Tampa Bay, we are not alone with our sports stigma

Selected cities and their sports stigmas, past and present
FILE- In this Jan. 27, 1991, file photo, Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood, center, misses the field goal on the last play of the game, clinching the victory for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV in Tampa. The Giants won 20-19. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
FILE- In this Jan. 27, 1991, file photo, Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood, center, misses the field goal on the last play of the game, clinching the victory for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV in Tampa. The Giants won 20-19. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
Published May 17

The Lightning’s first-round sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets will be something that could take a while for Tampa Bay to live down. Here’s a look at the sports stigmas of other markets:

Atlanta: Falcons, 28-3.

Baltimore: Super Bowl III, ’69 World Series

Boston: Ruth, Dent, Buckner

Buffalo: Four Super Bowl whiffs, wide right in Tampa.

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Calgary: Game 6 vs. Lightning, 2004

Chicago: Curse of the Billy Goat

Cleveland: The Drive, Byner’s fumble, Willie Mays, Marty Schottenheimer

Edmonton: The Gretzky Trade.

Dallas/Fort Worth: One strike away, Leon Lett.

Denver: Four Super Bowl losses before Elway revenge.

Detroit: 1957 NFL champions Lions

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Green Bay: The onside kick

Houston: Choke against Bills, Lorenzo Charles

Jacksonville: 32 minutes away from Super Bowl.

Kansas City: Chris Chambliss, George Brett’s hemorrhoids, Marty Schottenheimer

Memphis: Dana Kirk, John Calipari

Montreal: Best record, work stoppage, moving vans

Milwaukee: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leaves

Miami: Fire sales

Minnesota: Four Super Bowls, Gary Anderson

Nashville: The Tackle

New York: Rangers 1940 drought, Knicks 1973 drought

New Orleans: The Aints

Las Vegas: Holtby’s save

Los Angeles: Donald Sterling

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Oakland: Charlie Finley, Tuck rule, Vegas

Oklahoma City: Harden, Durant

Orlando: Nick Anderson misses, Shaq hits road, Spurrier and Apollos

Portland: Jailblazers

Pittsburgh: Sid Bream

Phoenix: Amar’e Stoudemire-Robert Horry

Philadelphia: Gene Mauch, ‘64 Phillies

Sacramento: Up 3-1 on the Lakers

San Diego: Los Angeles Chargers, Marty Schottenheimer

Seattle: Run the ball, Pete.

St. Louis: Don Denkinger

Toronto: Maple Leafs, 1967

Vancouver: Game 7 loss, riot

Washington, D.C.: Dan Snyder

Winnipeg: Marty Schottenheimer (kidding)

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