Nowhere To Go But Up: ESPN Ranks The Toronto Maple Leafs the worst sports franchise in North America
ESPN The Magazine has released its “Ultimate Standings” for 2014, ranking sports franchises in Major League Baseball (MLB), The National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL) and the National Hockey League (NHL) according to a variety of categories and in a couple of them, the Toronto Maple Leafs ranked dead last at 122, and fared poorly in most of the rest of them. Great.
To come up with these rankings, ESPN took the following steps:
First: Consulting firm Maddock Douglas surveyed 1,002 North American fans to form 25 criteria for what you want most in return for the emotion, money and time you invest in the 122 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams.
Second: Teaming with NetReflector, an opinion research firm, ESPN.com asked fans to rate their home teams in each area and more than 101,000 did. They grouped grades into the categories listed below.
Third: In order to determine the “Bank for the Buck” calculation, ESPN.com used calculations developed with Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center to figure how well teams turn fans’ money into wins. Then they combined each team’s score across all categories into a weighted average.
The Categories, plus the highest ranked team and the lowest ranked team.
Price of tickets, parking and concessions
1. Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
122. Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Strength of on-field leadership
1. San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
122. Florida Panthers (NHL)
Courtesy by players, coaches and front offices toward fans, and how well a team uses technology to reach them
1. San Antonio Spurs
122. New York Knicks
Honesty; loyalty to core players and the community
1. San Antonio Spurs
122. Florida Marlins (MLB)
Effort on the field, likability off it
1. San Antonio Spurs
122. NY Knicks
Quality of venue; fan-friendliness of environment; frequency of game-day promotions
1. San Francisco Giants (MLB)
122. NY Islanders (NHL)
Bang for the Buck
Wins in the past year, per fan dollars
1. Indiana Pacers (NBA)
122. Toronto Maple Leafs
Championships won or expected within the lifetime of current fans
1. St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
122. Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
A review of the ESPN website revealed that The Leafs fared poorly in every category. They placed last in both bang for the buck and affordability; second-last in title track; in the bottom 10 in fan relations, players and coaching; and 105th and 109th in ownership and stadium experience, respectively.
Possibly because this was done by ESPN and the majority of the respondents came from the US, all Canadian teams fared poorly in their rankings with the exception of the Montreal Canadians who appeared in the top half of the list. Here are the rest of the seven teams’ rankings at 55 out of 122.
The other Canadian teams ranked as follows;
Toronto Raptors – 74
Toronto Blue Jays – 81
Calgary Flames — 89
Ottawa Senators — 92
Winnipeg Jets — 97
Vancouver Canucks — 112
Edmonton Oilers — 115
The last 2 teams were the New York Knicks at 121 and the Toronto Maple Leafs at 122.
At least at last there is nowhere to go but up. At 121, the Knicks could drop.
It’s Friday, which means it is time for the Urban Daddy’s must-read blog of the week.
The last blog I featured was Jason Wormald of Wormald’s Words, a relatively new blog, and while this week’s recommendation is a new blog to me, it is certainly not a new blog in the blogosphere.
I was introduced to Casey’s writing through a Canadian Daddy Blog group on Facebook and I was immediately hooked. I like Casey’s posts, I like his outlook on life and I like the way he interacts with the other dads in the group but I really like his lists. :) After seeing one of his lists, I have to run back and adjust or re-do mine.
Please go check out Casey’s blog right now! Read some posts, leave some comments and get to know Casey.
The Urban Daddy.
I don’t even know where to start this gem, from my daughter…
I had cut a watermelon into chunks and was in the process of putting them into Pyrex so I could put them in the fridge when my daughter sauntered over to warm me about the perils of eating watermelon seeds;
Boo: “Daddy, be careful when you eat that watermelon not to eat the purple or the pink seeds”.
Me: “Errr, okay. I won’t eat the purple or the pink seeds”.
Boo: “Remember my other brother, the third one (she only has 2 brother’s)? He ate the pink and purple seeds… The pink ones! And he turned into a watermelon and we all ate him. Do you remember that? I do”.
Boo: “Yeah, I remember him. I miss him, but he tasted good. His name was, ummm, Josh. Yeah. Josh”.
Me: Still laughing.
Boo: “So, yeah, Daddy… Please don’t eat the pink or purple seeds. Think of poor Josh”.
Away she walked.
Back on July 6th, 2006 I had some really great stuff to share with my 6 followers, namely Thirteen Healthy Things you Can Do For Yourself Today.
I obviously did not follow any of this information. :(
Here is the list.
- Go for a nice walk
2. Drink 6-8 glasses of water
3. Take long deep breaths to relax
4. Don’t piss off your significant other <— I really like this one. :)
5. Spend productive time with your children (or immature friends if you have none, :))
6. Lift some soup cans and wave them around like you are lifting weights
7. Call someone who likes to hear from you (Is that like “Call your mother. She cares?!?”)
8. Get a good nights sleep
9. Take a nice relaxing bath and read a book
10. Call your Mom. She worries. <— I knew it!
11. Complete a task that has been bugging you for a long time
12. Stretch – something. Anything.
13. Since you are reading this, you should post a response, then go to your inbox and clear out a bunch of messages.