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Postby davidmarver » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:07 pm

I love how everyone mentions East Coast teams yet they keep adding teams out there every few years. Give Portland a freaking baseball team! They'll support it better than Tampa or Miami ever will theirs.
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Postby Big Pimpin » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:19 pm

davidmarver wrote:I love how everyone mentions East Coast teams yet they keep adding teams out there every few years. Give Portland a freaking baseball team! They'll support it better than Tampa or Miami ever will theirs.


Or Vegas. Vegas would be a very good home for the A's...
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:28 pm

I heard Barrow Alaska was pretty crappy for sports
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Postby perlick29 » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:31 pm

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Shadow of the Sun* wrote:Philly. No doubt. :-t


Philly is a great sports town.


Yeah, just because Philly fans are tough and rude and angry doesn't mean Philly is a bad sports town. There's lots of passion for their teams, no way is it a bad sports town. From what I can tell, some place in Florida would have to qualify as the worst.


I'm not from Philly, but from what I have seen I would hate to be a pro athlete there. I am from St. Louis and the two cities seem to be polar opposites. It just seems as if fans in Philly are way to harsh and judgemental. I get the feeling that fans almost prefer to root against their teams than for them. The fans in Philly are the quickest to turn against their own team and start booing them. From a sportsmanship perspective, Philly has to be the worst.

The worst sports town would have to be Miami. I lived there for some years and would have to say the situation there is miserable. Fans only care to follow their teams when they are winning. It is unbelievable. The Marlins have had poor attendance since they started, except for a few months in '97 and '03. The Dolphins' games are regularly blacked out because no one goes to the games, and the Heat needed to bring Shaq in to draw interest, even after a new arena had been built. :-t


Have your city not win a championship in any of the major sports since 1978. These fans are very passionate but not in a bad way. They just want to win so badly. Being from New York and now living in Philly I used to hate them but now I actually understand why they are so die-hard. Calling Philadelphia a bad sports town is fairly ignorant. Now Atlanta on the other hand is terrible. If you can't sell out playoff games for the Braves you dont deserve a team.
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Postby Tavish » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:52 pm

perlick29 wrote:Have your city not win a championship in any of the major sports since 1978. These fans are very passionate but not in a bad way. They just want to win so badly. Being from New York and now living in Philly I used to hate them but now I actually understand why they are so die-hard. Calling Philadelphia a bad sports town is fairly ignorant. Now Atlanta on the other hand is terrible. If you can't sell out playoff games for the Braves you dont deserve a team.


There is a difference between passionate die-hards and obnoxiously overboard idiocy. Whether its fair or not for the current Philly fans, they have that reputation for very good reasons. And its not just Eagle fans either, the idiots have shown up in force at Phillies and 76er games as well (not sure about the Flyers since I feel its my patriotic duty to despise hockey).
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Postby bigh0rt » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:53 pm

North Jersey - the Nets couldn't sell out playoff games after going to two straight NBA Finals.

Atlanta - Replace Nets with Braves, and NBA Finals with NL East pennant, and two with 14.

Oakland - The fans love their teams; I just don't have much respect for them, given the history of their actions.

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Postby WharfRat » Thu Jul 07, 2005 7:19 pm

bigh0rt wrote:North Jersey - the Nets couldn't sell out playoff games after going to two straight NBA Finals.


Also, don't forget about the Devils. Another pathetic showing by NJ residents. Although the Devils fans that do exist are as diehard and hardcore as anywhere else.

But in defense of North Jersey, you also have the Giants. Go Big Blue. ;-D ;-D
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Postby go_jays_go » Thu Jul 07, 2005 7:21 pm

WharfRat wrote:
bigh0rt wrote:North Jersey - the Nets couldn't sell out playoff games after going to two straight NBA Finals.


Also, don't forget about the Devils. Another pathetic showing by NJ residents. Although the Devils fans that do exist are as diehard and hardcore as anywhere else.

But in defense of North Jersey, you also have the Giants. Go Big Blue. ;-D ;-D


You would be suprised. Diehard Leafs fans are pretty extreme. I'd hate to think what would happen if they won the cup. Ah, Who am I kidding...I think too much.. :-b
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Postby raiders_umpire » Thu Jul 07, 2005 7:42 pm

Amazinz wrote:North Carolina. Great for college and minor leagues (Durham Bulls) but Raleigh/Charlotte are awful pro sports towns.



i agree with you a little bit...North Carolina is a great state for colleges and minor leagues, but u have to remember North Carolina is more of a baseball and basketball state then football and hockey.... but saying that the Panthers have a great following even though the parking and traffic flow at the game are terrible... and while the bobcats suffered last year in attendance, but Charlotte still has a bad taste in its mouth from what shinn did to the hornets... but also remember that Charlotte Hornets sold out every home game that it played during the first 10 years of its existence,,, it was not til the last few years when shinn threatened to move every other day that Charlotte quit backing the hornets... But i do believe that with the Bobcats new arena and the 2 UNC stars on the team this year, that the new arena will be packed and rocking every night.... ;-D ;-D


as far as worst sports city,, only 1 city comes to mind...

and as a south fan, it pains me to say but Atlanta,,,,,,
MLB playoffs games with more cubs fans in attendance then braves fans and then of course the most exciting player in football and they still can not sell out the stadium.. and no mention of the hawks as they average about as many spectators as the local high school basketball teams do here in eastern North Carolina.....
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Thu Jul 07, 2005 7:47 pm

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