History ButtMonkey / Sports

19th Jul '17 10:06:51 AM Gsueagle31049
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** In Chicago, while the Cubs are better known than the White Sox, both teams are roughly on equal footing as Butt Monkeys--until the former won their first World Series in almost 110 years in 2016. This was actually inverted in football when the older Chicago Cardinals had to move to St. Louis then Arizona due to the popularity of the younger Bears franchise.

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** In Chicago, while the Cubs are older and somewhat better known than the White Sox, both teams are roughly on equal footing as Butt Monkeys--until the former won their first Monkeys. Both franchises had decades long droughts between World Series wins, with the White Sox ending an 88 year drought when they won it in almost 110 years 2005, and the Cubs breaking their ''century long'' drought more recently in 2016. This was actually inverted in football when the older Chicago Cardinals had to move to St. Louis then Arizona due to the popularity of the younger Bears franchise.
16th Jul '17 12:28:24 AM JudasZala
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** While the Dolphins hold the distinction of being the only team to achieve a perfect season (won the league's championship with no losses or ties in the regular season) in the Super Bowl era, the team hasn't been relevant since 2000, with Dan Marino's retirement and the Patriots' [[CurbStompBattle near-perennial]] [[TheJuggernaut dominance]] of the AFC East.

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** While the Dolphins hold the distinction of being the only team to achieve a perfect season (won the league's championship with no losses or ties in the regular season) in the Super Bowl era, the team hasn't been relevant since 2000, with Dan Marino's retirement and the Patriots' [[TheJuggernaut near-perennial]] [[CurbStompBattle near-perennial]] [[TheJuggernaut dominance]] of the AFC East.
16th Jul '17 12:26:27 AM JudasZala
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** While the Dolphins hold the distinction of being the only team to achieve a perfect season (won the league's championship with no losses or ties in the regular season) in the Super Bowl era, the team hasn't been relevant since 2000, with Dan Marino's retirement and the Patriots' [[CurbStompBattle near-perennial]] [[BoringInvincibleHero dominance]] of the AFC East.

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** While the Dolphins hold the distinction of being the only team to achieve a perfect season (won the league's championship with no losses or ties in the regular season) in the Super Bowl era, the team hasn't been relevant since 2000, with Dan Marino's retirement and the Patriots' [[CurbStompBattle near-perennial]] [[BoringInvincibleHero [[TheJuggernaut dominance]] of the AFC East.
15th Jul '17 10:48:56 AM nombretomado
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* The St. Louis Browns were a textbook example of long-term futility. From 1903 to 1953, the club had just one first-place and three second-place finishes against a whopping ''ten'' times in the American League cellar. The one time they did manage to scrape together a pennant-winning team was 1944, when the rest of the league's stars were off fighting WorldWarII (by comparison, every player on the Browns was classified as "4-F/Unfit For Military Service"), where they were defeated by their in-city rivals the Cardinals. The Browns were so putrid that for the last decade or so of their existence they were more known for stunts such as signing a one-armed outfielder and sending a midget up to bat as a pinch hitter. The team was finally sold and moved to UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}}, where the new owners excised almost all traces of the team's St. Louis roots by engineering a trade with the Yankees for most of the remaining Browns of note. To this day, the Baltimore Orioles [[OldShame rarely mention anything about their past prior to 1954]].

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* The St. Louis Browns were a textbook example of long-term futility. From 1903 to 1953, the club had just one first-place and three second-place finishes against a whopping ''ten'' times in the American League cellar. The one time they did manage to scrape together a pennant-winning team was 1944, when the rest of the league's stars were off fighting WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (by comparison, every player on the Browns was classified as "4-F/Unfit For Military Service"), where they were defeated by their in-city rivals the Cardinals. The Browns were so putrid that for the last decade or so of their existence they were more known for stunts such as signing a one-armed outfielder and sending a midget up to bat as a pinch hitter. The team was finally sold and moved to UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}}, where the new owners excised almost all traces of the team's St. Louis roots by engineering a trade with the Yankees for most of the remaining Browns of note. To this day, the Baltimore Orioles [[OldShame rarely mention anything about their past prior to 1954]].
15th Jul '17 10:47:29 AM nombretomado
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* The UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Cubs. Before 2016, they spent 108 years without a World Series title, by far the longest championship drought in all professional North American sports leagues (especially given that their last title was won before the NBA, NFL and NHL even existed), and they hadn't even reached the Fall Classic since WorldWarII, earning the team the nickname "Loveable Losers". Hell, they're probably the worst sports team championship-wise in general. After their 1908 World Series victory, they didn't even win a ''playoff series'' until '''2003'''. Then, just when it seemed they were going to win the pennant for the first time since 1945... well, just Google "Steve Bartman". One can only wonder why this team still keeps running on even after literally over a century without winning a championship. Also, prior to the Steve Bartman incident is that someone made the mistake of hiring comedian and Chicago ''White Sox'' fan Bernie Mac to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch; instead of singing "Root, root, root for the Cubbies", Bernie sang "[[TemptingFate Root, root, root for the champs, champs!]]"

