Yahoo.com had a piece run yesterday that just baffled me. They listed the Top 10 Worst Cities to be a Fan.
A large part of the equation that decided the standings was based on each city’s team’s records. They also combine that with the median household income in those cities. The results will surprise you.
Here are the top five:
2.) San Diego
4.) New York
Miami makes sense. I don’t really think there have ever been sports fans in Miami to be honest with you. That is, unless the Marlins or Heat are in the playoffs.
The Miami Dolphins are the recent bud of jokes in the NFL, and rightfully so. Even when the Dolphins were consistently good and made the playoffs year after year, fans weren’t too enthusiastic.
And don’t get me started on the Florida Panthers.
The next three surprise me though.
San Diego has a good, competitive team in the Chargers. Also, before this year the Padres had been very competitive as well, finishing over .500 the last four years.
In Indianapolis, I’m not sure how hard it is to be a fan of a team that won the Super Bowl just over a year ago. The Pacers have had a tough run, but just two seasons ago they were .500, and we all know how high up that will place you in the Eastern Conference standings.
And as for New York….hmmm. Lets see. The have the Super Bowl Champions, the most historically successful franchise in probably all of sports in the Yankees (Closely challenged by the Montreal Canadiens), the Mets who have been in contention the last few years…and Brett Favre.
That last one may be good or bad.
The point is, I think this piece places too much importance on affordability than success. Personally, I haven’t been able to attend a Steeler game for years. That makes me no less of a fan, nor does it take away from any of the joy I experience with their success.
Therfore, I’m astonished to see the city at the bottom of the Top 10:
6.) Kansas City
10.) Pittsburgh – The Penguins reached the NHL finals last season, while the Steelers went a solid 10-6, but baseball’s Pirates are always rebuilding. The area’s median income is 20% below the average of the 29 major sports metros.
I just don’t buy it. The reason you see 8-10,000 Terrible Towels at every Steeler away game, and countless Penguin fans at games in Columbus and Washington DC is because the city is such a great place to be a fan. It wouldn’t run through our veins as true as it does if this weren’t the case.
Maybe I’m a homer, but look at the facts. By taking success in mind, you have a recent Super Bowl victory and a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in the last three years.
You have nearly standing room only crowds in the Mellon Arena…TO WATCH AWAY GAMES!!!
Oh, and we have the best promotions this side of Mars at the Pirate games (I’m not proud of it, but it’s true).
So, with that all said, I’m ready to make my own list. Keep on the lookout for the Tope 10 sports cities. And you might be able to guess where will be close to the top 😉
~Chris @ Pittsburgh Puck Talk