We’re #1 We’re #1 We’re #1

The Ubiquitous Arch

The Ubiquitous Arch

We’re #1! No, I’m not still crowing about our red-hot El Birdos, even though the Cards still have the best record in baseball. Sorry Carl, we’re talking big picture here, something even bigger than baseball. This subject is so big it is of biblical proportions. You see dear readers, Saint Louis has been named the ‘most sinful city in America’. I guess that our nickname ‘the Lou’ is more apt than I thought.

A relatively unknown real estate blog, Movoto, has pinned this label on Saint Louis. Thanks for the steer Dan. We managed to top a list of the ten most sinful cities in America. Somehow Las Vegas managed to almost make it off this list, and fell at #10. I guess in part because most sins are legal there. Movoto used the following criteria, based on the seven deadly sins:

  1. Lust – Strip clubs per capita
  2. Pride – Cosmetic surgeons per capita
  3. Wrath – Violent crime per year per 1,000 residents
  4. Envy – Theft per year per 1,000 residents
  5. Greed – Percentage of disposable income given to charity each year
  6. Gluttony – Percentage of obese residents
  7. Sloth – Percentage of physically inactive residents

I’m surprised about the strip clubs and cosmetic surgeons. I can believe that we are big in gluttony and sloth. Monday night’s 17 victim shooting spree puts paid to wrath, but this is a label that we’ve been unfairly saddled with off and on for years. It is an artifact of the political boundaries of the Saint Louis area. I can’t really speak to envy or greed. Maybe some of our other deadly sins carry the day. Here is the list with us on top and all the runner-up want-a-bees: 

  1. Saint Louis, MO
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Minneapolis, MN
  4. Pittsburgh, PA
  5. Milwaukee, WI
  6. Cincinnati, OH
  7. Miami, FL
  8. Buffalo, NY
  9. Detroit, MI
  10. Las Vegas, NV

So, Saint Louis and the rest must be headed for a disaster of biblical proportions. What I mean here is Old Testament biblical, real wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes… The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! At least we’ll be first.

3 thoughts on “We’re #1 We’re #1 We’re #1

  1. Is this why the fans seem so relaxed at Cardinal games?
    They get it out of their system at the strip clubs before the games

  2. Perhaps that’s it. Many years ago, I went to an afternoon game in April with some women from work. Our seats were in the shade, and it was quite cool. After a couple of innings, we moved to seats that were in the sun. The men sitting next to us were very friendly, and bought us a round of beers. Our youngest, prettiest member was flirting with them. The whole section was rather rowdy, and we found out why the next inning. Some of the women with the group stood up to remove their sweatshirts, in the process flashing the crowd, most of whom roared appreciatively. Except for some families seated behind the rowdies. The families notified the ushers, who asked the flashing women to leave. At that point the men next to us said, “Well, our bus from PT’s is leaving, so we have to go now!”
    (PT’s being a strip club on the East side.)

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