Over at the Washington Post today, they took a look at four-sports cities and how well they do compared to one-another. As you can see in the wheel above, Philadelphia is tied for fifth-best with New York City when it comes to winning percentage since 2005. But, that’s actually rounded up. Here’s how we compare to New York over the last ten years head to head (slightly skewed because they’re a four sport city but have more than four teams):
Again, that’s still skewed, since all sports are weighed evenly. For example, 16 NFL games are equal to 162 MLB games. That’s a good way to look at it, but if you break it down by percentage based off of weighted winning percentages — according to my own likely flawed math — the total win percentage is … .511 (I wasted so much math time).
Overall, since Philadelphia became a four-sport city in 1967, the city’s win percentage is a barely impressive .519, which puts Philly 4th behind Boston (.557), Dallas (.548), and Denver (.533). But the only thing saving Philly from true mediocrity is the Flyers. Here are the win percentages, by team, since 1967 (along with playoff appearances and championships):
The methodology uses points percentage for the NHL as the win percentage equivalent, and baseball data is through the end of the 2014 season. Sheil Kapadia wrote up the city for the longer piece on four-sport cities, but the next time you feel yourself being disappointed in the Flyers, just remember one thing: Without them, we’d be the definition of middle-of-the-road.