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** Just shortly after being awarded a team, the owner 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."]] Cue fans making mock names like "Las Vegas Why-Are-We-Here-Again."
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** The Hawks have been equally inconsistent since their arrival in Atlanta in 1968 (prior to this, they were in St. Louis, where they won a championship in 1958[[note]]And since the franchise is waiting ever since, it's the second longest drought in the NBA, behind the Sacramento Kings franchise since 1951, when they were the Rochester Royals[[/note]]). The Hawks' first permanent arena in Atlanta, the Omni Coliseum, despite being innovative for its time, was literally a rust bucket. The arena was built with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weathering_steel weathering steel]] as part of its load bearing structure, with the steel intentionally forming a thin layer of rust to seal itself; however, the engineers who designed the arena failed to account for Altanta's humid climate, meaning the steel had rusted more than intended, leading to the Omni's demolition and replacement by Philips Arena in the late 1990s. The Hawks' most recent ex-owners, Atlanta Spirit, had been a circus, with the group getting involved in numerous external and internal lawsuits, selling off the NHL's Thrashers to opportunistic Canadians in 2011, and between 2012 and 2014, controlling owner Bruce Levenson and GM Danny Ferry were found to have made racist comments about the black majority fanbase in Atlanta and Luol Deng, a Sudanese-born player, respectively; this occurred not too long after the NBA ousted ex-LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his three decades of racist behavior. The final season under Atlanta Spirit was ironically the team's best: they finished atop the Eastern Conference, and got to the Conference Finals for the first time ever. [[AntiClimax And then were swept by the Cavaliers.]] The next year, the Hawks again had a good season, won a playoff series, only for the Cavs to beat them 4-0 again, only one round earlier. (add another sweep in 2009, and it seems Atlanta just can't handle [=LeBron=] James)

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** The Hawks have been equally inconsistent since their arrival in Atlanta in 1968 (prior to this, they were in St. Louis, where they won a championship in 1958[[note]]And since the franchise is waiting ever since, it's the second longest drought in the NBA, behind the Sacramento Kings franchise since 1951, when they were the Rochester Royals[[/note]]). The Hawks' first permanent arena in Atlanta, the Omni Coliseum, despite being innovative for its time, was literally a rust bucket. The arena was built with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weathering_steel weathering steel]] as part of its load bearing structure, with the steel intentionally forming a thin layer of rust to seal itself; however, the engineers who designed the arena failed to account for Altanta's humid climate, meaning the steel had rusted more than intended, leading to the Omni's demolition and replacement by Philips Arena in the late 1990s. The Hawks' most recent ex-owners, Atlanta Spirit, had been a circus, with the group getting involved in numerous external and internal lawsuits, selling off the NHL's Thrashers to opportunistic Canadians in 2011, and between 2012 and 2014, controlling owner Bruce Levenson and GM Danny Ferry were found to have made racist comments about the black majority fanbase in Atlanta and Luol Deng, a Sudanese-born player, respectively; this occurred not too long after the NBA ousted ex-LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his three decades of racist behavior. The final season under Atlanta Spirit was ironically the team's best: they finished atop the Eastern Conference, and got to the Conference Finals for the first time ever. [[AntiClimax And then were swept by the Cavaliers.]] The next year, the Hawks again had a good season, won a playoff series, only for the Cavs to beat them 4-0 again, only one round earlier. (add (Add another sweep in 2009, and it seems Atlanta just can't handle [=LeBron=] James)James.)



** For a long time, Buffalo's only sports comfort was baseball, where the Buffalo Bisons [[[YouMakeMeSic sic]]] of the International League (a AAA-level Minor League, i.e. just below top-level, they're currently an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) were frequent contenders and won three IL Championships in seven years (1997, 1998,[[note]]When they lost the AAA World Series to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Pacific Coast League; but the AAA World Series was a new thing and is widely considered to have been more of a marketing stunt, so it doesn't really "count" in the minds of a lot of fans.[[/note]] and 2004). However, even that is gone; [[DorkAge they haven't even qualified for the postseason since 2005]].
* UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, Cleveland, '''Cleveland.''' There's the Indians ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_World_Series#Game_7 '97 World Series]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_American_League_Division_Series#Cleveland_vs._Boston '99 ALDS]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_American_League_Championship_Series '07 ALCS]]), the Cavaliers ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shot The Shot]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decision_(TV_special) The "Decision"/Betrayal]]), and '''especially''' the Browns (let's see, there's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Right_88 Red Right 88]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Drive The Drive]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fumble The Fumble]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Move_(American_football) The Move]]...) In the years between the 1964 Browns and 2015-16 Cavaliers, the city had ''zero'' major league championships to celebrate[[note]]Aside from the defunct Cleveland Crunch winning three indoor soccer championships[[/note]]. There's a reason {{ESPN}} called it [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=tortured/cleveland the most tortured sports city in America]]. A common joke is to take a random city in Ohio and ask why they don't have a pro football team (or basketball team, or baseball team), then answer "because then Cleveland would want one too." Although Cincinnati DOES have a baseball and football team, and Columbus (the state's capital) has a hockey team.

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** For a long time, Buffalo's only sports comfort was baseball, where the Buffalo Bisons [[[YouMakeMeSic sic]]] of the International League (a AAA-level Minor League, i.e. just below top-level, top-level; they're currently an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) were frequent contenders and won three IL Championships in seven years (1997, 1998,[[note]]When they lost the AAA World Series to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Pacific Coast League; but the AAA World Series was a new thing and is widely considered to have been more of a marketing stunt, so it doesn't really "count" in the minds of a lot of fans.[[/note]] and 2004). However, even that is gone; [[DorkAge they haven't even qualified for the postseason since 2005]].
* UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, Cleveland, '''Cleveland.''' There's the Indians ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_World_Series#Game_7 '97 World Series]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_American_League_Division_Series#Cleveland_vs._Boston '99 ALDS]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_American_League_Championship_Series '07 ALCS]]), the Cavaliers ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shot The Shot]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decision_(TV_special) The "Decision"/Betrayal]]), and '''especially''' the Browns (let's see, there's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Right_88 Red Right 88]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Drive The Drive]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fumble The Fumble]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Move_(American_football) org/wiki/Cleveland_Browns_relocation_controversy The Move]]...) In the years between the 1964 Browns and 2015-16 Cavaliers, the city had ''zero'' major league championships to celebrate[[note]]Aside from the defunct Cleveland Crunch winning three indoor soccer championships[[/note]]. There's a reason {{ESPN}} called it [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=tortured/cleveland the most tortured sports city in America]]. A common joke is to take a random city in Ohio and ask why they don't have a pro football team (or basketball team, or baseball team), then answer "because then Cleveland would want one too." Although Cincinnati DOES have a baseball and football team, teams, and Columbus (the state's capital) has a hockey team.and [[UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer soccer]] teams.



*** [=LeBron=] James got the Cavaliers to two NBA Finals, both times with the adversary clinching the title in Ohio (that's right: just to twist the knife onto the perennially tortured Cleveland Sports Fanbase, they had to witness the Larry O'Brien trophy presented in the Quicken Loans Arena to ''their opponents''.... TWICE!).
*** The Spurs ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill swept]]'' the Cavs in 2007. (Then again, [=LeBron's=] best teammates were Zydraunas Ilgauskas, Drew Gooden, and Anderson Varejao. Winning a title would have been astronomically hard, particularly against the Duncan-Ginobili-Parker triumvirate.)
*** In 2015 [=LeBron=] and the Cavs managed a 2-1 lead on the Golden State Warriors despite before losing the following three games to ensure the Cleveland curse lasted one year longer. (To be fair, [=LeBron=]'s [[DwindlingParty best co-stars were one by one taken down by injury]]. Likewise, the Cavs were worn down physically due to the fact that the Dubs had a MUCH deeper roster - In fact, the Finals MVP would turn out to be the Warriors' Andre Iguodala, who started '''zero''' games in the regular season! - and that [=LeBron=] was given a CRAPTON of minutes and had to single-handedly carry the team; mind you, he still played extremely well, scoring 40+ points in multiple games. Then again, when your best healthy teammates are JR Smith, Timofey Mozgov, and Tristan Thompson, you'd have to play '''extra hard''' just so your team can have a chance in the Finals.)
*** 2016 had [=LeBron=] reaching his sixth straight final, steamrolling the East before a rematch with the heavily favored Warriors, who had finished a best-in-NBA-history 73-9 that season. Golden State managed to open 3-1 and everyone felt things hadn't changed... [[HeroicSecondWind only for the Cavs to win three straight and become the first team ever to overcome a 1-3 deficit in the Finals]], with their victory over the Warriors in Game 7 finally ending Cleveland's 52-year pro sports championship drought.

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*** [=LeBron=] James got the Cavaliers to two NBA Finals, both times with the adversary clinching the title in Ohio (that's right: just to twist the knife onto the perennially tortured Cleveland Sports Fanbase, they had to witness the Larry O'Brien trophy Trophy presented in the Quicken Loans Arena to ''their opponents''.... TWICE!).
*** The Spurs ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill swept]]'' the Cavs in 2007. (Then again, [=LeBron's=] best teammates were Zydraunas Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Drew Gooden, and Anderson Varejao. Varejão. Winning a title would have been astronomically hard, particularly against the Duncan-Ginobili-Parker Duncan-Ginóbili-Parker triumvirate.)
*** In 2015 [=LeBron=] and the Cavs managed a 2-1 lead on the Golden State Warriors despite before losing the following three games to ensure the Cleveland curse lasted one year longer. (To be fair, [=LeBron=]'s [[DwindlingParty best co-stars were one by one taken down by injury]]. Likewise, the Cavs were worn down physically due to the fact that the Dubs had a MUCH deeper roster - In in fact, the Finals MVP would turn out to be the Warriors' Andre Iguodala, who started '''zero''' games in the regular season! - and that [=LeBron=] was given a CRAPTON of minutes and had to single-handedly carry the team; mind you, he still played extremely well, scoring 40+ points in multiple games. Then again, when your best healthy teammates are JR Smith, Timofey Mozgov, and Tristan Thompson, you'd have to play '''extra hard''' just so your team can have a chance in the Finals.)
*** 2016 had [=LeBron=] reaching his sixth straight final, steamrolling the East before a rematch with the heavily favored Warriors, who had finished a best-in-NBA-history 73-9 that season. Golden State managed to open 3-1 and everyone felt things hadn't changed... [[HeroicSecondWind only for the Cavs to win three straight and become the first team ever to overcome a 1-3 deficit in the Finals]], with their victory over the Warriors in Game 7 7, highlighted by a key [=LeBron=] defensive play that came to be known simply as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Block_(basketball) The Block]]", finally ending Cleveland's 52-year pro sports championship drought.



*** Mike Polk's memetic [[https://youtu.be/tRBDMMVctu8 Factory of Sadness]] rant (Warning for NSFW language) pretty succinctly describes the general state of the Browns and their long-suffering fans. While recorded in 2011, it's still perfectly applicable to the team as of 2015.

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*** Mike Polk's memetic [[https://youtu.be/tRBDMMVctu8 Factory of Sadness]] rant (Warning (warning for NSFW language) pretty succinctly describes the general state of the Browns and their long-suffering fans. While recorded in 2011, it's still perfectly applicable to the team as of 2015.