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* The UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Cubs. Before 2016, they spent 108 years without a World Series title, by far the longest championship drought in all professional North American sports leagues (especially given that their last title was won before the NBA, NFL and NHL even existed), and they hadn't even reached the Fall Classic since WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, earning the team the nickname "Loveable Losers". Hell, they're probably the worst sports team championship-wise in general. After their 1908 World Series victory, they didn't even win a ''playoff series'' until '''2003'''. Then, just when it seemed they were going to win the pennant for the first time since 1945... well, just Google "Steve Bartman". One can only wonder why this team still keeps running on even after literally over a century without winning a championship. Also, prior to the Steve Bartman incident is that someone made the mistake of hiring comedian and Chicago ''White Sox'' fan Bernie Mac to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch; instead of singing "Root, root, root for the Cubbies", Bernie sang "[[TemptingFate Root, root, root for the champs, champs!]]"
14th Jul '17 10:06:42 PM JM1982
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** The Edmonton Oilers have arguably been one ever since Wayne Gretzky was traded in 1988. Although the Oilers won the Stanley Cup in 1990, they spent the rest of the 1990s either as a bottom feeder or playing .500 hockey at best. [[HopeSpot Things got better in the early 2000s]], but after their miracle 2006 Cup run the Oilers returned to the NHL basement. Their multitude of issues have included: the psychological blow suffered by Gretzky's departure (as many fans knew it was the EndOfAnEra); financial problems (owner Peter Pocklington was forced to sell the team to a group of local investors who couldn't afford to compete for the best free agents); the weak Canadian dollar, which hampered the Oilers' ability to sign free agents the way it did the other Canadian NHL teams; and ''especially'' the team's insistence on hiring recycled ex-Oilers as coaches and managers over more qualified candidates based on their having played for the team during its {{Glory Days}}, and pigheadedly retaining them even after the Oilers' extended DorkAge has shown their incompetence. The Oilers' miracle 2006 Cup run is now seen as a fluke, and they hadn't even qualified since the 2006 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes (helped by star defender Chris Pronger requesting a trade shortly after the finals), leading to a perpetual "rebuild mode" even after three straight number one draft picks between 2009 and 2012 - and a fourth in 2015, making analysts and other teams' fans to [[http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/35713/oilers-rewarded-for-years-of-ineptitude-with-another-no-1-pick revolt]] and [[http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/04/connor-mcdavid-edmonton-oilers-nhl-draft-lottery fear for the future of the top draft pick]] ([[TemptingFate which turned out to be]] [[http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=786236 oddly prescient]]), while making sure to point out Edmonton fans deserve some happiness after so much suffering, but on the other hand it's hard to support such an inept team office having another lucky break. Then 2016-17 finally enabled the Oilers fanbase to feel good for a change, as the Oilers soared to the playoffs for the first time in a decade led by the 2015 top pick Connor [=McDavid=], and even won round 1 over the San Jose Sharks.

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** The Edmonton Oilers have arguably been one ever since Wayne Gretzky was traded in 1988. Although the Oilers won the Stanley Cup in 1990, they spent the rest of the 1990s either as a bottom feeder or playing .500 hockey at best. [[HopeSpot Things got better in the early 2000s]], but after their miracle 2006 Cup run the Oilers returned to the NHL basement. Their multitude of issues have included: the psychological blow suffered by Gretzky's departure (as many fans knew it was the EndOfAnEra); financial problems (owner Peter Pocklington was forced to sell the team to a group of local investors who couldn't afford to compete for the best free agents); the weak Canadian dollar, which hampered the Oilers' ability to sign free agents the way it did the other Canadian NHL teams; and ''especially'' the team's insistence on hiring recycled ex-Oilers as coaches and managers over more qualified candidates based on their having played for the team during its {{Glory Days}}, and pigheadedly retaining them even after the Oilers' extended DorkAge has shown their incompetence. The Oilers' miracle 2006 Cup run is now seen as a fluke, and they hadn't even qualified since the 2006 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes (helped by star defender Chris Pronger requesting a trade shortly after the finals), leading to a perpetual "rebuild mode" even after three straight number one draft picks between 2009 and 2012 - and a fourth in 2015, making analysts and other teams' fans to [[http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/35713/oilers-rewarded-for-years-of-ineptitude-with-another-no-1-pick revolt]] and [[http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/04/connor-mcdavid-edmonton-oilers-nhl-draft-lottery fear for the future of the top draft pick]] ([[TemptingFate which turned out to be]] [[http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=786236 oddly prescient]]), while making sure to point out Edmonton fans deserve some happiness after so much suffering, but on the other hand it's hard to support such an inept team office having another lucky break. Then 2016-17 finally enabled the Oilers fanbase to feel good for a change, as the Oilers soared to the playoffs for the first time in a decade led by the 2015 top pick [[TheAce Connor [=McDavid=], [=McDavid=]]], and even won round 1 over the San Jose Sharks.Sharks. [[BlatantLies It's just a coincidence]], but the Oilers also recruited a new manager and coach who are not part of the infamous old boys club at the same time that the team has become successful again.
6th Jul '17 11:59:26 PM BackgroundGuy
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** 2016-17 had the Blue Jackets surprising everyone, with the team expected to finish in the bottom becoming one of the top 4 in the league, including an almost record streak of 16 victories. Come the playoffs, they only win one game against the defending champion... the Penguins!

