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Monday, December 30, 2002
City rankings: San Francisco treat

Page 2 staff

If you lived in Boston, you whooped and hollered as the Patriots won the Super Bowl, cheered the Bruins and Celtics in the playoffs, and ... well, at least the Red Sox won 93 games.

Terrell Owens
Owens caught 81 touchdown passes in his eight seasons in San Francisco.
If you lived in Chicago, you cried over the collapse of the Bears, moaned over the disappointments of the Cubs and White Sox, and cringed at the continued ineptitude of the Bulls.

So Page 2 had to know: Which city had the best year? We devised a scoring method, punched in the numbers and produced a winner. But first, how we tabulated the results:

1. We averaged the winning percentage for all teams in the four major sports for cities that have at least two franchises (thus, one-sport cities such as Green Bay, San Jose and Sacramento were not included).

2. We added bonus points on the following basis: 50 points for winning the championship, 25 points for reaching the title game and 10 points for making the playoffs.

3. We also felt individual accomplishments were important, so we added 20 points for having a league MVP, 5 points for each player who made the NBA All-Star Game, 4 points for making the NHL or MLB All-Star Game and 3 points if named to the 2003 Pro Bowl.

4. Oh, we also subtracted 10 points if a team finished in last place and subtracted 50 if the franchise relocated to another city (that's you, Charlotte).

Note: We used the 2002 Super Bowl result, but playoff teams from the 2002 season; NHL and NBA standings from the 2001-02 season.

The winner? Congrats, San Francisco.

2002 City Rankings
City NFL MLB NBA NHL Pct. Bonus Total
1. San Francisco .667 .590

.629 103 732
2. Boston .563 .574 .598 .561 .574 123 697
3. Los Angeles*

.568 .707 .555 .577 96 673
4. New York# .563 .640 .634 .561 .541 124 665
5. Philadelphia .750 .497 .524 .573 .586 74 660
6. Oakland .688 .636 .256

.527 81 608
7. Indianapolis .625

.512

.569 31 600
8. St. Louis .400 .599

.573 .524 59 583
9. Anaheim

.611

.402 .507 58 565
10. Nashville .688

.421 .555 10 565
11. Montreal

.512

.512 .512 52 564
12. Toronto

.481 .512 .585 .526 37 563
13. Seattle .438 .574 .549 .520 30 550
14. Detroit .188 .342 .610 .683 .456 74 530
15. Minneapolis .375 .584 .610 .390 .490 35 525
16. Tampa .750 .342

.396 .496 23 519
17. Denver .563 .451 .329 .598 .485 32 517
18. Pittsburgh .656 .447

.396 .500 17 517
19. Atlanta .594 .631 .402 .299 .482 33 515
20. Phoenix .313 .605 .439 .543 .475 30 505
21. Dallas .313 .444 .695 .518 .493 12 505
22. Buffalo .500

.494 .497 -7 490
23. Miami .563 .488 .439 .329 .455 35 490
24. Washington .438

.451 .506 .465 19 484
25. Cleveland .563 .488 .354

.458 14 472
26. Kansas City .500 .383

.442 19 461
27. San Diego .500 .407

.454 0 454
28. Charlotte .438

.537

.488 -43 445
29. Baltimore .438 .414

.426 13 439
30. Chicago@ .250 .500 .256 .579 .400 29 429
31. Milwaukee

.346 .500

.423 3 426
32. Houston .250 .519 .341

.370 5 375
33. Cincinnati .125 .481

.303 -3 300

* Also included: second NBA franchise
# Also included: second MLB and NBA franchises and two NHL franchises (includes New Jersey)
@ Also incuded: second MLB franchise