** The ultimate ButtMonkey in baseball has to be the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. Their owners had bought the UsefulNotes/StLouis Browns but kept ownership of the Spiders (something illegal today) and transferred most of the good players from Cleveland to the newly-renamed St. Louis Perfectos. They only won 20 games out of 154—''35 games'' behind the next-to-last place UsefulNotes/{{Washington|DC}} Senators, giving them a winning percentage of .130, baseball's worst and one of two seasons below .200 (the 1890 Pittsburgh Pirates being the other). Maybe the saddest part about the Spiders is that they actually were a decent team before this travesty, being home to Hall of Famer and pitching award namesake Cy Young and even winning the World Series in 1895, only for them to fold a few years later because their own owners pillaged their roster of all its decent players and left the team as an unwatchable husk[[note]](''So'' unwatchable, in fact, that nobody in Cleveland even wanted to go to the games, so the team had to play the entire second half on the road. Newspapers even nicknamed them the "Wanderers" and "Exiles".)[[/note]].

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** The ultimate ButtMonkey in baseball has to be the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. Their owners had bought the UsefulNotes/StLouis Browns but kept ownership of the Spiders (something illegal today) and transferred most of the good players from Cleveland to the newly-renamed St. Louis Perfectos.Perfectos (now known as the Cardinals). They only won 20 games out of 154—''35 games'' behind the next-to-last place UsefulNotes/{{Washington|DC}} Senators, giving them a winning percentage of .130, baseball's worst and one of two seasons below .200 (the 1890 Pittsburgh Pirates being the other). Maybe the saddest part about the Spiders is that they actually were a decent team before this travesty, being home to Hall of Famer and pitching award namesake Cy Young and even winning the World Series in 1895, only for them to fold a few years later because their own owners pillaged their roster of all its decent players and left the team as an unwatchable husk[[note]](''So'' unwatchable, in fact, that nobody in Cleveland even wanted to go to the games, so the team had to play the entire second half on the road. Newspapers even nicknamed them the "Wanderers" and "Exiles".)[[/note]].



** 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. 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, [=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).



** And let's not forget the Hurricanes from UMiami, who always reveal many talents, but never won the March Madness and haven't gotten a football title since 2001.

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** And let's not forget the Hurricanes from UMiami, [=UMiami=], who always reveal many talents, but never won the March Madness and haven't gotten a football title since 2001.



** NBA: After the Lakers moved to Los Angeles, nearly 40 years later basketball returned with the Timberwolves in 1989. The team's only good seasons were from 1996 to 2004 with Kevin Garnett, who only pushed them as far as the division finals. And after Garnett left in 2007, the T-Wolves have been in the cellar, even with Kevin Love becoming an all-star.

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** NBA: After the Lakers moved to Los Angeles, nearly 40 years later basketball returned with the Timberwolves in 1989. The team's only good seasons were from 1996 to 2004 with Kevin Garnett, who only pushed them as far as the division finals. And after Garnett left in 2007, the T-Wolves have been in the cellar, even with Kevin Love becoming an all-star. Garnett came back in 2015, long past his prime, to serve as mentor for a promising young roster anchored by back-to-back Rookies of the Year Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.



** The Oakland Coliseum is often considered to be one of the worst stadiums currently in use in professional sports. The stadium is dilapidated, and the plumbing within is severely outdated, with sewage problems occurring even when the stadium is not hosting events. Unlike its contemporaries, which have either been demolished[[note]]Busch Memorial Stadium (St. Louis), Candlestick Park (San Francisco), Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta), Kingdome (Seattle), Metrodome (Minneapolis), Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati), Shea Stadium (New York City), Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh), Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)[[/note]], decommissioned[[note]]Astrodome (Houston)[[/note]], or repurposed for a single sport only[[note]]Angel Stadium (Anaheim), Dolphins Stadium (Miami), Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego), RFK Stadium (Washington, DC), and Rogers Centre (Toronto)[[/note]], the Coliseum is the only multipuropse stadium still shared between an NFL team and a MLB team. Unlike many multipurpose stadiums, the Coliseum uses grass instead of artificial turf, meaning the Athletics have to play on a field abused by football cleats late in the baseball season, and the Raiders have to play on dirt early in the football season. The "Mount Davis" grandstand has became something of a white elephant of late, as both the Athletics since 2006 and the Raiders since 2013 have closed the entire upper deck of Mount Davis.
** In their early years, the Raiders were a very competitive team under late owner Al Davis, and Davis was known for being bold and controversial as a owner/general manager. However, towards the end of Davis' life, the team became something of a joke. Since 2002, the team had ''nine'' different head coaches [[note]]Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson, Dennis Allen, Tony Sparano, and Jack Del Rio[[/note]] and has not finished with a record better than 8-8. Prior to and since Al Davis' passing, the Raiders have been trying to replace the antiquated Coliseum to no avail. Los Angeles is more or less off the table for relocation, since the Rams won the right to move (back) there, and the rival Chargers have a provision to join the Rams in LA if they can't work out their own stadium issues in San Diego. After mulling a move to San Antonio, the Raiders are seriously looking to move to Las Vegas; while a majority of the league's owners would support such a move, Las Vegas' small media market (40th overall, with only Jacksonville, New Orleans, Buffalo, and Green Bay being smaller) and legal gambling industry are concerns. A move to Sacramento would keep most of the Raiders' existing fanbase in Oakland within a two hour drive, and Sacramento is the second largest media market without an NFL franchise (20th overall, ranking just above the recently departed St. Louis market); however, Sacramento lacks a large corporate presence, since most of the city's economy, as the California state capital, is centered around the local, county, and state governments.

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** The Oakland Coliseum is often considered to be one of the worst stadiums currently in use in professional sports. The stadium is dilapidated, and the plumbing within is severely outdated, with sewage problems occurring even when the stadium is not hosting events. Unlike its contemporaries, which have either been demolished[[note]]Busch Memorial Stadium (St. Louis), Candlestick Park (San Francisco), Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta), Kingdome (Seattle), Metrodome (Minneapolis), Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati), Shea Stadium (New York City), Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh), Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)[[/note]], decommissioned[[note]]Astrodome (Houston)[[/note]], or repurposed for a single sport only[[note]]Angel Stadium (Anaheim), Dolphins Stadium (Miami), Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego), RFK Stadium (Washington, DC), and Rogers Centre (Toronto)[[/note]], the Coliseum is the only multipuropse multipurpose stadium still shared between an NFL team and a MLB team. Unlike many multipurpose such stadiums, the Coliseum uses grass instead of artificial turf, meaning the Athletics have to play on a field abused by football cleats late in the baseball season, and the Raiders have to play on dirt early in the football season. The "Mount Davis" grandstand has became something of a white elephant of late, as both the Athletics since 2006 and the Raiders since 2013 have closed the entire upper deck of Mount Davis.
** In their early years, the Raiders were a very competitive team under late owner Al Davis, and Davis was known for being bold and controversial as a owner/general manager. However, towards the end of Davis' life, the team became something of a joke. Since 2002, the team had ''nine'' different head coaches [[note]]Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson, Dennis Allen, Tony Sparano, and Jack Del Rio[[/note]] and has not finished with a record better than 8-8. Prior to and since Al Davis' passing, the Raiders have been trying to replace the antiquated Coliseum to no avail. Los Angeles is more or less off the table for relocation, since the Rams won the right to move (back) there, and the rival Chargers have a provision to join the Rams in LA if they can't work out their own stadium issues in San Diego. After mulling a move to San Antonio, the Raiders are seriously looking to move to Las Vegas; while a majority of the league's owners would support such a move, Las Vegas' small media market (40th overall, with only Jacksonville, New Orleans, Buffalo, and Green Bay being smaller) and legal gambling industry are concerns. A move to Sacramento would keep most of the Raiders' existing fanbase in Oakland within a two hour drive, and Sacramento is the second largest media market without an NFL franchise (20th overall, ranking just above the recently departed St. Louis market); however, Sacramento lacks a large corporate presence, since most of the city's economy, as the California state capital, is centered around the local, county, and state governments. On top of that, a new stadium would be needed; Sacramento's largest stadium[[note]]Hornet Stadium, home to the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball FCS-level]] Sacramento State Hornets[[/note]] doesn't even hold 22,000.



** 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.

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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. And then they lured ''Kevin Durant'' in the 2016 offseason, simultaneously adding one of the league's 5 best players and gutting their main Western Conference rival.



** The Eagles last won a title in [[TheSixties 1960,]] seven years before the first Super Bowl. Keep in mind that despite the success they've had in the '00s, they are the only team in the NFC East division to have ''not'' won a Super Bowl [[note]]they lost XV against the Oakland Raiders and XXXIX against the New England Patriots[[/note]]. The fact that every other team has won at least three Super Bowls doesn't help (yes, even the Redskins).
** The Flyers may have been the most feared team in the NHL (if not the world) during their two Stanley Cup-winning seasons in 1973-74 and 1974-75, but they've had little to cheer about since then aside from becoming only the fourth team in North America to bounce back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series (against the Boston Bruins in 2010) - they've been back to the Stanley Cup final series six times (1976, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1997, and 2010) and have lost every single time. Of these, 1976 and 1997 were particularly embarrassing slapdown sweeps (against the Montreal Canadiens[[note]]Who, at the time, were in the midst of a full-on dynasty[[/note]] and the Detroit Red Wings[[note]]Who were coming off a 42-year drought that was about to turn into a semi-dynasty[[/note]] respectively), and 1987 a heartbreaking series that went to seven games against Wayne "The Great One" Gretzky's Oilers.

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** The Eagles last won a title in [[TheSixties 1960,]] seven 1960]], six years before the first Super Bowl. (The first Super Bowl, played in 1967, was the championship of the 1966 season.) Keep in mind that despite the success they've had in the '00s, they are the only team in the NFC East division to have ''not'' won a Super Bowl [[note]]they lost XV against the Oakland Raiders and XXXIX against the New England Patriots[[/note]]. The fact that every other team has won at least three Super Bowls doesn't help (yes, even the Redskins).
** The Flyers may have been the most feared team in the NHL (if not the world) during their two Stanley Cup-winning seasons in 1973-74 and 1974-75, but they've had little to cheer about since then aside from becoming only the fourth team in North America to bounce back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series (against the Boston Bruins in 2010) - they've been back to the Stanley Cup final series six times (1976, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1997, and 2010) and have lost every single time. Of these, 1976 and 1997 were particularly embarrassing slapdown sweeps (against the Montreal Canadiens[[note]]Who, at the time, were in the midst of a full-on dynasty[[/note]] and the Detroit Red Wings[[note]]Who were coming off a 42-year drought that was about to turn into a semi-dynasty[[/note]] respectively), and 1987 a heartbreaking series that went to seven games against [[UsefulNotes/WayneGretzky Wayne "The Great One" Gretzky's Gretzky's]] Oilers.



