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2004 Hot 'n Not Best Sports Cities
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What do Reggie Miller and Peyton Manning have in common? They both play in one damn good sports town. Page 2 presents our City Rankings, in which we determine which pro sports burgs had the best years.

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The Vikings were 6-0. The Vikings were without weaknesses. The Vikings were on their way. Of course, that was before the Vikings lost four games to teams that finished with 4-12 records. That was before their monumental collapse. But was Minnesota's implosion devastationg enough to make our list of the greatest swoons in sports history?

10]  2000: Portland Trail Blazers
For six-and-a-half minutes in the fourth quarter of the seventh game of the Western Conference finals, Portland's basket simply disappeared. The Blazers missed 13 straight shots, losing a 15-point lead and the game to the Lakers.
9]  1996: Greg Norman at the Masters
The Shark had a six-stroke lead to start the final round. An even-par 72 would win the Green Jacket. But from holes nine through 12, he was five-over par; his 6-over 78 didn't cut it. Nick Faldo won.
8]  1993: Jana Novotna at Wimbledon
From out of nowhere (well, the 8th seed, at least), Novotna rolled into the finals against Steffi Graf. In the third and deciding set, she was up 4-1 and a point away from making it 5-1. Then came a double-fault and . . .
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Sure, they live, eat, breathe and sleep the Xs and Os that make our weekends happy. But is that any reason to believe an NFL coach can find a cure for the common cold or write the great American novel? Listen to the hype: Belichick is a genius; Martz is a mastermind; Parcells is a miracle-worker.

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