History ButtMonkey / Sports

22nd Sep '16 11:03:41 PM JudasZala
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*** Since their 1999 relaunch, the Browns started 25(!) quarterbacks (as of the 2016 season). In contrast, the New England Patriots started ''four'' quarterbacks (Drew Bledsoe, Creator/TomBrady, Matt Cassel, Jimmy Garoppolo) during the same period. Following the Patriots are the two teams who each started five [=QBs=]: the Green Bay Packers (Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien), and the New York Giants (Kent Graham, Kerry Collins, Jesse Palmer, Kurt Warner, Eli Manning). Cleveland-based advertising agency Brokaw displayed [[https://twitter.com/BrokawInc/status/672117831320920064/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw a mannequin wearing a Browns jersey listing all of their quarterbacks since 1999]], with their names placed on duct tape. The mannequin was taken down and retired following the Cavs' victory in the 2016 NBA Finals.

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*** Since their 1999 relaunch, the Browns started 25(!) 26(!) quarterbacks (as of the 2016 season). In contrast, the New England Patriots started ''four'' quarterbacks (Drew Bledsoe, Creator/TomBrady, Matt Cassel, Jimmy Garoppolo) during the same period. Following the Patriots are the two teams who each started five [=QBs=]: the Green Bay Packers (Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien), the New England Patriots (Drew Bledsoe, Creator/TomBrady, Matt Cassel, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett), and the New York Giants (Kent Graham, Kerry Collins, Jesse Palmer, Kurt Warner, Eli Manning).Manning) each started ''five'' quarterbacks during the same period. Cleveland-based advertising agency Brokaw displayed [[https://twitter.com/BrokawInc/status/672117831320920064/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw a mannequin wearing a Browns jersey listing all of their quarterbacks since 1999]], with their names placed on duct tape. The mannequin was taken down and retired following the Cavs' victory in the 2016 NBA Finals.
19th Sep '16 4:29:41 PM 3rdStringPG
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* After moving from Fort Wayne, where they had some solid teams but a very small market, the Detroit Pistons became probably the NBA's most consistent Butt Monkey from 1957 to 1981. This was a team once coached by a 24-year-old Dave [=DeBusschere=], who was way in over his head and returned to being a full-time player the next season. This was a team that had 13 straight losing seasons from 1957 to 1970, and ended up trading [=DeBusschere=] to New York Knicks (also Butt Monkeys of sorts during that time), where he ended up winning two championships. While guard Dave Bing and center Bob Lanier did help make the Pistons competitive, if not championship material, for good chunks of the '70s, the latter part of the decade saw Detroit return to Butt Monkey status with a bang, with a parade of different head coaches that included future college basketball analyst [[LargeHam Dick Vitale]]. It was only in 1981, when the Pistons drafted Isiah Thomas second-overall, that the team escaped its Butt Monkey status for a sustained period of time, as he would soon team up with Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, and others to form the highly-successful "Bad Boys" lineup of the '80s.
19th Sep '16 7:37:45 AM 3rdStringPG
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** A classic example of how bad the Pats used to be before Tom Brady's arrival came when their name was dropped as the favorite team of the titular [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJZiO7ESXdE "Bad Luck Sammie"]], by mid-'90s alt-rockers The Figgs. Guess Sammie's a much luckier man these days.
19th Sep '16 6:52:59 AM 3rdStringPG
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* The Philippine Basketball Association's Barako Bull Energy. It would seem that their main reason for existing in the PBA is to serve as a farm team for San Miguel Corporation-owned teams (San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Star) -- a place for young players to prove themselves before playing for a contender, or a place for older, washed-up players to close out their careers when they become surplus to their old team's needs.
19th Sep '16 6:49:10 AM 3rdStringPG
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** Not helping matters for the Chargers is their quarterbacks; Eli Manning, the younger brother of Creator/PeytonManning, and the No. 1 draft pick for 2004, spurned them (with his father Archie Manning referring to Chargers general manager A.J. Smith as "[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of No Rings]]"), and was traded to the New York Giants, where he would win two Super Bowls. Next, there's Drew Brees, who was released in 2005 out of concerns for his injured shoulder, and joined the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 season, where he would win Super Bowl XLIV, and set several passing records. Instead, the Chargers got Ryan Leaf, who would go on to become arguably the biggest draft bust in NFL history, and didn't help matters by being a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMe0Rz1frdE {{Jerkass}}]] in his time with the Chargers.

