Could it be the absolute worst pro sports city in all of North America? Here's some facts: in the 2011-12 NHL season the Leafs missed the playoffs for their 7th straight year, make that 8 counting the 2004-05 lockout season, and they have the longest Stanley Cup drought going in the league, not having won since 1967 when there were but 6 teams. Meanwhile, the other big draw in Toronto, the Toronto Blue Jays (currently 56-70) will miss the postseason again this year, for the...well you do the math (it's a lot).
In the 2011 CFL season the Argonauts
finished 6-12 and last. In 17 NBA seasons the Raptors have played playoff basketball 5 times, with one series win to show for it. Soccer's Toronto FC? Never been in the playoffs in 5 seasons
of Major League Soccer play, finishing 13th, 12th, 12th, 11th and 16th. This season they are 19th and last in MLS with a record of 5-15-6.
Hey, even the Toronto Triumph of the women's Lingerie Football League aren't competitive, last season they didn't get a win in their tiny 4 game schedule
and never allowed less than 42 points and never scored more than 18. They were beaten by the Philadelphia Passion 74-0.
Toronto the lowly sports city
Few cities even have five major pro franchises and to have them all perform so poorly for so long is a rarity of possibly record proportions. Is there a city with a worse record? There are cities like Buffalo, where the sports world is not being set on fire, but two clubs doing poorly, the Sabres and the Bills, is hardly comparable to Toronto's lack of achievements.
What to chalk it up to? Hard to blame fans, they keep coming out and supporting the teams and players and pleading with the owners to do better. Is it simply bad luck? Or is it that the city draws owners who enjoy making the kind of money that a large and devote fan base offers and don't feel a need to do the spending required to build a winning team.
Maybe it's all of the above but whatever it is you'd think eventually one of these clubs will break through and become a champion, either once again, in the case of the Leafs, the Blue Jays and the Argonauts, or for the first time, in the case of the Raptors, Toronto FC and the poorly named, Toronto Triumph.
Until then though - worst pro sports city in North America?