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27th May '16 8:35:57 PM igordebraga
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** The Lightning is a slight aversion in that they're a successful team, but inconsistently reaching the playoffs and rarely doing well when they get there. Other than the Stanley Cup season of 2004, the finals in 2015 (even building a 2-1 lead before the Blackhawks won three and got the Cup), and a conference final in 2011.

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** The Lightning is a slight aversion in that they're a successful team, but inconsistently reaching the playoffs and rarely doing well when they get there. Other than the Stanley Cup season of 2004, the finals in 2015 (even building a 2-1 lead before the Blackhawks won three and got the Cup), and a conference final finals in 2011.2011 and 2016.



* The Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats. After reclaiming the original Hornets' history and records from the New Orleans Pelicans, the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats are effectively the NBA's version of the Cleveland Browns, particularly after the re-establishment of the franchise. The original Hornets franchise were a decent team, despite never winning the division; however, the Bobcats era was an absolute embarrassment. They surprised everyone with a playoff bid in the 2009-2010 season, but it all went downhill after being swept out of the first round. They didn't even come close to making the playoffs in the 2010-2011 season and set a new record for the worst season[[note]]With regards to win percentage (.106); the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers still kind of hold the record for the worst record in a ''full season''.[[/note]] by an NBA team in history in the 2011-2012 season, with 7 wins and 59 losses ''despite gaining two lottery picks in the 2011 Draft''. This was made even worse by the fact that the team had ''23'' straight losses and '''34''' losses by at least 10 points. Not even being owned by UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, arguably the greatest player in the league's history, helped them, as he's been publicly questioned by many (including his friend/rival Charles Barkley) on his ownership abilities, with some grossly mismanaged contracts for players not worth even half their money. Also not helping the Hornets/Bobcats is the fact that they share the Southeast Division with the Miami Heat, who has for the most part dominated the division since its creation in 2004. And before you think that there is a bright side that they will receive the second pick in the 2012 Draft, keep in mind that ''all'' of the Bobcats' lottery picks have been considered busts so far.[[note]]Admittedly, [[FirstInstallmentWins their very first pick]], Emeka Okafor, won Rookie of the Year and is considered a good if unspectacular player, and the jury's still out on both Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker, but when you become a part of the worst team imaginable, you might as well be considered busts until the stench goes away (with a better team). Charlotte better hope, no, '''pray''' that 2013 pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist doesn't bust out on them either.[[/note]]

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* The Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats. After reclaiming the original Hornets' history and records from the New Orleans Pelicans, the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats are effectively the NBA's version of the Cleveland Browns, particularly after the re-establishment of the franchise. The original Hornets franchise were a decent team, despite never winning the division; however, the Bobcats era was an absolute embarrassment. They surprised everyone with a playoff bid in the 2009-2010 season, but it all went downhill after being swept out of the first round. They didn't even come close to making the playoffs in the 2010-2011 season and set a new record for the worst season[[note]]With regards to win percentage (.106); the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers still kind of hold the record for the worst record in a ''full season''.[[/note]] by an NBA team in history in the 2011-2012 season, with 7 wins and 59 losses ''despite gaining two lottery picks in the 2011 Draft''. This was made even worse by the fact that the team had ''23'' straight losses and '''34''' losses by at least 10 points. Not even being owned by UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, arguably the greatest player in the league's history, helped them, as he's been publicly questioned by many (including his friend/rival Charles Barkley) on his ownership abilities, with some grossly mismanaged contracts for players not worth even half their money. Also not helping the Hornets/Bobcats is the fact that they share the Southeast Division with the Miami Heat, who has for the most part dominated the division since its creation in 2004. And before you think that there is a bright side that they will receive the second pick in the 2012 Draft, keep in mind that ''all'' of the Bobcats' lottery picks have been considered busts so far.[[note]]Admittedly, [[FirstInstallmentWins their very first pick]], Emeka Okafor, won Rookie of the Year and is considered a good if unspectacular player, Bismack Biyombo broke out once he left for the Raptors, and the jury's still out on both Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker, but when you become a part of the worst team imaginable, you might as well be considered busts until the stench goes away (with a better team). Charlotte better hope, no, '''pray''' that 2013 pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist doesn't bust out on them either.[[/note]]
26th May '16 7:34:46 AM igordebraga
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* St. Louis is an understated example, because they do have the second most successful baseball team in the Cardinals (and even them offered suffering as before the 10th title in 2006, the team had a 24 year drought with three lost World Series). In the NFL, they had two teams leaving, one without much to offer (the Cardinals, who only qualified thrice in 27 years before moving to Arizona) and another who had a moment of glory before an acrimonious departure (the Rams, who had got to two Super Bowls and won one with the "Greatest Show on Turf", but was amidst an 11 year dry spell when problems with the stadium made the team return to Los Angeles). In the NHL, the Blues are the oldest team without a title, and haven't even qualified to the Stanley Cup final since 1970. St. Louis hasn't seen an NBA team since 1968, when the Hawks left town (and when the ABA was there, it was only for two seasons). And despite the city being a soccer hotbed, the only current association football franchise is in the third tier.