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** Not helping matters for the Chargers is their quarterbacks; Eli Manning, the younger brother of Creator/PeytonManning, and the No. 1 draft pick for 2004, spurned them (with his father Archie Manning referring to Chargers general manager A.J. Smith as "[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of No Rings]]"), and was traded to the New York Giants, where he would win two Super Bowls. Next, there's Drew Brees, who was released in 2005 out of concerns for his injured shoulder, and joined the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 season, where he would win Super Bowl XLIV, and set several passing records. Instead, the Chargers got Ryan Leaf, who would go on to become arguably the biggest draft bust in NFL history, and didn't help matters by being a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMe0Rz1frdE {{Jerkass}}]] Jerkass]] in his time with the Chargers.


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*** One of the early-'80s blown draft picks was actually a second-rounder -- defensive end Booker Reese. The Buccaneers traded their 1983 first-rounder to the Chicago Bears to get the rights to Reese in 1982, but Reese was an epic failure, proving way too raw for the NFL. Worse, the 1983 first-rounder the Bears got at 18th was Willie Gault, a super-fast wide receiver who had a good NFL career. And even worse, the Bucs could have drafted Dan Marino had they kept that pick; at that time, they had just lost quarterback Doug Williams to the USFL due to then-owner Hugh Culverhouse's notorious penny-pinching.
19th Sep '16 6:42:10 AM 3rdStringPG
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** Not helping matters for the Chargers is their quarterbacks; Eli Manning, the younger brother of Creator/PeytonManning, and the No. 1 draft pick for 2004, spurned them (with his father Archie Manning referring to Chargers general manager A.J. Smith as "[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of No Rings]]"), and was traded to the New York Giants, where he would win two Super Bowls. Next, there's Drew Brees, who was released in 2005 out of concerns for his injured shoulder, and joined the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 season, where he would win Super Bowl XLIV, and set several passing records. Instead, the Chargers got Ryan Leaf, who would go on to become arguably the biggest draft bust in NFL history.

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** Not helping matters for the Chargers is their quarterbacks; Eli Manning, the younger brother of Creator/PeytonManning, and the No. 1 draft pick for 2004, spurned them (with his father Archie Manning referring to Chargers general manager A.J. Smith as "[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of No Rings]]"), and was traded to the New York Giants, where he would win two Super Bowls. Next, there's Drew Brees, who was released in 2005 out of concerns for his injured shoulder, and joined the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 season, where he would win Super Bowl XLIV, and set several passing records. Instead, the Chargers got Ryan Leaf, who would go on to become arguably the biggest draft bust in NFL history.history, and didn't help matters by being a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMe0Rz1frdE {{Jerkass}}]] in his time with the Chargers.
19th Sep '16 6:38:10 AM 3rdStringPG
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*** Two of the main reasons why the Warriors suffered a lot between 1975 and 2015 were their [[GlassCannon terrible defense]] and relative lack of reliable big-men. Even during their best years (Run TMC, We Believe), the Dubs' offense built large leads in many games...only for the Warriors' crappy defenses to squander the lead and gift the Dubs either a VERY slim victory or a heartbreaking loss. Some may argue that the Dubs' frequently used strategies that involved a [[FragileSpeedster LOT of scoring and fast break plays led to the lack of defense]] (and, subsequently, the lack of concrete success). Likewise, Golden State, for the most part, didn't have a great center/big-man since the departure of Nate Thurmond; it wouldn't surprise Dubs fans to see guys like Alton Lister (Made famous for getting dunked on and taunted by Shawn Kemp), Billy Owens, Erick Dampier, Adonal Foyle, and Andris Biedrins man the middle. Thankfully, the Lacob/Splash Brothers-era renaissance seems to have taken care of some of these problems. For example, Coach Mark Jackson helped foster a culture of tough, effective defense with the Warriors (said defensive efficiency was retained by his successor, Steve Kerr). Likewise, the Dubs acquired noted defensive big Andrew Bogut and drafted center Festus Ezeli in 2012; while the two aren't exactly on par with, say, Anthony Davis or Marc Gasol, their defense and strength in the paint has been enough to ensure that the Warriors weren't easily pushed around beneath the basket. The Dubs' defensive renaissance has also been helped by the acquisition and development of great defenders, such as Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. It helps to note that the 2015 Championship wasn't won solely by the Dubs' scintillating offense; their excellent defense, a far cry from the crap defenses of the Don Nelson/Small Ball era, was their key to winning the title. [[note]] [[LightningBruiser While the Dubs were ranked 2nd in the NBA with regards to Offensive efficiency, they ranked 1ST in DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY! And they were also the fastest-paced team in the NBA!]] [[/note]]

