Tennessee’s professional sports teams consist of an undermanned Grizzlies team on the verge of being swept by the Spurs in the NBA playoffs, a rollercoaster Predators team that’s trying to get past the first round of the NHL playoffs, and a Tennessee Titans team that’s just simply trying to make the NFL playoffs.
All are fairly young in the state, but they all have grown into some promising teams in the last few years. That being said, one of these teams will be the first to break Tennessee’s curse and win their league’s championship. But who? Below, I rank the three Tennessee professional teams from least likely to be champions of their league first (3) to most likely to be champions of their league first (1)
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3. Tennessee Titans
Obviously, they are a pretty unsuccessful team. Still, they’ve made a lot of promising moves in the past few offseasons, such as keeping Kendall Wright and Jurrell Casey around while signing guys like Delanie Walker. However, that won’t be enough to win them a Superbowl anytime soon. Marcus Mariota, DeMarco Murray, and a load of draft picks sparks hope in the Titans fanbase, but they aren’t anywhere near the elite status yet.
2. Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are just a key three-point player away from making it to the NBA Finals. Sending Jeff Green and Courtney Lee away was a bad move by Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace, and they were about to send Lance Stephenson away before Dave Joerger convinced him not to. But, if the Grizzlies can keep Mike Conley, and add on more talent with Z-Bo and Marc Gasol, they could be legit contenders. Like I said before, the talent they choose to sign has to be legit three point shooters. There’s no way to make it far in today’s NBA unless you can shoot from behind the arc.
1. Nashville Predators
I had a hard time choosing between the Predators and Grizzlies for number one on this list. The Predators may not seem like they belong at number one. But, let me justify it. The Predators have a roster full of talent and two exceptional goalies. What’s their problem? Consistency. The Predators could have a long run of W’s and dominance, but all of a sudden they’d turn into a completely different hockey team. Their current series in the playoffs with the Ducks is a prime example. They begun it with a dominating 2-0 lead, and everyone was almost certain they would close out the series at home. However, they only scored one goal in the two games at Bridgestone Arena, and sent their fans home disappointed both times. There’s no doubt that a consistent Predators team is legit Stanley Cup contenders. No doubt at all.
The Titans have a few divisional titles and an AFC Championship, but they were one yard short of a Superbowl title. It’ll be fun evaluating these three teams for the next decade or two, as I am certain all three of these teams will be champions eventually.
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