*** If there's anything that'll make Charger fans cry, it's the fact that their in-state rivals, the San Francisco 49ers and the hated Oakland Raiders, have won Super Bowls [[note]] The Niners won Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX, and the Raiders won XI, XV, and XVIII [[/note]], while the Chargers haven't won a single one. The one time they did get into the Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXIX), they lost 26-49, by the San Francisco 49ers. [[note]] It is, however, noted that the 49ers at that time were a [[TheAce perennial powerhouse]] that boasted of Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, John Taylor, Bryant Young, Rickey Jackson, Merton Hanks etc., while the Chargers were an unexpected playoff contender who upset the favored Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Stealers in the AFC playoffs with the strong and spirited play of Junior Seau, Stan Humphries, Natrone Means, and Mark Seay. It is also noted that the Niners crushed the Bolts, 38-15, in the regular season. [[/note]]. They haven't gone back since, despite the presence of talented players such as Philip Rivers, Ladainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, Shawne Merriman, and Eric Weddle.
*** Creepy fact: 8 players [[note]]David Griggs, Rodney Culver, Doug Miller, Chris Mims, Curtis Whitley, Lewis Bush, Shawn Lee, Junior Seau[[/note]] who were part of that Chargers team in Super Bowl XXIX [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_XXIX#Notable_deaths_from_1994_Chargers_Team died before the age of 45]]. This has lead people to believe that the Chargers' Super Bowl XXIX team has been cursed.
** Their pro soccer team, the Sockers, were a formidable force in the 1970s and early 1980s. Why MLS never awarded a franchise to San Diego is baffling, to say the least! (California instead got a team in Los Angeles and one in San Jose)
*** Likely because, at the time, what is now Qualcomm Stadium was already being used by the Padres over the summer. Three different sports using the same venue in September would've been too much.

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*** If there's anything that'll make Charger fans cry, it's the fact that their in-state rivals, the San Francisco 49ers and the hated Oakland Raiders, have won Super Bowls [[note]] The Niners won Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX, and the Raiders won XI, XV, and XVIII [[/note]], while the Chargers haven't won a single one. The one time they did get into the Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXIX), they lost 26-49, by the San Francisco 49ers. [[note]] It is, however, noted that the 49ers at that time were a [[TheAce perennial powerhouse]] that boasted of Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, John Taylor, Bryant Young, Rickey Jackson, Merton Hanks etc., while the Chargers were an unexpected playoff contender who upset the favored Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Stealers in the AFC playoffs with the strong and spirited play of Junior Seau, Stan Humphries, Natrone Means, and Mark Seay. It is also noted that the Niners crushed the Bolts, 38-15, in the regular season. [[/note]]. They haven't gone back since, despite the presence of talented players such as Philip Rivers, Ladainian [=LaDainian=] Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, Shawne Merriman, and Eric Weddle.
*** Creepy fact: 8 players [[note]]David Griggs, Rodney Culver, Doug Miller, Chris Mims, Curtis Whitley, Lewis Bush, Shawn Lee, Junior Seau[[/note]] who were part of that Chargers team in Super Bowl XXIX [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_XXIX#Notable_deaths_from_1994_Chargers_Team died before the age of 45]]. This has lead led people to believe that the Chargers' Super Bowl XXIX team has been cursed.
** Their pro soccer team, the Sockers, were a formidable force in the 1970s and early 1980s. Why MLS never awarded a franchise to San Diego is baffling, to say the least! (California instead got a team in Los Angeles and one in San Jose)
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*** Likely because, at the time, what is now Qualcomm Stadium was already being used by the Padres over the summer. Three Four different teams in three different sports (the fourth being the local college football team, the San Diego State Aztecs) using the same venue in September would've been too much.



** For most of their existence, the Seahawks were not a good team. In their first appearance in the SuperBowl, they got shorted, only to be the OpposingSportsTeam to the UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} Steelers in the eyes of the fans, media, and yes even the officials.[[note]]To this day, that Super Bowl has led to referees being accused of preferential treatment toward Piitsburgh in ''every'' game, regardless of whether the calls actually went their way in a given game.[[/note]] However, in recent seasons, the Seahawks have redeemed themselves by having one of the most passionate and loudest fanbases in the NFL, making [=CenturyLink=] Field one of the hardest places to play in as a road team, and the Seahawks ''[[CurbStompBattle utterly dominated]]'' Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII (despite the Broncos having the league's statistically best offense and being favored by the Vegas oddsmakers to win in a close game), bringing Seattle its first Big Four championship in nearly 35 years. A return to the Super Bowl also happened. [[YankTheDogsChain Where the Seahawks lost to the Patriots despite leading frequently and having a chance for a last-minute comeback. Ending with an interception on what's widely considered the worst play call in Super Bowl history.]]
** Related to the [=SuperSonics=], not only the "hijacking" by Oklahoma City stung, but the Seattle city council never agrees on a plan for a new arena, something that could convince the NBA to give them an expansion team to ressurect the Sonics.
* UsefulNotes/StLouis 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. However, the Silna brothers got, in hindsight, a ''ridiculously'' lucrative deal for folding the Spirits; the four surviving ABA teams paid them a fraction of their television shares ''in perpetuity'' until the NBA bought the Silna brothers out in 2014). And despite the city being a soccer hotbed, the only current association football franchise is in the third tier.

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** For most of their existence, the Seahawks were not a good team. In their first appearance in the SuperBowl, they got shorted, only to be the OpposingSportsTeam to the UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} Steelers in the eyes of the fans, media, and yes even the officials.[[note]]To this day, that Super Bowl has led to referees being accused of preferential treatment toward Piitsburgh Pittsburgh in ''every'' game, regardless of whether the calls actually went their way in a given game.[[/note]] However, in recent seasons, the Seahawks have redeemed themselves by having one of the most passionate and loudest fanbases in the NFL, making [=CenturyLink=] Field one of the hardest places to play in as a road team, and the Seahawks ''[[CurbStompBattle utterly dominated]]'' Peyton Manning Creator/PeytonManning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII (despite the Broncos having the league's statistically best offense and being favored by the Vegas oddsmakers to win in a close game), bringing Seattle its first Big Four championship in nearly 35 years. A return to the Super Bowl also happened. [[YankTheDogsChain Where the Seahawks lost to the Patriots despite leading frequently and having a chance for a last-minute comeback. Ending with an interception on what's widely considered the worst play call in Super Bowl history.]]
** Related to the [=SuperSonics=], not only the "hijacking" by Oklahoma City stung, but the Seattle city council never agrees on a plan for a new arena, something that could convince the NBA to give them an expansion team to ressurect resurrect the Sonics.
* UsefulNotes/StLouis is an understated example, because they do have the second most successful baseball team in the Cardinals (and even them they offered suffering as before the 10th title in 2006, the team had a 24 year 24-year drought with three lost World Series). In the NFL, they had two teams leaving, leave, one without much to offer (the Cardinals, who only qualified thrice in 27 years before moving to Arizona) and another who that 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 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. However, the Silna brothers got, in hindsight, a ''ridiculously'' lucrative deal for folding the Spirits; the four surviving ABA teams paid them a fraction of their television shares ''in perpetuity'' until the NBA bought the Silna brothers out in 2014). And despite the city being a soccer hotbed, the only current association football franchise is in the third tier.



** Their MLS team, the Mutiny, was the first team to be the best of the regular season. Yet they lasted only five years. (the current soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL, won the league in 2012 but has struggled ever since)

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** Their MLS team, the Mutiny, was the first team to be the best of the regular season. Yet they lasted only five years. (the (The current soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL, won the league in 2012 but has struggled ever since)since.)



** The MLS' Vancouver Whitecaps are so far the only Canadian team to qualify more than once for the knockouts, with two appearances followed by a defeat in the preliminary round. They were also runner-up in three straight Canadian championships (five if one counts losses in 2008 and 2009 by their NASL predecessor team). And their best player defected to play in Mexico. By contrast, [[LegacyCharacter the previous two teams with the moniker]] had some success, winning the NASL in 1979 and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver_Whitecaps_%281986%E2%80%932010%29#Honours various Canadian and USL tournaments]].

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** The MLS' Vancouver Whitecaps are so far the only Canadian team to qualify more than once for the knockouts, with two appearances followed by a defeat in the preliminary round. They were also runner-up in three straight Canadian championships Championships (five if one counts losses in 2008 and 2009 by their NASL predecessor team). And their best player defected to play in Mexico. By contrast, [[LegacyCharacter the previous two teams with the moniker]] had some success, winning the NASL in 1979 and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver_Whitecaps_%281986%E2%80%932010%29#Honours various Canadian and USL tournaments]].



** 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.

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** Washington Wizards (NBA): Have not won two playoff series since the 1970s. And they had ''Michael Jordan'' ''UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan'' (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.



* [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Soccer]] example: in Brazil, a common saying is "There are things that only happen with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botafogo_de_Futebol_e_Regatas Botafogo]]". In the 1940s, despite good players only won the state championship once. In the 1960s, they had one of the top teams and players in Garrincha, but [[TheAce Pelé's]] [[OvershadowedByAwesome Santos was contemporary]]. They had a 21-year drought of titles starting in 1968, and 5 years later even had to sell their stadium. Despite a minor resurgence in the mid-90s, with a Brazilian championship and a South American tournament, in 2002 Botafogo was relegated, and upon its return to top level in 2004 nearly fell again. Ten years later, Botafogo begun 2014 in the CopaLibertadores and ended with their second relegation, amidst a sea of debts to the Union among other problems.

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* [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Soccer]] example: in Brazil, a common saying is "There are things that only happen with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botafogo_de_Futebol_e_Regatas Botafogo]]". In the 1940s, despite good players only won the state championship once. In the 1960s, they had one of the top teams and players in Garrincha, but [[TheAce Pelé's]] [[OvershadowedByAwesome Santos was contemporary]]. They had a 21-year drought of titles starting in 1968, and 5 years later even had to sell their stadium. Despite a minor resurgence in the mid-90s, with a Brazilian championship and a South American tournament, in 2002 Botafogo was relegated, and upon its return to top level in 2004 nearly fell again. Ten years later, Botafogo begun 2014 in the CopaLibertadores UsefulNotes/CopaLibertadores and ended with their second relegation, amidst a sea of debts to the Union among other problems.



*** MLS plans to expand to 24 teams by 2020, with eventual expansion to 28, which the top-flight European leagues view as excessive (the NFL has 32 teams while the three other major North American leagues currently consist of 30 teams each. While the top-level European leagues consist of 20 or fewer teams each, there is a tighter team to population ratio in within the top European football leagues (2 to 5 million per team depending on the country[=/=]league) compared to any of the major North American leagues (10 million in the NFL, 12 million in MLB, NBA, and NHL, and nearly 17 million in MLS currently)).

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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 excessive (the NFL has 32 teams while teams, MLB and the three other major North American leagues currently consist of NBA have 30 teams each.each, and the NHL will expand from 30 to 31 in 2017). While the top-level European leagues consist of 20 or fewer teams each, there is a tighter team to population ratio in within the top European football leagues (2 to 5 million per team depending on the country[=/=]league) compared to any of the major North American leagues (10 million in the NFL, 12 million in MLB, NBA, and NHL, and nearly 17 million in MLS currently)).



* The UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Cubs. 107 years without a World Series title and counting (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 haven't even reached the Fall Classic since WorldWarII. 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.

