We’re cursed. It’s something you’ve probably heard (or felt) a thousand times. But it’s not just you. The paper that prints All the News That’s Fit to Print has apparently found it fit to print that Philadelphia fans are cursed. Not the most cursed, but the seventh most.
The New York Times used the combined number of seasons since a city’s last championship, percentage of seasons of the past 50 years that have ended with a title, and appearances in a sport’s final four (defined as close calls) to see which cities have the least luck. Philadelphia owns it in that close calls category.
Behind the top six of Cleveland, Atlanta, Buffalo, San Diego, Washington, and the Twin Cities, lies Philadelphia:
The grey lady explains our level of being cursed as such:
If making a sport’s final four were all that mattered, Philadelphia would be a beacon of success. Its teams have reached that stage in an impressive 22 percent of their seasons over the last half-century, a better rate than Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and every other city with at least two teams other than Boston.
But Philadelphia’s teams almost always come up just short. Since 1984, only the 2008 Phillies have won a title. A remarkable 19 percent of the city’s seasons since 1965 have ended with what we’re calling a close call — a final-four appearance without a championship.
Making matters worse, the immediate future doesn’t look bright for three of the teams. In fact, Philadelphia has a claim on being the city with the four worst combined teams today. The Eagles (a bright spot with a 10-6 season) and the Flyers both missed the playoffs in their most recent seasons. The 76ers won just 22 percent of their games last year and have become notorious for trying to create bad teams in order to stockpile top draft picks. The Phillies are hovering near last place in their division, with few promising young players.
Does all that make the notorious grumpiness of Philadelphia fans — known as boo birds — a little more understandable?
They’re not wrong. I mean, I can’t think of any other major sports fan base that rallied around not one, but two horses in the dark pre-08 years just so we could say we won something. If not for the 2008 Phillies, I can’t imagine where we’d fall on the list. Or if Pat Gillick had stuck around before handing the keys over to a moron, maybe we wouldn’t have even made the top ten. Dammit.