** The San Jose Sharks were a terrible expansion team, then got some lucky breaks (their defeat of the Red Wings in 1994 was the first 8-seed upsetting an 1-seed), and finally became a great team during the mid 2000s... that just can't get to the Stanley Cup Finals (best so far were three Conference Finals). Then the team hit RockBottom in the 2014 playoffs, where their status as chokers was set in stone following going up 3-0 on the Los Angeles Kings in the playoffs, and then '''losing all four games after'''. Unlike the other two, they remain butt monkeys, even missing the postseason for the first time in a decade the following year.

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** The San Jose Sharks were a terrible expansion team, then got some lucky breaks (their defeat of the Red Wings in 1994 was the first 8-seed upsetting an 1-seed), and finally became a great team during the mid 2000s... that just can't couldn't get to the Stanley Cup Finals (best so far were (at most three Conference Finals). Then the team hit RockBottom in the 2014 playoffs, where their status as chokers was set in stone following going up 3-0 on the Los Angeles Kings in the playoffs, and then '''losing all four games after'''. Unlike the other two, they remain butt monkeys, even missing the postseason for the first time in a decade the following year. [[TheDogBitesBack 2016 however had the Sharks bouncing with a fury]], avenging the Kings defeat in Round 1, holding up in 7 games against Nashville, and finally beating St. Louis to reach their first Finals.
24th May '16 1:17:34 PM Giantsgiants
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** The Golden State Warriors (who have played in Oakland since 1971, but expect to return to San Francisco by the end of TheNewTens) [[http://grantland.com/features/how-annoy-fan-base-60-easy-steps/ have suffered a lot]] since the mid-seventies, after a DarkHorseVictory in 1975 and two good seasons that followed. Despite bright moments ([[http://www.nba.com/playoffs2005/floyd_050503.html the Sleepy Floyd game]], Chris Mullin\the "Run TMC" era, taking down the Mavericks as an 8 seed), management was always screwing the team, be it for turning into a contender or keeping it competitive (Of particular notoriety was the ownership regime of Chris Cohan between 1997 and 2010, which was well known for a TERRIBLE front office and a relative lack of spending). After a revamp in 2012 (started by high-spending new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, maintained by an excellent front office led by Bay Area native Bob Myers, and starring the hot-shooting "Splash Brothers": Steph Curry and Klay Thompson), the Warriors are again one of the strongest teams in the NBA, but they still need to overcome the fierce competition in the Western Conference to think about a fourth title. They managed to do so in 2015, marking a final between two teams in this page and with droughts of 4 decades: Warriors (last in 1975) and Cavaliers (never won since starting in 1970). And both team's share of bad luck continued to show in this decisive series - the Cavs lost Kyrie Irving to injury on Game 1, while the Dubs managed to ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD636Nsmy3s miss a dunk]]'' in Game 2. Eventually the Warriors overcame a 2-1 deficit to take it all in six games, finally earning the title which a long-suffering fanbase deserved. It helps to know that the core of this Championship team is relatively young; this may ensure that the Warriors would bring more championships to the Bay Area in the long run, ridding the Dubs of their Butt Monkey status.

