It seems to me that many of my friends here in Washington were rooting for the Phillies in the Series. I can see the logic by which they might have arrived at that decision, but I don’t find it convincing. Having been to see the Eagles play at FedEx and the Phils play at RFK and Nats Park, I can safely say that I do not enjoy being around Phillies fans. Next year’s Nats-Phils games are going to be totally unbearable. And besides, The Rays gave me hope for the Nats. Even perpetual bottom-feeders have their day.
I was thinking though–does this put Washington in the hot seat as major sports town with the longest championship drought? (And to United fans, I deeply, deeply apologize, but we can’t taunt folks from Philadelphia and Boston with our MLS cups). The city’s last title was a Superbowl victory in 1992. Since then, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, Houston, Dallas, St Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have all won titles. So have Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, San Antonio, and Toronto. And most of the major sports cities have won multiple championship since then.
Minneapolis and Cincinnati have both gone a year or two longer than us, but they’re smaller cities. Seattle and Cleveland, I guess, are technically the most due. But for a metropolitan area this size, on the sports mad east coast, we really ought to be doing better.