Seattle the new Biggest Loser?
Posted Apr. 30 at 02:58 AM
With LeBron James and the Cavaliers cruising through the playoffs, we’re getting a little nervous in Seattle.
If James and the Cavs bring an NBA title to Cleveland, it will end a 45-year dry spell for that community. Cleveland’s last major sports title came when the Browns won the pre-Super Bowl era NFL championship in 1964.
It also would put Seattle on the hotseat. This city hasn’t won a pro sports title – Super Bowl, NBA Championship, World Series or Stanley Cup – since the Sonics beat the Bullets in 1979 (in one of the lowest-rated and most forgotten of all NBA championship series).
(Who would have thought, by the way, when Jack Sikma and Gus Williams were battling against Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld, that 30 years down the road, neither of those franchise names would even exist?)
So that’s where we’re at. If Cleveland wins the title, Seattle can assume the title of the country’s Losingest Pro Sports City.
MAJOR CITIES GOING THE LONGEST WITHOUT A PRO SPORTS TITLE
1964 Cleveland (NFL, Browns)
1979 Seattle (NBA, Sonics)
1985 Kansas City (MLB, Royals)
1989 Oakland (MLB, Athletics)
1990 Cincinnati (MLB, Reds)
1991 Minneapolis (MLB, Twins)
1992 Washington (NFL, Redskins)
1995 Atlanta (MLB, Braves)
1995 Houston (NBA, Rockets)
1995 San Francisco (NFL, 49ers)
1997 Milwaukee (Green Bay) (NFL, Packers)
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