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.
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).
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.