In a similar fashion, I evaluated America's four-sport cities over the past decade. I began this task with the awareness that my greatest fear - ten years of utterly hopeless fanaticism - might be confirmed. Yet, that feeling didn't overwhelm my curiosity enough to withdraw from the exercise. So on I went.
The results weren't depressing; they were demoralizing.
Notes to consider before reading on:
- Only the Washington/Montreal baseball franchise was included. Sorry, O's fans.
- There were nine NHL seasons this decade due to the 2004-2005 strike.
- For cities in which two teams exist within one sport (e.g. baseball in Chicago), performance was averaged for each particular year.
- The team with the best year among the 12 cities received a scored of 1. The team with the worst year among the 12 cities received a score of 12.
- Success was determined by playoff success first. Regular season records were used as tie-breakers.
- Rankings are only relative to the 12 cities being evaluated.
And here's the breakdown by sport (analysis following):
Breakdown by Year