Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Top 5 Sports Cities Of The Last 20 Years

One of the main reasons I ventured up to Vancouver last week (subjecting myself riots and tear gas) was to experience the thrill of victory in a city that just won a major sports championship. The last time Seattle had a championship parade I was 6 years old and those memories are a little foggy. There are several cities where a ticker tape celebration is a routine occurrence however. Here is a list of the top 5 cities in professional sports over the last 20 years.

1. Boston

World Series: 2 (2004, 2007)
Super Bowls: 3 (2002, 2005, 2005)
Stanley Cups: 1 (2011)
NBA titles: 1 (2008)

Total: 7

Boston is the only city to win a championship in every major sport in the last 20 years. Impressive.

2. New York

World Series: 5 (1996, 1998-2000, 2009)
Super Bowls: 2 (1991, 2008)
Stanley Cups: 1 (1994)
NBA titles: 0

Total: 8

New York has more titles than Boston, but the Knicks blew their chance in 94' so New York doesn't cover every sport. Fortunately the Yankees keep the streets full of confetti.

3. Chicago

World Series: 1 (2005)
Super Bowls: 0
Stanley Cups: 1 (2010)
NBA titles: 6 (1991-93, 1996-98)

Total: 8

Without question the windy city is top heavy with the Larry O' Brien trophies. Had it not been for Michael Jordan they would not have made the cut.

4. Dallas

World Series: 0
Super Bowls: 3 (1993, 1994, 1996)
Stanley Cups: 1 (1999)
NBA titles: 1 (2011)

Total: 5

Dallas is America's team when it comes to football, but after the Mavericks surprise win over the Miami Heat every team in Dallas has at least 1 championship.

5. Pittsburgh

World Series: 0
Super Bowls: 2 (2006, 2009)
Stanley Cups: 3 (1991, 1992, 2009)
NBA titles: 0

Total: 5

Pittsburgh only has championships in 2 categories, but the Penguins and the Steelers are dominant in their respective sports. This helps make up for the the Pittsburgh Pirates who haven't had a winning season since Barry Bonds left town in 1992.

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