Nobody wants to be on this list. Fans from these cities are begging to get off of this list and have been for some time. Since professional sports have risen to prominence, championships have become the only standard that fans compare to. It is the reason why coaches get fired and players get traded. The problem is that sports have been largely dominated by big market teams. Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago have owned the scene since the dawn of sports. Cleveland only just recently scored a win for the small guys and got themselves off this list. Atlanta will try to do the same and give hope to some of the other cities on this list:
#5. Cincinnati: Last Major Championship (1990), Titles: (5 MLB)
The Reds were the last team to win a title for Cincinnati back in 1990. Lou Piniella had the Reds playing ferociously and swept a heavily favored Athletics team for the 1990 World Series. The closest thing Cincinnati has had since then has been five straight first-round playoff losses by the Bengals. This city does not have a professional basketball team and relies entirely on the success of the Reds and Bengals.
#4. Atlanta: Last Major Championship (1995), Titles: (1 MLB)
Atlanta should have more than just one title to show for themselves. Their Atlanta Braves dominated the Major League Baseball for most of the 1990’s with one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. The Braves, however, only came away with the 1995 World Series title. The Falcons also made an appearance in the 1999 Super Bowl and lost to the Denver Broncos. Don’t look to the Hawks to do anything anytime soon either.
#3. Houston: Last Major Championship (1995), Titles: (2 NBA, 2 MLS)
The Bayou City had a great run of success in the 1990’s. Houston won back to back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995 thanks to Hakeem Olajuwon. Since then, the city has never really put together any real threat outside of the Astros 2005 World Series appearance. Despite having the 4th largest population in the nation, the city has failed to put out anything except first-round exits.
#2. Washington D.C.: Last Major Championship (1991), Titles: (1 MLB, 1 NBA, 3 NFL)
The Redskins were the last team to bring a title back to our nation’s capital and that was way back in 1991. Nobody has come close to delivering another title for D.C. The Nationals have yet to advance in the playoffs, despite their regular season dominance in recent years. The Washington Capitals have had the best record in their conference several times, and have yet to make the Stanley Cup Finals. Politicians are not the only thing to frustrate this city.
#1. Buffalo: Last Major Championship (None)
The weather is not the only thing that gets frozen up in Buffalo. Their NHL team, Buffalo Sabres, have not won anything in their 46 years of trying. The Buffalo Bills have not made the playoffs in 17 years and counting. To make matters worse, across the state is the city with boatloads of championships.