This winter is a tough time to be a fan of franchises in the Eastern and Northern U.S. The East has the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox (in case you hadn’t heard, but there is something about this winter that puts the L in East.
Look at these overall records:
NBA: Eastern teams are 55 games under .500. Just 4 of 15 Eastern teams have winning records.
NHL: Eastern Conference teams are 35 games under .500. Again, just four Eastern Conference squads have more wins than losses.
NFL: East and North Division teams in the AFC and NFC combine to go 13 games under .500, and earn none of the 4 wild cards.
That’s because, wait for it, just the 4 division winners have winning records. They then go 0-3 in the first playoff weekend, leaving New England as the only remaining team from those four divisions.
But no city is feeling the pain worse than New York – in the Big Apple, major league sports franchises are 0-6 this fall and winter when it comes to having a winning record. Throw in the New Jersey Devils for an unlucky 0-7. (Heck, add in baseball and the 85-77 Yankees are the only team above .500 in New York this season. OK fine, New York is 2-8 if you include the Red Bulls of MLS, too. The top seeded Red Bulls got knocked out in the first round of the playoffs.)
In Boston (4 of 5 teams over .500 – Sox and Revs, Bruins and Patriots, and quite happy to see the C’s move down the standings and up the draft board), there likely aren’t many tears being shed for the trials and tribulations to our south. But there’s not a lot of cheering in the cities that could most use that warm feeling of winning.