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*** Two of the main reasons why the Warriors suffered a lot between 1975 and 2015 were their [[GlassCannon terrible defense]] and relative lack of reliable big-men. Even during their best years (Run TMC, We Believe), the Dubs' offense built large leads in many games...only for the Warriors' crappy defenses to squander the lead and gift the Dubs either a VERY slim victory or a heartbreaking loss. Some may argue that the Dubs' frequently used strategies that involved a [[FragileSpeedster LOT of scoring and fast break plays led to the lack of defense]] (and, subsequently, the lack of concrete success). Likewise, Golden State, for the most part, didn't have a great center/big-man since the departure of Nate Thurmond; it wouldn't surprise Dubs fans to see guys like Alton Lister (Made famous for getting dunked on and taunted by Shawn Kemp), Billy Owens, Erick Dampier, Adonal Foyle, and Andris Biedrins man the middle. Even 6'9" Billy Owens, a natural small forward, saw some time at center for the Dubs! Thankfully, the Lacob/Splash Brothers-era renaissance seems to have taken care of some of these problems. For example, Coach Mark Jackson helped foster a culture of tough, effective defense with the Warriors (said defensive efficiency was retained by his successor, Steve Kerr). Likewise, the Dubs acquired noted defensive big Andrew Bogut and drafted center Festus Ezeli in 2012; while the two aren't exactly on par with, say, Anthony Davis or Marc Gasol, their defense and strength in the paint has been enough to ensure that the Warriors weren't easily pushed around beneath the basket. The Dubs' defensive renaissance has also been helped by the acquisition and development of great defenders, such as Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. It helps to note that the 2015 Championship wasn't won solely by the Dubs' scintillating offense; their excellent defense, a far cry from the crap defenses of the Don Nelson/Small Ball era, was their key to winning the title. [[note]] [[LightningBruiser While the Dubs were ranked 2nd in the NBA with regards to Offensive efficiency, they ranked 1ST in DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY! And they were also the fastest-paced team in the NBA!]] [[/note]]
19th Sep '16 6:32:19 AM 3rdStringPG
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** The Chiefs won a Super Bowl in 1970 and nothing else since. Apart from a tradition of getting trampled in the playoffs, the Chiefs have also had a notable lack of successful quarterbacks. The aforementioned 1994 win was led by Joe Montana, who at the time, was in the twilight years of his career,[[note]] Additionally, 49ers fans constantly poke fun at the Chiefs, calling them "the Team Where Niner Quarterbacks go to die". Apart from washed-up 49ers legend Joe Montana, the Chiefs also started former 49ers QB's Steve [=DeBerg=], Elvis Grbac, Steve Bono, and Alex Smith (the Chiefs' current Starter). [[/note]] and the Chiefs only won again in the playoffs again in 2015 (also in a Wild Card berth).

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** The Chiefs won a Super Bowl in 1970 and nothing else since. Apart from a tradition of getting trampled in the playoffs, the Chiefs have also had a notable lack of successful quarterbacks.quarterbacks since Len Dawson's retirement. The aforementioned 1994 win was led by Joe Montana, who at the time, was in the twilight years of his career,[[note]] Additionally, 49ers fans constantly poke fun at the Chiefs, calling them "the Team Where Niner Quarterbacks go to die". Apart from washed-up 49ers legend Joe Montana, the Chiefs also started former 49ers QB's Steve [=DeBerg=], Elvis Grbac, Steve Bono, and Alex Smith (the Chiefs' current Starter). [[/note]] and the Chiefs only won again in the playoffs again in 2015 (also in a Wild Card berth).
13th Sep '16 8:35:04 PM Gsueagle31049
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* Along with the Oilers, the three other teams which descended from the World Hockey Association, the Hartford Whalers, the Quebec Nordiques, and the original Winnipeg Jets, were Butt Monkeys deliberately invoked by the NHL as punishment for forcing the NHL to overexpand in the 1970s. As part of the agreement to join the NHL, the four WHA teams' rosters were stripped of their players, save for a few protected players, the teams received no compensation for players reclaimed by the existing NHL teams and the teams were placed in the bottom of the order in the 1979 rookie draft, instead of at the top as is the standard practice for expansion teams. The four teams were among the smallest markets for any professional team, severely limiting their profit potential. By the 1990s, the four former WHA clubs were also playing in small, outdated arenas. An anemic Canadian dollar in the early 1990s forced the Nordiques and Jets down to Denver (as the Avalanche) and Phoenix (as the Coyotes), respectively, and the Oilers almost moved to Houston (not long after Bud Adams moved the NFL's Oilers to Tennessee); however, an Edmonton-based consortium outbid Rockets' owner Leslie Alexander to keep the team in Alberta. The Whalers fared no better as they were essentially strong-armed by the old guard New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, ultimately moving to Raleigh, North Carolina (as the Hurricanes). Since then, the NHL returned to Winnipeg with the above-mentioned move of the Atlanta Thrashers, and Quebec City has built a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centre_Vidéotron new NHL caliber arena]] with hopes of reviving the Nordiques, by landing either a potential expansion team or, like Winnipeg, a relocated team.

