It's time for Page 2's third annual City Rankings, and the only question this year was which city would finish behind Boston.
Here's how we compiled the rankings:
1. We averaged the winning percentage for all teams in the four major sports for cities that have at least two franchises.
2. We then added bonus points: 50 points for winning a championship, 25 points for reaching the championship game and 10 points for making the playoffs. We subtracted 10 points if a team finished in last place. We also wanted to reward some individual achievements, so we added 5 points for each player who made the NBA All-Star Game, 4 points for making the MLB All-Star Game and 3 points for making the NHL All-Star Game. And 5 points for making the Pro Bowl -- but we only counted QBs, RBs, WRs and TEs, because, frankly, we don't care if your right guard made the Pro Bowl or not.
We then adjusted this total so a city with more teams (like New York) would not have an advantage over a two- or three-team team city.
Note: We used the 2004 Super Bowl result (bonus points for Boston and Carolina), but standings and playoff teams from the 2004 regular season. NBA and NHL totals are from the 2003-04 season.
3. We also subtracted 50 points if one of your teams charged into the crowd to attack fans and subtracted 25 points if your team choked away a 3-0 series lead in the playoffs to your arch-rival.
4. This year, we created a city named "New Jersey," which includes the Devils and Nets (but we kept the Giants and Jets as part of New York). Also, Green Bay is included with Milwaukee and "Carolina" gets credit for the Panthers and Hurricanes.
A few notes:
|2004 City Rankings|
|3. San Diego||.537||.733||.635||28||663|
|5. New Jersey||.573||.610||.591||39||630|
|8. St. Louis||.648||.467||.555||.557||50||607|
|14. Los Angeles*||.574||.512||.494||.523||44||567|
|18. New York#||.531||.476||.500||.488||.502||18||520|
|21. New Orleans||.500||.467||.484||25||509|
|29. Kansas City||.358||.467||.413||-2||411|
|33. San Francisco||.562||.133||.348||-4||344|
* Includes two NBA teams
# Includes two NFL, MLB and NBA teams and three NHL teams
^ Includes two MLB teams Earlier this year, David Schoenfield ranked the 100 greatest individual seasons of the ESPN era.