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* The UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Cubs. 107 years without a World Series title and counting (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, NFL and NHL even existed), and they haven't even reached the Fall Classic since WorldWarII. 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.



* The former Montreal Expos, in spades. Throughout their history in Montreal, the Expos always had stadium problems, even before they took the field for the first time in 1969. Since Jarry Park was intended as a temporary stadium, fans were left exposed to cold Canadian weather in April and September. While playing at Jarry Park, Major League Baseball threatened to revoke the franchise several times if a new domed stadium wasn't built. Stade Olympique was intended to open by the 1972 season; however, a construction workers strike delayed the stadium's construction substantially; the stadium wasn't even fully completed in time for the 1976 Summer Olympics, as the inclined tower and infamous "retractable" roof weren't completed until over a decade later. When the "retractable" roof was finally installed, it never worked as intended, which was supposed to fold up like a giant umbrella and go up into the inclined tower. The roof was prone to tearing in high winds and would often leak water. The original "retractable" roof was replaced with a fixed roof; however, it has its own set of problems, as the stadium is rendered unusable during the winter months after the roof collapsed due to heavy snowfall during its first winter of use. Because of the construction delays, mounting interest payments, and failed attempts to fix its design flaws, Stade Olympique cost the city of Montreal and the Quebec provincial government over C$1.5 billion, making it one of the most expensive stadiums of all time and one of a few contenders for worst stadium used by a professional team. The stadium's debt wasn't fully paid off until ''three decades'' after the 1976 Summer Olympics. Without a major tenant[[note]]Montreal's two other outdoor teams, the CFL's Alouettes and MLS' Impact, play in smaller venues and only use Stade Olympique for special events (the Grey Cup for the former and international friendlies against major European clubs for the latter)[[/note]], Stade Olympique is often considered a white elephant, and many Montrealers suggested that the stadium should be torn down; however, demolition is more cost-prohibitive than maintenance due to the stadium's design and the surrounding infrastructure, which makes demolition by implosion impractical and traditional demolition would take a long time to complete. Aside from the stadium problems, the Expos themselves were mediocre, only winning their division once in 1981. 1994 was the Expos' best year and were seen as potential World Series contenders; however, the infamous players' strike of that year [[YankTheDogsChain pulled the rug out from under them]]. After that fateful strike, the fire sale of several star players along with several other front office factors spelled the end of the Expos. In their last decade, fan support dwindled after the Expos failed to secure English language TV and radio broadcast rights and negotiations to build a new baseball-specific ballpark fell through. After Jeffrey Loria's gross mismanagement of the team so he could buy the then-Florida Marlins, the other teams of MLB acquired the Expos and intended to disband them along with the Minnesota Twins after the 2001 season; however, legal action by the Minnesota state government forced the Twins to play out their lease at the Metrodome. Also, as part of the 2002-06 collective bargaining agreement with the players' union, the league was banned from contracting teams during the length of the CBA. Contraction ultimately never came to fruition; the Expos remained in Montreal until 2004, after of which they moved to Washington, DC and became the Nationals...where they continued to suck for their first decade or so in the District. A decade after losing the Expos, the Toronto Blue Jays has hosted two spring training games in Montreal each year since 2014. Despite the "home" team being from rival Toronto, the games have been sold out, demonstrating that Montrealers are still passionate about baseball; however, the Expos aren't likely to return, whether by relocation or expansion, without the guarantee of a new ballpark.

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* The former Montreal Expos, in spades. Throughout their history in Montreal, the Expos always had stadium problems, even before they took the field for the first time in 1969. Since Jarry Park was intended as a temporary stadium, fans were left exposed to cold Canadian weather in April and September. While playing at Jarry Park, Major League Baseball threatened to revoke the franchise several times if a new domed stadium wasn't built. Stade Olympique was intended to open by the 1972 season; however, a construction workers strike delayed the stadium's construction substantially; the stadium wasn't even fully completed in time for the 1976 Summer Olympics, as the inclined tower and infamous "retractable" roof weren't completed until over a decade later. When the "retractable" roof was finally installed, it never worked as intended, which was supposed to fold up like a giant umbrella and go up into the inclined tower. The roof was prone to tearing in high winds and would often leak water. The original "retractable" roof was replaced with a fixed roof; however, it has its own set of problems, as the stadium is rendered unusable during the winter months after the roof collapsed due to heavy snowfall during its first winter of use. Because of the construction delays, mounting interest payments, and failed attempts to fix its design flaws, Stade Olympique cost the city of Montreal and the Quebec provincial government over C$1.5 billion, making it one of the most expensive stadiums of all time and one of a few contenders for worst stadium used by a professional team. The stadium's debt wasn't fully paid off until ''three decades'' after the 1976 Summer Olympics. Without a major tenant[[note]]Montreal's two other outdoor teams, the CFL's Alouettes and MLS' Impact, play in smaller venues and only use Stade Olympique for special events (the Grey Cup for the former and international friendlies against major European clubs for the latter)[[/note]], Stade Olympique is often considered a white elephant, and many Montrealers suggested that the stadium should be torn down; however, demolition is more cost-prohibitive than maintenance due to the stadium's design and the surrounding infrastructure, which makes demolition by implosion impractical and traditional demolition would take a long time to complete. Aside from the stadium problems, the Expos themselves were mediocre, only winning their division once in 1981. 1994 was the Expos' best year and were seen as potential World Series contenders; however, the infamous players' strike of that year [[YankTheDogsChain pulled the rug out from under them]]. After that fateful strike, the fire sale of several star players along with several other front office factors spelled the end of the Expos. In their last decade, fan support dwindled after the Expos failed to secure English language TV and radio broadcast rights and negotiations to build a new baseball-specific ballpark fell through. After Jeffrey Loria's gross mismanagement of the team so he could buy the then-Florida Marlins, the other teams of MLB acquired the Expos and intended to disband them along with the Minnesota Twins after the 2001 season; however, legal action by the Minnesota state government forced the Twins to play out their lease at the Metrodome. Also, as part of the 2002-06 collective bargaining agreement with the players' union, the league was banned from contracting teams during the length of the CBA. Contraction ultimately never came to fruition; the Expos remained in Montreal until 2004, after of which they moved to Washington, DC and became the Nationals... where they continued to suck for their first decade or so in the District. A decade after losing the Expos, the Toronto Blue Jays has hosted two spring training games in Montreal each year since 2014. Despite the "home" team being from rival Toronto, the games have been sold out, demonstrating that Montrealers are still passionate about baseball; however, the Expos aren't likely to return, whether by relocation or expansion, without the guarantee of a new ballpark.



* The Pittsburgh Pirates. They didn't have a winning (or .500) season between 1992 and 2013. The 20 consecutive losing seasons are a record in North American sports. In 2012, they looked to be on the way to a winning season only to suffer one of the worst September collapses ever. To make matters worse, in what turned out to be their 81st loss, their ace AJ Burnett only allowed one run … only for Cincinnati's Homer Bailey to throw a no-hitter. In 2013 the streak of losing seasons finally ended and the Pirates finally made a return to the playoffs...and promptly lost in the divisional series. They remained one of MLB's best teams the following two years, but ended up getting eliminated in the Wild Card play-in game both times; to add insult to injury, in 2015 they had the second best record in all of baseball, but were stuck in the same division as the team with the best record. It gets worse when you consider the Pirates' contrast to the other teams in town, which are mostly successful (to the point that the Steelers won the SuperBowl and the Penguins the StanleyCup in the same year, 2009).

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* The Pittsburgh Pirates. They didn't have a winning (or .500) season between 1992 and 2013. The 20 consecutive losing seasons are a record in North American sports. In 2012, they looked to be on the way to a winning season only to suffer one of the worst September collapses ever. To make matters worse, in what turned out to be their 81st loss, their ace AJ Burnett only allowed one run … run… only for Cincinnati's Homer Bailey to throw a no-hitter. In 2013 the streak of losing seasons finally ended and the Pirates finally made a return to the playoffs... and promptly lost in the divisional series. They remained one of MLB's best teams the following two years, but ended up getting eliminated in the Wild Card play-in game both times; to add insult to injury, in 2015 they had the second best record in all of baseball, but were stuck in the same division as the team with the best record. It gets worse when you consider the Pirates' contrast to the other teams in town, which are mostly successful (to the point that the Steelers won the SuperBowl and the Penguins the StanleyCup in the same year, 2009).



* UsefulNotes/FormulaOne pilot Rubens Barrichello was this. As three time champion Ayrton Senna (da Silva) tragically died in 1994, he was the best Brazilian pilot in the field and [[ToughActToFollow thus the one Brazilians expected from the most]], with some even calling him the "next Senna." Unfortunately Barrichello spent 6 years with middling cars and low results (in 1997 he only finished ''two races out of 19''), and after getting to the best car, Ferrari, became for six years [[TheLancer second fiddle]] to Michael Schumacher, who in turn ran his way to become the biggest F1 champion. Once he had the best car again, in 2009 with Brawn, his bad luck struck again and he finished third while teammate Jenson Button was champion. He ended up going to UsefulNotes/IndyCar in 2012 as his previous team chose not to renew his contract, going for … Senna's nephew Bruno, proving the surname will always chase him. And the Indy season was so middling he went to drive stock car instead (although he did end up winning the 2014 Stock Car Brasil title, so there's that).
** It's extended to TV. He became the butt of jokes from Jeremy Clarkson when he posted a top lap on ''Series/TopGear'' in 2010, beating The Stig in the same car. Admittedly, in this case the jokes were about the Stig considering Barichello his ''nemesis'' for beating his time.

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* UsefulNotes/FormulaOne pilot Rubens Barrichello was this. As three time champion Ayrton Senna (da Silva) tragically died in 1994, he was the best Brazilian pilot in the field and [[ToughActToFollow thus the one Brazilians expected from the most]], with some even calling him the "next Senna." Unfortunately Barrichello spent 6 years with middling cars and low results (in 1997 he only finished ''two races out of 19''), and after getting to the best car, Ferrari, became for six years [[TheLancer second fiddle]] to Michael Schumacher, who in turn ran his way to become the biggest F1 champion. Once he had the best car again, in 2009 with Brawn, his bad luck struck again and he finished third while teammate Jenson Button was champion. He ended up going to UsefulNotes/IndyCar in 2012 as his previous team chose not to renew his contract, going for … for… Senna's nephew Bruno, proving the surname will always chase him. And the Indy season was so middling he went to drive stock car instead (although he did end up winning the 2014 Stock Car Brasil title, so there's that).
** It's extended to TV. He became the butt of jokes from Jeremy Clarkson when he posted a top lap on ''Series/TopGear'' in 2010, beating The Stig in the same car. Admittedly, in this case the jokes were about the Stig considering Barichello Barrichello his ''nemesis'' for beating his time.



