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By TERRANCE HARRIS, SportsRadio 610
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The city of Houston has certainly had its share of sports heartbreaks over the years, but is it enough to rank the city as one the most miserable in the country?

Forbes seems to think so.

The publication ranks Houston as the sixth most miserable sports city in America.

The immediate thought is what were the judges thinking? This after all is the city known as Clutch City or Two-ston after the Rockets won back-to-back NBA titles in the mid-1990s.

But when the judges came to their conclusions they apparently looked at the overall landscape which combines the success of the Rockets, Oilers, Texans and Astros. Collectively there has been a great deal of sports heartache in Houston over the years.

The panel obviously considered the Astros meltdown during 2005 World Series when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox. And then there the infamous 1993 NFL Wild Card Playoff Game when the Houston Oilers blew an early third quarter 35-3 lead and ended up losing to the Buffalo Bills 41-38 to suffer the biggest blown lead in NFL history.

The criteria for assessing a city’s misery does not come as a result of futility but according to Forbes from “the heartbreak that comes from building fans’ hopes up only to let them down in the end.” To be considered the city had to have 75 cumulative seasons in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and NHL.

Cities were ranked by championship droughts and playoff failures with the teams that lost deeper in the playoffs accumulating more misery points.

The four professional Houston franchises have a 4-4 record in championship rounds, a 5-8 mark in semifinal rounds and they have four titles to show for a combined 137 seasons. And the last title came in 1995.

What was more surprising than Houston coming in No.6 is the list of teams ranked below or above H-town for sports misery. The top five most miserable cities were Atlanta, Seattle, Phoenix, Buffalo and San Diego.

It would seem like a city such as Cleveland would rank among the Top 5 given the misery of all three of its professional franchises. But Cleveland’s sports teams have combined to win seven titles, though they all came prior to 1965. Forbes eloquently points out, those titles count, too.

Contact Terrance Harris at or follow him on Twitter @Terranceharris

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