Pittsburgh is the “City of Champions” once again. And the Phillies are the reigning World Series champions. It has been a good year for Pennsylvania.
But what state has been the most successful over time? Here are the leaders in titles since 1980.
1. California: 21 champions (4 MLB, 7 NFL, 9 NBA, 1 NHL) – While the Lakers provided 9 NBA titles, the Clippers, Kings and Warriors enabled California to also lead the nation with the most lottery picks since 1980.
2. New York: 13 champions (5 MLB, 3 NFL, 0 NBA, 5 NHL) – Thirteen championships is good, but if you remove Buffalo from the state’s tally then … yep, still 13 champions.
3. Texas: 10 champions (0 MLB, 3 NFL, 6 NBA, 1 NHL) – Many Texans want to secede from the United States. As a separate country, Texas ties Canada (2 MLB, 0 NFL, 0 NBA, 8 NHL) with 10 champions. Congratulations, Texas. If you secede, you will be the international equal of Canada. Oooooh. Watch out, global superpowers! There’s a new player at the table!
4t. Massachusetts: 9 champions (2 MLB, 3 NFL, 4 NBA, 0 NHL) – All these titles that other states are claiming are invalid because Boston didn’t try for them or they were robbed by biased officials. Also, what the f–k is an NHL? An since when did the NFL exist pre-2001? Or the NBA in the ’90s for that matter? This whole thing is gay.
4t. Pennsylvania: 9 champions (2 MLB, 3 NFL, 1 NBA, 3 NHL) – Philadelphia handles the baseball and basketball. Pittsburgh has the football and hockey. And if cousin “wrestling” ever becomes a pro sport, the middle part of the state has that covered.
6t. Illinois: 8 champions (1 MLB, 1 NFL, 6 NBA, 0 NHL) – While Michael Jordan accounts for Illinois’ 6 NBA titles, the fact that the White Sox let him play in the minors should really push the MLB tally back to zero. Maybe even minus-1.
6t. Michigan: 8 champions (1 MLB, 0 NFL, 3 NBA, 4 NHL) – 1984 World Series hero Kirk Gibson was an All-America receiver at Michigan State and the best football player to play in Detroit in the past 30 years.
8. Florida: 5 champions (2 MLB, 1 NFL, 1 NBA, 1 NHL) – A recap of Florida champions: Marlins (2), Brad Johnson (1), NBA officials (1), a hockey team in f–king Florida!!! (1), Dan Marino (0).
9t. Colorado: 4 champions (0 MLB, 2 NFL, 0 NBA, 2 NHL) – Colorado’s tally goes up three if you include John Elway’s victories in Triple Crown thoroughbred racing.
9t. Missouri: 4 champions (3 MLB, 1 NFL, 0 NBA, 0 NHL) – I don’t know any jokes about Missouri.