13 October 2011

SportingNews.com: Detroit 11th Best Sports City in the country?

Is this some kind of a Sick Joke?! I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! 11th! That's a disgrace if I've ever seen one. These jabronis must be talking about the wrong Detroit. Clearly they couldn't be referring to Detroit, Michigan. Where 3 of our 4 major sports teams have played for at least one championship in the last decade alone. Two of those 3 having won it all at least once. And 1 of those 2 being The Red Wings. The team that has the second most cups in the NHL! Hell even when we had a WNBA team, they were selling out and winning ships like it was nobody's business.

Honestly, I can accept a city like Boston or Philly beating us. Hell, even rounding out the top 5 would be pushing it. But what really gets me is the Cities ahead of us that have NO business being compared to the Dirty. Let me explain:

1.Dallas- Mad props for the Mavs beating the Heat in the NBA finals. That was one of the high points of my years as an NBA fan. But now you're locked out and you're banking an the Rangers making a return trip to the World Series. And to do that they gotta get through our Tigers. Cowboys are easily the most overrated team in football every year. The last good move the Stars had was re-signing Modano so he could retire there.

5. New York & 8. LA - These cities have 8 and five professional sports teams, respectively (once the New Jersey Nets become the Brooklyn Nets). They have the odds stacked in their favor to build a winning franchise or two. And between these 13 teams collectively; only The Lakers, Yankees and Giants have championships the last decade. Not to mention LA has 0 football teams and a baseball team filing for bankruptcy.

10. Tampa Bay -
Now this is the one that really gets me. I mean sure, the city has 3 professional teams that have
all either been to or won championships the last decade, but look at the fan base. You can't give away seats to a Rays game. Even when they're in the playoffs it seems to go unnoticed by the locals. Even the Bucs have been struggling to sell enough tickets to where the game isn't blacked out on local TV. Sounds familiar..

So lets say this list is for 2010, when the Tigs, Pistons, Lions and even the Wings had somewhat of an "off year." 11th place is embarrassing. The Lions may have been the only downfall this city's had, but look at the fan base. Lions fans are so loyal, I don't even think there's such a thing as a bandwagon for us. And now the Lions are the hottest show in the NFL, and according to one Yahoo! writer, the most hostile environment to play in. Tigs are in the ALCS and the Wings are on track to make their 21st straight trip to the playoffs. With the NBA lockout looking like its here to stay, Detroit should be a lock for at least top 3 Sports cities of 2011! And remember you heard it here first on the 14th best blog in the 11th best sports city! Beeyaaaawwwwww!

From Sportingnews.com-

It's more than just championships.

Sporting News’ Best Sports Cities rankings, which look at the 12 months from summer 2010 to summer 2011, are based on point values assigned to various categories, including but not limited to, won-lost records, postseason appearances, applicable power ratings, number of teams and attendance.

The list:

1. Dallas-Fort Worth

2. Boston

3. Philadelphia

4. Chicago + Evanston

5. New York

6. Pittsburgh

7. Atlanta

8. Los Angeles

9. Miami

10. Tampa + St. Petersburg

11. Detroit + Ann Arbor + Ypsilanti

12. Washington

13. San Jose + Palo Alto + Santa Clara

14. Minneapolis + St. Paul

15. San Francisco

16. Nashville

17. San Diego

18. Phoenix + Tempe

19. Indianapolis

20. Denver + Boulder

21. Cincinnati

22. New Orleans

23. Raleigh + Durham + Chapel Hill

24. Houston

25. Oakland + Berkeley

26. Oklahoma City + Norman

27. St. Louis

28. Salt Lake City + Provo

29. Baltimore

30. Vancouver

31. Anaheim

32. Seattle

33. Green Bay

34. Orlando

35. Memphis

36. Columbus

37. Toronto

38. Milwaukee

39. San Antonio

40. Portland

41. Buffalo

42. Kansas City

43. Montreal

44. Jacksonville

45. Cleveland

46. Calgary

47. Charlotte

48. Ottawa

49. Sacramento

50. Edmonton

Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2011-10-04/best-sports-cities-the-list-from-1-to-271#ixzz1aiN4T9Mj


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