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Saddest sports cities in the U.S.

Cleveland Browns fans haven't celebrated a championship in

Cleveland Browns fans haven't celebrated a championship in nearly 50 years. Photo Credit: Getty

Big Apple sports fans are used to winners, so a down year -- or even a rough few months -- can be pretty agonizing. On the bright side, things could be worse -- a lot worse. Misery loves company, so here are amNewYork's most moribund sports cities in the U.S. based on past disappointments, title droughts and recent struggles.





This city has been through the sports wringer. They haven't celebrated a championship since the pre-Super Bowl Browns won the NFL title on Dec. 27, 1964. Their Indians haven't won it all in 65 years, and the Cavaliers only made the NBA Finals once -- a loss in 2007. Even its NHL experiment with the Barons in the 1970s lasted just two years.

But that doesn't even scratch the surface. There's "The Drive" by John Elway's Broncos that sunk the Browns' best shot at a Super Bowl berth in the mid-1980s. Then nearly a decade later, the storied NFL franchise moved to Baltimore and won a Super Bowl five years after that; the Browns returned as a new team in 1999, but have struggled mightily ever since. Few sports heartbreaks can compare to the very public way in which LeBron James decided to leave the Cavs via free agency in 2010: his "The Decision" TV special.

The Indians made the playoffs this fall, but there's not a lot to celebrate in northeast Ohio right now, sports-wise.





The Chiefs have put together a nice season this year, but otherwise the Missouri city has been struggling for a while. The Royals haven't made the playoffs since their World Series title in 1985.

Kansas City also is the only city to have had teams in three different leagues move away in the last 50 years. The Athletics left for Oakland in 1967, the Kings bolted for Sacramento in 1985 and the Scouts, an NHL expansion franchise, left for Colorado after two years in the '70s, later becoming the Devils. Between the three, only the Kings ever won a playoff series when they reached the conference finals in 1981.

Perhaps the Chiefs will go on to win their first Super Bowl since Jan. 11, 1970, this season. In the meantime, K.C. is mired in disappointments.





The SoCal city has the longest title drought among current cities with a Big Four (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) franchise -- the Chargers won their only AFL title on Jan. 5, 1964. The Chargers have had moderate success since the turn of the millennium, but haven't reached the Super Bowl since 1994.

The Padres have reached the World Series twice in their 45 seasons, but have yet to win it all and have made the postseason just twice in the past 15 years.

The city even tried making professional basketball work twice in the '70s, with both the Rockets and Clippers moving after less than 10 years each.





Washington state's sports hub would leave this list if the Seahawks -- who currently have the best record (12-2) in the NFL -- go on to win their first Super Bowl. Their success over the past 10 years aside, the 'Hawks weren't very good for much of their nearly 40-year existence.

The Mariners, on the other hand, are one of only two franchises that have yet to reach the World Series -- the Expos/Nationals are the other -- and haven't sniffed the postseason since 2001. Perhaps the signing of Robinson Cano can help turn around their fortunes, but that remains to be seen.

Almost worst of all, though, is the loss of their SuperSonics. The former NBA franchise brought Seattle its lone Big Four title in 1979. Worse yet, the franchise is now a perennial title contender as the Oklahoma City Thunder. Seattle had but a taste of Kevin Durant before he was forced to leave town in 2008.

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