The Hunt For Titles: New York Sports’ Current Decade Drought
As a born and raised New Yorker, it pains me to write this, but the state needs to get its act together.
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New York sports has gone 83 total seasons since their last championship in the four major sports. The Big Apple's last title? The 2011-12 New York Giants over Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Of the four major sports, the only other cities with longer title droughts are Minneapolis (Twins, 1991), San Diego (Padres, no titles) and of course, another city in the state of New York … Buffalo (also, no titles). And of course, those cities don't have nearly as many teams as New York.
In fact, since the New York Giants of the NFL entered the league in 1960, New York sports have only seen three title droughts of four years or longer.
1963 to 1967
In 1963, the Yankees and Giants made the World Series and Championship Game, losing to the Dodgers and Bears respectively. It took the 1968 Jets over the Baltimore Colts to break the streak.
2001 to 2006
The New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994. After that, no New York team won a title except for the Yankees until the 2007 New York Giants.
From 2001 to 2006, we were coming off the Yankees dynasty of 4 titles in 5 years before the longest drought in New York history, until now.
2012 to present
As soon as the ball hit the ground on Tom Brady's Hail Mary, New York would spend 83 seasons and counting waiting for their next title. Only two appearances in title games: 2015 Mets vs. Royals and 2014 Rangers vs. Kings just gives an idea of how long it's been.
Ending The Drought
The Mets (+475) and Yankees (+500) are currently two of the top four teams to win the World Series in future odds. From a baseball perspective, New York has a reasonable chance to break the drought.
In the NBA, the Nets are listed at +700, ranked fourth in the NBA. At this point, the Knicks (66-1) are a miracle away, so we can ignore them.
In the NHL, eight teams rank ahead of the Rangers (+1800) in current future odds at BetMGM with the Islanders coming in two spots behind at 33-1.
When it comes to the Jets and Giants, expectations are on a bit of a different level. Both New York football teams are listed at 150-1 to win the Super Bowl at BetMGM.
From a Giants point of view: they've been listed at 100-1 or higher to win the Super Bowl in 3 of the last 4 seasons (2019 to 2022). They weren't 100-1 or higher in any season between 1982 and 2018.
Don't laugh Jets fans, it's not any better. For the first time since the merger, the Jets have been listed at 100-1 or higher to win the Super Bowl in three consecutive years — New York hasn't been below 50-1 to win it all since 2012.
To win the Super Bowl, you actually have to make the playoffs. For the Jets, it's been eleven years since they made the postseason, the longest active streak in the NFL. This year, New York is +710 to make the playoffs, only the Texans (+1500) and Falcons (+790) have longer odds as of now at FanDuel.
For "Big Blue," the Giants also land on a list no fan wants to see. New York has finished below their win total set in the preseason each of the last five seasons, the longest active streak for any team to the over or under in the NFL.
The Giants have actually finished below their win total in 8 of the last 9 years including 9-1-1 to the under since 2011.