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Washington named 9th most miserable sports city by Forbes

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Over the past year, the Washington Redskins won the NFC East and saw Robert Griffin III blossom into a star, the Capitals reclaimed the Southeast Division crown, the Nationals made an unlikely run to the playoffs and the Wizards added several young pieces in an attempt to get back to the playoffs.

Jayson Werth's NLCS walk-off home run certainly wasn't a miserable moment. Photo: Associated Press

All in all, it was a very exciting year for D.C. sports fans, but Forbes pays that no mind. The magazine has listed Washington as the 9th most miserable sports city in the United States.

Forbes' ranking factors in several variables, including how long it has been since the city celebrated a major pro sports championship, how poorly its teams have fared in championship rounds or games and near misses, such as early playoff exits.

By that factor, Washington ranks fairly high - the Redskins 1992 Super Bowl victory ranks as the city's last crown; meanwhile, no D.C.-based pro team has even advanced to a championship round since the Capitals went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998.

Between the 239 total season that the Nationals, Senators, Capitals, Redskins and Wizards/Bullets have recorded, they've only recorded combined championships.

Obviously, it could be worse, as evidenced by the cities ahead of Washington on the list. Seattle ranks as Forbes' most miserable sports city, having but one pro title in the city's history and the indignity of losing the NBA's SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.

Other cities ahead of D.C. include Atlanta, Phoenix, Cleveland and Houston.

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