To finish off the 2013 campaign, my Top 10 of 2013 will be of the Top 10 cities from which sports fans will be the happiest. This is assuming that every single fan in the corresponding cities are fans of each and every local professional sports team. In order to qualify, a city must have at least two teams. Here goes:
Despite only having two teams, the Colts made a big splash in trading for Trent Richardson and won their division, while the Pacers look to be for real and could represent the East in the playoffs.
Had the Blackhawks not won the Stanley Cup, they may have not even made the list. Goes to show how important winning a championship really is. The Cubs and White Sox rebuilt, the Bulls continue to be average without Derrick Rose and the Bears are inconsistent. That being said, they love their Blackhawks in Chicago.
The Braves won the AL East (convincingly) and the Hawks should have home court come playoff time. The Falcons own one of the league’s worst records, but they did lose both of their starting WR for significant time, and they will compete next season.
The Tigers are one of baseball’s best teams, while the Red Wings and Pistons should be in the playoff hunt. The Lions, after falling apart late in the season, should be ready for next season under a new coach. There are far worse cities to cheer and watch sports.
The Avalanche started strong and should continue to be above .500, the Broncos could very well win the Super Bowl, and the Nuggets had a strong season last year, but look to be rebuilding right now. All in all, it’s a good time to be a fan in Colorado.
The Cardinals were (somehow) in the playoff hunt, the Coyotes are severely under-rated, the Suns have started well this season and the Diamondbacks are better than advertised. Those teams could be hotter than the desert itself.
4) St. Louis
The Cardinals were in the World Series, the Rams under-achieved (with injuries) and the Blues are a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. St. Louis is a great city for sports.
3) Los Angeles
The Clippers have been above average and COULD make the leap this year, while the Lakers look weird without Kobe. The Kings are very much under-rated and could win the Cup. The Dodgers made quite a run for the playoffs and the Angels will be better next season, but had a miserable 2013. How this city does not have an NFL franchise is beyond me.
The Penguins are consistently great, the Steelers are fighting for a playoff spot with a vastly improved offense, and the Pirates made the playoffs for the first time in decades. It seems like Happy Days are ahead for Pittsburghers.
The Red Sox win the World Series, again, and the Celtics continue to win while rebuilding. The Patriots are tops again in their division with a real shot of winning it all while the Bruins were 17 seconds away from winning a Stanley Cup. There is no place better in North America.