At Page 2, we love lists. We love winners and we love losers. So, why not combine our three loves at once? We present the second annual Page 2 City Rankings. Which pro sports city had the best year? We devised a scoring method, punched in the numbers and produced a winner.
Here's how we scored the rankings:
1. We averaged the winning percentage for all teams in the four major sports for cities that have at least two franchises (thus, one-sport cities such as Green Bay, San Antonio and Portland were not included).
2. We then added bonus points: 50 points for winning a championship, 25 points for reaching the title game and 10 points for making the playoffs. We subtracted 10 points if a team finished in last place. We also wanted to reward some individual achievements, so we added 5 points for each player who made the NBA All-Star Game, 4 points for making the NHL or MLB All-Star Game and 3 points if named to the 2004 Pro Bowl. We then adjusted this total so a city with more teams (like New York) would not have an advantage over a two- or three-team team city.
Note: We used the 2003 Super Bowl result (bonus points for Tampa and Oakland), but playoff teams from the 2003 season (no bonus there for Tampa and Oakland). NBA and NHL totals are from the 2002-03 season.
This year's winner? Indianapolis, which had excellent seasons from the Colts and Pacers. The top city with three or more teams was Boston, as all four of its teams finished above .500 and made the playoffs.
San Diego, with dismal years from the Chargers and Padres, finished last, edging out Cleveland, which suffered through horrible results from the Browns, Indians and Cavs (at least Cleveland fans have LeBron's future to look forward to).
And for those who think money determines which teams win in pro sports? New York ranked 16th out of 33 cities, even though the Devils were NHL champs and the Yankees reached the World Series.
A few other notes:
|2003 City Rankings|
|2. Kansas City||.813||.512||.663||56||719|
|4. St. Louis||.750||.525||.604||.626||56||683|
|12. San Francisco||.438||.621||.530||36||566|
|13. New Orleans||.500||.573||.537||28||565|
|16. New York*||.313||.517||.525||.539||.480||50||530|
|18. Los Angeles#||.525||.470||.476||.485||17||502|
|33. San Diego||.250||.395||.323||-21||301|
* Includes two NFL, MLB and NBA teams and three NHL teams (includes New Jersey)
# Includes two NBA teams
@ Includes two MLB teams