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* Along with the Oilers, the three other teams which descended from the World Hockey Association, the Hartford Whalers, the Quebec Nordiques, and the original Winnipeg Jets, were Butt Monkeys deliberately invoked by the NHL as punishment for forcing the NHL to overexpand in the 1970s. Unlike the American Basketball Association, where all four of its surviving teams (Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York[=/=]New Jersey[=/=]Brooklyn Nets, and San Antonio Spurs) remain in their respective post-merger markets to this day, only one WHA team, the Edmonton Oilers, is still in its post-merger market as of 2016. As part of the agreement to join the NHL, the four WHA teams' rosters were stripped of their players, save for a few protected players, the teams received no compensation for players reclaimed by the existing NHL teams and the teams were placed in the bottom of the order in the 1979 rookie draft, instead of at the top as is the standard practice for expansion teams. The four teams were among the smallest markets for any professional team, severely limiting their profit potential. By the 1990s, the four former WHA clubs were also playing in small, outdated arenas. An anemic Canadian dollar in the early 1990s forced the Nordiques and Jets down to Denver (as the Avalanche) and Phoenix (as the Coyotes), respectively, and the Oilers almost moved to Houston (not long after Bud Adams moved the NFL's Oilers to Tennessee); however, an Edmonton-based consortium outbid Rockets' owner Leslie Alexander to keep the team in Alberta. The Whalers fared no better as they were essentially strong-armed by the old guard New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, ultimately moving to Raleigh, North Carolina (as the Hurricanes). Since then, the NHL returned to Winnipeg with the above-mentioned move of the Atlanta Thrashers, and Quebec City has built a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centre_Vidéotron new NHL caliber arena]] with hopes of reviving the Nordiques, by landing either a potential expansion team or, like Winnipeg, a relocated team.
13th Sep '16 2:50:26 PM Gsueagle31049
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** While the Athletics have been fairly competitive in their time in Oakland, their Butt Monkey status lies primarily with the Coliseum, where they have played since moving to Oakland in 1968. Aside from the stadium's aforementioned issues, the stadium's baseball configuration has the largest amount of foul territory in the majors, even by the standards of 1960s[=/=]70s-era multipurpose stadiums, meaning that foul balls which would end up in the seats and out of play at another ballpark can, and often will, be caught for an out; also, this puts fans sitting in the lower bowl further away from the action. Many Athletics fans hate the Mount Davis grandstand, which was constructed in the mid-1990s to lure the Raiders back to Oakland; Mount Davis took away the picturesque view of the Oakland hills which served as the backdrop for Athletics' games. The Athletics have tried to move out of the Coliseum and into their own ballpark either in Santa Clara, San Jose or Fremont; however, the San Francisco Giants claim territorial rights on those cities and they refuse to cede any of them to the Athletics. With no prospects for a new ballpark in the Bay Area, prospective landing spots the A's include Montreal, Portland, Charlotte, Sacramento, or San Antonio.

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** While the Athletics have been fairly competitive in their time in Oakland, their Butt Monkey status lies primarily with the Coliseum, where they have played since moving to Oakland in 1968. Aside from the stadium's aforementioned issues, the stadium's baseball configuration has the largest amount of foul territory in the majors, even by the standards of 1960s[=/=]70s-era multipurpose stadiums, meaning that foul balls which would end up in the seats and out of play at another ballpark can, and often will, be caught for an out; also, this puts fans sitting in the lower bowl further away from the action. Many Athletics fans hate the Mount Davis grandstand, which was constructed in the mid-1990s to lure the Raiders back to Oakland; Mount Davis took away the picturesque view of the Oakland hills which served as the backdrop for Athletics' games. The Athletics have tried to move out of the Coliseum and into their own ballpark either in Santa Clara, San Jose or Fremont; however, the San Francisco Giants claim territorial rights on those cities and they refuse to cede any of them to the Athletics. With little to no prospects for a new ballpark in the Bay Area, prospective landing spots for the A's include Montreal, Portland, Charlotte, Sacramento, or San Antonio.
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