Thursday, July 23, 2009
Toronto: The worst sports city in North America???
All this talk about the impending trade of Roy Halladay has depressed me a bit as a sports fan. The trade (which is all but inevitable) will lead to yet another rebuilding phase for the Blue Jays (I think the 3rd or 4th rebuilding phase since their World Series title).
Which got me to thinking... with the Jays poised to throw up the white flag once again, the Leafs in perennial white flag mode, and the Raptors still not on the level of "championship contender," has any pro sport city in North America had a more depressing decade or so of ineptitude?
Think about it, the city of Toronto hasn't had one team even play for a championship in 16 years (and those were my prime sports-watching years!!!).
That last sentence prompted my last bit of mini-research, which was: Does any city in North America with at least three major pro sports franchises (MLS not included) have a longer current drought?
What do you guys think? Take a guess before looking below... I'll even give you a bunch of spaces before I present the data.........
LONGEST CURRENT TITLE APPEARANCE DROUGHT
Minneapolis / St. Paul 18 years
Toronto 16 years
Washington D.C. 11 years
Milwaukee / Green Bay 11 years
Atlanta 10 years
So there you have it, only those poor Minnesotans have had to wait longer than us poor Torontonians. Here's a question: Who's more likely to snap the skid earlier? Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson and a dominant Vikings defence might have something to say about this come February 2010. Or maybe Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and the Twinkies could take Minneapolis off the list. Either way, I think it's safe to say Toronto's prospects look much dimmer.