Sunday, we’ll see a rematch of the 2007 Super Bowl as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots try to get revenge against Eli Manning and the Giants after they ruined the Patriots’ attempt at a perfect season. Either way, fans in Boston and New York don’t have much to complain about: Their teams have won more major sports championships than any other American cities. By their standards, New York is in a bit of a drought, having not won a championship since the Yankees took home the World Series trophy in 2009. Boston added to its trophy case with the Bruins’ Stanley Cup win in June. Here’s how the rest of America’s cities stack up in Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, and Major League Soccer history.
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8 (tie). St. Louis – 13 Championships
The Cardinals’ unexpected World Series run last year gave fans in St. Louis plenty to cheer about. Albert Pujols helped the team to its 11th World Series win before bolting for the sunny Anaheim, Calif., weather. Their most impressive run came in the early 1940s, when sluggers Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter led the team to three championships between 1942 and 1946. The Rams, led by quarterback Kurt Warner and running back Marshall Faulk, won the city’s only Super Bowl championship in 1999. The St. Louis Hawks won an NBA championship in 1958 before the team moved to Atlanta in 1968. The Blues have lost in the Stanley Cup Finals three times, without ever winning the trophy.
8 (tie). Oakland / San Francisco – 13 Championships
The Oakland Athletics won most of their World Series while still in Philadelphia, but have won four since moving to Oakland, including the 1989 "Battle of the Bay" over the San Francisco Giants, who won their only World Series in San Francisco last season. Quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young led the San Francisco 49ers to five Super Bowls in the 1980s and 1990s. The Oakland Raiders won two Super Bowls before heading to Los Angeles in 1983—they haven't won since moving back to the Bay Area in 1995.The Golden State Warriors have won one NBA Finals title since moving to the Bay Area from Philadelphia.
8 (tie). Green Bay – 13 Championships
With just over 100,000 people, this football-crazed city 112 miles north of Milwaukee is the smallest on the list. The Packers are the NFL's most successful team, with 13 championships, although nine came before the Super Bowl was created in 1967. The Packers won the first two Super Bowls, with legendary quarterback Bart Starr leading the team to wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders, respectively. The team is also the NFL's most recent champion, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in February.
7. Pittsburgh – 14 Championships
The Steel City has had success in all three sports it plays—the Steelers' six Super Bowl trophies are the most of any team, and the Penguins have won three Stanley Cup trophies, most recently in 2009. The Pirates, who haven't finished above .500 since 1992, enjoyed success during the 1970s and in the early part of the 20th century—they've won five World Series.
6. Philadelphia – 17 Championships
Philadelphia has won 17 championships, but Philly fans will insist they are long-suffering. The Eagles' three championships all came pre-Super Bowl, and the Flyers' two Stanley Cups came in 1974 and 1975. The last of the 76ers' three championships came in 1983. The city of brotherly love's saving grace? The Phillies won the latest of their two World Series in 2008. Philadelphia's most successful team doesn't even play in the city anymore—between 1910 and 1930 the Connie Mack-managed Philadelphia Athletics were the only team to regularly challenge the New York Yankees for American League dominance, winning five World Series between those years. The team moved to Kansas City in 1955 before moving to Oakland in 1968. The Philadelphia Warriors basketball team also won two championships before moving to San Francisco.
Corrected on : Updated: 2/3/2012