By Tim Graham
Forbes magazine has ranked Buffalo the fourth most-miserable sports town in its annual list of heartbroken markets.
Seattle came in first (last?) ahead of Atlanta and Phoenix.
The list is based not on franchise futility but on a city's ability to get thisclose to glory but fall short.
Based on that criteria, Buffalo will rank high (low?) until it wins a championship. The Bills have lost all four of their Super Bowl tries, and the Sabres have dropped both of their Stanley Cup finals appearances.
Luckily for Buffalo, AFL success counts, giving the Bills credit for their championships in 1964 and 1965.
Otherwise, we might be first (last?).
Forbes writer Tom Van Riper explains the formula is weighted toward the worst records in championship-round play, then the semifinals, then the quarterfinals and so forth. To make this ignominious list, teams must be good enough to reach the postseason but come up empty.
The formula also considers championship droughts, a ratio of a city's cumulative seasons to titles and losing a franchise to another market.
A city must have at least 75 combined seasons among its teams to qualify.