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** The Golden State Warriors (who have played in Oakland since 1971, but expect to return to San Francisco by the end of TheNewTens) [[http://grantland.com/features/how-annoy-fan-base-60-easy-steps/ have suffered a lot]] since the mid-seventies, after a DarkHorseVictory in 1975 and two good seasons that followed. Despite bright moments ([[http://www.nba.com/playoffs2005/floyd_050503.html the Sleepy Floyd game]], Chris Mullin\the "Run TMC" era, taking down the Mavericks as an 8 seed), management was always screwing the team, be it for turning into a contender or keeping it competitive (Of particular notoriety was the ownership regime of Chris Cohan between 1997 and 2010, which was well known for a TERRIBLE front office and a relative lack of spending). After a revamp in 2012 (started by high-spending new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, maintained by an excellent front office led by Bay Area native Bob Myers, and starring the hot-shooting "Splash Brothers": Steph Curry and Klay Thompson), the Warriors are again one of the strongest teams in the NBA, but they still need to overcome the fierce competition in the Western Conference to think about a fourth title. They managed to do so in 2015, marking a final between two teams in this page and with droughts of 4 decades: Warriors (last in 1975) and Cavaliers (never won since starting in 1970). And both team's share of bad luck continued to show in this decisive series - the Cavs lost Kyrie Irving to injury on Game 1, while the Dubs managed to ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD636Nsmy3s miss a dunk]]'' that would have ultimately ended up winning the game for them in Game 2. Eventually the Warriors overcame a 2-1 deficit to take it all in six games, finally earning the title which a long-suffering fanbase deserved. It helps to know that the core of this Championship team is relatively young; this may ensure that the Warriors would bring more championships to the Bay Area in the long run, ridding the Dubs of their Butt Monkey status.
18th May '16 2:52:18 PM Gsueagle31049
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** The league has seven Canadian teams. Canadian teams in predominately US-based leagues[[note]]Despite the NHL being formed in Montreal, its modern day headquarters is in New York City[[/note]] tend to be Butt Monkeys, and four of those teams, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg, are among the smallest markets in not only the NHL, but across all four major professional leagues. The Canadian teams collect revenue and pay their expenses in Canadian dollars; however, per league rules, team payroll is paid out in US dollars, meaning Canadian owners' profits dwindle whenever the Canadian dollar trades well below its US counterpart. Seeing all seven miss the playoffs in 2016 hurt Canada as few things could.
** With the NFL's return to Los Angeles, the NHL is the only major league without a team in every top 10 US media market[[note]]In descending order, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC, Boston, Atlanta, and Houston[[/note]]; however, the two top 10 markets where the NHL is absent are both in the Sun Belt. Houston has never hosted an NHL franchise[[note]]Despite being one of the WHA's more successful and financially stable teams, the Aeros were left out of the 1979 WHA-NHL merger (because the league was disinterested in adding another Sun Belt team when the Atlanta Flames were struggling financially) and folded before then, and a local consortium in Edmonton prevented a planned relocation of the Oilers to Houston[[/note]], and as mentioned in "Cities in General" above, Atlanta has not been a successful market for the NHL.

