Pittsburgh – the champion of Champion Cities?
Pittsburgh held a parade on Monday to celebrate the Penguins’ Stanley Cup triumph along the same route that the Super Bowl trophy was carried in triumph by the NFL’s Steelers in January.
It was the second time the city had claimed two of North America’s four top team sport prizes – the Superbowl, World Series, NBA championship and Stanley Cup — in the same calendar year after 1979, when the Steelers were NFL champions and the Pirates won Major League Baseball’s World Series.
The Steel City was re-dubbed “Champion City” after that double achievement 30 years ago and a quick skim through the winners of the four prizes since 1970 indicates that it is a pretty rare achievement.
Los Angeles did it in 1988 when the Lakers took the NBA title and the Dodgers won the World Series and if we give the New England Patriots to Boston, which only seems fair, Beantown also doubled up when the Pats won the Super Bowl and Red Sox were baseball’s champions in 2004.
The Lakers’s NBA triumph on Sunday might not be it for LA this year, however. The one remaining prize up for grabs is the World Series and, although there are a lot of games to play, the Dodgers have the best record in the major leagues at the moment.
Any other nominations for the champion of Champion Cities?
Picture of Penguin fans celebrating in Pittsburgh on Friday (top) by Jason Cohn, Lakers fans make merry outside Staples Center on Sunday by Mario Anzuoni