Root for the Phillies? Robert's Sports Misery Index, Second Edition
Off topic, I know, but if you are looking for a team to root for in the World Series, I'm gonna suggest that you pull for the Phillies.
My Sports Misery Index, of course. In a post last fall, I created a "misery index" for U.S. cities with teams in one of the "big four" major league sports - the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball. Each city got a point for a season played by its teams in each league since the city's last championship in any. (Cities with two teams in one league do not get double credit.)
I've updated the standings with the 2008 NFL, NBA and NHL results (though not yet the 2008 MLB losers):
City Last title Misery Score
1. Cleveland 1964 (NFL) 126
2. Philadelphia 1983 (NBA) 99
3. Buffalo never 95
4. San Diego never 94
5. Seattle 1979 (NBA) 86
6. Minneapolis 1991 (MLB) 59
7. New Orleans never 52
8. Washington, D.C. 1992 (NFL) 51
9. SF Bay Area 1995 (NFL) 50
10. Atlanta 1995 (MLB) 47
11. Kansas City 1985 (MLB) 45
12 Houston 1995 (NBA) 36
13. Cincinnati 1990 (MLB) 35
Dallas 1999 (NHL) 35
15. Charlotte never 32
Milwaukee 1997 (NFL- Green Bay) 32
17. Portland 1977 (NBA) 31
18. Salt Lake City never 29
19. Denver 2001 (NHL) 27
Phoenix 2001 (MLB) 27
21. Nashville never 21
22. Orlando never 19
24. Baltimore 2001 (NFL) 13
Jacksonville never 13
26. Tampa Bay Area 2004 (NHL) 11
Chicago 2005 (MLB) 11
28. Columbus never 9
Memphis never 9
30. Miami 2006 (NBA) 7
31. Pittsburgh 2006 (NFL) 5
St. Louis 2006 (MLB) 5
33. Los Angeles 2007 (NHL) 3
34. Raleigh 2006 (NHL) 2
Indianapolis 2007 (NFL) 2
36. San Antonio 2007 (NBA) 1
37. Boston 2008 (NBA) 0
New York/NJ 2008 (NFL) 0
Detroit 2008 (NHL) 0
So, if you want to spare a city further misery, ya gotta pull for the Phillies, since Philadelphia comes in a horrific number two on the list. The Tampa Bay, Florida area comes in just 26th.
I know we've got a lot of Central Florida theme park fans on the site, but, folks, ya gotta cut the folks from Philly some slack here, don't ya?
With a 3 to 1 series lead, and their best pitcher on the mound, you would be foolish to pick anyone other than the Phillies.
Philly's gonna get this; San Diego's got the great weather. So the Big Three of long-suffering cities after this week are going to be Cleveland, Buffalo and Seattle (with extra sympathy going to Seattle for the loss of the Sonics.)
Although I'm pissed at Tampa for taking the '04 Stanley Cup, I would rather them than the Phillies. They're such an underdog in the eastern.
Im Canadian too Joshua, so I agree that Canada has to be up there, especially since as a country, we havent brought home a Stanley Cup in 15 years, which is unacceptable, given how huge hockey is in Canada, and we have 6 teams, not just one like baseball and basketball
I guess I should be rooting for the NL being a Dodgers fan. But ...I want revenge for game 4 of The Ddgrs/Phls series when my heart was ripped out in the eighth. It sure looks like the Rays are done, but as they've gone from worst to first, I hope they can pull it out. For the record, I was rooting for the Sens, Flames and Oilers the last three cup finals, but alas it was not to be. Such is the life of a sports fan. Sigh.
FWIW, the Santa was drunk....
Didn't know he was sloshed, I would've booed him too. Thanks Robert, but I'm still pulling for TB here, misery and all. As long as we're off topic here, do you Canadians still root for your former teams, like the Jets and Nordiques?. I hesitate to mention the Expos as little support was shown up there. Any thoughts?
Well Im from Toronto, so none of my teams have ever left...I do know people from Winnipeg tho that root for the Coyotes (formerly the Jets)
I thought about putting Canadian cities in, but I couldn't decide whether to sub the CFL for the NFL straight up, or if anyone cared about that league. I felt like things were getting apples-to-oranges, so I bailed.
haha no problem Robert. And youre right. Im from Canada and I care about the NFL a lot more than I do the CFL, so I can imagine how Americans feel about it
Yeah, I suspected that a CFL championship would mean the same to a Canadian city as an MLS championship would mean to a U.S. city. Okay, but ultimately... meh. Doesn't relieve the misery.
Ha ha - yeah, CFL is pretty marginal. I love that classic Simpsons joke:
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