Updated American Sports Championships

A quick update to our recent post on American Sports Championships.  Since our post, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Cleveland Cavaliers have won their respective championships.  Cleveland snapped a mind-boggling 162 season losing streak with their win.  The new champion of losing is now San Diego (107 seasons), followed by Buffalo (104 seasons).  Also, to clarify, these are losing SEASONS, not years.  If a city has a Baseball, Football, and Basketball team, they would get credit for 3 losing seasons per year.

 

American Sports Championships

We here at Mercenary Ornithology sometimes dabble in other subjects.  With the NBA and NHL playoffs starting, we decided to take a look at how long each North American city’s championship drought is for the four most popular sports (Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Hockey).  We gathered our data from Wikipedia and included all years for each sport starting with the first year its current championship format was created (1903 – MLB World Series, 1927 – NHL Stanley Cup, 1950 – NBA Finals, 1965 – NFL Super Bowl).  Note: the championship is noted in the year it occurred in with the exception of the NFL, which is considered to have occurred the previous year (as that’s when most of the games were).

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Current Championship Droughts for North American Cities

A few notes on data analysis:

-Minneapolis and St. Paul have been lumped as “Twin Cities”.

-Strike/Lockout years do not have a champion, but DO add to the number of losing seasons. Luckily there weren’t too many of those, but the numbers are slightly off.

-I’m sorry, Cleveland.

-New Jersey teams with “New York” in the name were considered to be New York teams.

-Sorry Canada, I didn’t include Grey Cup victories.

A Weird World Series

Royals

A quick non-bird related post featuring silly math.

How weird was the World Series that ended last night?  Using an outlier test, there’s a 99.9999571% chance that the 2015 World Series was pretty damn weird.

HistogramGameLength

The average game length (number of innings) in all World Series prior to tonight was 8.92, with only one series passing the 10 inning mark (2005 @ 10.13 innings per game).  The 2015 World Series clocked in at a whopping 10.4 innings per game, almost 2.5 innings longer than the average game in an average World Series.  Pretty nuts!  I doubt we’ll ever see something quite like this again.

AverageGameLength

As a short sidenote to this post: my beloved Minnesota Twins hold the unbeatable record for the fewest innings per game in a World Series.  In 1987, the home team won every single game in 8.5 innings.