ATLANTA — Here’s a look at the five biggest losers in the country. Congratulations, Minneapolis-St. Paul, you just missed the cut.
Pro Championships: One. The Braves won the 1995 World Series.
Flops: The Braves fell short of a championship every other time during their run of 14 straight division titles. The Falcons lost twice in the Super Bowl. The Hawks have never reached the NBA Finals. Two NHL teams — the Flames and the Thrashers — moved to Canada.
Back To School: Georgia Tech claimed a share of the football national championship in 1990. The University of Georgia, about 75 miles away, captured the 1980 title and is one of the nation’s most prominent programs.
Biggest Disappointment: The Falcons blowing a 25-point lead in last year’s Super Bowl.
Pro Championships: None.
Flops: The Bills lost four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s and had the longest active postseason drought of any North American franchise (2000-16) before making the playoffs this season. The Sabres came up short in their two trips to the Stanley Cup final and are now on course to miss the NHL playoffs for the seventh year in a row.
Biggest Disappointment: Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal with just seconds to play in the 1991 Super Bowl. It went wide right, and the Bills lost to the Giants 20-19.
Pro Championships: Eight. A rather high number for this list, but the Indians won the last of their two World Series titles in 1948 and the Browns have never been to the Super Bowl. LeBron James and the Cavaliers really messed things up by winning their first NBA crown in 2016.
Flops: The Indians were swept in the 1954 World Series, and they squandered a lead in the ninth inning of Game 7 in the ‘97 Series. The Browns went 0-16 this season. The Cavs have lost three times in the NBA Finals.
Biggest Disappointment: In the 1987 AFC championship game at Cleveland, John Elway directed the Broncos 98 yards for a tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation, a possession forever known as “The Drive.” The Broncos advanced to the Super Bowl with a field goal in overtime.
Pro Championships: One. The Arizona Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series.
Flops: The Arizona Cardinals have made just five NFL playoff appearances since 1988. The Phoenix Suns lost twice in the NBA Finals. The NHL Coyotes are an attendance-challenged franchise that seems constantly on the verge of moving.
Biggest Disappointment: The Cardinals made an improbable run to the 2009 Super Bowl, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23.
Pro Championships: None.
Flops: The Padres were blown out in their two World Series appearances. The Chargers only Super Bowl run ended with a 49-26 rout by the 49ers. A pair of NBA teams, the Rockets and the Clippers, abandoned the city.
Biggest Disappointment: After failing to work out a deal for a new stadium, the Chargers moved to Los Angeles last year.
Drum roll, please.
The worst sports city in America is ... SAN DIEGO!
Of course, that city’s long-suffering fans do get to live in San Diego. So they’ve got that going for ‘em.