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## The Definitive Championship List

Posted on: February 12, 2010 1:55 pm

(Author's note: this was originally posted as a NFL Main Board thread on 10/7/09, but is being reposted here with the update of SB44)

THE DEFINITIVE CHAMPIONSHIP LIST

This is the definitive championship list. It was put together to for once and for all silence the whining about ancient championships against the Trojans and the Spartans and the Hitites, etc. It shows the state of the NFL and the value of winning the championship in the years that they occured. This value is calculated from the level of competing teams in the league as compared to the 32 team league today. It does not count AAC, or AFL Championships. Why? Because they are not the NFL. It does not count NFL "championships" from 1920-1932 because there was no game deciding the outcome, so they don't count. They are worth zero, and although the Giants, Packers and Bears fans may complain, no fans of the Akron Pros, Cleveland Bulldogs, Canton Bulldogs, Frankford Yellow Jackets, or Providence Steam Rollers are going to object. Why? Because obviously those teams like the championships from those years are utterly unimportant as they have no real value. So those just flat out don't count.

From 1933-1965 championships count at the fraction of competition they faced in their league that year compared to the current 32 team league level of competition. For example, there were 10 teams in the NFL in 1933, so that championship counts for 10/32 (0.313) of 1 championship. There were only 9 teams in'35 and '36 and only 8 teams in '43, so those would count for 0.281, 0.281 and 0.250 value respectively.

Calculation Examples

Steelers 0.813 + 0.813 + 0.875 + 0.875 + 1 + 1 = 5.376
Cowboys  0.813 + 0.875 + 0.875 + 0.875 + 0.938 = 4.376
Packers  0.281 + 0.313 + 0.313 + 0.438 + 0.438 + 0.438 + 0.750 + 0.781 + 0.938 = 4.69

The Definitive Comprehensive Championship Equivalents List:

1  Steelers - 5.376
2  Packers  - 4.690
3  Cowboys  - 4.376
49ers    - 4.375
5  Giants   - 3.782
Redskins - 3.251
Patriots - 2.969
8  Bears    - 2.815
Raiders  - 2.625
10 Colts    - 2.563
11 Broncos  - 1.876
12 Rams     - 1.657
13 Dolphins - 1.626
14 Browns   - 1.594
15 Lions    - 1.406
16 Eagles   - 1.032
17 Saints  - 1.000
17 Bucs     - 1.000
19 Ravens   - 0.969
20 Chiefs   - 0.813 (tie)
20 Jets     - 0.813 (tie)
22 Cards    - 0.313

Tied at 23rd place: Bengals, Chargers, Jaguars, Texans, Bills, Titans, Vikings, Falcons, Seahawks, and Panthers.

There, you now have been given Wisdom.

Category: NFL
Tags: Solomon

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2011 11:28 am

## The Definitive Championship List

No silly utkipp, it doesn't matter how long you took to do it, just how many times you did. If you were putting together a list at efficiency of winning championships, then it would matter very much, but not to a total value list.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:47 am

## The Definitive Championship List

Shouldn't teams be penalized for 40 consecutive years of not winning a playoff game?

Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:28 am

## The Definitive Championship List

There you have it. No matter how you slice it, Pittsburgh stands alone on top of the NFL mountain. The math makes sense, great work Sol.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2010 10:48 pm

## The Definitive Championship List

DannoCoy, from 1933 on, I went thru year by year, and for every single year, took the number of teams in the league divided by the current 32 and used that as the modification value, which is why the early Steeler Super Bowl values are also less than 1, they also did not face the full 32 team league.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2010 2:08 pm

## The Definitive Championship List

Sol, you mention 1933-1965 championships count at the fraction of competition they faced in their league that year compared to the current 32 team league.  Did you keep this constant (xx teams / 32) from 1966 through today?  Reason I ask is I'm assuming that is why the Steelers have fractions priort to their recent SB wins.

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Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2010 2:01 pm
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