It came as no surprise to me, nor will it surprise anyone in the Pacific Northwest, that the City of Seattle is rated # 1 as the Most Miserable Sports City.
The misery in no way reflects the ambiance of either Safeco Field or Century Link Field, (better know as The Clink). Both venues are among the best in sports. Nor does it have anything to do with the fine food (gag) in these venues, though it may have something to do with the pricing.
No the misery comes from futility, including getting to the brink of championships, then losing.
Consider that the Seahawks, Mariners, Pilots, and Sonics have a cumulative total of 115 seasons. They have one championship, the 1979 Sonics, some 34 years ago.
Consider also that the Pilots lasted one year in Seattle before a used car salesman in Milwaukee bought the franchise and moved it out of Seattle, changing the name to the Brewers. Then the franchise was moved to the National League to further distance themselves from the Emerald City. Speaking of moving, The Sonics changed colors, changed their nickname, and are now disguised as the Oklahoma City Blunder-I mean Thunder.
And despite what looked like a shoo-in for getting the Sacramento Kings, NBA commissioner David Stern, who likes Seattle as much as he would like a Charlotte-Portland NBA championship, let the Kings stay in Sacramento, stiffing the fine city of Seattle.
And keep in mind when the Mariners won 116 games in 2001 they lost in the first round of the playoffs. That is misery. Want more misery? How about the Seahawks getting to the 2005 Super Bowl only to outplay and outgain the Pittsburgh Steelers, and have more than one controversial call go against the Hawks. Years later one of the referees even apologized to the Seahawks. Thanks ref!
Yes, it has been miserable for Seattle, especially the years that the University of Washington football team was coached by Tyrone Willingham. Technically it does not count. But misery loves company, so they say, so why not pile on more miserable company. It’s great to be number 1.
If you have not bought the DVD of “42” about Jackie Robinson, here is my film review: http://terrynelson.net/42.html