Recently, a town that I love for familial connections and sports teams has received a whole lotta love as the Best Sports Town in the US; Boston, Mass. With the success of the Patriots (even with a surprising loss in the Super Bowl), Celtics, and Red Sox. Even the Bruins are above .500 at 36-26-8 and the 7th seed in the East. The amazing success of Beantown brought to mind...who would be the Worst Sports Town in the US?
What would have to be the criteria to be a Sports Town? It would have to have all four of the major men's sports in its general geography and it would have to have had some level of past success in one or all of these. Without these, it wouldn't be a true contrast to Boston's performance.
In evaluating, there really aren't that many cities that have all 4 in their general geography:
Boston ,Dallas, Greater New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Phoenix, San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose, Minneapolis / St. Paul, Detroit, Chicago, Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, & Denver. Pittsburgh doesn't count, because the Pisces weren't REAL!
From this list and looking at last year's or current season's (if in progress) numbers I came up with the two likeliest suspects for WORST SPORTS TOWN!!!
#2 (Done in reverse order for dramatic effect) ATLANTA - The Falcons had incredible internal turmoil finishing with a 4-12 record. The Hawks are somehow still in the playoff picture with a 26-38 record (yes, the East sucks!). The Thrashers are 30-33-8 after doing so very well last year and out of the playoffs (is that possible in hockey?). And the savior from being the worst team is the Braves. They finished with 84-78 record last year with potential for being pretty good this season.
#1MIAMI / Ft. LAUDERDALE - The Dolphins were a league-worst 1-15. Bring in another fish to save the FINS! The Marlins were worst in the NL East and gave away the last of their good players with a 71-91 record (stadium? no stadium?). The Heat are 11-52 and the worst in the NBA and lost their heart with Wade shutting down. Finally, the Panthers are 33-31-8 and irrelevant again in the NHL.
There were some thoughts around Washington DC and San Fran/Oakland/San Jose, but they each had a team that saved them with playoffs. Greater New York City would have been a possibility, too, had the Giants not won the Super Bowl.
This measurement is by no means reflective of the passion of some of these cities' fans. They each do have, collectively, some of the worst fans in the nation, though. What came first, though, the poor performance or the apathy?
Who do you think has the Worst Sports Town in the US?