* Completing the non-Lakers Californian teams, the Sacramento Kings. Longest active drought, with their last title back in 1951 under original incarnation Rochester Royals. After that, they shifted around the entire country [[note]] They moved to Cincinnati in 1957 (Arguably, they had some of their best years in Cincy, especially since they had NBA great Oscar Robertson for the majority of their stay there), then they had some years (1972-1985) of relative irrelevancy in Kansas City (Where they changed their name to "Kings", due to the presence of the MLB team "Kansas City Royals".), which earns some mention in the Tortured Cities above, with occasional bright spots (Nate Archibald, a run at the playoffs from '79-'81),[[/note]] before finally settling in Sacramento by the 1985-86 season. When they finally arrived in Sacramento, they were mostly mediocre with only 2 playoff rounds in 13 years - riding Reggie Theus in 1986 and Mitch Richmond 10 years later. Then the late 90s had the Kings [[TookALevelInBadass become a super team]] with the likes of Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, and Peja Stojokavic on their roster. Unfortunately, said team [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut couldn't quite get to the next level]], never reaching the NBA Finals during their brief period of excellence, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter usually beaten by the Lakers]] [[note]] They were very close in 2002, where they finished with the regular season's best record, and got all the way to the Conference Finals before losing to the Lakers amidst terrible and possibly cheating officiating. To make matters worse, the series appeared to have been fixed in order to improve TV ratings for the upcoming finals (Having the small-market Kings face the small-market Nets isn't exactly a crowd-drawing match). [[/note]]. Since then, [[http://theclassical.org/articles/the-sacramento-kings-disappear the Kings have ranged from mediocre to outright terrible]], mired in a long playoff drought that has lasted since 2006. To make matters worse, they were in peril of moving away from Sacramento due to the worsening fortunes of their then-owners, The Maloofs. While that issue has been resolved due to their purchase by Vivek Ranadive, they have still remained at rock bottom, despite the presence of talented young players such as Demarcus Cousins, Ben [=MacLemore=], and (potentially) Willie Cauley-Stein. Current upheavals in the front office, plenty of boneheaded draft picks, and [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity a revolving door in the coaching position]] (the Kings had '''[[RuleOfThree 3 coaches]]''' during the 2014-2015 Season!) have ensured that the Kings might have to wait a while before becoming the next Californian team to win it all. Being the division rival of the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers, who are current powerhouses (despite their less than stellar histories), doesn't help the Kings' playoff chances either.
** Of all the teams in the Big 5 Sports Leagues (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, and MLS), the Kings are the only team in California that plays in Sacramento. While they have the distinction of playing in the State Capital, they also have the misfortune of playing in a city/metropolitan area that's not as well known or as large as the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, or San Diego. Likewise, they currently play in an outdated and small arena with a currently embarrassing name, Sleep Train Arena. Thankfully, they're moving to the bigger, more up-to-date, Golden 1 Center in Downtown Sacramento after 2016. Likewise, the Kings' "Small Town" status (And the fact that they were screwed over BIGTIME during the 2002 NBA Playoffs) has [[TheWoobie earned them pity and sympathy from many NBA fans]].
** To further twist the knife into the Kings' ordeal: the Kings, with one title, are tied with fellow Butt-monkey Hawks (whose lone championship, in 1958, was more recent than the Kings' last one) for the least championships among the 8 (still active) original NBA Teams (Lakers, Celtics, Knicks, Pistons, Nationals/76ers, Warriors, Royals/Kings, Hawks). Even the 76ers, Warriors, and Knicks, who were butt-monkeys at certain points of their long existence, each have more championships than the Kings ever had in their long, tortured, journeyman existence.

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* Completing the non-Lakers Californian teams, the Sacramento Kings. Longest active drought, with their last title back in 1951 under original incarnation Rochester Royals. After that, they shifted around the entire country [[note]] They moved to Cincinnati in 1957 (Arguably, they had some of their best years in Cincy, especially since they had NBA great Oscar Robertson for the majority of their stay there), then they had some years (1972-1985) of relative irrelevancy in Kansas City (Where they changed their name to "Kings", due to the presence of the MLB team "Kansas City Royals".), which earns some mention in the Tortured Cities above, with occasional bright spots (Nate Archibald, a run at the playoffs from '79-'81),[[/note]] before finally settling in Sacramento by the 1985-86 season. When they finally arrived in Sacramento, they were mostly mediocre with only 2 playoff rounds in 13 years - riding Reggie Theus in 1986 and Mitch Richmond 10 years later. Then the late 90s had the Kings [[TookALevelInBadass become a super team]] with the likes of Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, and Peja Stojokavic Stojaković on their roster. Unfortunately, said team [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut couldn't quite get to the next level]], never reaching the NBA Finals during their brief period of excellence, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter usually beaten by the Lakers]] [[note]] They were very close in 2002, where they finished with the regular season's best record, and got all the way to the Conference Finals before losing to the Lakers amidst terrible and possibly cheating officiating. To make matters worse, the series appeared to have been fixed in order to improve TV ratings for the upcoming finals (Having (having the small-market Kings face the small-market Nets isn't exactly a crowd-drawing match). [[/note]]. Since then, [[http://theclassical.org/articles/the-sacramento-kings-disappear the Kings have ranged from mediocre to outright terrible]], mired in a long playoff drought that has lasted since 2006. To make matters worse, they were in peril of moving away from Sacramento due to the worsening fortunes of their then-owners, The Maloofs. While that issue has been resolved due to their purchase by Vivek Ranadive, Ranadivé, they have still remained at rock bottom, despite the presence of talented young players such as Demarcus Cousins, Ben [=MacLemore=], and (potentially) Willie Cauley-Stein. Current upheavals in the front office, plenty of boneheaded draft picks, and [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity a revolving door in the coaching position]] (the Kings had '''[[RuleOfThree 3 coaches]]''' during the 2014-2015 Season!) season!) have ensured that the Kings might have to wait a while before becoming the next Californian team to win it all. Being the division rival of the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers, who are current powerhouses (despite their less than stellar histories), doesn't help the Kings' playoff chances either.
** Of all the teams in the Big 5 Sports Leagues (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, and MLS), the Kings are the only team in California that plays in Sacramento. While they have the distinction of playing in the State Capital, they also have the misfortune of playing in a city/metropolitan area that's not as well known or as large as the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, or San Diego. Likewise, they currently play in an outdated and small arena with a currently embarrassing name, Sleep Train Arena. Thankfully, they're moving to the bigger, more up-to-date, Golden 1 Center in Downtown Sacramento after 2016. for the 2016–17 season. Likewise, the Kings' "Small Town" status (And (and the fact that they were screwed over BIGTIME during the 2002 NBA Playoffs) has [[TheWoobie earned them pity and sympathy from many NBA fans]].
** To further twist the knife into the Kings' ordeal: the Kings, with one title, are tied with their fellow Butt-monkey butt-monkey Hawks (whose lone championship, in 1958, was more recent than the Kings' last one) for the least championships among the 8 (still active) original NBA Teams (Lakers, Celtics, Knicks, Pistons, Nationals/76ers, Warriors, Royals/Kings, Hawks). Even the 76ers, Warriors, and Knicks, who were butt-monkeys at certain points of their long existence, each have more championships than the Kings ever had in their long, tortured, journeyman existence.



* The Detroit Lions, the epitome of this trope in the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague. At this point, almost all NFL fans simply pity Lions fans, who have come to set up '''entire online forums''' dedicated to how much their team sucks. After trading away Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Layne in 1958 (upon which he supposedly quipped that the Lions wouldn't win for 50 years—his words couldn't have been more prophetic...unless he'd added some more years to the prediction) the Lions went on to compile the worst winning percentage in the NFL and become one of only four current NFL teams who have never made a Super Bowl appearance. Ever since the beginning of the 1960s, the Lions have been marked by mediocre play (including a game where a Lions player ''died on the field'') and only sporadic playoff appearances where they were always eliminated in the Wild Card round. The last time the Lions saw anything resembling success was in the 1990s, when coach Wayne Fontes took the Lions to winning seasons in 1991 (when they won their only playoff game since the 1950s), 1993, 1994 and 1995, only for him to be fired in 1996. They would return to the playoffs again in 1997 and 1999 under his replacement, Bobby Ross, who would retire abruptly in the middle of the 2000 season due to frustration over the team's futility. From there, everything went south. Matt Millen was hired as the team's general manager, and under his stewardship the Lions would record a 31-84 record, the worst in modern NFL history. Millen's tenure saw the team go through multiple overhyped draft busts (Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers and Mike Williams, just to name a few), idiot coaches ('''dear God''', Marty Mornhinwig) and a revolving door of aging journeyman players, which culminated in the now-infamous 0-16 season in 2008 which saw Millen's firing. The 2008 season had such memorable "highlights" as quarterback Dan Orlovsky running out of the back of the end zone to [[EpicFail sack himself for a safety]] against the divisional rival Minnesota Vikings,[[note]]We use the term "divisional rival" here loosely, since in the NFC North, like the NFC East, ''everyone'' hates everyone else.[[/note]] with the 2 points from the safety ending up as Minnesota's margin of victory. There was hope that they could finally turn around under then-current coach Jim Schwartz, who made a several great draft picks and took them to a 10-6 season in 2011 which brought them their first playoff berth since 1999, but a disastrous 2012 season where they went 4-12 proved that they are still the same old Lions. In 2013 they led their division for most of the season and [[https://twitter.com/centralsfinest/statuses/415192392958873600 looked like they were headed to round 2]], only to drop to third in Week 15, [[http://www.toomuchmustard.com/too-much-mustard/a-very-detroit-christmas/23/12/2013 and being eliminated the following game.]]

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* The Detroit Lions, the epitome of this trope in the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague. At this point, almost all NFL fans simply pity Lions fans, who have come to set up '''entire online forums''' dedicated to how much their team sucks. After trading away Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Layne in 1958 (upon which he supposedly quipped that the Lions wouldn't win for 50 years—his words couldn't have been more prophetic...unless he'd added some more years to the prediction) the Lions went on to compile the worst winning percentage in the NFL and become one of only four current NFL teams who have never made a Super Bowl appearance. Ever since the beginning of the 1960s, the Lions have been marked by mediocre play (including a game where a Lions player ''died on the field'') and only sporadic playoff appearances where they were always eliminated in the Wild Card round. The last time the Lions saw anything resembling success was in the 1990s, when coach Wayne Fontes took the Lions to winning seasons in 1991 (when they won their only playoff game since the 1950s), 1993, 1994 and 1995, only for him to be fired in 1996. They would return to the playoffs again in 1997 and 1999 under his replacement, Bobby Ross, who would retire abruptly in the middle of the 2000 season due to frustration over the team's futility. From there, everything went south. Matt Millen was hired as the team's general manager, and under his stewardship the Lions would record a 31-84 record, the worst in modern NFL history. Millen's tenure saw the team go through multiple overhyped draft busts (Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers and Mike Williams, just to name a few), idiot coaches ('''dear God''', Marty Mornhinwig) Mornhinweg) and a revolving door of aging journeyman players, which culminated in the now-infamous 0-16 season in 2008 which saw Millen's firing. The 2008 season had such memorable "highlights" as quarterback Dan Orlovsky running out of the back of the end zone to [[EpicFail sack himself for a safety]] against the divisional rival Minnesota Vikings,[[note]]We use the term "divisional rival" here loosely, since in the NFC North, like the NFC East, ''everyone'' hates everyone else.[[/note]] with the 2 points from the safety ending up as Minnesota's margin of victory. There was hope that they could finally turn around under then-current coach Jim Schwartz, who made a several great draft picks and took them to a 10-6 season in 2011 which brought them their first playoff berth since 1999, but a disastrous 2012 season where they went 4-12 proved that they are still the same old Lions. In 2013 they led their division for most of the season and [[https://twitter.com/centralsfinest/statuses/415192392958873600 looked like they were headed to round 2]], only to drop to third in Week 15, [[http://www.toomuchmustard.com/too-much-mustard/a-very-detroit-christmas/23/12/2013 and being eliminated the following game.]]



