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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

23 Years, 90 Seasons, ZERO Titles 

ATLANTA: Braves 95BALTIMORE (2 titles): Orioles 83, Ravens 01. And that's not counting 1995 Canadian football title!BOSTON (6 titles): Celtics 84, 86; Patriots 02, 04, 05; Red Sox 04BUFFALO: Last title in 66 when Bills won AFL. But no MLB, and NBA Braves stayed just 7 years. Drought: 79 seasonsCALGARY (4): Flames  89; CFL's Stampeders 92, 98, 01CHICAGO (8 titles): Bears  86; Bulls 91-93, 96-98; White Sox 05CINCINNATI:  Reds 90CLEVELAND: Last title won by Browns in 64. But NHL Barons lasted just 2 years in late 70s. Drought: 115 seasons (longest)DALLAS (4 titles): Cowboys  93, 94, 96; Stars  99DENVER (4 titles): Broncos 98, 99; Avalanche 96, 01DETROIT (7 titles): Tigers 84; Pistons 89, 90, 04; Red Wings 97, 98, 02E. RUTHERFORD, NJ (3 titles): Devils  95, 00, 03 (5 titles if you count Giants  87, 91)EDMONTON (8 titles): Oilers  84, 85, 87,  88, 90; CFL's Eskimos 05, 03, 93MILWAUKEE/GREEN BAY: Packers 97HOUSTON (2 titles): Rockets 94, 95KANSAS CITY: Royals 85LOS ANGELES / ANAHEIM (9 titles): Raiders 84; Dodgers 88; Lakers 85, 87, 88, 00-02; Angels 02MIAMI (2 titles): Marlins 97, 03MINNEAPOLIS (2 titles): Twins 87, 91MONTREAL (3 titles): Canadiens  86, 93; CFL's Alouettes 02LONG ISLAND:  Islanders  83NEW YORK CITY (8 titles): Mets 86; Giants 87, 91; Rangers  94; Yankees 96, 98-00OAKLAND:  Athletics 89PHILADELPHIA: Last title was Sixers in 83. Drought: 90 seasons. Longest of any city with teams in the four major sportsPITTSBURGH (3 titles):  Penguins  91, 92,  Steelers  06SAN ANTONIO (3 titles): Spurs 99, 03, 05SAN DIEGO: Last title was 63 when Chargers won AFL. But no hockey, and NBA Clippers stayed just 5 seasons. Drought: 82 seasonsSAN FRANCISCO (4 titles): 49ers 85, 89, 90, 95ST. LOUIS:  Rams 00SEATTLE: Last title was Supersonics in 79. But no hockey team. Drought: 77 seasonsTAMPA-ST. PETE (2 titles): Buccaneers 03, Lightning 04TORONTO (6 titles): Blue Jays 92, 93; CFL's Argonauts 91, 96, 97, 04PHOENIX / TUCSON: Diamondbacks 01WASHINGTON, D.C. (2 titles): Redskins 88, 92
Point to a blue-dot city for facts about its titles since 1983.
Red cities have at least 2 franchises with no title every year since then.

Now the Flyers are out of the playoffs, marking yet another season since Philadelphia's four major franchises have won a championship. Here's how pathetic this streak really is:

It's the longest current streak for a city with four major-league teams.

Not only that, if my figures are right, it's the LONGEST SUCH STREAK EVER for a city with four major-league teams, topping Chicago's 22-years drought between NFL titles by the '63 and '85 Bears. (Based on records since 1947, when NBA began.)

During this miserable run, the following cities have all won FOUR OR MORE championships: Los Angeles (9, counting Anaheim), New York (9, counting Islanders), Edmonton (8, counting 3 Canadian football titles), Detroit (7), Toronto (2 baseball, 4 CFL), Boston (6), Dallas (4), Denver (4), San Francisco (4), Calgary (1 NHL, 3 CFL), and even E. Rutherford, N.J. (5), if you count the N.Y. Giants.

Has any other city been so disappointed for so long? Here's the case for Cleveland. OK, it hasn't had a hockey team since 1978. But it hasn't had a championship since 1964, when the Browns won. That's 42 years. So long, some grandfathers there have never seen a parade! That's 116 seasons (counting all 35 for the Cavaliers, two for hockey, 41 for Indians (no '94 Series), not counting five for after Browns left for Baltimore. Couldn't find anywhere else that tops Philly's 89. (Exclude Buffalo and San Diego's AFL titles, you gotta exclude their AFL seasons, too.) These loser cities, Seattle and Philly are red dots on the map above.

Here's a list that totals up each franchise's drought in cities with four major-league teams. It's another kind of misery index. Guess who comes out worst.

By the way, only Detroit has waited longer than Philadelphia for an NFL championship. Check out this list:

Top 5 longest current droughts for a franchise in a single city
1. Chicago Cubs, no titles since 1908.
2. Cleveland Indians, 1948.
3. Detroit Lions, 1957.
4. San Francisco Giants, 1958.
5. Philadelphia Eagles, 1960.

All I can say is:

Note: If you see or suspect a mistake (and with all this this data, that's likely), email Early Word. I'll check it out and fix as needed.


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