Atlanta Sports Fans Restless Waiting on Championships
A way to tell that you’re in a major metropolitan city is by the number of professional sports franchises that call the city home. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta all boast at least 4 teams from a combination of the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball that call it home. Each of them has major success from 2 or more of its franchises. That is all but Atlanta. Atlanta is big enough to have the Braves, Falcons, Hawks and Thrashers, but have seen little to no success from these teams. The Braves are by far the most successful of the franchises. During the 90’s, the Braves won an astonishing five Pennant races and winning the World Series in 1995. The Braves have been far less successful since the 1999 and when you look at the franchises the story becomes dreadfully painful if you’re an Atlanta sports connoisseur.
The Atlanta Falcons had a bright shining moment when the team made an appearance in the 1999 Super Bowl. Aside from that, the Falcons never had back to back winning seasons until last year and they have been one of the worst performing franchises in the NFL. The Atlanta Hawks haven’t fared much better. Since the Hawks came to Atlanta in 1968, the franchise hasn’t made a single championship appearance. The team did have impressive playoff runs in the 80’s and 90’s, but always seemed to fall short of the big game. The Atlanta Thrashers are still a baby in sports, but still since the team’s inception into the NHL in 1999 they have yielded no Stanley Cups for the desperate city.
Amazingly, Atlanta’s residence have given enough support to these unsuccessful franchises through the years to keep them out of the ever present relocation rumors that inevitably surround suffering sports franchises. This is even more amazing when you look at the fact that a major market like Los Angeles have had difficulty keeping NFL franchises and is always looking for a new one. Through all the jokes, let downs and heartbreak, Atlanta fans continue to support their teams and refuse to give up hope that one day either a Lombardi Trophy, an NBA Finals Banner or a Stanly Cup will one day be resident. Don’t give up Atlanta. We’re all pulling for you!
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