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Saturday, May 12, 2007

THE STREAK ENDS

From Seth...

"Wednesday night, the Tigers lost.

It was the first loss for Detroit in May.

No, not for just the Tigers, but all of Detroit.

Until last night, the Tigers hadn't dropped a game since an 11-3 fall to Minnesota on Saturday, April 28.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings hadn't lost since Game 3 of their series with San Jose. That was April 30.

And the Pistons? Hot doesn't even begin to describe them. Detroit's basketball franchise hasn't been on the low end of the final tally since April 15, a 91-102 loss to Philadelphia. That includes the last two games of the season, the first round of the playoffs, and two games into the 2nd round.

So it got me thinking: of the cities with a baseball, hockey and basketball team (you can't count football because they don't play often enough and football, baseball and basketball never coincide), what's the longest city-wide winning streak? Between the Wings, Pistons and Tigers we just had 11 games over 9 days. Can you think of better?

And stepping back, can you think of another era when one city so dominated professional sports? New York could never get the Knicks and Rangers going at the same time. I found one in Boston, 1967-1970. You have the Bill Russell Celtics dynasty, the Bobby Orr/Phil Esposito/Gary Cheevers Bruins, and Yaz and the "Impossible Dream" Bosox. Boston came close again with the Larry Bird Celtics, Orr's Bruins and Jim Rice Red Sox of the early '80s. But the Bruins faded when Orr and Cheevers retired in '79, which is right about when those Celtics were getting their ducks in a row for the Bird era. And though the Bruins got Ray Bourque that year, they weren't really on top again until they broke up the Oilers in the early '90s, just missing the 1986 BoSox/Celtics thing.

Other cities with concurrent pro franchises in NHL, MLB and NBA:*

San Francisco and Oakland (Sharks, Giants/A's, Warriors)
New York (Rangers/Isles, Yankees/Mets, Knicks)
Chicago (Blackhawks, Cubs/White Sox, Bulls)
Toronto (Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors)
Minneapolis (Wild/North Stars, Twins, Timberwolves)
Boston (Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics)
L.A. (Kings/Ducks, Dodgers/Angels, Lakers/Clippers)
Philadelphia (Flyers, Phillies, 76ers)
Atlanta (Thrashers/Flames, Braves, Hawks)
Miami (Panthers, Marlins, Heat)
Dallas (Stars, Rangers, Mavericks)
Denver (Avalanche, Rockies, Nuggets)
Phoenix (Coyotes, Diamondbacks, Suns)



*Determining whether a city "owns" a certain team is kind of problematic, and I had to be a little arbitary. Distance is no determining factor: San Jose is further from San Francisco than the Meadowlands is from the heart of Manhatten; in fact, the Pistons' Palace of Auburn Hills and the Rangers' Ballpark in Arlington are both further away from their host cities than the New Jersey Devils are from downtown New York. But I counted the Sharks as a San Fran team and the Jersey teams as separate because, even though they're close together, the cities are considered different metro areas, and the fan-bases are separated. Obviously, some cities have two teams with geographically separated fan-bases (nobody from South Chicago roots for the Cubs), but since they're the same city, I still counted them as such.

The defining idea is which demographic the team plays for. Anaheim teams were put there to draw from Los Angeles, not just USC students. The Nets, however, are supposed to be for Jersey fans -- New Yorkers root for the Knicks. With Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco, I let them both count, since the Sharks and Warriors are meant to be the teams for all three cities, while only the baseball teams are separated."

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