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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Franchise Performance Pt. 6 (#6 - #10)

Recapping the groundrules of the study, we are ranking all sports city-team combinations for playoff performance since 1974 using a poker like system:
1) All teams chip in $10 at the beginning of the year
2) Winner takes 50%, Runner up 25%, Semifinalists 10% each, remaining playoff teams split the last 5%
3) City/Team combinations are separate, the Charlotte Hornets are not associated with the New Orleans Hornets, etc.

Totals through the 2012 Super Bowl are included.

Number 121-148 were revealed in part 1
Number 91-120 were revealed in part 2
Number 61-90 were revealed in part 3
Number 31-60 were revealed in part 4
Number 11-30 were revealed in part 5

The penultimate batch brings us five of the most storied NBA, NHL, and NFL franchises in (North) American Sports. All teams in the Top 10 have been active for the whole era in question (1974 - 2012) with the exception of #10.

RankTotalTeamCityLeagueTitlesFinalsSemisPlayoffsYears
10 $419.10 Spurs SAN NBA 4 4 10 31 35
9 $442.83 Patriots BOS NFL 3 7 8 18 39
8 $445.42 Red Wings DET NHL 4 6 10 26 37
7 $478.94 Cowboys DAL NFL 4 6 11 23 39
6 $500.56 49ers SF NFL 5 5 11 19 39

Discussion: Who would have guessed that the San Antonio Spurs had the 2nd highest playoff hit rate at 88.6% (#1 is in the Top 5)? Patriots, Red Wings, Cowboys, and 49ers are certainly franchise royalty, the Patriots with only 3 titles, but 7 Super Bowls. Spurs have never lost a Championship series. The Cowboys and 49ers so tied together throughout the 80s and 90s find themselves in order here as well. Both Cowboys and Spurs went from worst year to best year within 3 seasons (in the Spurs case, 2 seasons).

Each team is summarized below. A reminder, the years below are the year of the playoffs, so for NFL, 2010 is associated with the 2009 regular season. For best season, playoff performance is given precedence over regular season record.

Number: 10
Team: Spurs
City: San Antonio
League: NBA
Years: 1977 – 2011 (35)
Playoffs: 31
Semifinals: 10
Finals: 4
Championships: 4
Best year: 1999 (37-13, won NBA Championship)
Worst year: 1997 (20-62)
Winnings: $419.10

Number: 9
Team: Patriots
City: Boston
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 18
Semifinals: 8
Finals: 7
Championships: 3
Best year: 2004, 2005 (14-2, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1991 (1-15)
Winnings: $442.83

Number: 8
Team: Red Wings
City: Detroit
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 26
Semifinals: 10
Finals: 6
Championships: 4
Best year: 2008 (54-21-0-7, won Stanley Cup)
Worst year: 1986 (17-57-6)
Winnings: 445.42

Number: 7
Team: Cowboys
City: Dallas
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 23
Semifinals: 11
Finals: 6
Championships: 4
Best year: 1993 (13-3, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1990 (1-15)
Winnings: 478.94

Number: 6
Team: 49ers
City: San Francisco
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 19
Semifinals: 11
Finals: 5
Championships: 5
Best year: 1985 (15-1, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1979, 1980, and 2005 (2-14)
Winnings: $500.56

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