Yet another “Best Of” list has been released by the World Wide Leader. ESPN the Mag calls this one “Ultimate Standings.” I guess that means everyone else’s standings are rendered meaningless because ESPN’s is the Ultimate, brother. My only real question regarding the list is how much influence the Ultimate Warrior had in ranking the franchises? I mean if you’re gonna do an ultimate of anything, the Warrior must be consulted. One Warrior Nation will not be ignored.
Whatever the case, the Eagles rank #44 among all 122 professional sports organizations. To no one’s surprise, the LA Clippers bring up the rear. Poor, poor Clippers. America’s Team chimes in at #76. Leatherface Jones cannot be pleased. Wonderboy Dan Snyder’s ‘Skins sit at #92. Seems a little high to me. Speaking of high: they slotted the Cardinals at #33. The Bidwells still own the team, right? Never underestimate the power of a Cinderella Super Bowl run.
What to make of this ultimate hoo-ha? Not much. Where an individual franchise ranks has no bearing on whether or not they will compete to win a championship in 2009. The Phillies were #62 in 2008. Now they are #24. The aforementioned Cardinals were #84 in 2008. They jumped over 50 spots in one year. Basically, if you’re a winning team you’ll receive a favorable ranking. If you stink, you won’t. Yawn.
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