Mapping metro areas by pro-sports championship wins shows the Packers hometown to be exceptional
After losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers rebounded with a resounding victory over division rivals, the Chicago Bears. With one game left in the season, the Packers still hold the NFL's best record (14-1). And back-to-back Super Bowl victories are within reach.
With a metro population that's just north of 300,000, Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the NFL's smallest market by far. At the same time, with 13 championship seasons (including four Super Bowls), it fields one of its winningest, most popular teams, earning its nickname and then some.
By playing David to the rest of the NFL's Goliaths, Green Bay gives hope to little people everywhere, and it proves that with enough pluck, skill and determination, anyone can compete and win at the very highest levels.
Or maybe not just anyone. How exceptional is Green Bay? The short answer is very.
With the help of Patrick Adler, I charted championships across all professional sports, starting in 1903, and mapped them. Today we'll look at the pattern of pro-sports championships across American metros.
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