Forbes Magazine has come out with it’s second annual list of America’s most miserable sports cities. Seattle was listed as the number most miserable sports city.
America’s Most Miserable Sports Cities, 2009
Tom Van Riper
In the 1990s, no city was hotter than Seattle.
Microsoft was flying high; Starbucks was growing into a juggernaut. Kurt Cobain and Nirvana were leading the grunge rock movement from underground clubs to international record deals.
And on the basketball court, Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp were leading the NBA Sonics to a 445-211 (.678) record between 1991 and 1998. By 2002, the city’s other two major teams, baseball’s Mariners and football’s Seahawks, had both moved out of the nondescript King Dome and into state-of-the-art facilities.
Boy times have changed. Grunge petered out after Cobain died, Starbucks is struggling, and Microsoft has been running in place for a decade. Unemployment doubled over the past year to 8.7%, according to the latest Labor Department statistics. And the Sonics have bolted for Oklahoma City.
That last bit of bad news vaulted the Emerald City to the top of our second annual list of America’s Most Miserable Sport Cities. With just one championship (1979 Sonics) under its belt during 107 combined seasons of major sports, including losses in three of four championship-round appearances (the Sonics dropped the NBA finals in 1978 and 1996; the Seahawks lost the 2006 Super Bowl), Seattle was already high on the sports misery list, placing second to Atlanta last year. Now, the misery bonus points that come with watching its NBA franchise leave town have put the city over the top
The top 10 list includes:
I’m glad to see that Washington, D.C. isn’t included in this list even though the Washington Redskins are so so. The Washington Nationals and the Washington Wizards; well I won’t discuss those teams. But the Washington Capitals are in the playoffs this season.