** At least the Lions fans [[http://deadspin.com/5935894/why-your-team-sucks-2012-detroit-lions are openly critical of their horrendous team]] and have a sense of humor, exemplified by how they made an amateur line of "0-16: The Imperfect Season" merchandise after the 2008 season; this is a big reason why they are viewed sympathetically by other NFL fans. Other examples of the Lions' fans' sense of humor are spread all throughout the internet, with a good starting point being the suggestion box on the Lions' Facebook page. There, along with angry rants from frustrated fans, you will find suggestions such as changing their home game entrance music to "I Missed Again" by PhilCollins or a Music/ToriAmos song, or they should export the team to the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague, or simply compile the team every Sunday morning out of the first 52 fans to arrive at the stadium as "they would certainly play better than the team we have now!"

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** At least the Lions fans [[http://deadspin.com/5935894/why-your-team-sucks-2012-detroit-lions are openly critical of their horrendous team]] and have a sense of humor, exemplified by how they made an amateur line of "0-16: The Imperfect Season" merchandise after the 2008 season; this is a big reason why they are viewed sympathetically by other NFL fans. Other examples of the Lions' fans' sense of humor are spread all throughout the internet, with a good starting point being the suggestion box on the Lions' Facebook page. There, along with angry rants from frustrated fans, you will find suggestions such as changing their home game entrance music to "I Missed Again" by PhilCollins Music/PhilCollins or a Music/ToriAmos song, or they should export the team to the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague, or simply compile the team every Sunday morning out of the first 52 fans to arrive at the stadium as "they would certainly play better than the team we have now!"



** As many fans will point out, the Lions' poor play stands in contrast to the general competitiveness of the Detroit Tigers, Pistons and ''especially'' Red Wings (who are one of the best teams in the NHL, and currently have the longest playoff appearance streak across the Big 4 leagues). What do those teams have in common? They're not owned by William Clay Ford. Moreover, two of them--the Tigers and Red Wings--are owned by Mike Ilitch (the guy who started Little Caesar's Pizza [[SelfMadeMan from nothing]]--unlike W.C. Ford, who, as you might have guessed, is a descendant of ''Henry'' Ford), a former athlete (he played minor-league ball in the Tigers farm system in TheFifties) and diehard Detroit sports fan who revels in his teams' victories and feels the pain from their defeats.[[note]]He's particularly itchy about the Tigers, as when he bought them in 1992--from Ann Arbor-based fellow pizza magnate Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's--they had won the World Series as recently as 1984, but since then they've had some great runs but no titles.[[/note]] With Ford's death in 2014, his widow Martha Firestone Ford[[note]]Yes, ''that'' Firestone. With the tires.[[/note]] was temporarily owner of the Lions. The heir apparent to the owner's title was going to be William Clay "Bill" Ford, Jr., who is a bit of a hippie for an executive (he's a vegan and folk singer and when he was CEO of Ford for a time he donated most of his salary to charity) but likes sports (he's a judoka and plays amateur hockey) and seems a bit more invested in the team. In 2016, the new GM was announced as Bob Quinn, former director of pro scouting for the Patriots. Time will tell if the new guy can get the Lions out of this status.
** Or, to put it all in a nutshell, the Lions are the L.A. Clippers of the NFL.

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** As many fans will point out, the Lions' poor play stands in contrast to the general competitiveness of the Detroit Tigers, Pistons and ''especially'' Red Wings (who are one of the best teams in the NHL, and currently have the longest playoff appearance streak across the Big 4 leagues). What do those teams have in common? They're not owned by William Clay Ford. Moreover, two of them--the Tigers and Red Wings--are owned by Mike Ilitch (the guy who started Little Caesar's Caesars Pizza [[SelfMadeMan from nothing]]--unlike W.C. Ford, who, as you might have guessed, is a descendant of ''Henry'' Ford), a former athlete (he played minor-league ball in the Tigers farm system in TheFifties) and diehard Detroit sports fan who revels in his teams' victories and feels the pain from their defeats.[[note]]He's particularly itchy about the Tigers, as when he bought them in 1992--from Ann Arbor-based fellow pizza magnate Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's--they had won the World Series as recently as 1984, but since then they've had some great runs but no titles.[[/note]] With Ford's death in 2014, his widow Martha Firestone Ford[[note]]Yes, ''that'' Firestone. With the tires.[[/note]] was temporarily owner of the Lions. The heir apparent to the owner's title was going to be William Clay "Bill" Ford, Jr., who is a bit of a hippie for an executive (he's a vegan and folk singer and when he was CEO of Ford for a time he donated most of his salary to charity) but likes sports (he's a judoka and plays amateur hockey) and seems a bit more invested in the team. In 2016, the new GM was announced as Bob Quinn, former director of pro scouting for the Patriots. Time will tell if the new guy can get the Lions out of this status.
** Or, to put it all in a nutshell, the Lions are the L.A. Clippers of the NFL.NFL (though, thankfully, lacking the openly racist owner).



** And then, after making the playoffs for only the 2nd time in this millennium, the Lions led the [[DFWMetroplex Dallas Cowboys]] 20-17 early in the 4th quarter when on 3rd down, a Matthew Stafford pass bounced off the back of Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens. As Hitchens was not playing the ball, the officials promptly ruled pass interference...only for the officials to reverse the call '''after''' the penalty was marked off, resulting in Detroit having to punt. Dallas would go on to win 24-20.
* The Houston Oilers won the first-ever AFL championship—and never won another one. A string of crushing playoff defeats in the team's NFL history finally came to a head in 1993, when they blew the biggest lead (35-3) in NFL playoff history to the freakin' Buffalo Bills. The fans dubbed them "Choke City" (Adding insult to injury, they declared the Rockets "Clutch City" when they won the NBA title a year later). They also suffered due to the fact that they were owned by Bud Adams, who was frequently near the top of "Worst Owners in the NFL" lists. How the Oilers moved wasn't due to apathetic fans—Bud Adams threatened to move the team when he wanted an upgrade to the Astrodome and then ''[[MoralEventHorizon wanted a brand new stadium]]'' '''[[MoralEventHorizon shortly after]]''' [[MoralEventHorizon the city of Houston gave funds to upgrade the Astrodome.]] When the city of Houston understandably balked at such a request, Adams announced that he was moving the team to Tennessee, breaking the hearts of many an Oiler fan.
** Bud Adams still remained near the top of "Worst Owner" lists according to Tennessee Titans fans until his death in 2013. While they haven't experienced many losing seasons like some of the other examples thanks to long time coach Jeff Fisher, they've had to endure questionable moves by their owner which often crippled their SuperBowl hopes. When the Titans of the late '90s-early '00s [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter couldn't get over the hump]] and win the Super Bowl, Adams [[WhatTheHellHero dismantled the team in a hissy fit by trading most of the team away]]. There was also the situation with 2006 Draft, where he forced Jeff Fisher to draft Vince Young and then forced Fisher to start Vince Young despite him obviously not being ready to take over the starting job. When Vince Young eventually turned out to be unfit for the starting job, Adams decided that the best way to solve the problem was to [[KickTheDog fire]] [[YouHaveFailedMe Jeff Fisher]]. Then fired Vince Young as well the next week, making the whole ordeal [[ShaggyDogStory even more pointless]].
* The Jacksonville Jaguars, especially in the last few years. If you hear about them on sports talk radio or {{ESPN}}, there's usually some snide remarks being made about the team, how seats in their stadium are tarped over - never mind that a) the only reason there's extra seats is to accommodate the Florida/Georgia game and the Gator Bowl, which draw much larger crowds than the NFL, and b) other cities, like Oakland, tarp off seats, too - and just this side of a betting pool on when the moving trucks will roll in to carry them to another city, usually either UsefulNotes/LosAngeles or UsefulNotes/{{London}}; the team plays one of their home games in the latter city as a semi-permanent tenant in the NFL's International Series.

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** And then, after making the playoffs for only the 2nd time in this millennium, the Lions led the [[DFWMetroplex [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas Cowboys]] 20-17 early in the 4th quarter when on 3rd down, a Matthew Stafford pass bounced off the back of Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens. As Hitchens was not playing the ball, the officials promptly ruled pass interference... only for the officials to reverse the call '''after''' the penalty was marked off, resulting in Detroit having to punt. Dallas would go on to win 24-20.
* The Houston Oilers won the first-ever AFL championship—and never won another one. A string of crushing playoff defeats in the team's NFL history finally came to a head in 1993, when they blew the biggest lead (35-3) in NFL playoff history to the freakin' Buffalo Bills. The fans dubbed them "Choke City" (Adding (adding insult to injury, they declared the Rockets "Clutch City" when they won the NBA title a year later). They also suffered due to the fact that they were owned by Bud Adams, who was frequently near the top of "Worst Owners in the NFL" lists. How the Oilers moved wasn't due to apathetic fans—Bud Adams threatened to move the team when he wanted an upgrade to the Astrodome and then ''[[MoralEventHorizon wanted a brand new stadium]]'' '''[[MoralEventHorizon shortly after]]''' [[MoralEventHorizon the city of Houston gave funds to upgrade the Astrodome.]] When the city of Houston understandably balked at such a request, Adams announced that he was moving the team to Tennessee, breaking the hearts of many an Oiler fan.
** Bud Adams still remained near the top of "Worst Owner" lists according to Tennessee Titans fans until his death in 2013. While they haven't experienced many losing seasons like some of the other examples thanks to long time coach Jeff Fisher, they've had to endure questionable moves by their owner which often crippled their SuperBowl hopes. When the Titans of the late '90s-early '00s [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter couldn't get over the hump]] and win the Super Bowl, Adams [[WhatTheHellHero dismantled the team in a hissy fit by trading most of the team away]]. There was also the situation with the 2006 Draft, where he forced Jeff Fisher to draft Vince Young and then forced Fisher to start Vince Young despite him obviously not being ready to take over the starting job. When Vince Young eventually turned out to be unfit for the starting job, Adams decided that the best way to solve the problem was to [[KickTheDog fire]] [[YouHaveFailedMe Jeff Fisher]]. Then fired Vince Young as well the next week, making the whole ordeal [[ShaggyDogStory even more pointless]].
* The Jacksonville Jaguars, especially in the last few years. If you hear about them on sports talk radio or {{ESPN}}, there's usually some snide remarks being made about the team, how seats in their stadium are tarped over - never mind that a) the only reason there's extra seats is to accommodate the Florida/Georgia game and the Gator Bowl, which draw much larger crowds than the NFL, and b) other cities, like Oakland, tarp off seats, too - and just this side of a betting pool on when the moving trucks will roll in to carry them to another city, usually either UsefulNotes/LosAngeles or UsefulNotes/{{London}}; the team plays one of their home games in the latter city as a semi-permanent tenant in the NFL's International Series.Series, and the owner also owns [[UsefulNotes/BritishFootyTeams a soccer team in London]][[note]]Fulham, currently in the second-level Football League Championship[[/note]].



