Is Football an Eastern (U.S.) Sport?
Watching the Super Bowl yesterday, it struck me that it’s been a while since a West Coast team has taken home the Lombardi Trophy. While I was pretty sure I could remember the last 20 Super Bowl winners or so, I looked up the winners this decade just to check my facts . . .
|2002||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
[Note: Yesterday was the 2008 Super Bowl – that’s how the NFL does it, the championship for the 2008 season]
Hmmm. Interesting. Every winner this decade has represented a city east of the Mississippi. What makes this so strange to me is that when I was younger, it seemed that western teams always dominated the NFL. In fact, only 6 of the previous 20 Super Bowl winners were from the eastern U.S. (although St. Louis and Dallas can hardly be considered West Coast).
So, is pro football really an East Coast sport? The NFL has worked hard for many years to achieve parity among its teams. Parity is supposed to create a more competitive environment and one, of course, that attracts more fans. So if there’s parity, why do eastern teams win so often lately? And if pro football isn’t an eastern U.S. sport, why does the biggest city in the country, a western city – Los Angeles – not have a single team?
Could it really be that professional football is an eastern sport?