Detroit drops to #4 in best sports cities

I may be biased, but I was surprised to see that Detroit had dropped from number 3 to number 4 in’s Best Sports Cities 2006.

Even more shocking was that Chicago went from number 15 to number 1. No offense to the Windy City, but what else did they do in ’06 besides win the World Series? That’s a big accomplishment, but it’s only one sport. The Pistons and Wings were both on top of their leagues in terms of regular season standings, and the Lions still sell the stadium out even though they suck (stadium attendance was a factor in the ratings).

Ann Arbor was also included in the “Detroit” ranking, and Detroit still fell off to number 4.

The Tigers weren’t included in this year’s poll, but they will be next year. We better see at least a number 2 spot in 2007…

For the complete list of the Best Sports Cities and the criterium used to determine them, click here.

2 Comments so far

  1. ripi$money (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

    Hmm… I smell conspiracy.

    If last year’s teams were used in this poll, the Bears did end up winning the NFC North. But it still doesn’t make up for the best regular seasons in the NHL and NBA that Detroit had, as well as respectable college football (Michigan) and basketball (Michigan State).

  2. baliad (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

    no kidding… what a scam… i can’t even think of a better more successful sports city in the nation… especially since A2 is included…

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