Joe And Evan Reflect On New York Championship Droughts After Super Bowl

The Chiefs Won Their First Championship Since 1970

Joe & Evan
February 03, 2020 - 5:15 pm

The Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl champions for the first time since 1970.

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Back then, the Chiefs were victorious 23-7 over the Vikings in what was the fourth ever Super Bowl. The previous year, the Jets won the first title for the AFL by beating the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.

Kansas City, of course, finally won again last night, while the Jets still wait for their next championship.

On Monday, Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts talked about what it was like to be a Jets fan (or a fan of a number of other New York teams) watching the Chiefs finally break their lengthy Super Bowl drought. Roberts noted all the teams who have gotten off their respective schneids recently.

“Think about all the droughts we have in this town, led by the New York Jets,” said Roberts on WFAN. “The New York Knicks, technically the Nets … the New York Islanders, the New York Mets … Think about, this is the last three seasons in sports, three seasons: the Chicago Cubs break their 108-year drought. The Cleveland Cavaliers break a drought of never winning a title … The Houston Astros, they were around for 55 years before they won their championship … The Washington Capitals won a Stanley Cup, first time in their history. They were around for 43 years. The Philadelphia Eagles … they won their first Super Bowl. That’s a 57-year drought. The St. Louis Blues won a Stanley Cup, first one in their history … the Nationals won their first championship … and now you’ve got the Chiefs … I just named how many teams in the last three seasons?”

Jets fans have spent the longest time waiting for a title, but the other New York-area droughts are nothing to scoff at.

Knicks fans have been awaiting the franchise’s third NBA title since 1973, when Walt Frazier and Willis Reed were still leading players on the hardwood. Now, the franchise is mired in an increasingly frustrating rebuild with no end in sight.  

Rashad Fenton of the Chiefs celebrates after Kendall Fuller intercepted a pass from Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers (not pictured) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
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The Nets are obviously still relatively new to Brooklyn, but the franchise hasn’t won since a 1976 ABA title when it was still based in New Jersey. Both the Islanders and the Mets have been waiting for another championship since the 1980s. The Mets last one in 1986, while the Isles last hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup in 1983.

“I’m a nice guy. I’m happy for the long-suffering Chiefs fans,” said Roberts. “But it seems like every few months there’s another team breaking a drought.”

“That’s not one of ours,” added Benigno.

Droughts like these have to end someday, right? Roberts isn’t so sure.

“Then there’s a ‘what about me?’ kind of aspect. And by ‘me,’ I mean ‘us’. All of us. Even the different teams in this town. Not all of us root for all of those teams with droughts, but most people have at least one team on that drought list in this town. So, hopefully there will be something soon, but if I had to bet I’d say it’s not happening!”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full segment from Monday's "Joe & Evan" show.