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26th May '16 8:37:16 PM JudasZala
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** As for Spagnuolo himself, after he was fired in 2011, he became the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints who were without head coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the 2012 season for his involvement in the Bountygate scandal. Spags' defense set a dubious record of allowing 7,042 yards of total offense, the most in league history, which led to his firing by Payton when he was reinstated. After a stint as a secondary coach with the Ravens from 2013-2014, he would return to the New York Giants as a DC in the 2015 season.

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** As for Spagnuolo himself, after he was fired in 2011, he became the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints who (who were without head coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the 2012 season for his involvement in the Bountygate scandal.scandal). Spags' defense set a dubious record of allowing 7,042 yards of total offense, the most in league history, which led to his firing by Payton when he was reinstated. After a stint as a secondary coach with the Ravens from 2013-2014, he would return to the New York Giants as a DC in the 2015 season.
26th May '16 8:34:10 PM JudasZala
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** As for Spagnuolo himself, after he was fired in 2011, he became the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints that was without head coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the 2012 season for his involvement in the Bountygate scandal. Spags' defense set a dubious record of allowing 7,042 yards of total offense, the most in league history, which led to his firing by Payton when he was reinstated. After a brief stint as a positional coach with the Ravens from 2013-2014, he would return to the Giants as a DC.

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** As for Spagnuolo himself, after he was fired in 2011, he became the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints that was who were without head coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the 2012 season for his involvement in the Bountygate scandal. Spags' defense set a dubious record of allowing 7,042 yards of total offense, the most in league history, which led to his firing by Payton when he was reinstated. After a brief stint as a positional secondary coach with the Ravens from 2013-2014, he would return to the New York Giants as a DC.DC in the 2015 season.
26th May '16 2:10:23 PM JudasZala
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** As for Spagnuolo himself, after he was fired in 2011, he became the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints that was without head coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the 2012 season for his involvement in the Bountygate scandal. Spags' defense set a dubious record of allowing 7,042 yards of total offense, the most in league history, which led to his firing by Payton when he was reinstated. After a brief stint as a positional coach with the Ravens from 2013-2014, he would return to the Giants as a DC.
7th May '16 1:23:08 PM bt8257
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* The Domenech era (2006–2010) is considered like this for the French national soccer team. France fell during the pool phase both in 2008 and 2010; the 2010 World Cup was marked by many scandals (players' strike, insults, match against Ireland...) which greatly affected the team's reputation.

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* The Domenech era (2006–2010) (2006–10) is considered like this for the French national soccer team. France fell during the pool phase both in 2008 and 2010; the 2010 World Cup was marked by many scandals (players' strike, insults, match against Ireland...) which greatly affected the team's reputation.



** 1972–1978, comprising the latter two years of World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey's tenure as manager, and the entirety of Don Revie's term. The team failed to qualify for ''any'' tournament during this period, resulting in Ramsey being sacked, and Revie's tenure ending in disgrace when he agreed to take over as manager of the United Arab Emirates' national team while still contracted to England, earning him a lifetime ban from football in his home country. On top of that, hooliganism started to become a major problem at England internationals.

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** 1972–1978, 1972–78, comprising the latter two years of World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey's tenure as manager, and the entirety of Don Revie's term. The team failed to qualify for ''any'' tournament during this period, resulting in Ramsey being sacked, and Revie's tenure ending in disgrace when he agreed to take over as manager of the United Arab Emirates' national team while still contracted to England, earning him a lifetime ban from football in his home country. On top of that, hooliganism started to become a major problem at England internationals.



** Starting in 1964, the Yankees' long-running '50s dynasty quickly collapsed. While some have blamed Creator/{{CBS}} [[ScapegoatCreator buying a controlling stake in the team]], there were two major factors in their decline.
*** First, in 1960, Charlie Finley bought the then-UsefulNotes/KansasCity Athletics from the estate of Arnold Johnson, who had moved the team from UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} after the 1954 season. Johnson was widely accused of operating the A's as an effective Yankees farm club, allegedly allowing the Yankees to develop their young talent in a major-league environment before getting the players back in sweetheart deals.[[note]]Historic evidence for this is sketchy, but it is known that under MLB rules of that day, the Yankees held the major-league rights to Kansas City, since their top farm club had been based in that city. The Yankees moved the minor-league team to UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, and didn't ask for one cent of the large indemnity they could have demanded.[[/note]] Finley immediately ended the "special relationship" between the A's and Yankees.
*** The ''coup de grace'' was delivered in 1965 with the introduction of the MLB draft, making it even harder for the Yankees to replace their aging '50s superstars by [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney simply buying up every hot young talent]]. The Yankees finished 1965 in the second division (i.e. in the bottom half of the standings), and the following year they finished dead last in the American League. Longtime announcer and "Voice of the Yankees" Mel Allen was also fired in 1964 to save money. Things got slightly better in the ensuing years, but it was only when George Steinbrenner took over the team in 1973 that it became a contender again.

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** Starting in 1964, the Yankees' long-running '50s dynasty quickly collapsed. While some have blamed Creator/{{CBS}} [[ScapegoatCreator buying a controlling stake in the team]], there were two major factors in their decline.
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decline: First, in 1960, Charlie Finley bought the then-UsefulNotes/KansasCity Athletics from the estate of Arnold Johnson, who had moved the team from UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} after the 1954 season. Johnson was widely accused of operating the A's as an effective Yankees farm club, allegedly allowing the Yankees to develop their young talent in a major-league environment before getting the players back in sweetheart deals.[[note]]Historic evidence for this is sketchy, but it is known that under MLB rules of that day, the Yankees held the major-league rights to Kansas City, since their top farm club had been based in that city. The Yankees moved the minor-league team to UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, and didn't ask for one cent of the large indemnity they could have demanded.[[/note]] Finley immediately ended the "special relationship" between the A's and Yankees.
*** The ''coup de grace'' was delivered in 1965 with the introduction of the MLB draft, making it even harder for the Yankees to replace their aging '50s 1950s superstars by [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney simply buying up every hot young talent]]. The Yankees They finished 1965 in the second division (i.e. in the bottom half of the standings), and the following year they finished dead last in the American League. Longtime announcer and "Voice of the Yankees" Mel Allen was also fired in 1964 to save money. Things got slightly better in the ensuing years, but it was only when George Steinbrenner took over the team in 1973 that it became a contender again.



** The replacement of many of the classic "jewel box" ballparks[[note]](Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Crosley Field in Cincinnati, etc. - although admittedly many of them had become decrepit and/or obsolete)[[/note]] with multipurpose stadia often described as "concrete ashtrays".

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** The replacement of many of the classic "jewel box" ballparks[[note]](Forbes ballparks, such as Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Crosley Field in Cincinnati, etc. - although admittedly many of them had become decrepit and/or obsolete)[[/note]] obsolete – with multipurpose stadia often described as "concrete ashtrays".



** In 1994, the outdated two divisional set-up (the year prior, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies joined MLB as expansion franchises) was tossed in favor of the current three division and a wild card format (which was problematic within itself at first, because the Divisional Series matchups/seedings were at first, predetermined instead of determined by winning percentages). Unfortunately, for the 1993 San Francisco Giants, they won 103 games yet came one game short of the Atlanta Braves (who were always since 1969, quite mysteriously, in the National League ''West'' despite being the Southernmost MLB franchise on the East Coast). Thus, had the three divisional format been implemented the year prior, then the Giants would've easily won their divisional title.

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** In 1994, the outdated two divisional set-up (the year prior, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies joined MLB as expansion franchises) was tossed in favor of the current three division and a wild card format (which was problematic within itself at first, because the Divisional Series matchups/seedings were at first, predetermined instead of determined by winning percentages). Unfortunately, for the 1993 San Francisco Giants, they won 103 games yet came one game short of the Atlanta Braves (who were always since 1969, quite mysteriously, in the National League ''West'' NL West despite being the Southernmost MLB franchise on the East ''East'' Coast). Thus, had the three divisional format been implemented the year prior, then the Giants would've easily won their divisional title.



* The Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 and '93, and proceeded to not make the playoffs again until 2015; ''every single one'' of the other 29 MLB franchises made the postseason at least once in that timespan. They followed up the two championships with four consecutive losing seasons (55–60 in 1994[[note]]strike-shortened season[[/note]], 56–88 in 1995, 74-88 in 1996 and 76-86 in 1997). Longtime manager Cito Gaston was also fired by the management, and replaced by relative unknown Tim Johnston (who tried to motivate the players by ''lying about his service in the Vietnam War''). Coupled with a severe attendance drop during those years (from which the franchise has only been starting to recover from), it wasn't a good time to be a Jays fan in the late 90's (or in the first fifteen years of the 21st century, for that matter).

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* The Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 and '93, 1993, and proceeded to not make the playoffs again until 2015; ''every single one'' of the other 29 MLB franchises made the postseason at least once in that timespan. They followed up the two championships with four consecutive losing seasons (55–60 in 1994[[note]]strike-shortened season[[/note]], 56–88 in 1995, 74-88 74–88 in 1996 and 76-86 76–86 in 1997). Longtime manager Cito Gaston was also fired by the management, and replaced by relative unknown Tim Johnston (who tried to motivate the players by ''lying about his service in the Vietnam War''). Coupled with a severe attendance drop during those years (from which the franchise has only been starting to recover from), it wasn't a good time to be a Jays fan in the late 90's (or in the first fifteen years of the 21st century, for that matter).



** For what it's worth, though, it was under Disney's ownership that the Angels built the team that won the World Series in 2002. While many fans cheered the Mouse-Ears selling to Arte Moreno that year, Moreno has since wrecked the team by trying to make them the Yankees of the West Coast, giving the front office the edict to always sign the best player in free agency each year (in addition to the debacle over the city of Anaheim suing the team to keep their name with the team, forcing them to now be called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). This has led to them dumping proven veterans like Vlad Guererro and Torii Hunter in order to eventually sign expensive contracts with declining superstars like Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. After two injury-plagued years that saw the latter fail to produce close to the numbers he had in Texas and admitting to a drug relapse, Moreno basically shunned Hamilton completely in the 2015 pre-season, and the Angels eventually handed him back to the Rangers, getting ''nothing'' in return ''and'' agreeing to still pay more than 80 percent of his remaining contract, which still had three years to go. With the financial strain of that and the six more years on Pujols' deal and a depleted farm system, the Angels could very well be in for another longer Dork Age, despite them also having baseball's current best player, Mike Trout.[[note]]Though as of 2016, Washington Nationals fans may beg to differ, with the rise of Bryce Harper to become Trout's main [[TheRival rival]] for that crown.[[/note]]
* Not to be outdone, the Los Angeles Dodgers also had a late-'90s Dork Age. They had been a crown jewel of baseball along with the Yankees and Cubs, having been a family-owned operation under the O'Malley family for fifty years dating back to their days in Brooklyn. They were also the ultimate sign of stability in baseball, having only going through ''one'' managerial change in ''46 years''. In 1998, the team was sold to {{FOX}}, who operated the team for six years. Among the moves made during that tenure:

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** For what it's worth, though, it was under Disney's ownership that the Angels built the team that won the World Series in 2002. While many fans cheered the Mouse-Ears selling to Arte Moreno that year, Moreno has since wrecked the team by trying to make them the Yankees of the West Coast, giving the front office the edict to always sign the best player in free agency each year (in addition to the debacle over the city of Anaheim suing the team to keep their name with the team, forcing them to now be called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). This has led to them dumping proven veterans like Vlad Guererro and Torii Hunter in order to eventually sign expensive contracts with declining superstars like Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. After two injury-plagued years that saw the latter fail to produce close to the numbers he had in Texas and admitting to a drug relapse, Moreno basically shunned Hamilton completely in the 2015 pre-season, and the Angels eventually handed him back to the Rangers, getting ''nothing'' in return ''and'' agreeing to still pay more than 80 percent 80% of his remaining contract, which still had three ''three years to go.left''. With the financial strain of that and the six more years on Pujols' deal and a depleted farm system, the Angels could very well be in for another longer Dork Age, despite them also having baseball's current best player, Mike Trout.[[note]]Though as of 2016, Washington Nationals fans may beg to differ, with the rise of Bryce Harper to become Trout's main [[TheRival rival]] for that crown.[[/note]]
* Not to be outdone, the Los Angeles Dodgers also had a late-'90s Dork Age. They had been a crown jewel of baseball along with the Yankees and Cubs, having been a family-owned operation under the O'Malley family for fifty years dating back to their days in Brooklyn. They were also the ultimate sign of stability in baseball, having only going through ''one'' ''one managerial change in ''46 46 years''. In 1998, the team was sold to {{FOX}}, who operated the team for six years. Among the moves made during that tenure:



** 2011 almost brought another. After the team made the playoffs four times from 2004-09, the divorce and antics of owner Frank [=McCourt=] appeared to derail the franchise. Attendance dropped below 3 million for the first time in almost twenty years, and most of the 2011 season was spent in the basement, filing for bankruptcy. However, a late-season MiracleRally saw the Dodgers go from last-place to a winning record; then 2012 saw the team finish second and sold to a group including LA sports legend Magic Johnson; with a new TV deal pumping serious cash into the franchise (though fans generally hate the deal itself for preventing most of the LA area from actually seeing Dodgers games on TV), the Dodgers have proceeded to dominate their division ever since.
* Following their heart breaking loss to the Atlanta Braves in [[DownToTheLastPlay Game 7]] of the 1992 National League Championship Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates saw superstar Barry Bonds and ace pitcher Doug Drabek leave in free agency (after Bobby Bonilla walked the previous year), and the team that had won the National League East three straight years would not have another winning season or playoff appearance until 2013.

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** 2011 almost brought another. After the team made the playoffs four times from 2004-09, 2004–09, the divorce and antics of owner Frank [=McCourt=] appeared to derail the franchise. Attendance dropped below 3 million for the first time in almost twenty years, and most of the 2011 season was spent in the basement, filing for bankruptcy. However, a late-season MiracleRally saw the Dodgers go from last-place to a winning record; then 2012 saw the team finish second and sold to a group including LA sports legend Magic Johnson; with a new TV deal pumping serious cash into the franchise (though fans generally hate the deal itself for preventing most of the LA area from actually seeing Dodgers games on TV), the Dodgers have proceeded to dominate their division ever since.
* Following their heart breaking heart-breaking loss to the Atlanta Braves in [[DownToTheLastPlay Game 7]] of the 1992 National League Championship Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates saw superstar Barry Bonds and ace pitcher Doug Drabek leave in free agency (after Bobby Bonilla walked the previous year), and the team that had won the National League East three straight years would not have another winning season or playoff appearance until 2013.



* The Houston Astros went through one in the late [=2000s=] and early [='10s=], starting shortly after their sole World Series appearance to date in 2005. Years of signing aging players to large deals, overvaluing a few mediocre free agents, not spending on the draft, and trading away prospects left the team with an aging core incapable of competing and no help in the minor leagues. After a prolonged decline, the team was finally sold in 2010 (with the league forcing the new owner to move the team to the American League after over five decades in the National League, a move which [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks angered many long-time fans]]). Things only got worse, as the new front office decided the only way to rebuild was to trade off anyone worth mentioning, which further disappointed fans, who had grown attached to the leaders on the rather weak rosters. After that, the team went on a record streak of [[EpicFail three straight seasons with the worst record in baseball]], losing 324 games from 2011-2013 (and picking up the three #1 draft picks that went with it). There were other minor issues along the way, like trouble negotiating a television contract that left most of the surrounding area unable to see games; unknowingly drafting an injured player first overall (due to teams not having access to medical records before the draft) and not signing him as a result; and having their central database hacked and some of the results leaked. Thankfully, the Dork Age seems to have come to an end in 2015, with the team making the playoffs as a Wild Card team (after having ''just'' come short of the AL West division championship), their top prospects (acquired thanks to fire sale trades and good draft positions from their tanking) making a splash in the majors, the television contract finally working out for more fans to view the games, and a still-strong minor league system. Even the hacking was resolved, with it being tied to members of the front office of their former NL rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.

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* The Houston Astros went through one in the late [=2000s=] and early [='10s=], [=2010s=], starting shortly after their sole World Series appearance to date in 2005. Years of signing aging players to large deals, overvaluing a few mediocre free agents, not spending on the draft, and trading away prospects left the team with an aging core incapable of competing and no help in the minor leagues. After a prolonged decline, the team was finally sold in 2010 (with the league forcing the new owner to move the team to the American League after over five decades in the National League, a move which [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks angered many long-time fans]]). Things only got worse, as the new front office decided the only way to rebuild was to trade off anyone worth mentioning, which further disappointed fans, who had grown attached to the leaders on the rather weak rosters. After that, the team went on a record streak of [[EpicFail three straight seasons with the worst record in baseball]], losing 324 games from 2011-2013 (and picking up the three #1 draft picks that went with it). There were other minor issues along the way, like trouble negotiating a television contract that left most of the surrounding area unable to see games; unknowingly drafting an injured player first overall (due to teams not having access to medical records before the draft) and not signing him as a result; and having their central database hacked and some of the results leaked. Thankfully, the Dork Age seems to have come to an end in 2015, with the team making the playoffs as a Wild Card team (after having ''just'' come short of the AL West division championship), their top prospects (acquired thanks to fire sale trades and good draft positions from their tanking) making a splash in the majors, the television contract finally working out for more fans to view the games, and a still-strong minor league system. Even the hacking was resolved, with it being tied to members of the front office of their former NL rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.



** Also, Washington Wizards MJ, tragically immortalised in the otherwise outstanding ''NBA Street 2''. What's worse, they even included Jordan 'Classic', from his Bulls days, who's a much better player than the Wizards Jordan.

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** Also, Washington Wizards MJ, tragically immortalised immortalized in the otherwise outstanding ''NBA Street 2''. What's worse, they even included Jordan 'Classic', from his Bulls days, who's a much better player than the Wizards Jordan.



* One could claim the New York Knicks have been in a Dork Age since 1973, the last year they won the championship, especially since they have only made the NBA Finals twice in the more than 40 years since then. But the years following that last Finals trip in 1999 have been especially lean. The Knicks have only made it past the first round of the playoffs once since 2001, missing the playoffs entirely 10 times in that span. They have brought in the likes of Lenny Wilkens, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas and even Phil Jackson to turn things around, and yet things just seem to get worse and worse. Jackson’s first year as team president saw them hit rock bottom, as their 17 wins in 2014-15 were the fewest in franchise history - for a team that dates back to the NBA’s founding, including the early years where they played at least 20 games fewer in a season than they do now.
** Not helping is Jackson's BornInTheWrongCentury attitude, who repeatedly made statements on how teams could not win titles if their offense revolves around three-point shooting, even tweeting "how's it goink?" [sic] when big-man-led Memphis was up 2-1 on 3-point shooting Golden State (who promptly won the next three games by double digit margins). Knicks fans facepalmed as four of the top five 3-point shooting teams made the conference finals (with the fifth team, the Clippers, knocked out the previous round) with the title going to Golden State, led by MVP Stephen Curry, who broke his own record for most 3s made in a season, as well as setting a new playoff record.
* TheNineties in general were this for any team who weren't the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets but ''no one'' had it worse than the Dallas Mavericks - as in, no one had a worse winning percentage in that decade among all the major pro sports franchises. They missed the NBA playoffs for 10 straight years, in a league where eighth place gets you in. They were most known for trying to build around the trio of Jason Kidd, Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn and it failed due to them bickering over who got to date Toni Braxton. The owner who traded them off, Ross Perot Jr., cared more about building real estate around their upcoming new arena than winning. Finally, one Mavericks fan decided he could run the team better - and realized he had the money to back it up. The Dork Age ended when Mark Cuban bought the team from Perot in January 2000; the Mavs returned to the playoffs the next year and would not miss out again until 2013, finally winning it all in 2011.

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* One could claim the New York Knicks have been in a Dork Age since 1973, the last year they won the championship, especially since they have only made the NBA Finals twice in the more than 40 years since then. But the years following that last Finals trip in 1999 have been especially lean. The Knicks have only made it past the first round of the playoffs once since 2001, missing the playoffs entirely 10 times in that span. They have brought in the likes of Lenny Wilkens, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas and even Phil Jackson to turn things around, and yet things just seem to get worse and worse. Jackson’s first year as team president saw them hit rock bottom, as their 17 wins in 2014-15 2014–15 were the fewest in franchise history - for a team that dates back to the NBA’s founding, including the early years where they played at least 20 games fewer in a season than they do now.
** Not helping is Jackson's BornInTheWrongCentury attitude, who repeatedly made statements on how teams could not win titles if their offense revolves around three-point shooting, even tweeting "how's it goink?" [sic] when big-man-led Memphis was up 2-1 2–1 on 3-point shooting Golden State (who promptly won the next three games by double digit margins). Knicks fans facepalmed as four of the top five 3-point shooting teams made the conference finals (with the fifth team, the Clippers, knocked out the previous round) with the title going to Golden State, led by MVP Stephen Curry, who broke his own record for most 3s made in a season, as well as setting a new playoff record.
* TheNineties in general were this for any team who weren't the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets but ''no one'' had it worse than the Dallas Mavericks - as in, no one had a worse winning percentage in that decade among all the major pro sports franchises. They missed the NBA playoffs for 10 straight years, in a league where eighth place gets you in. They were most known for trying to build around the trio of Jason Kidd, Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn and it failed due to them bickering over who got to date Toni Braxton. The owner who traded them off, Ross Perot Jr., cared more about building real estate around their upcoming new arena than winning. Finally, one Mavericks fan decided he could run the team better - and realized he had the money to back it up. The Dork Age ended when Mark Cuban bought the team from Perot in January 2000; the Mavs returned to the playoffs the next year and would not miss out again until 2013, finally winning it all in 2011.



* It can be argued that the mighty Los Angeles Lakers are currently in a Dork Age. After winning 2 championships with the Kobe Bryant-Pau Gasol-Phil Jackson core, the Lakers underwent several misfortunes (Early playoff exits, A blocked trade for Chris Paul, aging players, Phil Jackson retiring) that brought them from a contender to a playoff disappointment. To solve these problems and compete in the rough Western Conference, the Lakers brought in superstars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash through trades in 2012. While the Lakers were expected to dominate and win the Championship with that roster, they ended up doing the opposite: they struggled throughout the season (due to injuries, underperforming players, incompetent coaching, and lack of team chemistry) and ended up barely (with a 42-40 record) making the playoffs, where they were SWEPT by the San Antonio Spurs ([[KickTheDog To make it worse]], longtime owner Jerry Buss died that season). The next season was a lot harsher, as Dwight Howard left for Houston, [[WorfHadTheFlu Kobe and Steve Nash were out for almost the entire season thanks to injuries]], and the Lakers ended up missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The [[HumiliationConga pain train]] just kept chugging on for the Lakers during the most recent season, as several players (Steve Nash, Pau Gasol etc.) left thru free agency or retirement, Kobe continued playing despite being injured and WAY past his prime, and LA had to put on the floor mediocre players such as Ed Davis, Wesley Johnson, and Ronnie Price. The result? A 21-61 record; the Lakers' worst season since they moved to Los Angeles. Not helping the Lakers right now is their less-than-stellar front office and ownership (current VP of Basketball Operations, Jim Buss (Jerry's son), is commonly seen as the scapegoat of these problems), and their inability to attract top tier free agents. However, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, as the Lakers have young and promising players (and possible all-stars) such as Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell, and Kobe's retirement will free up a large portion of the team's budget. However, the 2015-16 Lakers ended posting their [[FromBadToWorse worst record in franchise history,]] 17-65. And, even though Kobe's retirement did give the Lakers a huge amount of cap room, his salary comes off the books at the exact time that the league's huge new TV deal kicks in, giving about ''half the league'' cap room at least as large as that of the Lakers.

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* It can be argued that the mighty Los Angeles Lakers are currently in a Dork Age. After winning 2 championships with the Kobe Bryant-Pau Gasol-Phil Jackson core, the Lakers underwent several misfortunes (Early playoff exits, A blocked trade for Chris Paul, aging players, Phil Jackson retiring) that brought them from a contender to a playoff disappointment. To solve these problems and compete in the rough Western Conference, the Lakers brought in superstars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash through trades in 2012. While the Lakers were expected to dominate and win the Championship with that roster, they ended up doing the opposite: they struggled throughout the season (due to injuries, underperforming players, incompetent coaching, and lack of team chemistry) and ended up barely (with a 42-40 42–40 record) making the playoffs, where they were SWEPT by the San Antonio Spurs ([[KickTheDog To make it worse]], longtime owner Jerry Buss died that season). The next season was a lot harsher, as Dwight Howard left for Houston, [[WorfHadTheFlu Kobe and Steve Nash were out for almost the entire season thanks to injuries]], and the Lakers ended up missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The [[HumiliationConga pain train]] just kept chugging on for the Lakers during the most recent season, as several players (Steve Nash, Pau Gasol etc.) left thru free agency or retirement, Kobe continued playing despite being injured and WAY past his prime, and LA had to put on the floor mediocre players such as Ed Davis, Wesley Johnson, and Ronnie Price. The result? A 21-61 21–61 record; the Lakers' worst season since they moved to Los Angeles. Not helping the Lakers right now is their less-than-stellar front office and ownership (current VP of Basketball Operations, Jim Buss (Jerry's son), is commonly seen as the scapegoat of these problems), and their inability to attract top tier free agents. However, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, as the Lakers have young and promising players (and possible all-stars) such as Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell, and Kobe's retirement will free up a large portion of the team's budget. However, the 2015-16 Lakers ended posting their [[FromBadToWorse worst record in franchise history,]] 17-65.17–65. And, even though Kobe's retirement did give the Lakers a huge amount of cap room, his salary comes off the books at the exact time that the league's huge new TV deal kicks in, giving about ''half the league'' cap room at least as large as that of the Lakers.



** The Southwest Conference's breakup in 1995 (which many blame as a result of the SMU Death Penalty) led to Dork Ages for most of the schools that didn't immediately go to the Big 12 Conference. TCU, SMU, Houston and Rice have combined to change conferences 11 times since the SWC's end.[[note]]TCU: Western Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mountain West Conference, Big 12 (the latter after reneging on an announced move to the Big East); SMU: WAC, C-USA, American Athletic Conference; Houston: C-USA, The American; Rice: WAC, C-USA[[/note]] Only TCU has produced a consistently winning program among those four. Meanwhile, Baylor getting picked for the Big 12 led to that program's Dork Age, as the Bears did not produce a winning season for the first 14 years of the conference's history, including four seasons of going winless in conference (they didn't win more than one conference game in a season until''2005'') until Art Briles took over in 2008 - Baylor has made a bowl game every year since 2010, winning the conference championship in 2013.
* After David Cutcliffe's first and only losing season at Ole Miss (the year after Eli Manning went to the NFL), he was pressured to fire his assistant coaches. Cutcliffe refused, so AD Pete Boone fired him and made Ed Orgeron the new head coach. Orgeron's overall record in three years was 10-25, including a putrid 3-21 in SEC play. In Coach O's final season, the Rebels did something no other team had done in over two decades: go winless in conference play.

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** The Southwest Conference's breakup in 1995 (which many blame as a result of the SMU Death Penalty) led to Dork Ages for most of the schools that didn't immediately go to the Big 12 Conference. TCU, SMU, Houston and Rice have combined to change conferences 11 times since the SWC's end.[[note]]TCU: Western Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mountain West Conference, Big 12 (the latter after reneging on an announced move to the Big East); SMU: WAC, C-USA, American Athletic Conference; Houston: C-USA, The American; Rice: WAC, C-USA[[/note]] Only TCU has produced a consistently winning program among those four. Meanwhile, Baylor getting picked for the Big 12 led to that program's Dork Age, as the Bears did not produce a winning season for the first 14 years of the conference's history, including four seasons of going winless in conference (they didn't win more than one conference game in a season until''2005'') until ''2005'') until Art Briles took over in 2008 - Baylor has made a bowl game every year since 2010, winning the conference championship in 2013.
* After David Cutcliffe's first and only losing season at Ole Miss (the year after Eli Manning went to the NFL), he was pressured to fire his assistant coaches. Cutcliffe refused, so AD Pete Boone fired him and made Ed Orgeron the new head coach. Orgeron's overall record in three years was 10-25, 10–25, including a putrid 3-21 3–21 in SEC play. In Coach O's final season, the Rebels did something no other team had done in over two decades: go winless in conference play.



** A 4-8 record in 2013, Florida's first losing season since 1979.
** A 34-10 blowout loss at home against perennial loser Vanderbilt...who hadn't won beaten the Gators in the Swamp since ''World War II''.
** A 26-20 loss to Georgia Southern -- the first time in school history that Florida had ever lost to a FCS school. It's not exactly unheard of for a FCS school to beat a FBS school, but the way that Georgia Southern did it is important -- Georgia Southern defeated the Gators '''''without completing a pass'''''.

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** A 4-8 4–8 record in 2013, Florida's their first losing season since 1979.
** A 34-10 34–10 blowout loss at home against perennial loser Vanderbilt...who hadn't won beaten the Gators Florida in the Swamp Gainesville since ''World War II''.
''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII''.
** A 26-20 26–20 loss to Georgia Southern -- the first time in school history that Florida had ever lost to a FCS school. It's not exactly unheard of for a FCS school to beat a FBS school, but the way that Georgia Southern did it is important -- Georgia Southern defeated the Gators '''''without completing a pass'''''.



* The Pittsburgh Panthers were once a major force in college football. Under coach Johnny Majors, they won their ninth national title in 1976 and consistently reached major bowls throughout the '70s and early '80s with coaches Jackie Sherrill, Foge Fazio, and quarterback Dan Marino. After a Fiesta Bowl loss in 1983, the team went 3-8 the following year, beginning a drastic downslide. The team made only two minor bowls between 1984 and 1997; even Majors' return in the mid-90s did little more than tarnish his reputation. Pitt rebuilt drastically under Walt Harris, reaching several bowls including a 2004 Fiesta Bowl (where [[CurbStompBattle they were crushed by Utah, 35-7]]). As of this writing, they've managed eight consecutive bowl appearances, though still haven't matched their peak in the '70s and '80s.[[/folder]]

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* The Pittsburgh Panthers were once a major force in college football. Under coach Johnny Majors, they won their ninth national title in 1976 and consistently reached major bowls throughout the '70s and early '80s with coaches Jackie Sherrill, Foge Fazio, and quarterback Dan Marino. After a Fiesta Bowl loss in 1983, the team went 3-8 the following year, beginning a drastic downslide. The team made only two minor bowls between 1984 and 1997; even Majors' return in the mid-90s did little more than tarnish his reputation. Pitt rebuilt drastically under Walt Harris, reaching several bowls including a the 2004 Fiesta Bowl (where [[CurbStompBattle they were crushed by Utah, 35-7]]).35–7]]). As of this writing, they've managed eight consecutive bowl appearances, though still haven't matched their peak in the '70s and '80s.[[/folder]]



** The Mike Sherman years definitely qualify as their latest Dork Age. In addition to being their coach, he was also given the mantle of general manager after Ron Wolf retired. To say this was a colossal mistake was an understatement; Sherman's scouting abilities were virtually nonexistent and resulted in such stellar draft picks as Ahmad "Highway 28" Carroll, Cletidus Hunt, and B.J. Sander. The latter was taken in the first round, and he was a punter. That Sherman ''traded up'' to get. In addition to that, photos surfaced of him asleep at the player combines, which only fueled the fire against him. While they posted decent records under Sherman and won the NFC North three times, they struggled in the playoffs. The Packers suffered their first home playoff loss under his tenure, a 27-7 asskicking at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons, and also their second, a 31-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in 2005. The 2005 season resulted in a 4-12 record, the first losing season for the Packers since 1991, and resulted in Sherman's firing. Some argue that the seeds of Brett Favre's diva attitude were sown here as well; whereas Mike Holmgren wasn't afraid to smack him upside the head when he did something stupid, Sherman's coaching philosophy seemed to be "Brett Favre can do whatever the hell he wants." It's no coincidence that his interceptions trended higher in this period, culminating in a 29-interception season in 2005. When Mike [=McCarthy=] was hired, everyone rejoiced.
** The Packers had a DorkAge between Curly Lambeau's departure and Vince Lombardi's arrival that nearly turned out to be a FranchiseKiller. The Packers went through five different head coaches between 1950 and 1958 and posted their all-time worst record, 1-10-1 in 1958, just narrowly avoiding bankruptcy almost every season. So shaky was their financial situation that the league threatened to fold the franchise or permanently move it to Milwaukee (where they had been playing two "home away from home" games each season).

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** The Mike Sherman years definitely qualify as their latest Dork Age. In addition to being their coach, he was also given the mantle of general manager after Ron Wolf retired. To say this was a colossal mistake was an understatement; Sherman's scouting abilities were virtually nonexistent and resulted in such stellar draft picks as Ahmad "Highway 28" Carroll, Cletidus Hunt, and B.J. Sander. The latter was taken in the first round, and he was a punter. That Sherman ''traded up'' to get. In addition to that, photos surfaced of him asleep at the player combines, which only fueled the fire against him. While they posted decent records under Sherman and won the NFC North three times, they struggled in the playoffs. The Packers suffered their first home playoff loss under his tenure, a 27-7 27–7 asskicking at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons, and also their second, a 31-17 31–17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in 2005. The 2005 season resulted in a 4-12 4–12 record, the first losing season for the Packers since 1991, and resulted in Sherman's firing. Some argue that the seeds of Brett Favre's diva attitude were sown here as well; whereas Mike Holmgren wasn't afraid to smack him upside the head when he did something stupid, Sherman's coaching philosophy seemed to be "Brett Favre can do whatever the hell he wants." It's no coincidence that his interceptions trended higher in this period, culminating in a 29-interception season in 2005. When Mike [=McCarthy=] was hired, everyone rejoiced.
** The Packers had a DorkAge between Curly Lambeau's departure and Vince Lombardi's arrival that nearly turned out to be a FranchiseKiller. The Packers went through five different head coaches between 1950 and 1958 and posted their all-time worst record, 1-10-1 1–10–1 in 1958, just narrowly avoiding bankruptcy almost every season. So shaky was their financial situation that the league threatened to fold the franchise or permanently move it to Milwaukee (where they had been playing two "home away from home" games each season).



* The Washington Redskins are enduring one right now, and have been ever since [[ExecutiveMeddling executive meddler extraordinaire]] [[BaseBreaker Daniel]] [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Snyder]] took over. Despite being the most profitable team in the league, the team has perenially underperformed due to Snyder's interference: the team has had seven head coaches in 12 years, posted a losing record through 2000-2010 (86-106) and has constantly favored flashy style over substance on the field. Moreover, Snyder's moneygrubbing and intolerance of dissent has definitely rubbed fans the wrong way; Washington fans are the only fans in the nation charged to see their team in preseason, and since 2009 banned all signs from the stadium. Many Redskins fans eagerly await Snyder's departure, to put it lightly.

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* The Washington Redskins are enduring one right now, and have been ever since [[ExecutiveMeddling executive meddler extraordinaire]] [[BaseBreaker Daniel]] [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Snyder]] took over. Despite being the most profitable team in the league, the team has perenially underperformed due to Snyder's interference: the team has had seven head coaches in 12 years, posted a losing record through 2000-2010 (86-106) 2000–10 (86–106) and has constantly favored flashy style over substance on the field. Moreover, Snyder's moneygrubbing and intolerance of dissent has definitely ''definitely'' rubbed fans the wrong way; Washington fans are the only fans in the nation charged to see their team in preseason, and since 2009 banned all signs from the stadium. Many Redskins fans eagerly '''''EAGERLY''''' await Snyder's departure, to put it lightly.



* The NFL's St. Louis Rams' downward spiral can be seen as a DorkAge for some. 2005 started the decline with a 6-10 season. After Mike Martz was fired following the 2005 season, the Rams hired [[TheScrappy Scott Linehan]] to be their head coach. They quickly jumped to a 4-1 start, only to finish 8-8. However, things went sour. They finished the next two seasons with 3-13 and 2-14; with the defense ranked dead last both seasons. During the 2008 season, the Rams fired Linehan and replaced him with Jim Haslett after an 0-4 start. The architect of part of the Rams' Dork Age, Jay Zygmunt, resigned before the 2008 season was over and Billy Devaney took over and eventually became GM. Steve Spagnuolo, hyped as being the next best head coach ever, was hired. Despite a dreadful 1-15, they kept Spags and drafted Sam Bradford to replace Marc Bulger (who was released on April 5, 2010). They struggled early on in the 2010 season, going 0-2, then going 7-7 afterwards. However, they lost a key game against Seattle on the road, finishing 2010 with a 7-9 record and losing the division to the Seahawks ''on a tiebreaker''. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was hired by the Cleveland Browns and then replaced by [[ReplacementScrappy Josh McDaniels]] (but only after their original hire of Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely [in the end, for a year] due to the New Orleans Saints "bounty scandal"). Fast forward to the 2011 season, when the Rams lost their first six games despite being favorites to win the NFC West. they're picked to win the NFC West. Fans blamed the team's dead-last offensive ranking on Bradford, [[MisBlamed but failed to note that the weak O-line hardly did anything to protect him.]] They neglected to pick up any wide receivers, except for signing a washed-up Mike Sims-Walker (who they recently waived). Seems they built the team ''around'' Steven Jackson instead of Sam Bradford.

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* The NFL's St. Louis Rams' downward spiral can be seen as a DorkAge for some. 2005 started the decline with a 6-10 season. After Mike Martz was fired following the 2005 season, the Rams hired [[TheScrappy Scott Linehan]] to be their head coach. They quickly jumped to a 4-1 4–1 start, only to finish 8-8.8–8. However, things went sour. They finished the next two seasons with 3-13 3–13 and 2-14; 2–14; with the defense ranked dead last both seasons. During the 2008 season, the Rams fired Linehan and replaced him with Jim Haslett after an 0-4 0–4 start. The architect of part of the Rams' Dork Age, Jay Zygmunt, resigned before the 2008 season was over and Billy Devaney took over and eventually became GM. Steve Spagnuolo, hyped as being the next best head coach ever, was hired. Despite a dreadful 1-15, 1–15 season, they kept Spags and drafted Sam Bradford to replace Marc Bulger (who was released on April 5, 2010). They struggled early on in the 2010 season, going 0-2, 0–2, then going 7-7 7–7 afterwards. However, they lost a key game against Seattle on the road, finishing 2010 with a 7-9 7–9 record and losing the division to the Seahawks ''on a tiebreaker''. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was hired by the Cleveland Browns and then replaced by [[ReplacementScrappy Josh McDaniels]] (but only after their original hire of Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely [in the end, for a year] due to the New Orleans Saints "bounty scandal"). Fast forward to the 2011 season, when the Rams lost their first six games despite being favorites to win the NFC West. they're picked to win the NFC West. Fans blamed the team's dead-last offensive ranking on Bradford, [[MisBlamed but failed to note that the weak O-line hardly did anything to protect him.]] They neglected to pick up any wide receivers, except for signing a washed-up Mike Sims-Walker (who they recently waived). Seems they built the team ''around'' Steven Jackson instead of Sam Bradford.



** The second half of 2012 looks to have been the beginning of a new Dork Age, as a 6-3 record early was ultimately squandered by four straight losses, and the team wound up 8-8, with many concerned for the long-term health of the team due to increasing injuries and a weakening offensive line. These fears came to pass in 2013, with the Steelers opening to an 0-4 record for the first time in ''45 years'', again finishing the season 8-8 and missing the playoffs amid multiple injuries, uncharacteristically sloppy play and a suppressed offense due to the weak O-line. The defense, while generally solid, has been a letdown in one key area - they've only forced ten turnovers in nine games. They've also had a shocking tendency to squander some of the few strong offensive efforts by allowing the opposing team to run roughshod over them, such as against the Patriots, where a season-best 31-point effort was for naught when the D allowed a franchise-record 55 points.
* When it comes to the Dork Age of Sports, Who Dey! Who Dey! Who Dey think gonna beat dem Cincinnati Bengals?! Twenty-five years without a playoff win. Seven playoff games = seven embarrassing losses; the last five, in a franchise-record playoffs streak from 2011-15, resulted in an NFL record for consecutive first round losses, including two squandered division titles (2013, 2015). A Who's Who List of Draft Busts and Questionable-at-Best Free Agent Pickups. A scouting department and coaching staffs full of [[YesMan Yes Men]]. A tortured fanbase ''foaming at the mouth'' for a better team. And the one constant string-puller in the last two decades of debacles? Mike Brown.
* The Oakland Raiders are worth mentioning. From 1982-94, the team played in Los Angeles. While it was no less successful during its Los Angeles days as it was during its time in Oakland, in hindsight it could easily be considered a DorkAge.
** They've been in one since 2003, after a curb-stomping by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. In the ten seasons since, they haven't returned to the playoffs and only finished better than 5-11 three times, in 2010 and 2011 with 8-8 records, and 2015 at 7-9.
* The Detroit Lions fell into a long, mostly uninterrupted Dork Age since "The Curse of Bobby Layne" set in in 1958. Before this point, they had four NFL championships, including three in six seasons. Since then, the team has accumulated twelve total playoff games, one total playoff win (in 1991), zero Super Bowl appearances and the worst overall winning percentage of any team in the NFL. "Sub-mediocre" is sometimes a generous description of the team's "prowess", never more so than the infamous "perfect record" (0-16) season in 2008. The curse is supposedly over now (since Layne said "they wouldn't win for 50 years" when departing for Pittsburgh), but even in their most recent playoff appearances (2011 and 2014) they haven't really played like the Lions of old.
* The "new" Cleveland Browns. A once-successful franchise that was the home of legendary running back Jim Brown and a long history that included four NFL championships, and three championships when they were part of the All-American Football Conference before that league folded and the Browns jumped to the NFL itself. Though they never won a championship in the "Super Bowl" era (1967 to present) they did have 14 playoff appearances and were, at worst, a respectable team. Then, in 1995, owner Art Modell controversially uprooted the franchise and moved them to Baltimore. The city of Cleveland filed a lawsuit and were allowed to hold on to the Browns name and history, in hopes of one day returning to play under a new franchise, which they were eventually awarded, and after a three-year hiatus, the Browns returned to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999. Since then, they've been a disaster, posting a 84–172 record through the 2014 season. They have had only two winning seasons (2002, 2007), and only made the playoffs once as a wild card team. The reason for the continued ineptitude are multiple, and include a revolving-door at both the head coach and Quarterback positions they can never seem to fix, years of bad draft picks, injuries, and embarrassing legal problems with the ownership. Playing in a tough division opposite Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh hasn't helped, either. To add salt to the wound, the "old" Cleveland Browns (now Baltimore Ravens) have since won two Super Bowls, while the "new" Browns are widely viewed as the league's ButtMonkey franchise.
** The quarterback position has been a particularly sore spot for the new Browns, as they've either had draft busts (Tim Couch, and, unless he sorts his life out, Johhny Manziel), nondescript journeymen (Kelly Holcomb, Josh and Luke [=McCown=]), or past-their-prime former studs (Jeff Garcia, Jake Delhomme) leading the team. As of the 2016 offseason, the team has had 24 starting quarterbacks in 17 seasons. Compare that to the New England Patriots, who have only had three starting [=QBs=] -- Drew Bledsoe, Creator/TomBrady, and Matt Cassel -- over the same period of time.

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** The second half of 2012 looks to have been the beginning of a new Dork Age, as a 6-3 6–3 record early was ultimately squandered by four straight losses, and the team wound up 8-8, 8–8, with many concerned for the long-term health of the team due to increasing injuries and a weakening offensive line. These fears came to pass in 2013, with the Steelers opening to an 0-4 record starting 0–4 for the first time in ''45 years'', again finishing the season 8-8 and missing the playoffs amid multiple injuries, uncharacteristically sloppy play and a suppressed offense due to the weak O-line. The defense, while generally solid, has been a letdown in one key area - they've only forced ten turnovers in nine games. They've also had a shocking tendency to squander some of the few strong offensive efforts by allowing the opposing team to run roughshod over them, such as against the Patriots, where a season-best 31-point effort was for naught when the D allowed a franchise-record 55 points.
* When it comes to the Dork Age of Sports, Who Dey! Who Dey! Who Dey think gonna beat dem Cincinnati Bengals?! Twenty-five years without a playoff win. Seven playoff games = seven embarrassing losses; the last five, in a franchise-record playoffs streak from 2011-15, 2011–15, resulted in an NFL record for consecutive first round losses, including two squandered division titles (2013, 2015). A Who's Who List of Draft Busts and Questionable-at-Best Free Agent Pickups. A scouting department and coaching staffs full of [[YesMan Yes Men]]. A tortured fanbase ''foaming at the mouth'' for a better team. And the one constant string-puller in the last two decades of debacles? Mike Brown.
* The Oakland Raiders are worth mentioning. From 1982-94, 1982–94, the team played in Los Angeles. While it was no less successful during its Los Angeles days as it was during its time in Oakland, in hindsight it could easily be considered a DorkAge.
** They've been in one since 2003, after a curb-stomping by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. In the ten seasons since, they haven't returned to the playoffs and only finished better than 5-11 three times, in 2010 and 2011 with 8-8 8–8 records, and 2015 at 7-9.
7–9.
* The Detroit Lions fell into a long, mostly uninterrupted Dork Age since "The Curse of Bobby Layne" set in in 1958. Before this point, they had four NFL championships, including three in six seasons. Since then, the team has accumulated twelve total playoff games, one total playoff win (in 1991), zero Super Bowl appearances and the worst overall winning percentage of any team in the NFL. "Sub-mediocre" is sometimes a generous description of the team's "prowess", never more so than the infamous "perfect "imperfect record" (0-16) (0–16) season in 2008. The curse is supposedly over now (since Layne said "they wouldn't win for 50 years" when departing for Pittsburgh), but even in their most recent playoff appearances (2011 and 2014) they haven't really played like the Lions of old.
* The "new" Cleveland Browns. A once-successful franchise that was the home of legendary running back Jim Brown and a long history that included four NFL championships, and three championships title when they were part of the All-American Football Conference before that league folded and the Browns jumped to the NFL itself. Though they never won a championship in the "Super Bowl" era (1967 to present) they did have 14 playoff appearances and were, at worst, a respectable team. Then, in 1995, owner Art Modell controversially uprooted the franchise and moved them to Baltimore. The city of Cleveland filed a lawsuit and were allowed to hold on to the Browns name and history, in hopes of one day returning to play under a new franchise, which they were eventually awarded, and after a three-year hiatus, the Browns returned to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999. Since then, they've been a disaster, posting a 84–172 record through the 2014 season. They have had only two winning seasons (2002, 2007), and only made the playoffs once as a wild card team. The reason for the continued ineptitude are multiple, and include a revolving-door at both the head coach and Quarterback positions they can never seem to fix, years of bad draft picks, injuries, and embarrassing legal problems with the ownership. Playing in a tough division opposite Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh hasn't helped, either. To add salt to the wound, the "old" Cleveland Browns (now Baltimore Ravens) have since won two Super Bowls, while the "new" Browns are widely viewed as the league's ButtMonkey franchise.
** The quarterback position has been a particularly sore spot for the new Browns, as they've either had draft busts (Tim Couch, and, unless he sorts his life out, Johhny Manziel), nondescript journeymen (Kelly Holcomb, Josh and Luke [=McCown=]), or past-their-prime former studs (Jeff Garcia, Jake Delhomme) leading the team. As of the 2016 offseason, the team has had 24 starting quarterbacks in 17 seasons. Compare that to the New England Patriots, who have only had three ''three'' starting [=QBs=] -- Drew Bledsoe, Creator/TomBrady, and Matt Cassel -- over the same period of time.



** Beloved forward Ryan Smyth was the centerpiece of the second DorkAge. Just like Gretzky and Messier, the Oilers could not afford to keep Smyth, who was set to enter free agency at the end of the year. At the 2007 trade deadline, a year after he was the centerpiece of an improbable Cup run, Smyth was sent to the New York Islanders for prospects. The Oilers finished the 2006-07 season on a 2-16-1 slide, knocking them out of playoff contention. As of 2014, they have yet to return to the playoffs, racking up three consecutive number 1 draft picks between 2010 and 2012.
* In 1995, Montreal Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy demanded a trade after a major falling out with coach Mario Tremblay after Tremblay refused to pull him after allowing five goals in the first period of what ultimately ended up being an 11-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings (Roy was finally given the yank in the second period after allowing his ninth goal). Roy would end up winning two more Cups with the Colorado Avalanche. Meanwhile, it took sixteen years for the Canadiens to find a stable goalie after Carey Price finally took the reins from Jaroslav Halak.

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** Beloved forward Ryan Smyth was the centerpiece of the second DorkAge. Just like Gretzky and Messier, the Oilers could not afford to keep Smyth, who was set to enter free agency at the end of the year. At the 2007 trade deadline, a year after he was the centerpiece of an improbable Cup run, Smyth was sent to the New York Islanders for prospects. The Oilers finished the 2006-07 2006–07 season on a 2-16-1 2–16–1 slide, knocking them out of playoff contention. As of 2014, they have yet to return to the playoffs, racking up three consecutive number 1 draft picks between 2010 and 2012.
* In 1995, Montreal Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy demanded a trade after a major falling out with coach Mario Tremblay after Tremblay refused to pull him after allowing five goals in the first period of what ultimately ended up being an 11-1 11–1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings (Roy was finally given the yank in the second period after allowing his ninth goal). Roy would end up winning two more Cups with the Colorado Avalanche. Meanwhile, it took sixteen 16 years for the Canadiens to find a stable goalie after Carey Price finally took the reins from Jaroslav Halak.



** On a lesser note, the 9-year playoff drought between 2005 and 2012. Particularly the last, as the team lead its division for some time, and got eliminated after losing 9 of 10 games, only making 24 points to the end of their season, finishing at 13th on the East. Even when they returned, they overcame and tied a series which the Bruins were winning 3-1, but lost Game 7 after losing a game the Leafs were leading 4-1!
* Similar to Ballard, the above mentioned Chicago Blackhawks had their own ZeroPercentApprovalRating owner in William Wirtz, also known as "Dollar Bill" for being a greedy tightwad. Add InvisibleAdvertising, blocking local broadcasts of home games, raising ticket prices, [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=johnson/060417_blackhawks and plain mismanagement]], from 1997 to 2008 the Hawks hit RockBottom, with many Chicago fans preferring the minor-league Chicago Wolves. The team has since rebounded after Wirtz died in 2007 and his son Rocky led the Hawks to three Stanley Cups, but to show how bad things were, the fans at the United Center booed the memorial for the universally reviled "Dollar Bill" at the 2007-08 home opener.

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** On a lesser note, the 9-year playoff drought between 2005 and 2012. Particularly the last, as the team lead its division for some time, and got eliminated after losing 9 of 10 games, only making 24 points to the end of their season, finishing at 13th on the East. Even when they returned, they overcame and tied a series which the Bruins were winning 3-1, 3–1, but lost Game 7 after losing a game the Leafs were leading 4-1!
4–1!
* Similar to Ballard, the above mentioned Chicago Blackhawks had their own ZeroPercentApprovalRating owner in William Wirtz, also known as "Dollar Bill" for being a greedy tightwad. Add InvisibleAdvertising, blocking local broadcasts of home games, raising ticket prices, [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=johnson/060417_blackhawks and plain mismanagement]], from 1997 to 2008 the Hawks hit RockBottom, with many Chicago fans preferring the minor-league Chicago Wolves. The team has since rebounded after Wirtz died in 2007 and his son Rocky led the Hawks to three Stanley Cups, but to show how bad things were, the fans at the United Center booed the memorial for the universally reviled "Dollar Bill" at the 2007-08 2007–08 home opener.



** 1. Three seasons cancelled or shortened by work stoppages [[note]] 1994-95, 2004-05, 2012-13[[/note]].

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** 1. Three Two seasons cancelled or shortened and another ''cancelled'' by work stoppages [[note]] 1994-95, 2004-05, 2012-13[[/note]].1994–95, 2012–13, and 2004–05, for the record[[/note]].
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* Many NHL teams hit extreme slumps after success. For example, the Detroit Red Wings were better known as the "Dead Wings" after Gordie Howe retired (until Steve Yzerman took over...15 years later), the Chicago Blackhawks took two rebuilds to get back to mediocrity, and the Washington Capitals spent several years as a bottom feeder team before rebounding.
* The Toronto Maple Leafs had the Harold Ballard era. Ballard made a habit of trading off popular players in exchange for magic beans, firing coaches frequently, and generally pissing off everyone within earshot. Ballard went off the deep end by canceling a youth game at the Gardens because his [[MoralEventHorizon grandson was slated to play in it]]. By the 80s, the Leafs were the laughingstock of the league all because of Ballard's actions.

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* Many NHL teams hit extreme slumps after success. For example, the Detroit Red Wings were better known as the "Dead Wings" Things" after Gordie Howe retired (until Steve Yzerman took over...15 years later), the Chicago Blackhawks took two rebuilds to get back to mediocrity, and the Washington Capitals spent several years as a bottom feeder team before rebounding.
* The Toronto Maple Leafs had the Harold Ballard era. Ballard made a habit of trading off popular players in exchange for magic beans, firing coaches frequently, and generally pissing off everyone within earshot. Ballard went off the deep end by canceling a youth game at the Gardens because his [[MoralEventHorizon grandson was slated to play in it]]. By the 80s, 1980s, the Leafs were the laughingstock of the league NHL all because of Ballard's actions.



* Similar to Ballard, the above mentioned Chicago Blackhawks had their own ZeroPercentApprovalRating owner in William Wirtz, also known as "Dollar Bill" for being a greedy tightwad. Add InvisibleAdvertising, blocking local broadcasts of home games, raising ticket prices, [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=johnson/060417_blackhawks and plain mismanagement]], from 1997 to 2008 the Hawks hit RockBottom, with many Chicago fans preferring the minor-league Chicago Wolves. The team has since rebounded after Wirtz died in 2007 and his son Rocky led the Hawks to three Stanley Cups, but to show how bad things were, the fans at the United Center booed the memorial for the reviled "Dollar Bill" at the 2007-08 home opener.

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* Similar to Ballard, the above mentioned Chicago Blackhawks had their own ZeroPercentApprovalRating owner in William Wirtz, also known as "Dollar Bill" for being a greedy tightwad. Add InvisibleAdvertising, blocking local broadcasts of home games, raising ticket prices, [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=johnson/060417_blackhawks and plain mismanagement]], from 1997 to 2008 the Hawks hit RockBottom, with many Chicago fans preferring the minor-league Chicago Wolves. The team has since rebounded after Wirtz died in 2007 and his son Rocky led the Hawks to three Stanley Cups, but to show how bad things were, the fans at the United Center booed the memorial for the universally reviled "Dollar Bill" at the 2007-08 home opener.



** And now the 2015-16 season has hit a collective nadir for Canada: as of March 31, 2016, all of the 7 Canadian teams have missed the playoffs with the Philadelphia Flyers defeating the Washington Capitals in a shootout, mathematically eliminating the Ottawa Senators from clinching the final wild card spot. Now Canadians are forced to watch America take the whole spotlight in the hunt for Lord Stanley's Cup. It's a day of mourning for Canadian [=NHL=] fans. No Canada...

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** And now the 2015-16 season has hit a collective nadir for Canada: as of on March 31, 2016, all of the 7 Canadian teams have missed the playoffs with the Philadelphia Flyers defeating the Washington Capitals in a shootout, mathematically eliminating the Ottawa Senators from clinching the final wild card spot. Now Canadians are forced to watch America take the whole spotlight in the hunt for Lord Stanley's Cup. It's a day of mourning for Canadian [=NHL=] fans. No Canada...
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* American UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} in general went through a DorkAge in TheFifties, as the only place where the sport ''wasn't'' in a sorry state was UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The minor leagues were collapsing due to the availability of major league games on television, old stadiums were growing increasingly decrepit, the dominance of New York teams (particularly the Yankees)[[note]]Of the ten World Series held in the '50s, eight were won by teams from New York, and only the last one of these, in 1959, did not feature at least one NYC team. The only years when this wasn't the case were 1957, when the UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Braves beat the Yankees, and 1959, when the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Dodgers beat the UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} White Sox -- and just two years earlier, the L.A. team had been the ''Brooklyn'' Dodgers.[[/note]] was causing fans outside New York to tune out, some teams were still refusing to integrate long after UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson had broken down the color barrier, and the sport had no real presence (other than the aforementioned minor leagues) in the fast-growing "Sun Belt" of the South and the West Coast. All of this gave [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]], both professional and [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college-level]], enough room to build itself up as a serious rival to baseball's status as "America's pastime." This ended in TheSixties once teams (led by the Giants and the Dodgers) started moving to the South and West and giving the sport a real nationwide presence, along with the Yankees' own DorkAge meaning that other teams (especially in the American League) now stood a chance.\\

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* American UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} in general went through a DorkAge in TheFifties, as the only place where the sport ''wasn't'' in a sorry state was UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The minor leagues were collapsing due to the availability of major league games on television, old stadiums were growing increasingly decrepit, the dominance of New York teams (particularly the Yankees)[[note]]Of the ten World Series held in the '50s, eight were won by teams from New York, and only the last one of these, in 1959, did not feature at least one NYC team. The only years when this wasn't the case were 1957, when the UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Braves beat the Yankees, and 1959, when the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Dodgers beat the UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} White Sox -- and just two years earlier, the L.A. team they had been the ''Brooklyn'' Dodgers.[[/note]] was causing fans outside New York to tune out, some teams were still refusing to integrate long after UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson had broken down the color barrier, and the sport had no real presence (other than the aforementioned minor leagues) in the fast-growing "Sun Belt" of the South and the West Coast. All of this gave [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]], both professional and [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college-level]], enough room to build itself up as a serious rival to baseball's status as "America's pastime." This ended in TheSixties once teams (led by the Giants and the Dodgers) started moving to the South and West and giving the sport a real nationwide presence, along with the Yankees' own DorkAge meaning that other teams (especially in the American League) now stood a chance.\\



* After David Cutcliffe's first and only losing season at Ole Miss (the year after Eli Manning went to the NFL), he was pressured to fire his assistant coaches. Cutcliffe refused, so AD Pete Boone fired him and made Ed Orgeron the new head coach. Orgeron's overall record in three years was 10-25, including a putrid 3-21 in SEC play. In Coach O's final season, the Rebels did something no other team had done in over two decades: go winless in the conference.

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* After David Cutcliffe's first and only losing season at Ole Miss (the year after Eli Manning went to the NFL), he was pressured to fire his assistant coaches. Cutcliffe refused, so AD Pete Boone fired him and made Ed Orgeron the new head coach. Orgeron's overall record in three years was 10-25, including a putrid 3-21 in SEC play. In Coach O's final season, the Rebels did something no other team had done in over two decades: go winless in the conference.conference play.



** A 26-20 loss to Georgia Southern -- the first time in school history that Florida had ever lost to a FCS school. It's not exactly unheard of for a FCS school to beat a FBS school, but the way that Georgia Southern did it is important -- Georgia Southern defeated the Gators ''without completing a pass'''.
** Members of the Gators offensive line blocking each other...twice.
* The Tennessee Volunteers have been hit with this ever since Phillip Fulmer left in 2008, and these are just the coaches responsible:

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** A 26-20 loss to Georgia Southern -- the first time in school history that Florida had ever lost to a FCS school. It's not exactly unheard of for a FCS school to beat a FBS school, but the way that Georgia Southern did it is important -- Georgia Southern defeated the Gators ''without '''''without completing a pass'''.
pass'''''.
** Members of the Gators offensive line blocking each other...twice.
''twice''.
* The Tennessee Volunteers have been hit with this ever since Phillip Philip Fulmer left in 2008, and these are just the coaches responsible:



* The Pittsburgh Panthers were once a major force in college football. Under coaches Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Foge Fazio and quarterback Dan Marino, they won a national title in 1980 and consistently reached major bowls throughout the '70s and early '80s. After a Fiesta Bowl loss in 1983, the team went 3-8 the following year, beginning a drastic downslide. The team made only two minor bowls between 1984 and 1997; even Majors' return in the mid-90s did little more than tarnish his reputation. Pitt rebuilt drastically under Walt Harris, reaching several bowls including a 2004 Fiesta Bowl (where [[CurbStompBattle they were crushed by Utah, 35-7]]). As of this writing, they've managed eight consecutive bowl appearances, though still haven't matched their peak in the '70s and '80s.[[/folder]]

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* The Pittsburgh Panthers were once a major force in college football. Under coaches coach Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Foge Fazio and quarterback Dan Marino, they won a their ninth national title in 1980 1976 and consistently reached major bowls throughout the '70s and early '80s.'80s with coaches Jackie Sherrill, Foge Fazio, and quarterback Dan Marino. After a Fiesta Bowl loss in 1983, the team went 3-8 the following year, beginning a drastic downslide. The team made only two minor bowls between 1984 and 1997; even Majors' return in the mid-90s did little more than tarnish his reputation. Pitt rebuilt drastically under Walt Harris, reaching several bowls including a 2004 Fiesta Bowl (where [[CurbStompBattle they were crushed by Utah, 35-7]]). As of this writing, they've managed eight consecutive bowl appearances, though still haven't matched their peak in the '70s and '80s.[[/folder]]



* Following a disappointing 1992 season, the Chicago Bears decided to fire longtime head coach Mike Ditka and replace him with Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt. A word to the wise: never bring up the [[BerserkButton Wannstedt era]] in a conversation with a Bears fan (or that of Wannstedt's successor, Dick Jauron).

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* Following a disappointing 1992 season, the Chicago Bears decided to fire longtime head coach Mike Ditka and replace him with Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt. A word Word to the wise: never bring up the [[BerserkButton Wannstedt era]] in a conversation with a Bears fan (or that of Wannstedt's successor, Dick Jauron).



* The first five years of Jerry Jones owning the Dallas Cowboys netted two Super Bowl championships. Then Jones fired coach Jimmy Johnson for daring to demand credit for the championships, thus establishing Jones as the only man in charge - and the Cowboys have suffered ever since. They had enough talent for one more championship in 1995, but have won two playoff games since, with the wins 13 years apart. Why? As one of the few sole general manager-owners in the league, Jones cannot draft fundamentals (like an offensive line) to save his life, frequently takes chances on players who had injury problems in college like [=DeMarco=] Murray (that have carried over into injury-plagued NFL seasons) and has on at least two occasions traded away multiple draft picks for underachievers like Joey Galloway and Roy Williams. While they have recently found some good skill players like linebacker/defensive end Demarcus Ware and wide receiver Dez Bryant, management's inability to draft the basics for a team has cost the Cowboys multiple chances at returning to prominence, especially since the advent of Tony Romo becoming the starting quarterback.

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* The first five years of Jerry Jones owning the Dallas Cowboys netted two Super Bowl championships. Then Jones fired coach Jimmy Johnson for daring to demand credit for the championships, thus establishing Jones as the only man in charge - and the Cowboys have suffered ever since. They had enough talent for one more championship in 1995, but have won two playoff games since, with the wins 13 years apart. Why? As one of the few sole general manager-owners in the league, Jones cannot draft fundamentals (like an offensive line) to save his life, frequently takes chances on players who had injury problems in college like [=DeMarco=] Murray (that have carried over into injury-plagued NFL seasons) and has on at least two occasions traded away multiple draft picks for underachievers like Joey Galloway and Roy Williams. While they have recently found some good skill players like linebacker/defensive end Demarcus DeMarcus Ware and wide receiver Dez Bryant, management's inability to draft the basics for a team has cost the Cowboys multiple chances at returning to prominence, especially since the advent of Tony Romo becoming the starting quarterback.



* The NFL's St. Louis Rams' downward spiral can be seen as a DorkAge for some. 2005 started the decline with a 6-10 season. After Mike Martz was fired following the 2005 season, the Rams hired [[TheScrappy Scott Linehan]] to be their head coach. They quickly jumped to a 4-1 start, only to finish with an 8-8 record. However, things went sour. They finished the next two seasons with 3-13 and 2-14; with the defence ranked dead last both seasons. During the 2008 season, the Rams fired Linehan and replaced him with Jim Haslett after an 0-4 start. The architect of part of the Rams' Dork Age, Jay Zygmunt, resigned before the 2008 season was over and Billy Devaney took over and eventually became GM. Steve Spagnuolo, hyped as being the next best head coach ever, was hired. Despite a dreadful 1-15, they kept Spags and drafted Sam Bradford to replace Marc Bulger (who was released on April 5, 2010). They struggled early on in the 2010 season, going 0-2, then going 7-7 afterwards. However, they lost a key game against Seattle on the road, finishing 2010 with a 7-9 record and losing the division to the Seahawks ''on a tiebreaker''. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was hired by the Cleveland Browns and then replaced by [[ReplacementScrappy Josh McDaniels]] (but only after their original hire of Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely [in the end, for a year] due to the New Orleans Saints "bounty scandal"). Fast forward to the 2011 season, when the Rams lost their first six games despite being favorites to win the NFC West. they're picked to win the NFC West. Fans blamed the team's dead-last offensive ranking on Bradford, [[MisBlamed but failed to note that the weak O-line hardly did anything to protect him.]] They neglected to pick up any wide receivers, except for signing a washed-up Mike Sims-Walker (who they recently waived). Seems they built the team ''around'' Steven Jackson instead of Sam Bradford.

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* The NFL's St. Louis Rams' downward spiral can be seen as a DorkAge for some. 2005 started the decline with a 6-10 season. After Mike Martz was fired following the 2005 season, the Rams hired [[TheScrappy Scott Linehan]] to be their head coach. They quickly jumped to a 4-1 start, only to finish with an 8-8 record.8-8. However, things went sour. They finished the next two seasons with 3-13 and 2-14; with the defence defense ranked dead last both seasons. During the 2008 season, the Rams fired Linehan and replaced him with Jim Haslett after an 0-4 start. The architect of part of the Rams' Dork Age, Jay Zygmunt, resigned before the 2008 season was over and Billy Devaney took over and eventually became GM. Steve Spagnuolo, hyped as being the next best head coach ever, was hired. Despite a dreadful 1-15, they kept Spags and drafted Sam Bradford to replace Marc Bulger (who was released on April 5, 2010). They struggled early on in the 2010 season, going 0-2, then going 7-7 afterwards. However, they lost a key game against Seattle on the road, finishing 2010 with a 7-9 record and losing the division to the Seahawks ''on a tiebreaker''. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was hired by the Cleveland Browns and then replaced by [[ReplacementScrappy Josh McDaniels]] (but only after their original hire of Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely [in the end, for a year] due to the New Orleans Saints "bounty scandal"). Fast forward to the 2011 season, when the Rams lost their first six games despite being favorites to win the NFC West. they're picked to win the NFC West. Fans blamed the team's dead-last offensive ranking on Bradford, [[MisBlamed but failed to note that the weak O-line hardly did anything to protect him.]] They neglected to pick up any wide receivers, except for signing a washed-up Mike Sims-Walker (who they recently waived). Seems they built the team ''around'' Steven Jackson instead of Sam Bradford.