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** The league has seven Canadian teams. Canadian teams in predominately US-based leagues[[note]]Despite the NHL being formed in Montreal, its modern day headquarters is in New York City[[/note]] tend to be Butt Monkeys, and four of those teams, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg, are among the smallest markets in not only the NHL, but across all four five major North American professional leagues. The Canadian teams collect revenue and pay their expenses in Canadian dollars; however, per league rules, team payroll is paid out in US dollars, meaning Canadian owners' profits dwindle whenever the Canadian dollar trades well below its US counterpart. Seeing all seven miss the playoffs in 2016 hurt Canada as few things could.
** With the NFL's 2016 return to Los Angeles, Angeles and MLS' 2017 expansion to Atlanta, the NHL is the only major league without a team in every top 10 US media market[[note]]In descending order, New York City, City (Rangers, Islanders, and Devils), Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Angeles (Kings and Ducks), Chicago (Blackhawks), Philadelphia (Flyers), Dallas-Fort Worth, Worth (Stars), San Francisco Bay Area, Area (Sharks), Washington DC, Boston, Atlanta, DC (Capitals), Boston (Bruins), Atlanta (no team), and Houston[[/note]]; Houston (no team)[[/note]]; however, the two top 10 markets where the NHL is absent are both in the Sun Belt. Houston has never hosted an NHL franchise[[note]]Despite being one of the WHA's more successful and financially stable teams, the Aeros were left out of the 1979 WHA-NHL merger (because the league was disinterested in adding another Sun Belt team when the Atlanta Flames were struggling financially) and folded before then, and a local consortium in Edmonton prevented a planned relocation of the Oilers to Houston[[/note]], and as mentioned in "Cities in General" above, Atlanta has not been a successful market for the NHL.



* The current Winnipeg Jets are the runt of not only the NHL, but among ''all'' of the teams in the five major North American professional leagues. The team plays in the smallest standalone media market among professional sports[[note]]Even though Green Bay is the ''absolute'' smallest pro sports market in North America, the Packers also claim the larger Milwaukee media market, and the state of Wisconsin is more populous than the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan combined[[/note]]. The team plays in the league's smallest arena, the MTS Centre, which seats only 15,000; even though it's a large, modern arena for a metropolitan area under one million residents, it is undersized by modern NHL arena standards, meaning the Jets end up finishing in the bottom third in the league and dead last among Canadian teams for attendance despite selling out all their home games. Many top-tier free agents have Winnipeg on the top of their "no-move" lists because of the city's perception of being located out in the middle of nowhere and having nothing to do in the off-season. True North Sports and Entertainment originally sought to bring the ''original'' Winnipeg Jets, the Arizona Coyotes, home; however, the NHL instead persuaded True North to buy a bargain basement team in the [[ReplacementGoldfish former Atlanta Thrashers]], [[TheyJustDidntCare a team practically ran into the ground by its ex-owners]] (See Atlanta's section in "Cities in General" for more details). Aside from dysfunctional ownership in Atlanta, the only reason the NHL even considered returning to Winnipeg was [[MoneyDearBoy a strong Canadian dollar]]; if the Canadian dollar ever falls too far below its US counterpart as it did in the early '90s, which led to the original Jets moving to Arizona, the Jets are most likely the first Canadian team to be put up for relocation or worse, contraction. The team had to spend their first two seasons in the Thrashers' place in the now-defunct Southeast Division, putting the team at a competitive and geographical disadvantage since their nearest divisional opponent was more than ''1500 miles'' away. And their attempt at getting the final seed of the East in 2013 still fell short! Realignment for 2013-14 hasn't helped much, as the Jets finished dead last in the reorganized Central Division. The Jets did make the playoffs in 2015 as the second wild card in the Western Conference, only to get swept in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks. Unlike the NFL's Cleveland Browns, MLS' San Jose Earthquakes, and the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, the Jets have not reclaimed the original franchise's history; [[ContinuitySnarl it's still tied to the Arizona Coyotes' history]][[note]]Despite the NHL owning the Coyotes in 2011, the league chose ''not'' to allow True North to claim the original Jets' history, only giving them rights to the team name and former logos[[/note]].

