dont think the two are interrelated.

And without going into detail regarding your various points, I'll just say that I've lived in San Diego my entire life, and a large majority of people I know, have met, and associate with are pretty serious San Diego sports fans. And you know what? They are all miserable.

LOL you can say uniform I have family born and raised there and I have been there enough to know.

As Golding, 55, leaves office today after eight years, her political reputation is clouded by continued controversy over the stalled Padres ballpark project and a Qualcomm Stadium lease that has cost the city millions for unsold Chargers tickets.

In the 20-year contract, the city promised that in the first years it would pay the team and reduce its rent for every game in which attendance did not exceed 60,000. Which began in 1997 and runs though to 2020

As for you living in San Diego I will bet you know less then 1% of the people who live in Metro-San Diego, not to mention those who live all the way in the county in places  Jilian and Ocean Side, or even Jacumba (Last town on the 8 before you hit Imperial county). I do not doubt you and your friends love your sports there, but over all the few people you know does not compare to the majority that do not really follow the teams there. Once the Padres or the Chargers begin to lose you will see people jump off the ban-wagon again.
 

It is miserable for people do not stay with the Padres or Chargers when they lose, there are some loyal fans but they are a small portion and you see a big difference when the teams are winning and losing.

3/2/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Jess wrote:
I was a bit confused by that too...not sure how Seattle could be higher but Cleveland top the list. I figured he was thinking they could just be swapped out, depending on the day.

like, hey if its raining in cleveland that day, they got it, and vise versa...today looks rainy BTW...but it is like 60, which is ridiculous

3/2/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
2. Seattle

Another team that should be higher: Seattle.

For me, Cleveland should top the list.


The combination of these three things confuse me.

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Also, why not Minneapolis? Besides the defending champs and upcoming dynasty of the Lynx, I'm not sure any of the four major (yes, the Wild are in St. Paul, whatever) teams having much hope down the road, and their last championship were the Twins in '91.

I was a bit confused by that too...not sure how Seattle could be higher but Cleveland top the list. I figured he was thinking they could just be swapped out, depending on the day.

3/2/12   |   anthonyrichardlouisnaught   |   1753 respect

Pat wrote:
Wait... wtf is the MLS?

Major League Soccer, the league that came about after the USA hosted the World Cup in 2002

3/2/12   |   originalcrash78   |   7104 respect

(Edited by originalcrash78)

Houston is at #6 on the list. Perfect spot for them if ya think about it. All our teams compete but not at a championship level. And when they suck it's not to the point that will get a top draft pick.Even though this year had more extremes. The Texans were above average, and the Astros? Well, you know. Anyway they cancel each other out to...average, mediocre, the usual.  I hope next year's Texans will change all that (for the better).

3/2/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61189 respect

YES

3/2/12   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

2. Seattle

Another team that should be higher: Seattle.

For me, Cleveland should top the list.


The combination of these three things confuse me.

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Also, why not Minneapolis? Besides the defending champs and upcoming dynasty of the Lynx, I'm not sure any of the four major (yes, the Wild are in St. Paul, whatever) teams having much hope down the road, and their last championship were the Twins in '91.

3/2/12   |   msylvan10   |   20 respect

I am going to go ahead and ignore the majority of your uninformed statements and just say this: I believe the poll was measuring the most "miserable" sports cities, not the "greatest" sports cities as you seemed to insinuate in your last sentence. I really dont think the two are interrelated.

And without going into detail regarding your various points, I'll just say that I've lived in San Diego my entire life, and a large majority of people I know, have met, and associate with are pretty serious San Diego sports fans. And you know what? They are all miserable.

3/2/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

scquwi1 wrote:
The Falcons and hawks being competitive, really? The only the last three years have then been over 500 since 1998-99, and the Falcons has only been really competitive the last fours years. Before that it was a year here or there, and then losing not only the thrashers of the NHL they also lost the Flames.

Cleavland has been bad for years but during the 1980's both the Cavs and Browns were in the playoffs almost every year and in the 1990s you saw the Indians there. Fans are loyal to the Indians and Browns even with bad teams so at #8 on the list I am good with.

The only issue I have is where is Tampa Bay. People are not real loyal and watch the Lighting, Bucs, or Rays unless they are headed to the playoffs. It is like San Diego where tickets are given away, just to get people there. Anthony I agree with you too about Miami, no one cares about the Marlins and with the Panthers moving out of the county  it is a shame. Heat is the only ticket now, but once they start to lose you will see fans move onto to something else.

Seattle should be proud of the Sounders of the MLS they are a strong team and hopefully they go on to beat Santos Laguna on the 7th. I hope they will the West and make it to the cup this year Jess.

