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Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Updated: December 29, 11:56 AM ET
Beantown reigns supreme

By David Schoenfield
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It's time for Page 2's third annual City Rankings, and the only question this year was which city would finish behind Boston.

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Please, no whining or self-loathing ever again from Boston fans.

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:

  • All four of Boston's team made the playoffs, although the Celtics had a losing record, the first losing record by a Boston team in the three years of the City Rankings.

  • San Diego had the biggest improvement, jumping from 33rd (and last) place in 2003 to 3rd place in 2004.

  • Kansas City had the biggest decline, falling from 2nd place to 29th.

  • Washington finishes in last place, but at least they swiped the Expos from Montreal. It was Phoenix who suffered through an even worse year: all four of their pro teams missed the playoffs and only the Coyotes crept (barely) above the .400 mark. At least the Suns are off to a great start this season.

  • For the second straight year, all three of Cleveland's teams finished with a losing record and out of the playoffs. Looks like that drought will end with the Cavs.

    2004 City Rankings
    City MLB NBA NFL NHL Pct. Bonus Total
    1. Boston .605 .439 .867 .634 .636 155 791
    2. Indianapolis

    .744 .800

    .772 -5 767
    3. San Diego .537

    .733

    .635 28 663
    4. Philadelphia .531 .402 .867 .616 .604 47 654
    5. New Jersey

    .573

    .610 .591 39 630
    6. Detroit .444 .659 .400 .665 .542 77 619
    7. Minneapolis .568 .707 .533 .506 .579 34 613
    8. St. Louis .648

    .467 .555 .557 50 607
    9. Dallas .549 .634 .400 .591 .544 54 598
    10. Pittsburgh .447

    .933 .354 .578 8 586
    11. Houston .568 .549 .467

    .528 47 575
    12. Atlanta .593 .341 .733 .476 .536 36 572
    13. Denver .420 .524 .600 .610 .538 32 570
    14. Los Angeles* .574 .512

    .494 .523 44 567
    15. Buffalo

    .600 .518 .559 -10 549
    16. Milwaukee/G.B. .416 .500 .600

    .505 31 536
    17. Anaheim .568

    .463 .516 16 532
    18. New York# .531 .476 .500 .488 .502 18 520
    19. Tampa .435

    .333 .646 .471 49 520
    20. Baltimore .481

    .533

    .507 6 513
    21. New Orleans

    .500 .467

    .484 25 509
    22. Montreal .414

    .567 .491 9 500
    23. Toronto .416 .402

    .628 .482 14 496
    24. Carolina

    .467 .463 .465 30 495
    25. Cincinnati .469

    .467

    .468 11 477
    26. Seattle .389 .451 .533

    .458 10 468
    27. Miami .512 .512 .267 .457 .437 15 452
    28. Oakland .562 .451 .333

    .449 -7 442
    29. Kansas City .358

    .467

    .413 -2 411
    30. Nashville

    .267 .555 .411 0 411
    31. Chicago^ .531 .280 .333 .360 .407 -17 390
    32. Cleveland .494 .427 .200

    .374 5 379
    33. San Francisco .562

    .133

    .348 -4 344
    34. Phoenix .315 .354 .333 .415 .354 -14 340
    35. Washington

    .305 .333 .360 .333 -7 326

    * 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.