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** 2016-17 had the Blue Jackets surprising everyone, with the team expected to finish in the bottom becoming one of the top 4 in the league, including an almost record streak of 16 victories. Come the playoffs, they only win one game against the defending champion... the Penguins! And they just barely managed it too, having to win in overtime.
6th Jul '17 11:58:34 PM BackgroundGuy
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** Since Gary Bettman became commissioner in 1993, the league suffered from three work stoppages, losing the entire 2004-05 season and came very close to losing the other two strike-affected seasons (1994-95 and 2012-13).

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** Since Gary Bettman became commissioner in 1993, the league suffered from three work stoppages, losing the entire 2004-05 season and came coming very close to losing the other two strike-affected seasons (1994-95 and 2012-13). Worse still, there have only been ''four'' lockouts overall, the first one happening just before Bettman took office. The first was also the mildest, affecting only 30 games.
4th Jul '17 4:44:46 PM Gsueagle31049
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** Las Vegas' media market is also rather small at 40th in the United States.[[note]]Media markets which are both larger than Las Vegas ''and'' lack a major pro sports team are Hartford, Connecticut, Greenville, South Carolina, West Palm Beach, Florida, Austin, Texas, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hartford used to have an NHL franchise, the Whalers, but moved due to Hartford being sandwiched between the much larger New York and Boston markets. Similarly, Upstate South Carolina would be unlikely to receive any major pro sports team since it's between Atlanta and Charlotte, and Grand Rapids is between Chicago and Detroit. West Palm Beach is often included as part of the South Florida metro area. Austin is unlikely to receive a major pro sports team due to the popularity of the Texas Longhorns of the Big XII and its close proximity to San Antonio.[[/note]] When Golden Knights begin play in 2017, they will be the NHL's 6th smallest market, only ahead of Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Buffalo and Winnipeg, and when the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020 (or possibly earlier), they will be in the NFL's 5th smallest market, only ahead of Jacksonville, New Orleans, Buffalo, and Green Bay[[note]]However, if one considers the Packers' claim on the Milwaukee market, which is slightly above Las Vegas, then Las Vegas would be the 4th smallest NFL market[[/note]].
** Prior to T-Mobile Arena's opening in April 2016, the metropolitan area lacked any venues adequate enough to host a professional team full time due to the available venues' age and design. Sam Boyd Stadium was built in the early 1970s, only seats 40,000 expanded, and lacks sufficient premium seating for an NFL team to be profitable; also, the stadium is built open air in the desert. Before T-Mobile Arena's opening, the largest indoor arena by seating capacity was the Thomas and Mack Center, which was built in the early 1980s, making it older than most current NBA and NHL arenas. Cashman Field is one of the oldest ballparks in Triple-A Baseball and is connected to a convention center.

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** Las Vegas' media market is also rather small at 40th in the United States.[[note]]Media markets which are both larger than Las Vegas ''and'' lack a major pro sports team are Hartford, Connecticut, Greenville, South Carolina, West Palm Beach, Florida, Austin, Texas, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hartford used to have an NHL franchise, the Whalers, but moved due to Hartford being sandwiched between the much larger New York and Boston markets. Similarly, Upstate South Carolina would be unlikely to receive any major pro sports team since it's between Atlanta and Charlotte, and Grand Rapids is between Chicago and Detroit. West Palm Beach is often included as part of the South Florida metro area. Austin is unlikely to receive a major pro sports team due to the popularity of the Texas Longhorns of the Big XII and its close proximity to San Antonio.[[/note]] When Golden Knights begin play in 2017, they will be the NHL's 6th smallest market, only ahead of Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Buffalo and Winnipeg, and when the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020 (or possibly earlier), by 2020, they will be in the NFL's 5th smallest market, only ahead of Jacksonville, New Orleans, Buffalo, and Green Bay[[note]]However, if one considers the Packers' claim on the Milwaukee market, which is slightly above Las Vegas, then Las Vegas would be the 4th smallest NFL market[[/note]].
** Prior to T-Mobile Arena's opening in April 2016, the metropolitan area lacked any venues adequate enough to host a professional team full time due to the available venues' age and design. UNLV's Sam Boyd Stadium was built in the early 1970s, only seats 40,000 when expanded, and lacks sufficient premium seating for an NFL team to be profitable; also, the stadium is built open air in ''in the desert. desert''. Before T-Mobile Arena's opening, the largest indoor arena by seating capacity was the Thomas and Mack Center, which was built in the early 1980s, making it 1980s and older than most virtually every current NBA and NHL arenas.arena. Cashman Field is one of the oldest ballparks in Triple-A Baseball and is connected to a convention center.



