Sometimes I wish BFeldt found time out of his busy schedule to write a post here once in a while, because he makes some great points via his Twitter account. In today's tweet, @BFeldt questions ESPN's search skills in finding the sports city of this decade.
"Boston wins best sports decade because of hair? Give me a break ESPN, how hard did you look for that advantage"
Answer: They looked down the hall, waved at Peter Gammons and penned up something real quickly.
So, who deserves it? Well, I'll leave the door for Mr. Feldt to return to TBDS and let him throw down his two cents. I'm more bothered why Chicago didn't get the sports city of the 1990s.
The argument for champion Dallas?
The Cowboys captured three Super Bowls, the Stars took the Cup in 1999 and the Rangers even won three division titles. But the Mavs were mostly a bad joke.
The argument for Chicago?
I thought you'd never ask.
The six championships by the Chicago Bulls trump the city of Dallas' accomplishments all by themselves. In the two seasons in which they didn't have the G.O.A.T. full-time, they still made the playoffs. Let's add some individual numbers with Michael Jordan's five MVPs and countless points scored, rebounds grabbed, steals snatched and assists dished.
In 1993 the White Sox won the AL West and the Cubs won the Wild Card in 1998. However, individual accomplishments drove fans (and media attention) to the ballpark. Sammy Sosa hit 332 homers in the 1990s, including 66 in '98 to win the MVP and help save baseball. Frank Thomas hit at least .305 in every year except one in the decade and hit 301 jacks in the decade. If not for The Big Hurt and his efforts, there would not be a team on the South Side. The Blackhawks made 8 playoff appearances in the 90s, including a Stanley Cup appearance.
The biggest joke of the decade in Chicago was the mismanagement of the Bears, who still found a way to make three playoff appearances in spite of the McCaskey family and Dave Wannstedt.
Apparently, the Cowboys, Lakers, Dodgers, Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots don't get enough coverage on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNews, ESPNClassic or ESPN The Ocho. I guess that's why they've launched a hyperlocal site for Boston and will do so for Dallas and Los Angeles before the year is up.