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* The current Winnipeg Jets are the runt of not only the NHL, but among ''all'' of the teams in the five major North American professional leagues. The team plays in the smallest standalone media market among professional sports[[note]]Even sports in North America[[note]]Even though Green Bay is the ''absolute'' smallest pro sports market in North America, the Packers also claim the larger Milwaukee media market, and the state of Wisconsin is more populous than the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan combined[[/note]]. The team plays in the league's smallest arena, the MTS Centre, which seats only 15,000; even though it's a large, modern arena for a metropolitan area under one million residents, it is undersized by modern NHL arena standards, meaning the Jets end up finishing in the bottom third in the league and dead last among Canadian teams for attendance despite selling out all their home games. Many top-tier free agents have Winnipeg on the top of their "no-move" lists because of the city's perception of being located out in the middle of nowhere and having nothing to do in the off-season. True North Sports and Entertainment originally sought to bring the ''original'' Winnipeg Jets, the Arizona Coyotes, home; however, the NHL instead persuaded True North to buy a bargain basement team in the [[ReplacementGoldfish former Atlanta Thrashers]], [[TheyJustDidntCare a team practically ran into the ground by its ex-owners]] (See Atlanta's section in "Cities in General" for more details). Aside from dysfunctional ownership in Atlanta, the only reason the NHL even considered returning to Winnipeg was [[MoneyDearBoy a strong Canadian dollar]]; if the Canadian dollar ever falls too far below its US counterpart as it did in the early '90s, which led to the original Jets moving to Arizona, the Jets are most likely the first Canadian team to be put up for relocation or worse, contraction. The team had to spend their first two seasons in the Thrashers' place in the now-defunct Southeast Division, putting the team at a competitive and geographical disadvantage since their nearest divisional opponent was more than ''1500 miles'' away. And their attempt at getting the final seed of the East in 2013 still fell short! Realignment for 2013-14 hasn't helped much, as the Jets finished dead last in the reorganized Central Division. The Jets did make the playoffs in 2015 as the second wild card in the Western Conference, only to get swept in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks. Unlike the NFL's Cleveland Browns, MLS' San Jose Earthquakes, and the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, the Jets have not reclaimed the original franchise's history; [[ContinuitySnarl it's still tied to the Arizona Coyotes' history]][[note]]Despite the NHL owning the Coyotes in 2011, the league chose ''not'' to allow True North to claim the original Jets' history, only giving them rights to the team name and former logos[[/note]].



* 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 they lost the NFL Oilers; however, a local consortium bought the team to keep them in Alberta. The Whalers fared no better as they were strong-armed by the older and more financially powerful 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/Videotron_Centre 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. 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 became the new Houston not Oilers (not long after they lost Bud Adams moved the NFL Oilers; football Oilers to Tennessee); however, a local an Edmonton-based consortium bought outbid Rockets' owner Leslie Alexander to keep the team to keep them in Alberta. The Whalers fared no better as they were strong-armed by the older and more financially powerful 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/Videotron_Centre new NHL caliber arena]] with hopes of reviving the Nordiques, by landing either a potential expansion team or, like Winnipeg, a relocated team.
17th May '16 8:42:00 AM pacealot
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* Before the UsefulNotes/NewOrleans Saints won the Super Bowl, they were considered to be the league's biggest joke next to the Lions. They debuted in 1967 but didn't have a winning season until 1987. The 1980 season was the peak of putrid play, as they went 1-15, at the time being the worst record in league history. Then they couldn't win a playoff game until 2000. And thus, the nickname "Ain'ts" was born.

