We are at a point in the calendar year where the NFL is at a lull. Mock drafts and free agency discussions are becoming stale. They are probably irrelevant as well - unless Scott Pioli browses Arrowhead Pride comments on his iPad while walking the treadmill of an evening.
By contrast, it's an exciting time for baseball fans. The MLB is starting to fire up this time of year. The Royals Pitchers and Catchers will be reporting soon and spring training is just around the corner. The Kansas City faithful are excited and optimistic about a young crop of players on the verge of a breakout year.
Similar Success Stories
It is interesting to look back at the history of the Chiefs and the Royals. The Chiefs first season in Kansas City was 1963. In 49 seasons, the club has participated in two Super Bowls, coming away successful in one. The Chiefs have won seven division championships, figuring to a 14% success rate. The overall winning percentage in the regular season from 1963 to present is .513. The high point of the Chiefs franchise.... A Super Bowl IV victory, of course.
The Royals first season took place in 1969. The club has two World Series appearances, one of those being successful. The Royals have won six division championships, figuring to a 14% success rate. The overall winning percentage in the regular season from 1969 to present is .481. Must have been a great sight to see George Brett riding a horse through Kansas City in celebration of the 1985 World Series victory.
By the Numbers
Here is the breakdown:
I've also put together a chart to compare the regular season success of both franchises. (Easier to read if you click on the image).
Are you surprised how similar the franchises are from a success standpoint? While the Chiefs hold the edge on regular season winning % and % of seasons above .500 (Thanks, Marty), the big picture reveals equality. An interesting side note: Both clubs finished their 2011 season with an identical winning percentage of .438.
Obligatory Fan Poll
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