Best sports cities? This pub locks Philly in at No. 5

Sporting News earlier today fanned a release out to editors and writers around the country with news of its Best Sporting Cities rankings, which will appear in this week's issue.

So where was Philly? Fifth, behind Boston, Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth and New York. It's based on point values that include categories such as won-lost records, postseason appearances, applicable power ratings, number of teams and attendance. Assuming the Eagles find their way out of the wilderness this season, this city could see its first October to September with four teams in the playoffs since, gees, 1981-82. We can hope, anyway.  

Not sure if sites with just a race track and a high school should be considered on the list, but the editors no doubt have their reasons. That said, you might be interested in where other cities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware ranked.

11, Pittsburgh
43, Baltimore
81, State College, Pa.
91, Piscataway, N.J.
119, Annapolis, Md.
140, Teaneck, N.J.
159, Moon Township, Pa.
163, Lawrenceville, N.J.
171, Emmitsburg, Md.
185, Easton, Pa.
207, Lewisburg, Pa.
210, Towson, Md.
212, Bethlehem, Pa.
215, Dover, Del.
247, Jersey City, N.J.
255, Princeton, N.J.
256, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
268, Loretto, Pa.
277, Long Pond, Pa.
298, Trenton
299, Allentown
300, Bowie, Md.
317, Harrisburg
322, Erie, Pa.
323, Hershey, Pa.
324, Altoona, Pa.
334, Reading, Pa.
341, Latrobe, Pa.
345, Westminster, Md.
354, Williamsport, Pa.
364, Frederick, Md.
378, Aberdeen, Md. (that Cal Ripken youth baseball complex carries some weight here)

Care to guess the bottom 10? Or what sport might be played in these towns?
391. Greeneville, Tenn.
392. Idaho Falls, Idaho
393. Troy, N.Y.
394. Vancouver, Wash.
395. Bluefield, W.Va.
396. Casper, Wyo.
397. Helena, Mont.
398. Princeton, W.Va.
399. Yakima, Wash.
400. Burlington, N.C.

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