Is San Diego America’s Saddest Sports City?

With the Cleveland Cavaliers’ triumph over the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, the Mistake by the Lake officially relinquished its throne as the city with the longest championship drought.

Next on the list is San Diego, which hasn’t thrown a parade for a team in the traditional big four sports since the 1963 Chargers won the AFL title.  They didn’t win the Super Bowl that year, due to the fact that Super Bowl I wouldn’t be played for three more seasons.

The Padres have taken the diamond every year since 1969, and thus far haven’t collected a Commissioner’s Trophy for their efforts. And the Clippers and Rockets failed to bring home NBA titles during their stints in San Diego.

All that to say, championship moments have been scarce for the biggest professional teams. But does that mean that San Diego deserves a spot among the saddest sports cities?

You might want to talk to the Sockers, and both of their runs of five straight national championships. Or the Gulls, with five Taylor Cups of their own. Or the Enforcers, with their pair of National Public Safety Football League titles. Or Marcus Allen, Rashaan Salaam, Ricky Williams, and Reggie Bush — four Heisman Trophy winners from San Diego, most of any city in the country.

While the official record books say that Reggie’s Heisman "never happened," San Diegans will always know the truth deep in their hearts. Just like they know that Gail Devers, Bill Walton, Ted Williams, Jimmie Johnson, Meb Keflezighi, Phil Mickelson, and many more would have something to say about sports in San Diego.

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