Forbes has put together a list of the Top 10 Most Miserable Sports Cities. I definitely thought I’d find Kansas City and St. Louis on the list, without even knowing what the list was based on. No offense, Missouri sports fans, but let’s be serious – people always forget teams in those cities even exist. I’m a Missouri native and forget half of them exist!
Guess who #10 on the list was. Go on, guess. Minneapolis.
Teams: Vikings (NFL), Twins (MLB), Timberwolves (NBA), Lakers (NBA), North Stars (NHL), Wild (NHL)
Title round record: 8-8 (13th)
Semifinal round record: 16-17 (17th)
Total seasons/early playoff-round exits (or baseball 2nd place): 160/46 (19th)
Total seasons/championships: 160/8 (10th)
Years since last title: 17 (16th)
Teams lost: 2 (Lakers, North Stars)
When I first moved to Minnesota, I didn’t get why everyone was so sad about being a Minnesota sports fan. Over the past six years, I’ve slowly realized what it means to get let down halfway through the post season… if there’s even a post season at all. And these stats? They don’t so much make it any easier to swallow.
Oh, sports. Why must I love you so? It’d be much easier if we just hated each other.