I’d hate to be a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals this week … Or even the Washington Redskins for that matter.
That’s because those two teams were ranked dead last among the 122 teams ranked by ESPN the Magazine this week.
Ironically, at least for the Redskins, one of the six teams to defeat the Packers last season, the champions were ranked as the top organization in all of pro sports.
But didn’t we already know that? I know I did.
The Packers led the field among the North American teams that hail from all the major leagues – NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL.
While the Packers finished ninth last year, the team earned a first place this year based on varied criteria.
The Packers were the top-scoring team in two of eight categories – tops in stadium experience and tied for the tops in “title track,” championships won or expected to be won. The Packers ranked fourth overall in “bang for the buck” and fifth overall in the coaching and owners.
In 2003, when the magazine started ranking the pro teams, the Packers also finished first.
In comparison, other state professional teams didn’t fare so well.
In this year’s ranking, the Brewers finished 30th, up one spot from last year, when they were 31st. The Bucks ranked 93rd this year, compared to 69th last year.
The top four after the Packers are as follows:
Finishing second was the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL, followed by the New Orleans Saints (the Packers opening game opponent of the upcoming regular season) of the NFL, the Los Angeles Angels of MLB and the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA.
The remaining teams selected to the top 10 are as follows:
6. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA
7. Pittsburgh Steelers NFL
8. Colorado Rockies MLB
9.Memphis Grizzlies NBA
10. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL
So it’s nice for the team to be recognized one more time, especially during the same week the team’s players, coaches and administrators received their Super Bowl championship rings.
We have always known the team was the best … Our feeling are verified … Something we knew all along!
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