clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

San Diego takes possession of longest title drought

New, comments
Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday night the Cleveland Cavaliers became NBA Champions with a hard fought win over the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the NBA Finals. In doing so they brought a championship to a city that hadn't had one in any major sport in 52 years.

That win was 1964 when the Browns won the NFL Championship before the Super Bowl became a thing in 1967. Since then all major Cleveland sports teams have ended their seasons with a loss. That streak has now ended which means another city replaces it as the longest without a title in any major sport.

That city is now San Diego.

As San Diego Union Tribune writer, Michael Gehlkin pointed out, it has been a combined 109 seasons when combining all sports teams' seasons since a title. Most notably the city has been home to the Chargers and the Padres -- neither of whom have ever won the title in their respective sports.

The longest tenured of the two is the Chargers who have never really been good enough to be truly hated by their division rivals and have gone their entire 52-year history in San Diego without a title.

Up until this year, the Raiders led the division with three Super Bowl victories. The Broncos are now tied with them. The Chiefs have one, which they collected in Super Bowl III. The Chargers have made the Super Bowl once in 1994 where they were destroyed by the San Francisco 49ers. That's it.

And with the team going 4-12 last season with a 34-year-old Philip Rivers along with the Raiders, Chiefs, and Broncos all looking like the class of the division, even the Padres look like a more realistic title contender.