Casualty of Capitalism

Exiled into Wilmington, Delaware by virtue of corporate layoffs. (Note: Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this blog are Copyright 2005, Michael Collins, and cannot be used without permission.)

Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland, College Park (Economics/Political Science).

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The Pathetic Sports Capital of the World

First it was the Murder Capital of the World. Now, after a fit of vigorous research and number crunching, ESPN has determined what us DC sports fans have already known deep in our own broken hearts: Washington is the sorriest sports town in American. Granted, the DC United and Washington Freedom won the last two major U.S. professional soccer titles. But "major" and "soccer" are not often used in conjunction with each other in this country. They don't count.

But do not let this study fool you. Philadelphia is still "Sucktown, USA." Sucktown, USA is the location of the city with at least three major pro-franchises that has had the longest drought without a championship in any sport. Lucky for DC, the Redskins had some pretty stellar years under the first Joe Gibbs administration, capturing three Super Bowl titles in the 80's and early 90's. Philly has been so clost with the Eagles, Flyers, 76ers, and Phillies all choking within sniffing distance of championship rings in the 90's and 00's. So for now, though it fields exciting, championship caliber teams on a regular basis, Philadelphia retains the title of Sucktown, USA, a place where it's always close, but there are no cigars to be found.

I enjoyed this bone ESPN threw to DC sports fans:

Washington finishes in last place, but at least they swiped the Expos from Montreal.

Unfortunately, I really don't think the Expos' (now Nationals) .414 winning percentage last season would have positively affected DC's ranking.


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