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:


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

  • 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.


  1. Posted:

    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.

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

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

  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.

  4. Here's a St. Louis representative

    1. Linked to ya, thanks for your post!

  5. How'd ya miss mine?

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