According to Forbes, Buffalo is the Most Miserable Sports City of 2016. This isn't really a title that Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fans will enjoy to receive, but the city's lack of success in sports makes it somewhat understandable as to why they were given this "honor."
Chris Smith wrote the following about Buffalo:
Despite making six trips to a title game in the last 50 years, Buffalo teams have not claimed a single championship. Though our methodology (see below) doesn’t account for exactly how those series were lost, Buffalo’s heartbreaks have become the stuff of legends. With seconds left in 1991's Super Bowl XXV, Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood narrowly missed a 47-yard field goal, handing victory to the New York Giants and making “Wide right!” a phrase that would haunt Buffalo fans for years.
The Bills made each of the next three Super Bowls, yet only managed to compound the misery with three straight losses. A few years later in 1999 the Buffalo Sabres lost to the Dallas Stars in a hard-fought Stanley Cup series. The Sabres were finally eliminated on a famously controversial goal scored in triple overtime. Throw in the loss of the NBA’s Buffalo Braves, which relocated to San Diego in 1978 (and have since become the LA Clippers), and you’ve got a sports town that’s suffered more in the last 50 years than any other in America.
Smith added, "When it comes to agony, no fans have suffered like those who call Buffalo home."
Cleveland came in second on the list.
Although Buffalo has had a lack of success in terms of winning championships, it's not all doom and gloom with the Bills and Sabres. The Bills are coming off of back-to-back non-losing seasons for the first time since 1999-2000. The team may have also found a franchise quarterback in Tyrod Taylor. If this is the case, there's a lot to be optimistic about as a Bills fan.
As for the Sabres, the team jumped from 54 points to 81 points in Jack Eichel's first season with the team. The Sabres have no shortage of young talent on the roster and could fight for a playoff spot as early as next season depending on what they do in the draft and free agency.
Although Smith's pick of Buffalo makes sense in terms of championships won, things are looking up in Buffalo.
To see the entire Miserable City list, you can click here: America's Most Miserable Sports Cities 2016null