The Sporting News is out with the latest edition of its Best Sports Cities list, and Boston checks in at second behind Chicago.
Boston has topped this list four times, in 2008, 2005, 2004, and 2002. In the latest edition, Chicago dethroned Pittsburgh, which fell out of the Top 10 entirely. The list is based on sports achievements from the summer of 2009 through this past summer.
Apparently a Blackhawks championship and a rising Bears team tipped the scales in Chicago's favor, not to mention the fact the Bulls are looking pretty good. Of course, to get there, the Bulls had to do a little talent-raid in Boston and acquire former Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau as their head coach.
This year's Top 10 is (surrounding areas are included): 1. Chicago; 2. Boston; 3. Los Angeles; 4. Philadelphia; 5. Dallas; 6. New York; 7. Phoenix; 8. Atlanta; 9. Denver; 10. Detroit.
Past No. 1 sports cities:
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer