History ButtMonkey / Sports

14th Sep '17 9:13:16 AM Gsueagle31049
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* UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}. ''Where do we begin?'' Historically, most Southerners have supported college teams better than professional teams, since major league sports is still relatively new for much the DeepSouth[[note]]From 1966 to 1988, discounting the 5-year existence of the New Orleans Jazz in the NBA in the 1970s, Atlanta was the only major city in the Deep South with a team in major professional leagues besides the NFL[[/note]]. However, because of the city's notorious traffic issues, the transient status of many of the metro area's residents, and long stretches of futility by its professional teams (with only ''one'' championship in seven tries[[note]]five World Series for the Braves, two Super Bowls for the Falcons, and the Hawks yet to reach the NBA Finals in their nearly 50 years in Atlanta[[/note]] in nearly 150 seasons of play in the NFL, MLB and NBA), many sportswriters, usually those based up North, often brand Atlanta as "[[http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7429623/the-city-atlanta-worst-sports-town-america the worst pro sports town in America]]". Many Atlantans often attempt to refute this claim by stating that the poor ownership of its professional teams is the reason for the city's reputation as a bad sports town.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}. ''Where do we begin?'' Historically, most Southerners have supported college teams better than professional teams, since major league sports is still relatively new for much of the DeepSouth[[note]]From 1966 to 1988, discounting the 5-year existence of the New Orleans Jazz in the NBA in the 1970s, Atlanta was the only major city in the Deep South with a team in major professional leagues besides the NFL[[/note]]. However, because of the city's notorious traffic issues, the transient status of many of the metro area's residents, and long stretches of futility by its professional teams (with only ''one'' championship in seven tries[[note]]five World Series for the Braves, two Super Bowls for the Falcons, and the Hawks have yet to reach the NBA Finals in their nearly 50 years in Atlanta[[/note]] in nearly 150 seasons of play in the NFL, MLB and NBA), many sportswriters, usually those based up North, often brand Atlanta as "[[http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7429623/the-city-atlanta-worst-sports-town-america the worst pro sports town in America]]". Many Atlantans often attempt to refute this claim by stating that the poor ownership of its professional teams is the reason for the city's reputation as a bad sports town.



** The Braves have fluctuated between very good and very bad teams throughout their long history in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. In their first 25 seasons in Atlanta, the Braves suffered through several losing seasons with only a few glimpses of success. Ted Turner bought the team during their post-Hank Aaron DorkAge in order to keep the team in Atlanta and to keep one of his programming staples on his then-fledgling superstation [[Creator/{{TBS}} WTCG]]; Turner also bought the NBA's Hawks for the same reasons. In his early years of ownership, Turner was a very hands-on owner and would often stage outlandish promotions to spur attendance. Also, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium's turf was considered the worst in the majors, being maintained by the city's street crew until the late 1980s. During the 1990s, the Braves became [[TookALevelInBadass one of the more dominant teams]] in baseball, winning 14 consecutive divisional championships[[note]]discounting the strike-shortened 1994 season, where they were 2nd in the NL East, but 1st in the NL Wild Card before the work stoppage[[/note]]; however, the team won it all only once in 1995.

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** The Braves have fluctuated between very good and very bad teams throughout their long history in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta.history. In their first 25 seasons in Atlanta, the Braves suffered through several losing seasons with only a few glimpses of success. Ted Turner bought the team during their post-Hank Aaron DorkAge in order to keep the team in Atlanta and to keep one of his programming staples on his then-fledgling superstation [[Creator/{{TBS}} WTCG]]; Turner also bought the NBA's Hawks for the same reasons. In his early years of ownership, Turner was a very hands-on owner and would often stage outlandish promotions to spur attendance. Also, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium's turf was considered the worst in the majors, being maintained by the city's street crew until the late 1980s. During the 1990s, the Braves became [[TookALevelInBadass one of the more dominant teams]] in baseball, winning 14 consecutive divisional championships[[note]]discounting the strike-shortened 1994 season, where they were 2nd in the NL East, but 1st in the NL Wild Card before the work stoppage[[/note]]; however, the team won it all only once in 1995.



*** 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 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 were immediately swept by the New York Rangers. What makes the disaster of Atlanta Spirit's ownership worse was the fact that the group wanted absolutely nothing to do with the Thrashers ''at all''; they only cared about the NBA's Hawks. 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 staunch insistence to keep the Coyotes, the ''original'' Winnipeg Jets, in Arizona basically 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 Thrashers fans argue that the wrong team was moved to Winnipeg, since the league had nearly two years to resolve the Coyotes' ownership situation in Arizona, yet the Thrashers were sold and moved without any hesitation. Many Thrashers fans also believe that the NHL leaving Atlanta for Winnipeg will hurt the league in the long haul, especially if the Canadian dollar trades far too below its US counterpart. When Atlanta Spirit sold the Hawks and the operating rights to Philips Arena in 2015, several Thrashers fans believed that the group should've sold all three assets at once.
*** 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 ownership plan to purge the last reminder of the Thrashers' existence by completely rebuilding the interior of Philips Arena to optimize its sightlines for basketball, leaving a subpar configuration for ice hockey, similar to the Islanders' Barclays Center or the Coyotes' former home of America West Arena[[note]]now Talking Stick Resort Arena[[/note]], assuming Philips Arena will even have ice refrigeration equipment after renovations. Despite the failures of two NHL clubs, Atlanta had more successful teams in minor leagues. The International Hockey League's Knights were a successful team in their 4 years in Atlanta in the early 90s, winning the league's championship in their sophomore season in 1994; however, the team left after the 1995-96 season because then-Hawks owner Ted Turner wanted bring the NHL back to Atlanta, having missed the opportunity to keep the Flames in Atlanta back in the 70s, and the Omni Coliseum, the only large hockey-ready arena in Metro Atlanta at the time, would have to be demolished and replaced by Philips Arena, since the NHL would not allow Turner to use the Omni even as a temporary arena mostly due to its above-mentioned structural issues. Like their NHL predecessor and successor, the Knights relocated to Canada, in this case to Quebec City to fill the void left by the Nordiques' departure; however, the team ultimately folded after only two seasons in Quebec. The ECHL's Gladiators, based in the Gwinnett County suburb of Duluth, has been fairly successful both on and off the ice since their inception in 2003, and the team has outlasted both the Flames and Thrashers; however, the Gladiators have missed the Kelly Cup playoffs in their four most recent seasons.

