San Diego is the new home of sports futility

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With the NBA’s Cavaliers stunning the Warriors on their own home floor with a surprising Game Seven win last night, it ended Cleveland’s 52-year title drought.

But the new civic leader in pro sports futility isn’t the same as the rest of the places near the top of that list.

According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, his town is now the city with the longest gulf between championships.

There have been 109 pro sports seasons since any of their teams won a title (52 for the Chargers, 47 for baseball’s Padres, six for the since-moved Clippers, and four of the since-moved Rockets).

Unlike Cleveland, which used to be good at things, San Diego has never enjoyed a pro sports title. Of course, San Diegans get to enjoy many other things, like, you know, perfect weather.

The next cities on the list of sports droughts can’t say that as Buffalo (103 seasons), Minneapolis (91) and Milwaukee (90, they don’t get credit for Green Bay) have to be cold and miserable instead of just miserable.

Of course, San Diego’s streak may soon fall to the Padres, as the Chargers have the option to move to Los Angeles if efforts for a new stadium fail, following the Clippers and the Rockets out of what is obviously a cursed town.

35 responses to “San Diego is the new home of sports futility

  1. As a fan of an original AFL team, I honor history of the AFL. But despite the claims (wishful thinking) of some Charger fans, their 1963 AFL Championship is NOT on a par with being the Super Bowl winner. That championship was achieved before the AFL-NFL merger so while it’s theoretically possible that the ’63 Bolts could’ve beaten the ’63 Bears it didn’t happen.

    So the Chargers have NEVER been world champions and therefor the drought for San Diego exceeds 52 years.

  2. “Unlike Cleveland, which used to be good at things, San Diego has never enjoyed a pro sports title.”

    Wow, even worse than Buffalo.

    Amazing.

  3. Interesting, record books show Carolina (whatever town that is) has never won anything either.

  4. This is a little misleading. Minneapolis/Stp has 4 major sports teams. Milwaukee has 2. The twins won a world series in ’91. Easier to accumulate non championship seasons.

  5. Contrary to what this says, San Diego did win a title in 1963. If you count Cleveland winning an NFL title in the pre-Super Bowl era, which the media did, you have to count winning an AFL title. The AFL and NFL winners did not play before the 1966 season.
    And DC is fifth on the list now with 84 seasons of futility and counting.

  6. Agreed, the Chargers 63 title definitely should count and it appears it has counted as they are saying 52 years for the chargers, which is 2015-1963.

    snowdood163 says:
    Jun 20, 2016 8:17 AM

    Hot weather is way overrated.
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    San Diego actually isn’t generally “hot” – the year round average is 70-75…so…perfect. They happen to be going through a heat spell now, but that’s rather unusual for June. The difference is in winter when Buffalo is -1837209282082 and SD is 65.

  7. mccarthyisamoron says:
    Jun 20, 2016 10:07 AM
    A Packer Super Bowl *does* effectively count for Milwaukee (and most of Wisconsin).

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    If we’re going to start doing that, I guess a Yankees World Series should count for Buffalo.

  8. I’m pretty sure the 1957 Milwaukee Braves’ World Series title counts as a major championship.

  9. If we’re going to start doing that, I guess a Yankees World Series should count for Buffalo.
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    If you want to split hairs, the city of Dallas has zero Super Bowls….Irving, Texas has five.
    The Packers used to play some of their “home” games in Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Currently, half of the home games are for Milwaukee season ticket-holders.
    Practically, every sports bar in the state (except for Kenosha) is 100% Packers. The Milwaukee TV/radio/print is wall-to-wall Packers coverage.

  10. Born and raised in San Diego and a die hard sports fan.. sucks our teams never win, but there is no other place I’d rather live.

  11. SD is harder-pressed to win titles since it lacks for an NBA team and an NHL team. It’s more of a commentary about the city that its NBA team moved TO a city dominated by the Lakers for two generations, and that it seems to be unable to find a way to make any other team happy.

    Of course, I think many people would be happier to not have champions and also not have to pay the bill for billion dollar stadiums.

  12. I wouldn’t trade my Boston championships for anything…..but if I was forced to trade them, there’s only thing I’d trade them for: San Diego’s weather.

  13. Titles Shmitles

    SD won many AFCW titles and had some of the most entertaining football ever in 79 and the early 80s. 4 playoff appearances, 3 division titles

    Then had another nice run through most of the 2000’s including a 14-2 season, 9 probowlers , 4 division tiles and 5 playoff appearances.

    Few teams could claim similar decades.

  14. Who here would rather live in Green Bay, Detroit or Cleveland instead of San Diego?

    Do the accomplishments of other men in their chosen vocation really matter to you and your sense of worth or civic pride? I get it, I get it.. It’s something to do and someone to watch but in the end you’re just cheering for a uniform.

  15. deacon85 says:
    Jun 20, 2016 5:36 PM
    I wouldn’t trade my Boston championships for anything…..but if I was forced to trade them, there’s only thing I’d trade them for: San Diego’s weather.

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    As a native San Diegan who was stationed in the north east for 4 years I would trade ANYTHING for a Chargers Super Bowl win…..except this weather. I win the championship every morning with no humidity, not much rain, and a 70-75 average.

  16. As a US Navy veteran, I think it is important to point out that San Diego is the one of the most important cities in our nation, and deserving of respect. Home to our Pacific Fleet, it is the largest mainland Navy base on our west coast, protector of our biggest blind side. I promise you, there isn’t another NFL city – even with many times the number of residents – that this small city couldn’t demolish in minutes. The weird part is that similar-sized Jacksonville would put up the best fight…

  17. Buffalo has a more futile history; from Wide Right to No Goal, those are the kinds of devastating losses like The Drive and The Fumble that create such fan angst.

    It’s one thing to have teams that don’t do much. It’s another to be SO close and have something like a missed last second field goal or skate in the crease drive a dagger into fans’ hearts.

    Plus, it’s Buffalo…lake effect snow and lots of cold. At least in San Diego fans can go to the beach if things don’t work out. Buffalo fans havevto sit inside and stew on their futility for months.

  18. The Chargers suck because the ownership sucks. They don’t want a winning NFL team. They just want a mediocre team with a modest payroll. The league has been littered with ex Chargers who had to leave to get paid for decades. And to be a part of a winning culture. Until we get owners who REALLY CARE about winning, we’ll forever be stuck in mediocrity.

  19. ontboltfan says:
    Jun 20, 2016 7:38 PM
    Titles Shmitles

    SD won many AFCW titles and had some of the most entertaining football ever in 79 and the early 80s. 4 playoff appearances, 3 division titles

    Then had another nice run through most of the 2000’s including a 14-2 season, 9 probowlers , 4 division tiles and 5 playoff appearances.

    Few teams could claim similar decades.
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  20. @joetoronto
    How are them Make Me Laughs doing lately? No Cups for 5 decades or is it 6? Troll

  21. I find this article totally false. My 17U girls soccer team from Ramona won a state championship in 1997. Lest we forget.

    😉

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