Fans are loyal and Desperate in Cleveland.  The 2 are a volatile mix.  Indians fan call for the Owners head yet continue to support him, so its like they don't get it.  I only go to games if i get free tickets, then I will get a hotel room and put money into the local economy, but not the stadium.  I do this in Cleveland and when I go to see the Pirates.  And with the price of NFL tickets, I will never attend an NFL game again

3/2/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

(Edited by derms33)

2 teams don't put it into consideration

3/1/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

msylvan10 wrote:
This list is actually terrible. Any city with a championship since 1990 should be automatically eliminated right off the bat. Atlanta, Phoenix, Houston, and Denver literally have no business anywhere near a list like this.

San Diego is the most miserable sports city in America. The only two other cities with a legitimate argument are Cleveland and Seattle. Say what you want, but their are a lot of good San Diego sports fans out there, it has just become painful to be one.

If I'm not mistaken, San Diego is the only city on this list to have NEVER won a major sports championship (The San Diego Gulls minor league hockey team won the city's only trophies in the early '90s). It's not like San Diego's professional sports teams are new to their respective leagues, either. The Chargers were an original AFL team, and the Padres have been an MLB club since 1969 (and were a minor league franchise before that since the early 1900s). ZERO championships.

But it's more than just that. It's the heartbreaking way in which San Diego manages to lose. The Chargers have been one of the most talented teams in football since 2004 now. That's an 8 year window of opportunity with nothing to show for it. Year after year, Chargers fans go into the season with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, and walk away with utter disappointment and underachievement. In 2007, the Padres had a comfortable lead in the NL west heading into the last week of the regular season, when Milton Bradley somehow managed to tear his ACL in a freak accident trying to go after a first base umpire as manager Bud Black held him back. The Padres went on to collapse down the stretch, blowing multiple 9th inning leads in the final week,  and ended up losing to the Rockies in a one-game Wildcard Playoff after future Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman blew a 2 run lead in the bottom of the 13th (for the record, Holliday never touched home). The Rockies marched on to the World Series, while the Padres went home. In 2010, the Padres had a 6.5 game lead at the end of August, with the division all but wrapped up. They proceeded to go on a 10 game skid, and ultimately lost the division to the Giants in the final game of the regular season. The Giants went on to win the World Series.

If that's not enough, two NBA franchises have also left the city of San Diego (Clippers and Rockets).

No other sports fan has endured more than the San Diego sports fan, especially over the last decade. That seems tough to argue.

Fans is Dan Diego do not go the game unless they are winning. Even the year that the Padres went onto face the Yankees in the series fans did not get behind the team till late in the season. It is one of the cities you can go up to the gate and buy a ticket and and sit behind the dugouts or home plate with ease. The Padres attendance since they built PETCO Park has gone down ever year, and has not been in the upper half of the 16 NL teams except for like three times.

The Chargers had such poor attendance the city was paying for the team to play there buying tons of unsold tickets, when I went out and visits my Uncle we go all the time. That was the only way you could see them because 9 out 10 times they were black out on the local channels, because of the poor tickets sales. So thank the local govn't for buying so many tickets to keep the games from being blacked out and thank fans of other teams who also come down in groves and buys a lot of the tickets. to many games the Charger fans look out number by other teams' fans.  Most time the San Diego Gulls had better attendance and who knew they had a hockey team. To bad they folded in I believe 2006. Love the old sports arena, well only because of Old Town. I will give you the Chargers has had some good teams but still there are a few fans who would miss it if the Chargers packed up and left.
 some of the other cities you mention the same things happens.

Just a thought the Cleveland Browns fans filled 99.8% of the seats at Cleveland Browns Stadium during the last seven seasons, despite a combined record of 36 wins and 76 losses over that span you would not see that in San Diego, Atlanta, Houston, and many other places.


I am not trying to bash San Diego, I love going out there and seeing family, but it is not a great a sport city  by any means.

3/1/12   |   msylvan10   |   20 respect

(Edited by msylvan10)

This list is actually terrible. Any city with a championship since 1990 should be automatically eliminated right off the bat. Atlanta, Phoenix, Houston, and Denver literally have no business anywhere near a list like this.

San Diego is the most miserable sports city in America. The only two other cities with a legitimate argument are Cleveland and Seattle. Say what you want, but their are a lot of good San Diego sports fans out there, it has just become painful to be one.

If I'm not mistaken, San Diego is the only city on this list to have NEVER won a major sports championship (The San Diego Gulls minor league hockey team won the city's only trophies in the early '90s). It's not like San Diego's professional sports teams are new to their respective leagues, either. The Chargers were an original AFL team, and the Padres have been an MLB club since 1969 (and were a minor league franchise before that since the early 1900s). ZERO championships.

