Thursday, August 09, 2007

You GOTTA Be Kidding Me

Every year The Sporting News (yes apparently they are still in business) publishes a list of the top sports cities in the US.  This year's list is out, and Philly is 9th.  That in and of itself is a total and complete travesty of a mockey of a sham.  The fact that LA and Phoenix are rated above Philly is it coup de grace however. 

Here's the list:

1. Detroit + Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti
2. New York
3. Dallas-Fort Worth
4. Chicago + Evanston
5. Los Angeles
6. Boston
7. Denver + Boulder
8. Phoenix + Tempe
9. Philadelphia
10. Minneapolis-St. Paul

First on LA.  This city is so pathetic a sports town that they can't even support an NFL team.  The Clippers?  Yeah it's nice they have a minor league hoops team and all, but they are pathetic.  No one besides Jack Nicholson actually goes to Laker games and Dodger fans catch innings 4 though 6 between drinks and dinner.

Yeah I guess you can count USC as a pro football team, but they should be playing aginst all the rest of the teams who pay their player and not against Cal and Oregon.

Don't get me wrong.  I love LA.  Well.  No.  Not really.  I love Laguna and Malibu.  I atcually don't like LA all that much.

But to even think about LA as a sprots town, let alone ahead of Philly is mindless.

Phoenix?  Ok the Suns are cool.  You can catch a hockey game if you want to get a bet down.  Their NFL team is only marginally better than not having one at all.  They've got a good young baseball team and ASU football, but we have to top them in terms of marquee palyers and fan support.

Here's my top ten:

  1. Philly

  2. NYC

  3. Boston

  4. Detroit

  5. Chicago

  6. Denver

  7. Dallas

  8. Miami

  9. St, Louis

  10. Indy

We've got great stadiums, incredible college hoops, top notch pro franchises and the best fans in the nation.  'Nuff said.

What's your list?


kasey loessberg said...

You are right. I wouldn't put L.A. in the top ten, either. Even thought I am a huge Cowboys fan, I don't think Dallas deserved to be that high. Just look at the Rangers.

christina_the_wench said...

I don't care for LA in general so I feel you.
I live in a burb of Detroit. Sports is big here. I am originally from Ohio so that Ann Arbor/U of M thing bites though. I married a U of M fan. We all have our cross to bear.
Have a great weekend!

Chris said...

wow - a mixed marriage ... more power to you!