Congratulations, Seattle. You’re finally, officially not the most miserable sports team in America any longer, at least according to Forbes magazine.
Forbes updated its annual list of the most loserish professional sports cities in America Thursday and the Emerald City has made an exit thanks to the Seahawks’ Super Bowl blowout.
Seattle had been at or near the top of the list for several years with only the Seattle SuperSonics’ 1979 NBA title to boast.
The Forbes list includes cities with NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL teams, past or present. It does not include the WNBA or college teams, so the Seattle Storm’s two WNBA titles and the numerous national titles won by various Washington Huskies programs weren’t factored in.
The new No. 1 is Atlanta, followed by Phoenix, Cleveland, San Diego, Buffalo, Houston, Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.
Tom Van Riper puts the list together and puts certain factors into play:
- A city has to have had a pro team for at least 75 cumulative years.
- Extra misery points for losing in the championship round (Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, NHL Finals) and fewer points the further back you go in postseason.
- Losing a team to another city through relocation (we’re talking to you Sonics and Pilots fans)
But the biggest thing that comes into play in Seattle’s favor: No city that has won a title in the past five years is allowed on the list. So, you can thank the Seahawks. Philadelphia joins the list because its last title came from the Phillies in 2008.