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* Before the UsefulNotes/NewOrleans Saints won the Super Bowl, they were considered to be the league's biggest joke next to the Lions. They debuted in 1967 but didn't have a winning season until 1987. The 1980 season was the peak of putrid play, as they went 1-15, which at the time being was the worst record most losses in one season in league history. Then they couldn't win a playoff game until 2000. And thus, the nickname "Ain'ts" was born.
15th May '16 3:23:57 PM igordebraga
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* UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}. The Maple Leafs kept out of the playoffs for 7 seasons after the 2004 NHL lockout (and have the longest current Stanley Cup drought of any team), the Blue Jays are [[SoOkayItsAverage forever 81-81]] and [[AlwaysABiggerFish dwarfed by the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees]] in the AL East (they had no playoff appearances between the World Series titles in 1992-3 and an AL East title in 2015), and as for the Toronto Raptors [[TheChewToy do we even need to say it?]] Add Toronto FC taking 9 seasons to qualify for the MLS playoffs (it was the only team, not counting the expansion ones that joined that season, not to hit the postseason; up until then it had won the Canadian Championship, which is only contested by 3 to 5 participants; and said first playoff ended in a [[CurbStompBattle 0-3 beating]]), and only the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague has seen Toronto winning something in the last 20 years.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}. The Maple Leafs kept out of the playoffs for 7 seasons after the 2004 NHL lockout (and have the longest current Stanley Cup drought of any team), the Blue Jays are [[SoOkayItsAverage forever 81-81]] and [[AlwaysABiggerFish dwarfed by the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees]] in the AL East (they had no playoff appearances between the World Series titles in 1992-3 and an AL East title in 2015), and as for the Toronto Raptors [[TheChewToy do we even need Raptors, before a surprisingly deep run all the way to say it?]] the 2016 Conference Finals, had long stretches of being TheChewToy along with a meager 7 postseasons in 20 years (with just one round won in that period!). Add Toronto FC taking 9 seasons to qualify for the MLS playoffs (it was the only team, not counting the expansion ones that joined that season, not to hit the postseason; up until then it had won the Canadian Championship, which is only contested by 3 to 5 participants; and said first playoff ended in a [[CurbStompBattle 0-3 beating]]), and only the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague has seen Toronto winning something in the last 20 years.
15th May '16 12:17:23 PM Gsueagle31049
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*** The Thrashers first played in 1999 and moved to Winnipeg in 2011, becoming the ReplacementGoldfish Jets. The Thrashers experienced the typical growing pains of an expansion franchise prior to the 2004-05 strike; however, the team were an absolute disaster under the Atlanta Spirit's ownership, regularly finishing in the bottom of the league and only making the playoffs once; in their only playoff appearance in 2007, the Thrashers got immediately swept by the New York Rangers. What makes the disaster of Atlanta Spirit's ownership worse was the fact that the group [[TheyJustDidntCare never wanted to own the Thrashers]] or ''even have them as a tenant'' in Philips Arena. The group spent five years in a protracted internal legal dispute, which prevented the group from putting the Thrashers up for sale in the meantime. Aside from Atlanta Spirit's aforementioned dysfunction, True North Sports and Entertainment's desire to bring the NHL back to Winnipeg and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's attempt to keep the Coyotes (the ''original'' Winnipeg Jets) in Arizona more or less drove the Thrashers out of Atlanta. Permanently cementing the Thrashers' Butt Monkey status, Atlanta Spirit considered them an OldShame, [[{{Unperson}} erasing any and all reminders of the team]], and many hockey purists, especially Winnipeggers, claim that the NHL leaving Atlanta was the one of the few good decisions made by Bettman during his tenure as commissioner. However, many Atlanta hockey fans argue that the wrong team was moved to Winnipeg, since the league had nearly two years to find new owners willing to keep the Coyotes in Arizona, yet made ''little to no effort'' in doing the same for the Thrashers in Atlanta. If the NHL ever decided to return to Atlanta for a third shot, a potential owner would likely have to build their own arena in the suburbs; the new Hawks owners plan to completely rebuild the interior of Philips Arena to optimize its sightlines for basketball, leaving a subpar configuration for ice hockey, assuming the renovated arena will even have an ice refrigeration plant.