But it's more than just that. It's the heartbreaking way in which San Diego manages to lose. The Chargers have been one of the most talented teams in football since 2004 now. That's an 8 year window of opportunity with nothing to show for it. Year after year, Chargers fans go into the season with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, and walk away with utter disappointment and underachievement. In 2007, the Padres had a comfortable lead in the NL west heading into the last week of the regular season, when Milton Bradley somehow managed to tear his ACL in a freak accident trying to go after a first base umpire as manager Bud Black held him back. The Padres went on to collapse down the stretch, blowing multiple 9th inning leads in the final week,  and ended up losing to the Rockies in a one-game Wildcard Playoff after future Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman blew a 2 run lead in the bottom of the 13th (for the record, Holliday never touched home). The Rockies marched on to the World Series, while the Padres went home. In 2010, the Padres had a 6.5 game lead at the end of August, with the division all but wrapped up. They proceeded to go on a 10 game skid, and ultimately lost the division to the Giants in the final game of the regular season. The Giants went on to win the World Series.

If that's not enough, two NBA franchises have also left the city of San Diego (Clippers and Rockets).

No other sports fan has endured more than the San Diego sports fan, especially over the last decade. That seems tough to argue.

3/1/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

The Falcons and hawks being competitive, really? The only the last three years have then been over 500 since 1998-99, and the Falcons has only been really competitive the last fours years. Before that it was a year here or there, and then losing not only the thrashers of the NHL they also lost the Flames.

Cleavland has been bad for years but during the 1980's both the Cavs and Browns were in the playoffs almost every year and in the 1990s you saw the Indians there. Fans are loyal to the Indians and Browns even with bad teams so at #8 on the list I am good with.

The only issue I have is where is Tampa Bay. People are not real loyal and watch the Lighting, Bucs, or Rays unless they are headed to the playoffs. It is like San Diego where tickets are given away, just to get people there. Anthony I agree with you too about Miami, no one cares about the Marlins and with the Panthers moving out of the county  it is a shame. Heat is the only ticket now, but once they start to lose you will see fans move onto to something else.

Seattle should be proud of the Sounders of the MLS they are a strong team and hopefully they go on to beat Santos Laguna on the 7th. I hope they will the West and make it to the cup this year Jess.

3/1/12   |   anthonyrichardlouisnaught   |   1753 respect

Jess wrote:
I was like "wait...did I type that wrong?" and had to look just now. You're a funny dude :p

Miami, without a doubt. They are stuck on stupid thinking their Dolphins are going to win a Super Bowl for the first time since my sister was born in 1973; they have completely crapped on hockey, making the Panthers move from Miami to Sunrise in another county as well as the Marlins, who are now going to be named Miami with the most hideous color selection for a jersey since the Houston Astros of the late 1970's-mid 1980's (not to mention the color scheme looks like the Marlins will resemble a gay-rights parade or something that escaped FantasyFest in Key West), and then there is the basketball team that still isn't going to win a title this year, and if they do, it will be only because of the shortened season--add 22 more games and I don't think the Heat would win their division, nevermind an NBA title.

3/1/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

Pat wrote:
Wait... wtf is the MLS?

I was like "wait...did I type that wrong?" and had to look just now. You're a funny dude :p

3/1/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

If you throw the TrailBlazers in with Seattle, then they should definately come in first.  With Oden being constatnly broken, Brandon Roy having to retire at 28 and the loss to the Lakers in the WC Finals in '99 (they blew a 15 point lead!!)...  I think I want to kill myself now

3/1/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Pat wrote:
Wait... wtf is the MLS?

I thought Seattle just rooted for no clouds...

3/1/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jess wrote:
My city? Yes. Consistently. I think they were #1 last year. *sigh*



(Although, the Sounders [MLS] have given the city something to root for, and the Storm [WNBA] just won a championship in 2010. Too bad nobody really cares.)

Wait... wtf is the MLS?

3/1/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

nice picture on that original link...Damn you Webster Slaughter for not throwing a BLOCK!!!!!

3/1/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

(Edited by Jess)

My city? Yes. Consistently. I think they were #1 last year. *sigh*



(Although, the Sounders [MLS] have given the city something to root for, and the Storm [WNBA] just won a championship in 2010. Too bad nobody really cares.)

2/29/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Cleveland can't even win on this list

2/29/12   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

I think Atlanta does deserve to be up there.  Probably because they just lost the Thrashers.   That, and it has a reputation for being a poor sports city in general. 

2/29/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

This list is awful. Atlanta? They have won a championship in memory (the Braves in 1995) and have three consistently-competitive teams (Braves, Falcons and Hawks).

Seattle deserves to be up there, because losing a team (the Sonics) is about as bad as it gets. Not to mention the fact that the Seahawks are consistently mediocre and right now the Mariners are down right bad. 

I agree with Pat that Cleveland should also be up there, and I have to say, sadly enough, that Kansas City should be too. The Royals haven't made the playoffs since 1985 and the Chiefs haven't won a playoff game since January of 1994 when Joe Montana was their quarterback and Marcus Allen was their running back.

As for Buffalo, well, being in Buffalo I kind feel like fans are asking for it...

Just kidding. The 1990s were a pretty good time for Buffalo fans, minus the inevitable choking at the end.