* The NFC West was commonly seen as a [[JokeCharacter Joke Division]] throughout most of the 2000's. After the decline of the "Greatest Show On Turf" St. Louis Rams, the division was commonly seen as a joke, despite the presence of several standout teams (the Hasselbeck-Alexander led Seahawks, the Kurt Warner-led Cardinals). In fact, the Seahawks were the first team to win an NFL division with a '''7-9 record'''! (Meanwhile, the Giants and Bucs, who each had finished 10-6, failed to qualify.) It didn't help that the once-mighty San Francisco 49ers were going through a massive DorkAge and the aforementioned Rams started a descent into mediocrity. This all ended, however, with the [[TookALevelInBadass resurrection of the 49ers and Seahawks as NFL powerhouses]] (both sparked by [[SuperToughness defensive dominance]] and a great run game) during TheNewTens. Nowadays, the division is seen as a defensive juggernaut; the Seahawks (who have a Super Bowl Championship) have their Legion of Boom defense, the 49ers ([[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut who were constantly one or two mess-ups away from winning a Super Bowl]]) and Cardinals also have excellent defenses ([[StoneWall their offenses, on the other hand...]]), and the Rams, despite being the division's current whipping boy, have a decent front 7 with the likes of Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Alec Ogletree, and James Laurinaitis.

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* The NFC West was commonly seen as a [[JokeCharacter Joke Division]] throughout most of the 2000's. After the decline of the "Greatest Show On Turf" St. Louis Rams, the division was commonly seen as a joke, despite the presence of several standout teams (the Hasselbeck-Alexander led Seahawks, the Kurt Warner-led Cardinals). In fact, the Seahawks were the first team to win an NFL division with a '''7-9 record'''! (Meanwhile, the Giants and Bucs, who each had finished 10-6, failed to qualify.) It didn't help that the once-mighty San Francisco 49ers were going through a massive DorkAge and the aforementioned Rams started a descent into mediocrity. This all ended, however, with the [[TookALevelInBadass resurrection of the 49ers and Seahawks as NFL powerhouses]] (both sparked by [[SuperToughness defensive dominance]] and a great run game) during TheNewTens. Nowadays, the division is seen as a defensive juggernaut; the Seahawks (who have a Super Bowl Championship) have their Legion of Boom defense, the 49ers ([[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut who were constantly one or two mess-ups away from winning a Super Bowl]]) and Cardinals also have excellent defenses ([[StoneWall their offenses, on the other hand...]]), and the Rams, despite being the division's current whipping boy, have a decent front 7 with the likes of Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Alec Ogletree, and James Laurinaitis.Laurinaitis[[note]]son of [[Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors Road Warrior Animal]][[/note]].



* As an NHL franchise for the first thirteen seasons, the UsefulNotes/KansasCity Scouts/Colorado Rockies/[[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] Devils only made the playoffs once and were a joke to the point that Wayne Gretzky called them a Mickey Mouse Organization after a [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill 13-4 pounding]][[note]]For those unfamiliar with hockey, scoring 13 points is about on par with a a similar score in UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame or laying 100 on a team in UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball.[[/note]] in a game against the Edmonton Oilers. By the 1987-1988 season, New Jersey TookALevelInBadass and only missed the playoffs three times before the 2012 lockout (which begun another dry spell, with three straight years not qualifying for the postseason).

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* As an NHL franchise for the first thirteen seasons, the UsefulNotes/KansasCity Scouts/Colorado Rockies/[[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] Devils only made the playoffs once and were a joke to the point that Wayne Gretzky called them a Mickey Mouse Organization after a [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill 13-4 pounding]][[note]]For those unfamiliar with hockey, scoring 13 points goals is about on par with a a similar score in UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame or laying 100 on a team in UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball.[[/note]] in a game against the Edmonton Oilers. By the 1987-1988 season, New Jersey TookALevelInBadass and only missed the playoffs three times before the 2012 lockout (which begun another dry spell, with three straight years not qualifying for the postseason).



* 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/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 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/Videotron_Centre 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.



** Up until the Anaheim Ducks were purchased from Disney in 2006, they were widely regarded as little more than a Disney marketing ploy, just like the Anaheim Angels in baseball - doesn't help the team was [[Film/TheMightyDucks Mighty Ducks]] of Anaheim upon creation. They did ride the outstanding duo Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne to finish seasons with respectable records, and even made the 2003 Stanley Cup finals (where they were beaten by the New Jersey Devils), but overall, a trip to Anaheim meant beach time for the other team. But then the team got really good after dropping the "Mighty", won a Stanley Cup, and have been in the mix ever since - [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut contenders who lose shamefully]], but still a great franchise.

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** Up until the Anaheim Ducks were purchased from Disney in 2006, they were widely regarded as little more than a Disney marketing ploy, just like the Anaheim Angels in baseball - doesn't help the team was [[Film/TheMightyDucks Mighty Ducks]] of Anaheim upon creation. They did ride the outstanding duo Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne Selänne to finish seasons with respectable records, and even made the 2003 Stanley Cup finals (where they were beaten by the New Jersey Devils), but overall, a trip to Anaheim meant beach time for the other team. But then the team got really good after dropping the "Mighty", won a Stanley Cup, and have been in the mix ever since - [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut contenders who lose shamefully]], but still a great franchise.



** Invoked; the Generals are now owned by the Globetrotters and are explicitly [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption intended to be the fall guys.]]
* UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball: The St Kilda Saints have been playing in the VFL/AFL since it was founded in 1897, and have only won one premiership (1966) and that by a single point. The Western Bulldogs (formerly Footscray) have also only won one premiership, longer ago than St Kilda did (1954), and haven't ''played'' in a Grand Final since 1961, where they lost to never-won Hawthorn (a butt monkey at the time, though they lost that status in the 70s, and were the league's dominant team in the 80s). Other candidates include Fremantle (who joined the league in 1994 and are yet to win a premiership, although they made the Grand Final in 2013), Port Adelaide (who hold the record for the biggest losing margin in a Grand Final), and Greater Western Sydney (only joined the league in 2012, but rock-bottom in their first two seasons)

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** Invoked; the Generals are now owned were later bought by the Globetrotters and are were explicitly [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption intended to be the fall guys.]]
]] Until the Trotters folded the Generals in 2015.
* UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball: The St Kilda Saints have been playing in the VFL/AFL since it was founded in 1897, and have only won one premiership (1966) and that by a single point. The Western Bulldogs (formerly Footscray) have also only won one premiership, longer ago than St Kilda did (1954), and haven't ''played'' in a Grand Final since 1961, where they lost to never-won Hawthorn (a butt monkey at the time, though they lost that status in the 70s, and were the league's dominant team in the 80s). Other candidates include Fremantle (who joined the league in 1994 and are yet to win a premiership, although they made the Grand Final in 2013), Port Adelaide (who hold the record for the biggest losing margin in a Grand Final), and Greater Western Sydney (only joined the league in 2012, but rock-bottom in their first two seasons)seasons).
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** In June 2016, Gary Bettman and the NHL officially awarded Las Vegas the 31st franchise in the league. Cue the usual complaints from Canadians and hockey purists on how "ice hockey doesn't belong in the desert" and "Quebec[=/=]Saskatoon[=/=]another Canadian city should've gotten a team first".

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** In June 2016, Gary Bettman and the NHL officially awarded Las Vegas the 31st franchise team in the league. Cue the usual complaints from Canadians and hockey purists on how "ice hockey doesn't belong in the desert" and "Quebec[=/=]Saskatoon[=/=]another "Quebec City, Saskatoon, or another Canadian city should've gotten a team first".



** The Oakland Coliseum is often considered to be one of the worst stadiums currently in use in professional sports. Unlike its contemporaries, which have either been demolished[[note]]Busch Memorial Stadium (St. Louis), Candlestick Park (San Francisco), Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta), Kingdome (Seattle), Metrodome (Minneapolis), Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati), Shea Stadiums (New York), Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh), Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)[[/note]], decommissioned[[note]]Astrodome (Houston)[[/note]], or repurposed for a single sport only[[note]]Angel Stadium (Anaheim), Miami Stadium (Miami), Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego), RFK Stadium (Washington, DC), and Rogers Centre (Toronto)[[/note]], the Oakland Coliseum is the only multipuropse stadium still shared between an NFL team and a MLB team, and the plumbing within the stadium is severely outdated, with sewage problems occurring even when the stadium is not hosting events. Unlike many multipurpose stadiums, the Coliseum uses grass instead of artificial turf, meaning the Athletics have to play on a field abused by football cleats late in the baseball season, and the Raiders have to play on dirt early in the football season. The "Mount Davis" grandstand has became something of a white elephant of late, as both the Athletics since 2006 and the Raiders since 2013 have closed the entire upper deck of Mount Davis.

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** The Oakland Coliseum is often considered to be one of the worst stadiums currently in use in professional sports. The stadium is dilapidated, and the plumbing within is severely outdated, with sewage problems occurring even when the stadium is not hosting events. Unlike its contemporaries, which have either been demolished[[note]]Busch Memorial Stadium (St. Louis), Candlestick Park (San Francisco), Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta), Kingdome (Seattle), Metrodome (Minneapolis), Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati), Shea Stadiums Stadium (New York), York City), Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh), Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)[[/note]], decommissioned[[note]]Astrodome (Houston)[[/note]], or repurposed for a single sport only[[note]]Angel Stadium (Anaheim), Miami Dolphins Stadium (Miami), Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego), RFK Stadium (Washington, DC), and Rogers Centre (Toronto)[[/note]], the Oakland Coliseum is the only multipuropse stadium still shared between an NFL team and a MLB team, and the plumbing within the stadium is severely outdated, with sewage problems occurring even when the stadium is not hosting events.team. Unlike many multipurpose stadiums, the Coliseum uses grass instead of artificial turf, meaning the Athletics have to play on a field abused by football cleats late in the baseball season, and the Raiders have to play on dirt early in the football season. The "Mount Davis" grandstand has became something of a white elephant of late, as both the Athletics since 2006 and the Raiders since 2013 have closed the entire upper deck of Mount Davis.
19th Jul '16 2:25:19 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 and returning to Winnipeg was the one of the few good decisions made by Bettman during his tenure as commissioner. However, many (if not all) Thrashers 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 the Thrashers were sold and moved without any hesitation. Also, many Atlanta hockey fans believe that the NHL returning to Winnipeg at Atlanta's expense can and will hurt the league in the long run, especially if the Canadian dollar ever trades too far below its US counterpart, as it did in the early 1990s. If the NHL is ever crazy (or desperate) enough to return to Atlanta for a third shot, a prospective owner would likely have to build their own arena in the suburbs as 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, similar to Brooklyn's Barclays Center, assuming the arena will ''even have'' an ice refrigeration plant after renovations.

