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  1. #1
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    Warren, MI

    Default Detroit named No. 1 sports city

    Motown is the town for sports in 2007

    Bob Hille - Sporting News
    August 1, 2007

    Say this about your sports teams, Detroit: They reflect the show-up-for-work-every-day-and-punch-the-clock roots of your city. And in a Best Sports City year in which championship cities' "sportfolios" had gaps, Detroit's regular-season efforts and thisclose success in the playoffs pushed it to the top of our annual rankings, even sans title of any kind.

    Visit Detroit these days and you'll see that this is a baseball city out of hibernation and filling Comerica Park. The Pistons and WNBA's Shock put a spring in a hoops fan's step. Yes, it's still Hockeytown, same as it was when Detroit was our Best Sports City in 1998. Yet on an unseasonably warm Saturday in April, with the Wings facing the Flames in the playoffs at The Joe, you were as likely to see an old English "D" on a cap in downtown Detroit (the Tigers were playing the White Sox) as you were a winged wheel on a red sweater.

    This is a city immersed in its teams, living and dying with them -- mostly living, but there's even a hint of optimism about . . . the Lions?

    So, pop the World Series bubbly, St. Lou.

    Celebrate your Super season, Indy.

    Drink from the Cup, Anaheim.

    Parade an NBA title down the river, San Antonio.

    You each deserve rich notice, same as Gainesville's historic collegiate double dip. But, if we're to believe the car ads, then life is as much about the journey as it is the destination, and Motown's sports scene was a trip these past 12 months. Three teams -- the Red Wings, Tigers and Pistons -- finished no worse than fourth-best in the workaday world of regular-season standings in their respective leagues.

    In fact, even with the 3-13 Lions skewing the percentage, Detroit's major professional sports teams in their most recently completed full season won at a .588 clip. How's that for packin' your lunch every day?


    "I've been saying for years that Detroit is the 'Best Sports City' in America and now it's official. Our world-class venues, talented teams, dedicated fans and vibrant night life have set a national standard for what it takes to be an exciting sports town. I'm confident we will defend our title with the spirit of a champion."
    --City of Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick's, on Detroit's selection as SN's Best Sports City

    How we arrive at our rankings

    We take a 12-month snapshot, roughly July to July, of each city's sports, putting a heavy premium on regular-season won-lost records (from the most recently completed season); playoff berths, bowl appearances and tournament bids; championships; applicable power ratings; quality of competition; overall fan fervor as measured in part by attendance as percentage of venue capacity; abundance of teams, though we reward quality over quantity; stadium and arena quality; ticket availability and prices; franchise ownership; and marquee appeal of athletes.

    Note: There was no Best Sports City in 1996, as the rating system was being expanded and refined.

