Cincinnati Bengals and Reds fans who have struggled through the decades-long drought of mediocrity and losing have long expressed their misery. Forbes magazine just confirmed it by naming Cincinnati one of their top 10 most miserable sports cities in the United States.
Cincinnati makes the list for several compelling reasons. If the Bengals or Reds fail to bring home a title in 2012, it will be 22 years since a professional team in the Queen City has won a championship. While many of us who grew up in the seventies have fond memories of the "Big Red Machine" and even the Bengals' Super Bowl appearances, this year's college graduates who call Cincinnati home have never known either of their professional teams to even reach a championship round.
In fact, as Forbes points out, in 180 professional seasons (Reds, Bengals and the NBA Cincinnati Royals) Cincinnati boasts only five championship seasons, all from the Cincinnati Reds. In New York, Boston or Los Angeles they laugh at such a statistic. Cincinnati also received "points" for having lost the Royals to Kansas City (Kansas City also lost the team to Sacramento and placed ninth on the list.)
On the positive side, Cincinnati was the 10th ranked city on the list. Cities like Atlanta, San Diego and Houston have fewer championships to boast about, although to be fair, their membership in professional sports has been more recent than Cincinnati's.
Of course, looking at the future, both the Reds and the Bengals have young, talented rosters that could add another championship to the city's collection in the next five years. And as Sam Wyche once told Cincinnatians, "Remember, you don't live in Cleveland." They're number seven on the list.
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