Nothing will make you love or hate a city quite like sports will.
Prior to 2004, people around the country generally liked Boston that is until the Patriots took home their second-straight Super Bowl title, the Bruins and Celtics both won their divisions in hockey and basketball, respectively, and the Red Sox ended what was (at the time) the most painful championship drought in all of sports.
Suddenly, Beantown was THE place to love to hate.
However, 2016 found the entire nation rooting for the “Lovable Losers,” the Chicago Cubs in what had become the longest run without a title – 108 years to be exact – on their quest to win the World Series, which they did.
It remains to be seen how America will view Chicago when the new season starts. Sure, the Blackhawks have hoisted the Stanley Cup three times since 2010 and are poised to make it a fourth time this season, but the Bulls have had a terribly disappointing campaign, and the White Sox and the Bears are…well…the White Sox and Bears.
So which cities are the most likely candidates to draw ire from the world for becoming world champions and which metropolises will leave their locals hanging their heads in shame?
Take a look:
The Mavericks’ best chances on another NBA title may be in the past, the Stars will likely miss the playoffs, and the Rangers may take a step backward this season.
But really, does anything matter in the Big D aside from the Cowboys?
After years of the Jimmy Johnson era all but forgotten, it looks like the ‘Boys may be the best poised in the NFC to make a run to Minneapolis. And if they actually win Super Bowl LII? You can revert back to the hatin’ days because the entire state of Texas won’t let you forget it. And even if they don’t, they still have the best QB-RB tandem in the NFL with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot – who will both be entering their second year as pros.
Well, Cleveland can finally shake the “Mistake by the Lake” moniker because they finally did what no one thought they would do – have the honor of housing a world champion sports team.
The bad news for the rest of the country is that all is forgiven with LeBron James now that the Cavaliers are the reigning NBA champs so anyone and everyone you know from Northeast Ohio will profess their unyielding allegiance to the King. More so, the Cavs could very well do it again in 2017.
To make matters worse, the Browns could actually win more than one game this season (the horror!).
Houston was nothing shy of phenomenal Super Bowl LI hosts and that was just the start.
The Texans look pretty decent with guy named Tom Savage as their quarterback (plus J.J. Watt should be back), the Rockets are fun to watch again, adding the vibrant Carlos Beltran to that young Astros squad is both nostalgic and exciting, and Jeff Bagwell will more than likely (hopefully, probably) going to make the Hall of Fame at last.
Did we mention the name of the Texans’ QB is Tom Savage?
San Francisco/Bay Area
That loss to the Cavs last year and the addition of Kevin Durant have the Warriors looking like this is the best team in basketball history, the Giants lost their every-other-year title thing but are serious contenders in 2017, Raiders ended their postseason drought and look like they will be playoff mainstays for the next couple of years, the San Jose Sharks could make a deep Stanley Cup run, and the A’s could surprise a lot of people this season. The 49ers still stink, but the Bay Area has a lot going right to cover the smell.
Welp, where to start?
The Patriots won another Super Bowl, despite “Super Tom” Brady being sidelined for the first four games and will likely be the AFC favorites among pundits again, the Red Sox could start off the season as the American League pennant winners, the Bruins are holding on tooth and nail to a playoff berth, and the Celtics may finally be able to add a second star to the mix after failing to bring in Durant. In short, keep those fake Bahstahn accents trolling!