Is being an Atlanta fan a miserable experience? (source: YardBarker)

Atlanta is #2 on Forbes.com List of America’s Most Miserable Sports Cities


Is rooting for Atlanta sports a miserable experience? Tom Van Riper of Forbes.com thinks so. He has put together a list of America’s Most Miserable Sports Cities and Atlanta ranks #2 behind only Seattle.

His criteria:

To create our misery rankings, we compiled the number of postseason appearances by a city’s teams and compared them to the number of titles won. Those cities that combine a lot of playoff losses and few championships score highest (final round losses, such as a Super Bowl or World Series, are given the most weight, followed by semifinal round losses, and so on).

Hit the jump for more “miserable” Falcons’ goodness and be sure to check out the relevant article from the The Falcoholic.

The Braves and the Hawks hurt Atlanta’s ranking the most. As the article states:

The Braves have parlayed 11 trips to the National League Championship Series into just one World Series title. And don’t forget the Hawks: 25 playoff teams since 1968 without a single trip to the NBA finals.

The Final Numbers:

Teams: Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Thrashers, Flames
Championship round losses: 5
Semifinal round losses: 9
Total seasons/championships: 147/1
Years since last title: 15
Teams lost: Flames

Your Turn

Has being an Atlanta sports fan been a miserable experience for you? Let me know in the comments or start the conversation on Twitter.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Thrashers Forbes Miserable Sports Cities

  • Sarah

    True Atlanta Fans don’t consider themselves miserable! I grew up in the Athens Area-My weekends were full of Radio time with the Bulldogs & Braves – Sundays were on the sofa with my daddy Watching the Falcons! ‘daddy’s little girl – lovin life – “Bird-Dawg” Country! I’m now in my 40′s, my dad passed away many years ago, I still watch every Falcons game with my teenage son – the Hawks when we can, we join friends for the “Dawgs” – and..my mom, now 80, never misses a braves game, WE LOVE OUR GEORGIA TEAMS! NO MATTER WHAT!! If anyone’s miserable.. they’re not a true Fan! Have a Good Day Forbes!

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      Perfectly said Sarah! I think the use of the word “miserable” was harsher than the content of the article intended. Glad to hear you have been, and still are, a big Atlanta sports fan. Win or lose, they have some of the best fans in the country.

  • Phat Falcon

    Misery..????? there are worse teams than either the BRAVES or FALCONS a true fan loves their team regardless , i want to say , for the record, within three seasons the ATLANTA FALCONS , IF HEALTHY , WILL WIN A SUPERBOWL TITLE , IN FACT I PREDICT HERE AND NOW MATT RYAN, AS A FALCON, WILL GUIDE THE FALCONS TO THREE SUPERBOWL APPEARANCES , HE LL WIN TWO AND LOSE ONE ALL OF THIS BY THE 2015-2016 SEASON…YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST , THEY ARE GETTING CLOSER ALL THE TIME, THEY REALLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN AT LEAST 10-6 LAST YEAR , IF NOT FOR THREE HEART BREAKING LOSSES AT THE LAST SECOND, GRANTED, THAT HAPPENS TO EVERYONE , BUT WE COULD BE TALKING ABOUT THE FALCONS LAST YEAR, HAD THEY MADE THE PLAYOFFS , THEY WOULDVE BEEN VERY DANGEROUS, THEY PLAY THE SAINTS VERY VERY TOUGH , WATCH THIS SEASON I BELIEVE ATLANTA WILL BEAT THEM BOTH MEETINGS , IN CLOSING, TRHIS IS A FRANCHISE THAT IS DUE TO BREAK OUT OF ITS DULL-DRUMS AND REALLY BECOME WHAT WE ALL KNOW THEY CAN BE ..WORLD CHAMPIONS …I KNOW THIS GROUP CAN DO IT …AND WITH JUST A LITTLE LUCK, THEY LL DO IT ..OFFICAL PREDICTION BARRING A MAJOR INJURY, FALCONS WILL FINISH 2010-2011 SEASON 11-5 AND BE THE THIRD SEED IN THE PLAYOFFS

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      Good stuff Phat Falcon. I’ll definitely keep this comment so we can look back at it in 2017 and say, “I remember when he predicted this would happen!” I agree with the 11-5 prediction and love the optimism. Three Super Bowl appearances? Now, that’s what I like to hear.