TO BORROW from Dickens, these are the best of times in Boston, they are the worst of times in Miami. The Red Sox are world champs and the Pats and the Celts look to be headed in that direction. The Marlins, meanwhile, were last in the NL East; the Heat are bringing up the rear in their conference; and the 1--15 Dolphins didn't exactly run the risk of hurting themselves celebrating.
But has it ever been any better or worse for the fans of a city? SI looked at every season in the big four sports since 1966—the Super Bowl era—giving cities points for winning (five for a championship, three for a conference title, one for a division title) while deducting one for a last-place finish, two for being worst in the conference and three for having the worst record in the league.
The winner? Philadelphia in 1980, thanks to the Phillies' only World Series title, a Super Bowl appearance by the Eagles and finals berths for the Sixers and the Flyers. And the worst time and place to be a sports fan? New York City in 1966, when the Yankees finished last in the AL, the Giants were 1--12 and the Knicks and the Rangers were cellar dwellers. It would have been worse, but the Mets got out of last place for the first time.
1. Philadelphia 1980 14 pts
2. Boston 2004 11 pts ( MLB title, NFL title, NHL div. title)
T3. Baltimore 1970 10 pts ( MLB title, NFL title)
Pittsburgh 1979 10 pts ( MLB title, NFL title)
New York 2000 10 pts ( Yankees MLB title, Mets NL title, Giants NFC title, Islanders last in div.)