ESPN: Toronto is the armpit of professional sports
Old 06-17-2011, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The point i highlighted makes no sense to me. While maybe true what does it matter as far as looking at all the sports?

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You know how you're having a stupid sports argument and the other guy is totally outwitting you and making you look foolish, so you say something ridiculously juvenile like "your city sucks"? Good news: if you're talking about Toronto, you're right!

According to ESPN, Toronto is the worst city for pro sports in North America in the realm of the Big Four (baseball, basketball, football and hockey).

In its ninth version of the Ultimate Standings (which essentially measure what fans get back from their teams versus what they give), Toronto's three major franchises combined to bring Hogtown to the worst-average score of any city with more than one pro sports team.

(Sacramento is technically the worst, but it only has one team, and they're probably moving somewhere else next year anyway, and this is a Canada blog, so let's bash Toronto some more.)

The lowlights (or highlights, if you're a RoC Toronto-hater):

the Maple Leafs are the worst team in the National Hockey League in the ranking, and third-worst overall
the Maple Leafs are last overall for bang for your buck and affordability
only the Cincinnati Bengals (fan relations, effort and likeability of players, title contention) finished last in more categories than the Leafs
the Raptors are the third-worst organization in the NBA
the stadium experience at a Raptors game is apparently 19 spots better than that of a Leafs game - even though they play in the same building
the Leafs' ownership is 8 spots better than the Raptors (both teams have the same owner in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment)
the Blue Jays' home experience at the Rogers Centre is ranked as the fourth-worst in baseball, behind only Florida, Tampa and Oakland
if you're a Toronto sports fan, your best chance at experiencing any sort of title comes via time machine; your best odds, apparently, come from having been alive and a Jays fan in 1993
the Raptors are 4th-worst in the NBA for title hopes; and the Maple Leafs are ahead of only Winnipeg/Atlanta, Columbus and Florida on the winning scale. (Surprisingly, the Ottawa Senators are rated at #66 - firmly in the middle of the pack - to win a title any time soon)

The Centre of the Universe is also the Armpit of Professional Sports - Eh Game - Yahoo! Sports

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Old 06-17-2011, 05:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know why something like this is necessary... I guess ESPN had a slow news day.
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I don't know why something like this is necessary... I guess ESPN had a slow news day.
Pretty much.
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The Raptors are on the right track, I predict a playoff spot.
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The Raptors are on the right track, I predict a playoff spot.
The one thing i will say about basketball. All you need is a solid 10 players so things can get turned around quicker then the other 3 major sports, especially baseball. We'll see what can be done with our capspace + the draft and see where we stand.
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The Raptors are on the right track, I predict a playoff spot.
Not yet...
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
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at least it's not the crotch
Yeah, I can think of worse places even than armpit and crotch.

Like, Buffalo.
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yeah, I can think of worse places even than armpit and crotch.

Like, Buffalo.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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our teams are armpit worthy, but our fans are rabid. toronto is a great sports city, we're just starving right now.
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According to ESPN, Toronto is the worst city for pro sports in North America in the realm of the Big Four
How is Lacross part of the big four?
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:36 PM   #15 (permalink)
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its still a professional sports team, just like the CFL and soccer, but these guys are douchebags anyway
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its still a professional sports team, just like the CFL and soccer, but these guys are douchebags anyway

The CFL is a professional league? lol
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to the players that came from tough backgrounds and worked hard for a roster spot in that league yeah, i would say its professional, like the euroleague and the OHL
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if MLS is a professional league then CFL is
MLS is painful to watch most of the time. I can actually enjoy a CFL game
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if MLS is a professional league then CFL is
MLS is painful to watch most of the time. I can actually enjoy a CFL game

CFL imo is a joke. As far as Soccer goes i couldn't tell you, i have never like soccer so i've never watched MLS.
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CFL imo is a joke. As far as Soccer goes i couldn't tell you, i have never like soccer so i've never watched MLS.
Ya I hate too many things about the CFL to enjoy it. The 39482098 yard endzones are just plain stupid, and because of that the uprights being on the goal line is even dumber. The bigger ball I don't like, I don't like 3 downs, takes away a real run game, only thing I like about it, is it forces more action.

Their point system is a bit dumb too.
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