    The Mighty 99

    1. Detroit + Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti
    2. New York
    3. Dallas-Fort Worth
    4. Chicago + Evanston
    5. Los Angeles
    6. Boston
    7. Denver + Boulder
    8. Phoenix + Tempe
    9. Philadelphia
    10. Minneapolis-St. Paul
    11. Houston
    12. Gainesville, Fla.
    13. Anaheim
    14. Atlanta
    15. Miami
    16. Nashville
    17. Oakland + Berkeley
    18. San Diego
    19. Indianapolis
    20. St. Louis
    21. Pittsburgh
    22. Salt Lake City + Provo
    23. Louisville, Ky.
    24. Washington, D.C.
    25. San Jose + Palo Alto, Santa Clara
    26. Baton Rouge, La.
    27. Toronto
    28. Seattle
    29. Cleveland
    30. Cincinnati
    31. San Antonio
    32. Tampa-St. Petersburg
    33. Baltimore
    34. Buffalo
    35. New Orleans
    36. Knoxville, Tenn.
    37. Charlotte
    38. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.
    39. Columbus
    40. Madison, Wis.
    41. Ottawa
    42. San Francisco
    43. Kansas City
    44. Orlando
    45. Oklahoma City + Norman
    46. Vancouver
    47. Milwaukee
    48. Jacksonville
    49. Calgary
    50. South Bend, Ind.
    51. Green Bay
    52. Sacramento
    53. Memphis
    54. Montreal
    55. Edmonton
    56. Portland
    57. Austin, Texas
    58. Morgantown, W.Va.
    59. Boise, Idaho
    60. Tallahassee, Fla.
    61. Fayetteville, Ark.
    62. Lexington, Ky.
    63. Blacksburg, Va.
    64. Athens, Ga.
    65. Auburn, Ala.
    66. Eugene, Ore.
    67. College Station, Texas
    68. College Park, Md.
    69. Winston-Salem, N.C.
    70. Piscataway, N.J.
    71. Tucson, Ariz.
    72. Clemson, S.C.
    73. West Lafayette, Ind.
    74. Pullman, Wash.
    75. Lawrence, Kan.
    76. Lubbock, Texas
    77. Honolulu
    78. Columbia, S.C.
    79. Lincoln, Neb.
    80. Reno, Nev.
    81. Tulsa, Okla.
    82. Stillwater, Okla.
    83. State College, Pa.
    84. East Lansing, Mich.
    85. Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    86. Corvallis, Ore.
    87. Charlottesville, Va.
    88. Columbia, Mo.
    89. Bloomington, Ind.
    90. Iowa City, Iowa
    91. Manhattan, Kan.
    92. Syracuse, N.Y.
    93. Oxford, Miss.
    94. Storrs, Conn.
    95. Las Vegas
    96. Hattiesburg, Miss.
    97. Colorado Springs, Colo.
    98. Starkville, Miss.
    99. Birmingham, Ala.

    Best of the rest

    100. Champaign, Ill.
    101. Kalamazoo, Mich.
    102. Waco, Texas
    103. Laramie, Wyo.
    104. Carbondale, Ill.
    105. Athens, Ohio
    106. Akron, Ohio
    107. Albuquerque, N.M.
    108. Mount Pleasant, Mich.
    109. Fresno, Calif.
    110. Omaha, Neb.
    111. Fort Collins, Colo.
    112. Annapolis, Md.
    113. Spokane, Wash.
    114. Las Cruces, N.M.
    115. Ames, Iowa
    116. Toledo, Ohio
    117. Oxford, Ohio
    118. Kent, Ohio
    119. Davidson, N.C.
    120. Murfreesboro, Tenn.
    121. Troy, Ala.
    122. El Paso, Texas
    123. Corpus Christi, Texas
    124. Wichita, Kan.
    125. Worcester, Mass.
    126. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
    127. Dayton, Ohio
    128. Huntington, W.V.
    129. Logan, Utah
    130. Denton, Texas
    131. Des Moines, Iowa
    132. Albany, N.Y.
    133. Greenville, N.C.
    134. De Kalb, Ill.
    135. Muncie, Ind.
    136. Jonesboro, Ark.
    137. Niagara, N.Y.
    138. Ogden, Utah
    139. Richmond, Ky.
    140. Monroe, La.
    141. Norfolk, Va.
    142. Bowling Green, Ohio
    143. Dover, Del.
    144. Pocatello, Idaho
    145. West Point, N.Y.
    146. Ruston, La.
    147. Lafayette, La.
    148. Jackson, Miss.
    149. Moscow, Idaho
    150. Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Past No. 1s in the Best Sports City rankings

    2006 Chicago
    2005 Boston
    2004 Boston
    2003 Anaheim-Los Angeles
    2002 Boston
    2001 New York
    2000 St. Louis
    1999 New York
    1998 Detroit
    1997 Denver
    1995 Denver
    1994 Cleveland
    1993 Chicago

  2. #2
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    May 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA


    Thank God we were higher than Cleveland.
    "Speed plus mass equals destruction" - Brock Lesnar

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    matto Guest


    ya that is sweet, the pistons, tigers, and wings all have almost always been great teams and always close to the top if not the best. however the lions still suck ass and will always suck, atleast they got cj now. but a grea wr isnt going to change a team.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Calgary, Canada


    thank god we are higher then edmonton

    are there any posters on here from edmonton? I think gmunit is but im not sure

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