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*** The Thrashers first played in 1999 and moved to Winnipeg in 2011, becoming the ReplacementGoldfish Jets. The Thrashers experienced the typical growing pains of an expansion franchise prior to the 2004-05 strike; however, the team were an absolute disaster under the Atlanta Spirit's ownership, regularly finishing in the bottom of the league and only making the playoffs once; in their only playoff appearance in 2007, the Thrashers got immediately swept by the New York Rangers. What makes the disaster of Atlanta Spirit's ownership worse was the fact that the group [[TheyJustDidntCare never wanted to own the Thrashers]] or ''even have them as a tenant'' in Philips Arena. The group spent five years in a protracted internal legal dispute, which prevented the group from putting the Thrashers up for sale in the meantime. Aside from Atlanta Spirit's aforementioned dysfunction, True North Sports and Entertainment's desire to bring the NHL back to Winnipeg and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's attempt to keep the Coyotes (the ''original'' Winnipeg Jets) in Arizona more or less drove the Thrashers out of Atlanta. Permanently cementing the Thrashers' Butt Monkey status, Atlanta Spirit considered them an OldShame, [[{{Unperson}} erasing any and all reminders of the team]], and many hockey purists, especially Winnipeggers, claim that the NHL leaving Atlanta was the one of the few good decisions made by Bettman during his tenure as commissioner. However, many Atlanta hockey fans argue that the wrong team was moved to Winnipeg, since the league had nearly two years to find new owners willing to keep the Coyotes in Arizona, yet made ''little to no effort'' in doing the same for the Thrashers in Atlanta. If the NHL ever decided decides to return to Atlanta for a third shot, a potential prospective owner would likely have to build their own arena in the suburbs; the new Hawks owners plan to completely rebuild the interior of Philips Arena to optimize its sightlines for basketball, leaving a subpar configuration for ice hockey, assuming the renovated arena will even have an ice refrigeration plant.similar to Brooklyn's Barclays Center.



*** MLS does not practice promotion and regulation with other leagues within the US and Canadian soccer systems (North America already having four major leagues when MLS started up in 1996 meant that the market for spectator sports was already crowded and there was nowhere near enough ground support to try to grow clubs from the ground-up because it would have been difficult to attract corporate sponsorship due to uncertainty - the closed franchise system used by the existing leagues was the only way to guarantee stability. Also, MLS uses the third division United Soccer League as its minor league, which each MLS club either directly operating its own reserve club or affiliating with an independently owned club).

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*** MLS does not practice promotion and regulation with other leagues within the US and Canadian soccer systems (North America already having four major leagues when MLS started up in 1996 meant that the market for spectator sports was already crowded and there was nowhere near enough ground support to try to grow clubs from the ground-up because it would have been difficult to attract corporate sponsorship due to uncertainty - the closed franchise system used by the existing leagues was the only way to guarantee stability. Also, MLS uses the third division United Soccer League as its minor league, which "minor league", where each MLS club either directly operating operates its own reserve club or affiliating affiliates with an independently owned club).
13th May '16 5:44:12 PM Gsueagle31049
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*** In the league's earliest years, MLS attempted to "Americanize" the game by using a countdown clock and eliminating ties with shootouts. The move failed to draw new fans and alienated existing American soccer fans; MLS fully adopted the IFAB rules by 2005.

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*** In the league's earliest years, MLS attempted to "Americanize" the game by using a countdown clock and eliminating ties with shootouts. The move moves failed to draw new fans and alienated existing American soccer fans; MLS fully adopted the IFAB rules by 2005.



*** MLS plans to expand to 24 teams by 2020, with eventual expansion to 28, which the top flight European leagues view as too large (the NFL has 32 team, the three other major North American Leagues currently consist of 30 franchises; the top-level European leagues have just 20 teams)

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*** MLS plans to expand to 24 teams by 2020, with eventual expansion to 28, which the top flight top-flight European leagues view as too large excessive (the NFL has 32 team, teams while the three other major North American Leagues leagues currently consist of 30 franchises; teams each; the top-level European leagues have just consist of 20 teams)or fewer teams).
13th May '16 12:13:07 PM igordebraga
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** Washington Wizards (NBA): Have not won two playoff series since the 1970s. And they had ''Michael Jordan'' (who was, admittedly, well past his prime) for a few years in the early 2000s.

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** Washington Wizards (NBA): Have not won two playoff series since the 1970s. And they had ''Michael Jordan'' (who was, admittedly, well past his prime) for a few years in the early 2000s. The DistaffCounterpart Mystics (WNBA) are even worse, winning just one round in nine playoffs (which are only half the seasons the team played!) and with the only banners they ever hung being widely mocked attendance leader ones.



