Wednesday, March 21, 2012

TitleTown poll

Occasionally when sports sites like ESPN run out of non-Tebow/Manning content, they trot out features trying to determine the "best" sports town or state based on factor like wins, titles, fanbase, cost of attendance, etc.

Well, I happen to be reaching for content today, but I have a slightly different question to pose to those of you reading this:  how successful have your hometown/favorite teams been in your lifetime?  What got me thinking about this was the relative feast-or-famine we've got going on in Detroit.  Here's a look at how the four Detroit teams have fared since I was born in 1983:



Tigers:

  • Finals (World Series) appearances:  2 (1984, 2006) 
  • Championships:  1 (1984)

Pistons:
  • Finals appearances:  5 (1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 2003-04, 2004-05)
  • Championships:  3 (1988-89, 1989-90, 2003-04)

Lions:  yeah, um, NEXT...

Red Wings:
  • Finals appearances:  6 (1994-95, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2007-08, 2008-09)
  • Championships:  4 (1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2007-08)
That gives me 13 finals appearances and eight total championships over almost 29 years worth of four major sports teams--and that's without the Lions contributing a single thing!  I'd say that's not too bad:  we can't ALL be Boston, New York or California-born fans, and if I'm seeing a pro sports title about every three to four years, I'm fairly happy with that.

I'm curious to see what some of you come up with:  more/fewer?  More finals but fewer titles?  Fewer available sports teams but more titles?  Let me know in the comments or throw up a post about this on your own blog if you get the inclination.  It's definitely a good way of gaining perspective when you feel like it's been a while since you've been able to enjoy a title run, or if that's ALL you've been doing lately!
Update:  So far a couple awesome bloggers have stepped up with posts of their own, which I think is great.  I'll be happy to highlight more if anyone else comes up with them.

10 comments:

  1. Posted:
    http://manupatchesandchromescratches.blogspot.com/2012/03/tmvs-titletown-poll.html

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    1. Cool, thanks for doing that! If one or two others do the same I'll make a special section in the post to highlight the posts you create.

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  2. Dennis, my post goes up tomorrow at noon...that's when the crying will stop here...LOL!

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    1. Just updated the post with Eric's and yours, thanks!

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  3. Not sure if I have time for a complete post, so I'll just leave a comment:

    NY Yankees - 5 (I won't count the Mets since I don't like them)
    Knicks - Big Fat 0
    Rangers - 1
    Giants - 4 Super Bowls (although I'm not a Giants fan...but still, they are an NY team)

    So there's 10. I'd also request a bonus point for my college (Syracuse) winning an NCAA Basketball title while I attended school there.

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  4. Here's a St. Louis representative
    http://tenetsofwilson.blogspot.com/2012/03/titletown-poll.html

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    1. Linked to ya, thanks for your post!

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  5. How'd ya miss mine?

    http://bbchof.blogspot.com/2012/03/title-town-poll-ala-toomanyverlanders.html

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    1. Because you didn't leave me a comment!

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