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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 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 were immediately swept by the New York Rangers. What makes the disaster of Atlanta Spirit's ownership worse was the fact that the group wanted absolutely nothing ''absolutely nothing'' to do with the Thrashers ''at all''; Thrashers; they only cared about the NBA's Hawks. 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 staunch insistence to keep the Coyotes, the ''original'' Winnipeg Jets, in Arizona basically 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 Thrashers fans argue that the wrong team was moved to Winnipeg, since the league had nearly two years to resolve keep the Coyotes' ownership situation Coyotes in Arizona, yet they allowed the Thrashers were to be sold and moved without any hesitation.as soon as legally possible. Many Thrashers fans also believe that the NHL leaving Atlanta for Winnipeg will hurt the league in the long haul, especially if the Canadian dollar trades far too below its US counterpart. When Atlanta Spirit sold the Hawks and the operating rights to Philips Arena in 2015, several Thrashers fans believed that the group should've sold all three assets at once.
*** 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 ownership plan to purge the last reminder of the Thrashers' existence by completely rebuilding the interior of Philips Arena to optimize its sightlines for basketball, leaving a subpar configuration for ice hockey, similar to the Islanders' Barclays Center or the Coyotes' former home of America West Arena[[note]]now Talking Stick Resort Arena[[/note]], assuming Philips Arena will even have ice refrigeration equipment after renovations. Despite the failures of two NHL clubs, Atlanta had more successful teams in minor leagues. The International Hockey League's Knights were a successful team in their 4 years in Atlanta in the early 90s, winning the league's championship in their sophomore season in 1994; however, the team left after the 1995-96 season because then-Hawks owner Ted Turner wanted bring the NHL back to Atlanta, having missed the opportunity to keep the Flames in Atlanta back in the 70s, and the Omni Coliseum, the only large hockey-ready arena in Metro Atlanta at the time, would have to be demolished and replaced by Philips Arena, since the NHL would not allow Turner to use the Omni even as a temporary arena mostly due to its above-mentioned structural issues. Like their NHL predecessor and successor, the Knights relocated to Canada, in this case to Quebec City to fill the void left by the Nordiques' departure; however, the team ultimately folded after only two seasons in Quebec. The ECHL's Gladiators, based in the Gwinnett County suburb of Duluth, has been fairly successful both on and off the ice since their inception in 2003, and the team has outlasted both the Flames and Thrashers; 2003; however, the Gladiators have missed the Kelly Cup playoffs in their four most recent seasons.
16th Aug '17 9:40:23 AM mlsmithca
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** 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 The Hurricanes from [=UMiami=], who [=UMiami=] always reveal many talents, but never won the March Madness and haven't gotten a football title since 2001.



** 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://youtu.be/7W9ge3viyEM 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.

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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 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://youtu.be/7W9ge3viyEM 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.



** Washington Capitals (NHL): Consistently mediocre, despite having one of the best scorers in the league in Alex Ovechkin. This alone is enough to damn them, really. Only once made it to the Finals in 1998 where they had the pleasure of getting swept by the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings. Let's not forget the fact that they have earned the dubious honor of owning the worst overall record in league history where ''[[EpicFail they went 8-67-5]]'' during their inaugural season of 1974-75. And then comes the fact [[http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-storied-tradition-of-capitals-collapses/ they blow 2-0 or 3-1 leads in a regular basis]], with the 2015 one - led conference semifinals 3-1, then lost the following three to their ArchEnemy, the Rangers, with Games 5 and 7 decided on overtime - reaching all-new levels in futility\heartbreak.

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** Washington Capitals (NHL): Consistently mediocre, despite having one of the best scorers in the league in Alex Ovechkin. This alone is enough to damn them, really. Only once made it to the Finals in 1998 where they had the pleasure of getting swept by the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings. Let's not forget the fact that they They have earned the dubious honor of owning the worst overall record in league history where ''[[EpicFail they went 8-67-5]]'' during their inaugural season of 1974-75. And then comes the fact [[http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-storied-tradition-of-capitals-collapses/ they blow 2-0 or 3-1 leads in a regular basis]], with the 2015 one - led conference semifinals 3-1, then lost the following three to their ArchEnemy, the Rangers, with Games 5 and 7 decided on overtime - reaching all-new levels in futility\heartbreak.futility/heartbreak.
19th Jul '17 10:06:51 AM Gsueagle31049
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** In Chicago, while the Cubs are better known than the White Sox, both teams are roughly on equal footing as Butt Monkeys--until the former won their first World Series in almost 110 years in 2016. This was actually inverted in football when the older Chicago Cardinals had to move to St. Louis then Arizona due to the popularity of the younger Bears franchise.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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** Since Gary Bettman became commissioner in 1993, the league suffered from three work stoppages, losing the entire 2004-05 season and came coming very close to losing the other two strike-affected seasons (1994-95 and 2012-13). Worse still, there have only been ''four'' lockouts overall, the first one happening just before Bettman took office. The first was also the mildest, affecting only 30 games.
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