*** MLS plans to expand to 24 teams by 2020, with eventual expansion to 28, which the top flight European leagues view as too large (the four other major North American Leagues currently consist of either 30 (MLB, NBA, and NHL) or 32 (NFL) teams).

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*** MLS plans to expand to 24 teams by 2020, with eventual expansion to 28, which the top flight European leagues view as too large (the four NFL has 32 team, the three other major North American Leagues currently consist of either 30 (MLB, NBA, and NHL) or 32 (NFL) teams).franchises; the top-level European leagues have just 20 teams)
9th May '16 4:45:05 PM Gsueagle31049
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*** The Thrashers first played in 1999 and moved to Winnipeg in 2011, becoming the ReplacementGoldfish Jets. The Thrashers experienced the typical growing pains of an expansion franchise prior to the 2004-05 strike; however, the team were an absolute disaster under the Atlanta Spirit's ownership, regularly finishing in the bottom of the league and only making the playoffs once; in their only playoff appearance in 2007, the Thrashers got immediately swept by the New York Rangers. What makes the disaster of Atlanta Spirit's ownership worse was the fact that the group [[TheyJustDidntCare never wanted to own the Thrashers]] or ''even have them as a tenant'' in Philips Arena. The group spent five years in a protracted internal legal dispute, which prevented the group from putting the Thrashers up for sale in the meantime. Aside from Atlanta Spirit's aforementioned dysfunction, True North Sports and Entertainment's desire to bring the NHL back to Winnipeg and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's attempt to keep the Coyotes (the ''original'' Winnipeg Jets) in Arizona more or less drove the Thrashers out of Atlanta. Permanently cementing the Thrashers' Butt Monkey status, Atlanta Spirit considered them an OldShame, [[{{Unperson}} erasing any and all reminders of the team]], and many hockey purists, especially Winnipeggers, claim that the NHL leaving Atlanta was the one of the few good decisions made by Bettman during his tenure as commissioner. However, many Atlanta hockey fans argue that the wrong team was moved to Winnipeg, since the league had nearly two years to find new owners willing to keep the Coyotes in Arizona, yet made ''little to no effort'' in doing the same for the Thrashers in Atlanta.

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*** The Thrashers first played in 1999 and moved to Winnipeg in 2011, becoming the ReplacementGoldfish Jets. The Thrashers experienced the typical growing pains of an expansion franchise prior to the 2004-05 strike; however, the team were an absolute disaster under the Atlanta Spirit's ownership, regularly finishing in the bottom of the league and only making the playoffs once; in their only playoff appearance in 2007, the Thrashers got immediately swept by the New York Rangers. What makes the disaster of Atlanta Spirit's ownership worse was the fact that the group [[TheyJustDidntCare never wanted to own the Thrashers]] or ''even have them as a tenant'' in Philips Arena. The group spent five years in a protracted internal legal dispute, which prevented the group from putting the Thrashers up for sale in the meantime. Aside from Atlanta Spirit's aforementioned dysfunction, True North Sports and Entertainment's desire to bring the NHL back to Winnipeg and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's attempt to keep the Coyotes (the ''original'' Winnipeg Jets) in Arizona more or less drove the Thrashers out of Atlanta. Permanently cementing the Thrashers' Butt Monkey status, Atlanta Spirit considered them an OldShame, [[{{Unperson}} erasing any and all reminders of the team]], and many hockey purists, especially Winnipeggers, claim that the NHL leaving Atlanta was the one of the few good decisions made by Bettman during his tenure as commissioner. However, many Atlanta hockey fans argue that the wrong team was moved to Winnipeg, since the league had nearly two years to find new owners willing to keep the Coyotes in Arizona, yet made ''little to no effort'' in doing the same for the Thrashers in Atlanta. If the NHL ever decided to return to Atlanta for a third shot, a potential owner would likely have to build their own arena in the suburbs; the new Hawks owners plan to completely rebuild the interior of Philips Arena to optimize its sightlines for basketball, leaving a subpar configuration for ice hockey, assuming the renovated arena will even have an ice refrigeration plant.
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