** In June 2016, the NHL officially awarded Las Vegas the 31st team in the league, since baptized [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegas_Golden_Knights Vegas Golden Knights]]. Cue the usual complaints from Canadians and hockey purists on how "hockey doesn't belong in the desert" and "Quebec City, Saskatoon, or [another Canadian city] should've gotten a team first". Just shortly after being awarded a team, owner Bill Foley has already [[http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/17069335/las-vegas-expansion-team-having-trademark-naming-issues-owner-says aired out his grievances on trademark issues with his preferred choice of the "Black Knights."]][[note]]An homage to the Army Black Knights, his alma mater. The fact the team would share a conference with the Chicago Blackhawks helped the veto.[[/note]] Cue fans making mock names like "Las Vegas Why-Are-We-Here-Again." (the press was not as negative, if only because reporters could half-jokingly say "[[VivaLasVegas make me cover this team]]!"). When they finally revealed the aforementioned Golden Knights name, logos and colors, the presentation was marred with [[https://streamable.com/5u6b technical difficulties]] and [[https://streamable.com/9pgu a rather embarrassing showcase reveal]], inviting even more mockery from both the press and hockey fans alike. Even Vegas-based fans were shaking their heads in disbelief in how baffling the reveal was.

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** In June 2016, the NHL officially awarded Las Vegas the 31st team in the league, since baptized [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegas_Golden_Knights Vegas Golden Knights]]. Cue the usual complaints from Canadians and hockey purists on how "hockey doesn't belong in the desert" and "Quebec "[Quebec City, Saskatoon, or [another another Canadian city] should've gotten a team first". Just shortly after being awarded a team, owner Bill Foley has already [[http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/17069335/las-vegas-expansion-team-having-trademark-naming-issues-owner-says aired out his grievances on trademark issues with his preferred choice of the "Black Knights."]][[note]]An homage to the Army Black Knights, his alma mater. The fact the team would share a conference with the Chicago Blackhawks helped the veto.[[/note]] Cue fans making mock names like "Las Vegas Why-Are-We-Here-Again." (the press was not as negative, if only because reporters could half-jokingly say "[[VivaLasVegas make me cover this team]]!"). When they finally revealed the aforementioned Golden Knights name, logos and colors, the presentation was marred with [[https://streamable.com/5u6b technical difficulties]] and [[https://streamable.com/9pgu a rather embarrassing showcase reveal]], inviting even more mockery from both the press and hockey fans alike. Even Vegas-based fans were shaking their heads in disbelief in how baffling the reveal was.
4th Jul '17 7:17:51 AM RezaMaulana98
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* '''The England national team'''. They are always hyped to achieve large success in almost every single tournament they participate... only to lose and underperform when the tournament starts, sometimes losing in a complete humiliating fashion. Just some example of how much of a Butt Monkey they are:
** 1950 World Cup: Their first World Cup (after all of Great Britain's national teams ignoring the World Cup up until that point, due to thinking that their own British Home Championship was way more prestigious than WC) and they were tipped as one of the favorites to win it. Then they lost 1-0 to an USA team that consists of purely amateur players. It is one of the tournament's biggest shock result, and still one of the worst defeats for England in football/soccer.
** The RunningGag that if England have to face a penalty shootout, they will inevitably lose the shootout.
** Euro 2016: After a not-so-glorious group stage, they are facing Iceland in round of 16. Iceland is an Euro debutant (in fact, their first major tournament ''ever''), England is the 1966 World Cup winner. Sounds easy right? Nope, they lost 1-2 to Iceland. It has been described as one of the worst defeats for England, even rivaling ''that'' 1950 match against USA in the World Cup. To make things worse for them, their neighbor Wales (also in their first Euro tournament, and their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup) reach the semifinals, losing to eventual winners Portugal in the semis.
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