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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 and returning to Winnipeg was the one of the few good decisions made by Bettman during his tenure as commissioner. However, many (if not all) Thrashers 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 the Thrashers were sold and moved without any hesitation. Also, many Atlanta hockey fans believe that the NHL returning to Winnipeg at Atlanta's expense can and will hurt the league in the long run, especially if the Canadian dollar ever trades too far below its US counterpart, as it did in the early 1990s. If the NHL is ever crazy (or desperate) enough to return to Atlanta for a third shot, a prospective owner would likely have to build their own arena in the suburbs as the new Hawks owners plan to purge the last reminder of the Thrashers' existence by completely rebuild rebuilding the interior of Philips Arena to optimize its sightlines for basketball, leaving a subpar configuration for ice hockey, similar to Brooklyn's the Islanders' Barclays Center, Center or the Coyotes' former home of America West Arena[[note]]now known as Talking Stick Resort Arena[[/note]], assuming the arena will ''even have'' an ice refrigeration plant after renovations.



** The Oakland Coliseum is considered to be one of the worst stadiums currently used by a professional team. It is the only stadium still shared between a NFL team and a MLB team, and the plumbing within the stadium is severely outdated, with sewage problems occurring even when the stadium is not hosting events. Unlike many multipurpose stadiums, the Coliseum uses grass instead of artificial turf, meaning the Athletics have to play on a field abused by football cleats late in the baseball season, and the Raiders have to play on dirt early in the football season. The "Mount Davis" grandstand has became something of a white elephant of late, as both the Athletics since 2006 and the Raiders since 2013 have closed the entire upper deck of Mount Davis.

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** The Oakland Coliseum is often considered to be one of the worst stadiums currently used by a in use in professional team. It sports. Unlike its contemporaries, which have either been demolished[[note]]Busch Memorial Stadium (St. Louis), Candlestick Park (San Francisco), Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta), Kingdome (Seattle), Metrodome (Minneapolis), Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati), Shea Stadiums (New York), Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh), Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)[[/note]], decommissioned[[note]]Astrodome (Houston)[[/note]], or repurposed for a single sport only[[note]]Angel Stadium (Anaheim), Miami Stadium (Miami), Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego), RFK Stadium (Washington, DC), and Rogers Centre (Toronto)[[/note]], the Oakland Coliseum is the only multipuropse stadium still shared between a an NFL team and a MLB team, and the plumbing within the stadium is severely outdated, with sewage problems occurring even when the stadium is not hosting events. Unlike many multipurpose stadiums, the Coliseum uses grass instead of artificial turf, meaning the Athletics have to play on a field abused by football cleats late in the baseball season, and the Raiders have to play on dirt early in the football season. The "Mount Davis" grandstand has became something of a white elephant of late, as both the Athletics since 2006 and the Raiders since 2013 have closed the entire upper deck of Mount Davis.
16th Jul '16 6:52:25 PM JudasZala
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** One of the most painful moments in Bengals history took place the day before Super Bowl XXIII, in which running back Stanley Wilson suffered a cocaine relapse in his hotel room, forcing head coach Sam Wyche to drop him from the game's roster. Due to his third violation of the league's drug policy (he was suspended in the 1985 and 1987 seasons), Wilson was banned for life from the NFL. Wyche later stated that Wilson's absence contributed to their loss.

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** One of the most painful moments in Bengals history took place the day before Super Bowl XXIII, in which running back Stanley Wilson [[OffTheWagon suffered a cocaine relapse in his hotel room, room]], forcing head coach Sam Wyche to drop him from the game's roster. Due to his third violation of the league's drug policy (he was suspended in the 1985 and 1987 seasons), Wilson was banned for life from the NFL. Wyche later stated that Wilson's absence contributed to their loss.
15th Jul '16 11:15:31 AM Rowdycmoore
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* Other teams can perhaps claim of longer championship droughts, but the Texas Rangers remain the oldest MLB franchise (including the first 11 years operating and the second installment of the Washington Senators) to have NEVER won the World Series. Since 2002, they were the oldest franchise to never even make it to the Series - until they ended that in 2010. Despite being steamrolled in the 2010 Series to the Giants, they returned to the Fall Classic in 2011 - and proceeded to lose it in the ''most gut-wrenching way possible'', losing what would have been the final out of the Series on a missed fly ball that led to them losing Game Six and then Game Seven. To make matters worse, the team regularly gets little respect and support in its own region, as they play in the shadow of the Dallas Cowboys in the most football-crazy state in the country, so all interest in baseball in North Texas completely vanishes once football training camp starts regardless of where the Rangers stand.
13th Jul '16 9:15:42 PM JudasZala
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** Even after the Super Bowl win, the Saints seem to be returning to their ButtMonkey ways. As defending champs, the Saints lose a playoff game to the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks (the worst team to somehow make the playoffs in NFL history). Then the Saints got caught in the Bounty Gate scandal which likely was a factor in their 2012 losing season. A bounce back to the playoffs in 2013 was considered [[ThrowTheDogABone a short break]] (they managed to beat the Eagles in the Wild Card Round, only to get beaten by the Seahawks in the Divisional Round).

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** Even after the Super Bowl win, the Saints seem to be returning to their ButtMonkey ways. As defending champs, the Saints lose a playoff game to the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks (the worst team to somehow make the playoffs in NFL history). Then the Saints got caught in the Bounty Gate Bountygate scandal which likely was a factor in their 2012 losing season. A bounce back to the playoffs in 2013 was considered [[ThrowTheDogABone a short break]] (they managed to beat the Eagles in the Wild Card Round, only to get beaten by the Seahawks in the Divisional Round).



* The NFC West was commonly seen as a [[JokeCharacter Joke Division]] throughout most of the 2000's. After the decline of the "Greatest Show On Turf" St. Louis Rams, the division was commonly seen as a joke, despite the presence of several standout teams (the Hasselbeck-Alexander led Seahawks, the Kurt Warner-led Cardinals). In fact, the Seahawks were the first team to win an NFL division with a '''7-9 record'''! It didn't help that the once-mighty San Francisco 49ers were going through a massive DorkAge and the aforementioned Rams started a descent into mediocrity. This all ended, however, with the [[TookALevelInBadass resurrection of the 49ers and Seahawks as NFL powerhouses]] (both sparked by [[SuperToughness defensive dominance]] and a great run game) during TheNewTens. Nowadays, the division is seen as a defensive juggernaut; the Seahawks (who have a Super Bowl Championship) have their Legion of Boom defense, the 49ers ([[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut who were constantly one or two mess-ups away from winning a Super Bowl]]) and Cardinals also have excellent defenses ([[StoneWall their offenses, on the other hand...]]), and the Rams, despite being the division's current whipping boy, have a decent front 7 with the likes of Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Alec Ogletree, and James Laurinaitis.

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* The NFC West was commonly seen as a [[JokeCharacter Joke Division]] throughout most of the 2000's. After the decline of the "Greatest Show On Turf" St. Louis Rams, the division was commonly seen as a joke, despite the presence of several standout teams (the Hasselbeck-Alexander led Seahawks, the Kurt Warner-led Cardinals). In fact, the Seahawks were the first team to win an NFL division with a '''7-9 record'''! (Meanwhile, the Giants and Bucs, who each had finished 10-6, failed to qualify.) It didn't help that the once-mighty San Francisco 49ers were going through a massive DorkAge and the aforementioned Rams started a descent into mediocrity. This all ended, however, with the [[TookALevelInBadass resurrection of the 49ers and Seahawks as NFL powerhouses]] (both sparked by [[SuperToughness defensive dominance]] and a great run game) during TheNewTens. Nowadays, the division is seen as a defensive juggernaut; the Seahawks (who have a Super Bowl Championship) have their Legion of Boom defense, the 49ers ([[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut who were constantly one or two mess-ups away from winning a Super Bowl]]) and Cardinals also have excellent defenses ([[StoneWall their offenses, on the other hand...]]), and the Rams, despite being the division's current whipping boy, have a decent front 7 with the likes of Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Alec Ogletree, and James Laurinaitis.
13th Jul '16 12:53:21 AM JudasZala
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** One of the most painful moments in Bengals history took place the day before Super Bowl XXIII, in which running back Stanley Wilson suffered a cocaine relapse in his hotel room, forcing head coach Sam Wyche to drop him from the game's roster. Due to his third violation of the league's drug policy (he was suspended in the 1985 and 1987 seasons), Wilson was banned for life from the NFL. Wyche later stated that Wilson's absence contributed to their loss.
8th Jul '16 1:17:45 PM Gsueagle31049
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** In June 2016, Gary Bettman and the NHL officially awarded Las Vegas the 31st franchise in the league. Cue the usual complaints from Canadians and hockey purists on how "ice hockey doesn't belong in the desert" and "Quebec should've gotten a team before Vegas".

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** In June 2016, Gary Bettman and the NHL officially awarded Las Vegas the 31st franchise in the league. Cue the usual complaints from Canadians and hockey purists on how "ice hockey doesn't belong in the desert" and "Quebec "Quebec[=/=]Saskatoon[=/=]another Canadian city should've gotten a team before Vegas".first".



* UsefulNotes/StLouis 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. However, the Silna brothers got, in hindsight, a ''ridiculously'' lucrative deal for folding the Spirits; the four surviving ABA teams paid them a fraction of their television shares ''in perpetuity''). And despite the city being a soccer hotbed, the only current association football franchise is in the third tier.

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* UsefulNotes/StLouis 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. However, the Silna brothers got, in hindsight, a ''ridiculously'' lucrative deal for folding the Spirits; the four surviving ABA teams paid them a fraction of their television shares ''in perpetuity'').perpetuity'' until the NBA bought the Silna brothers out in 2014). And despite the city being a soccer hotbed, the only current association football franchise is in the third tier.



** Many teams, primarily those based in warm-weather markets, are financially struggling; many hockey purists blame expansion and relocation into the Southern US for the league's financial hardships as well as diluting the talent pool; one such purist, the statistician Nate Silver (a big hockey fan--he grew up in Michigan), even attempted to back this argument up [[http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-cant-canada-win-the-stanley-cup/ with the power of MATH]]!

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** Many teams, primarily those based in warm-weather markets, are financially struggling; many hockey purists blame expansion and relocation into the Southern US for the league's financial hardships as well as diluting the talent pool; one such purist, the statistician Nate Silver (a big hockey fan--he grew up in Michigan), even attempted to back this argument up [[http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-cant-canada-win-the-stanley-cup/ with the power of MATH]]! math]]!



* 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 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]].

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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 With less than three-quarter of a million residents in its metro area, the team plays in the smallest standalone media market among professional 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, given Winnipeg's size, 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 (or near) 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 Phoenix[=/=]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 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 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 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 older and more financially powerful 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/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.
6th Jul '16 6:57:24 PM Gsueagle31049
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* UsefulNotes/StLouis 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.

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* UsefulNotes/StLouis 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).seasons. However, the Silna brothers got, in hindsight, a ''ridiculously'' lucrative deal for folding the Spirits; the four surviving ABA teams paid them a fraction of their television shares ''in perpetuity''). And despite the city being a soccer hotbed, the only current association football franchise is in the third tier.
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