Who needs pro sports? Austin a player in ranking of 'sportiest cities'


The editors at Men’s Health must really like Austin. In June they named us the No. 2 “most adventurous” city, right behind more reasonable choice Anchorage. Last year, we were No. 7 on the list of “Best Cities for Men.” And in 2015 we hit No. 5 on the list of “America’s drunkest cities.” 

Oh, they did say that last one was a bad thing. Gave us an “F” and all that.

Still, that hardly explains Austin’s ranking on the just-released list of “Sportiest Cities in America.” 

We are just ahead of Anchorage this time … at No. 1.

(That sound you just heard was Dallas fans spitting out their $8.50 Cowboys Stadium beer …)

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Men’s Health admits the obvious right up front.

Austin may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of high level athletics. In fact, as the 14th-most populous city in the US, Austin is the only one in those 14 without at least one major professional sports team (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL). But, don’t let that fool you; this city lives and breathes sports. 

Then they go on to heap praise upon the Longhorns and local golf scene before devoting a third of their Austin paragraph to the Circuit of the Americas, possibly misunderstanding to what degree the Formula One race is actually an Austin thing, as opposed to an international thing.

But hey, the Iditarod got Anchorage as far as No. 2.

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Minneapolis is the first city to make the list (No. 5) based on professional sports teams, particularly their most successful one — the WNBA’s Lynx. The next Texas city on the list? It’s Plano at No. 7 and their Texas Archery Academy. 

You think Boston is a clear top 10? No. It’s No. 20, eight spots behind Fargo. Sorry Dallas, you only got to No. 26. And New York Yankees fans? Yeah, you’re at No. 56 … a few spots behind Lubbock. But at least a spot ahead of Des Moines.

Cleveland and Detroit, perennial punching bags for a lot of rankings, bring up the rear at Nos. 99 and 100.


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