Ranking New York City’s 8 Sports Teams
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New Yorkers are lucky enough to have their choice of practically everything. We get to choose our favorite pizza, parks, buildings, bars and sports teams. No one city has as many professional sports teams as NYC and there’s always something going on in the NY sports world.
We bring you our ranking of the 8 sports teams in the NYC area from the 4 major sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NHL, NBA). We didn’t include the Devils because they have New Jersey in their name, sorry not sorry.
This list is based on the team’s entire existence in their league so we don’t care if one might be better than another right now. Without further ado, enjoy:
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Always a Disgrace
8. New York Jets
The little brother at MetLife.
Super Bowl 51 just took place in February, the New York Jets won their lone championship in Super Bowl 3. Sure, they can claim Joe Namath but one of the greatest coaches of all time (Bill Belichick) was once in their grasp before he joined the rival New England Patriots.
The Butt Fumble is one of the greatest bloopers in sports history but on the bright side, the Jets finally look dedicated to a rebuild which could improve the team mightily down the road.
7. Brooklyn Nets
Is the city still under new management?
Originally a member of the ABA, the Nets joined the NBA when the two leagues merged in 1976. Off to a hot start, they won two championships in the ABA behind none other than Julius “Dr. J” Erving but haven’t done anything since. Unless you consider two Eastern Conference Championships something, then all the power to you.
The move to Brooklyn was exciting for New York but we can’t say the same about trading this year’s 1st overall pick to Boston for a washed up Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Hey, at least they got to the 2nd round one year.
6. New York Mets
The Amazin’s are anything but.
At least you can’t say they’re boring. Once a proud franchise with players like Gary Carter, Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan on their roster, the Wilpons have successfully derailed the New York Mets. Sure, they were in the World Series just two years ago, but how can I rank them any higher when they’ve been paying a retired player $1.19 million since 2011 and will continue to pay him until 2035?
Their future was one of the brightest in baseball before almost their entire rotation of young arms was put on the disabled list. I mean, I guess there’s still some hope, right? No? Okay.
5. New York Islanders
The other disaster in Brooklyn.
The New York Islanders were once a dynasty. We’re not kidding. Four straight championships starting in 1979-1980 had the Isles on top of the sports world but it’s been over thirty years since their last one so the total remains at four.
Realistically, John Tavares is the only thing that keeps fans tuned in to games on TV or at the Barclays Center. Well, nobody is actually tuned in to the game in Brooklyn but you get the point.
4. New York Knicks
Continuing the theme of incompetent owners, let’s talk James Dolan and the New York Knicks. So much history in this organization bumped them up a few spots and also the fact that they’re one of two original NBA teams still in its same location. Two championships in 1970 and 1973 feel like 5,000 years ago and Michael Jordan didn’t let the Knickerbockers win in the 90’s so their total is still two.
Playing at Madison Square Garden is amazing but what’s not amazing is acting like you won the championship and throwing confetti when in reality you’re now only down 3-1 in the first round of the 2012 playoffs to LeBron James.
3. New York Rangers
First American franchise to win the Stanley Cup.
Now that we’re done berating the teams that poorly represent New York, it’s on to “The Elite.” Sure, four championships in 90 years sounds terrible but it’s something about the Rangers that put them in the top three. It could be that they play at MSG, it could be their catchy goal horn we’ll now have in our head for the rest of the day or it could be their recent runs in the playoffs.
King Henrik still hasn’t hoisted the Stanley Cup but as long as he’s in net, NYR has a chance.
2. New York Giants
Put some respek on Eli Manning’s name.
The combination of the matter in which the New York Football Giants do business and their continued success places them at number two on this list. From all-time great defensive players like Lawrence Taylor to underrated Quarterbacks like Eli Manning to exhilarating receivers like Odell Beckham Jr., ‘Big Blue’ is a great franchise to be a fan of.
We don’t care that they technically play in New Jersey, they’re the New York Giants and we couldn’t be more proud to call them our own.
1. New York Yankees
The cream of the crop.
The most winningest franchise in North America. The Bronx Bombers. The Evil Empire. The New York Yankees. Refer to them how you like, the team from the Bronx is excellence personified. The Yankees can legitimately form their own Hall of Fame with players like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter all donning the pinstripes in their careers.
Want to know how great this franchise is? Their championship in 2009 ended a 9-year drought. Yes, a 9-year drought. They’re currently in an 8-year drought but Aaron Judge has other plans.
Did we rate the Rangers too high? Mets too low? Sound off in the comments below.