Saturday, February 20, 2016

Best. Sports. Year. Ever?

So...was 2015 the best year for Kansas City sports ever?

**Each playoff year restarts March 1, so NFL and NBA season counts for the year that most of the regular season was played in.

Years that every pro Kansas City team either had a winning record or made the playoffs: 1971, 1973, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2003, 2013, 2014, 2015

Years that a Kansas City team won the title 1969, 1985, 2000, 2013, 2015

Years that a Kansas City team at least won the pennant, made the MLS title match, or won a US Open Cup
1969, 1980, 1985, 2000, 2004, 2012, 2014, 2015

The five best years for KC pro sports since founding of Royals in 1969.

#5: 2003. Royals have a winning season, but miss playoffs. KC Wizards make playoffs, lose conference finals. Chiefs make playoffs, but lose at home to Indianapolis.

#4: 1980. Royals win pennant, lose WS to Philadelphia in 6. Chiefs finish with a .500 record, miss playoffs. Kings have a 40-42 season, make playoffs, reach conference finals before losing to Houston in 5 games.

#3. 2014. Royals win pennant, lose WS to San Francisco in 7. Chiefs have winning season, miss playoffs. Sporting KC makes playoffs, loses to Red Bull New York.

#2. 2013. Royals have a winning season, but miss playoffs. Sporting KC has a winning season and wins MLS Cup. Chiefs make playoffs, lose on road to Indianapolis.

#1. 2015. Royals win World Series. Sporting KC has a winning season, but loses in playoffs. Sporting KC wins US Open Cup (minor trophy) Chiefs make playoffs, win first playoff game in 22 years, lose on road to New England.

The other good years for KC titles (1969, Super Bowl IV; 1985, World Series; 2000, MLS Cup; 2004, MLS Cup runner-up & US Open Cup win) were years in which the team that got the trophy was the only winning team that Kansas City would see that year, making those years not make the cut for best ever.

Kansas City has had a great run recently...pretty cool, actually.

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