* The Pittsburgh Steelers' early history could be considered one giant Dork Age; their first 39 seasons featured only eight winning records, no playoff wins, and no championships. In 1969, they hired Chuck Noll as head coach and he began to build the Steelers into a solid contender. They recorded their first playoff win in 1972 (the famous "Immaculate Reception" Game) and eventually went on to claim four Super Bowl titles before the end of the decade. When the players from the '70s dynasty inevitably retired, the Steelers fell back into another Dork Age in the '80s. After Noll finally stepped down in 1991 and Bill Cowher became head coach, the Steelers returned to their winning ways, but they weren't completely out of the Dork Age due to [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut constantly fizzling out in the playoffs,]] the most glaring losses coming in the '94, '97, 2001, and 2004 AFC Championship Games, at home nonetheless, as well as Super Bowl XXX against the Cowboys. Cowher finally won a championship in 2005 before retiring after the 2006 season. With current coach Mike Tomlin, the Steelers have played in two more Super Bowls with one victory, and they haven't posted a losing season since 2003.

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* The Pittsburgh Steelers' early history could be considered one giant Dork Age; their first 39 seasons featured only eight winning records, no playoff wins, and no championships.titles. In 1969, they hired Chuck Noll as head coach and he began to build the Steelers into a solid contender. They recorded their first playoff win in 1972 (the famous "Immaculate Reception" Game) and eventually went on to claim four Super Bowl titles before the end of the decade. When the players from the '70s dynasty inevitably retired, the Steelers fell back into another Dork Age in the '80s. After Noll finally stepped down in 1991 and Bill Cowher became head coach, the Steelers returned to their winning ways, but they weren't completely out of the Dork Age due to [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut constantly fizzling out in the playoffs,]] playoffs]], the most glaring losses coming in the '94, '97, 2001, and 2004 AFC Championship Games, at home nonetheless, as well as Super Bowl XXX against the Cowboys. Cowher finally won a championship in 2005 before retiring after the 2006 season. With current coach Mike Tomlin, the Steelers have played in two more Super Bowls with one victory, and they haven't posted a losing season since 2003.



* The Oakland Raiders are worth mentioning. From 1982-1994, the team played in Los Angeles. While it was no less successful during its Los Angeles days as it was during its time in Oakland, in hindsight it could easily be considered a DorkAge.

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* The Oakland Raiders are worth mentioning. From 1982-1994, 1982-94, the team played in Los Angeles. While it was no less successful during its Los Angeles days as it was during its time in Oakland, in hindsight it could easily be considered a DorkAge.



* TheSeventies were a bit of a DorkAge for North American hockey in general. Over-expansion and a [[TheRival rival league]] in the World Hockey Association drained the talent pool, and minor leagues that once featured talent to rival the NHL in the Original Six era degenerated into the chaotic world that inspired ''Film/SlapShot''. The leagues that didn't completely collapse limped their way through the decade. Even the NHL saw franchise instability, as teams relocated, merged, and teetered on the edge of bankruptcy. The WHA was even more unstable, with only six of sixteen total franchises (never more than 14 in one season) reaching the finish line in 1979, and only four being accepted into the NHL.

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* TheSeventies were a bit of a DorkAge was this for North American hockey in general. Over-expansion and a [[TheRival rival league]] in the World Hockey Association drained the talent pool, and minor leagues that once featured talent to rival the NHL in the Original Six era degenerated into the chaotic world that inspired ''Film/SlapShot''. The leagues that didn't completely collapse limped their way through the decade. Even the NHL saw franchise instability, as teams relocated, merged, and teetered on the edge of bankruptcy. The WHA was even more unstable, with only six of sixteen total franchises (never more than 14 in one season) reaching the finish line in 1979, and only four being accepted into the NHL.
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** Liverpool is currently experiencing one: Having been a Top 4 team in England (considered by many to have the best league in the world; that is saying something) for a long while, they finished 7th in the 2009 - 10 season and needed a late surge under new manager (and club legend) Kenny Danglish to finish sixth the following year. That and awful cup performances just made the club's 2005 Champions League victory seem like a distant memory for a lot of supporters; however, the club's second place finish in 2014, just two points behind champion Manchester City, may be a sign that the Dork Age is at an end.

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** Liverpool is currently experiencing one: Having been a Top 4 team in England (considered by many to have the best league in the world; that is saying something) for a long while, they finished 7th in the 2009 - 10 season and needed a late surge under new manager (and club legend) Kenny Danglish Dalglish to finish sixth the following year. That and awful cup performances just made the club's 2005 Champions League victory seem like a distant memory for a lot of supporters; however, the club's second place finish in 2014, just two points behind champion Manchester City, may be a sign that the Dork Age is at an end.



*** First, in 1960, Charlie Finley bought the then-UsefulNotes/KansasCity Athletics from the estate of Arnold Johnson, who had moved the team from UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} after the 1954 season. Johnson was widely accused of operating the A's as an effective Yankees farm club, allegedly allowing the Yankees to develop their young talent in a major-league environment before getting the players back in sweetheart deals.[[note]]Historic evidence for this is sketchy, but it is known that under MLB rules of that day, the Yankees held the major-league rights to Kansas City, since their top farm club had been based in that city. The Yankees moved the minor-league team to UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, and didn't ask for one cent of the large indemnity they could have demanded.[[/note]] Finley immediately stopped the "special relationship" between the A's and Yankees.

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*** First, in 1960, Charlie Finley bought the then-UsefulNotes/KansasCity Athletics from the estate of Arnold Johnson, who had moved the team from UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} after the 1954 season. Johnson was widely accused of operating the A's as an effective Yankees farm club, allegedly allowing the Yankees to develop their young talent in a major-league environment before getting the players back in sweetheart deals.[[note]]Historic evidence for this is sketchy, but it is known that under MLB rules of that day, the Yankees held the major-league rights to Kansas City, since their top farm club had been based in that city. The Yankees moved the minor-league team to UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, and didn't ask for one cent of the large indemnity they could have demanded.[[/note]] Finley immediately stopped ended the "special relationship" between the A's and Yankees.
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* American UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} in general went through a DorkAge in TheFifties, as the only place where the sport ''wasn't'' in a sorry state was UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The minor leagues were collapsing due to the availability of major league games on television, old stadiums were growing increasingly decrepit, the dominance of New York teams (particularly the Yankees)[[note]]Of the ten World Series held in the '50s, eight were won by teams from New York, and only the last one of these, in 1959, did not feature at least one NYC team. The only years when this wasn't the case were 1957, when the UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Braves beat the Yankees, and 1959, when the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Dodgers beat the UsefulNotes/Chicago White Sox -- and just two years earlier, the L.A. team had been the ''Brooklyn'' Dodgers.[[/note]] was causing fans outside New York to tune out, some teams were still refusing to integrate long after UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson had broken down the color barrier, and the sport had no real presence (other than the aforementioned minor leagues) in the fast-growing "Sun Belt" of the South and the West Coast. All of this gave [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]], both professional and [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college-level]], enough room to build itself up as a serious rival to baseball's status as "America's pastime." This ended in TheSixties once teams (led by the Giants and the Dodgers) started moving to the South and West and giving the sport a real nationwide presence, along with the Yankees' own DorkAge meaning that other teams (especially in the American League) now stood a chance.\\

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* American UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} in general went through a DorkAge in TheFifties, as the only place where the sport ''wasn't'' in a sorry state was UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The minor leagues were collapsing due to the availability of major league games on television, old stadiums were growing increasingly decrepit, the dominance of New York teams (particularly the Yankees)[[note]]Of the ten World Series held in the '50s, eight were won by teams from New York, and only the last one of these, in 1959, did not feature at least one NYC team. The only years when this wasn't the case were 1957, when the UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Braves beat the Yankees, and 1959, when the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Dodgers beat the UsefulNotes/Chicago UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} White Sox -- and just two years earlier, the L.A. team had been the ''Brooklyn'' Dodgers.[[/note]] was causing fans outside New York to tune out, some teams were still refusing to integrate long after UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson had broken down the color barrier, and the sport had no real presence (other than the aforementioned minor leagues) in the fast-growing "Sun Belt" of the South and the West Coast. All of this gave [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]], both professional and [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college-level]], enough room to build itself up as a serious rival to baseball's status as "America's pastime." This ended in TheSixties once teams (led by the Giants and the Dodgers) started moving to the South and West and giving the sport a real nationwide presence, along with the Yankees' own DorkAge meaning that other teams (especially in the American League) now stood a chance.\\
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* The 1990 FIFAWorldCup, filled with ties, underperforming teams (both [[UsefulNotes/EuroFooty European champions]] Netherlands and perpetual favorites Brazil fell in the first round of the playoffs) and low goalscoring. Rule changes were imposed afterwards to improve the game (forbidding the keeper from handling the ball, preventing time-wasting and defensiveness; 3 points for win instead of 2 to disencourage ties).
* The Domenech era (post-2006) is considered like this for the French national soccer team. France fell during the pool phase both in 2008 and 2010 ; the 2010 World Cup was marked by many scandals (players' strike, insults, match against Ireland...) which greatly affected the team's reputation.

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* The 1990 FIFAWorldCup, [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup FIFA World Cup]], filled with ties, underperforming teams (both [[UsefulNotes/EuroFooty European champions]] Netherlands and perpetual favorites Brazil fell in the first round of the playoffs) and low goalscoring. Rule changes were imposed afterwards to improve the game (forbidding the keeper from handling the ball, preventing time-wasting and defensiveness; 3 points for a win instead of 2 to disencourage ties).
discourage draws).
* The Domenech era (post-2006) (2006–2010) is considered like this for the French national soccer team. France fell during the pool phase both in 2008 and 2010 ; 2010; the 2010 World Cup was marked by many scandals (players' strike, insults, match against Ireland...) which greatly affected the team's reputation.



** 1972--1978, comprising the latter two years of World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey's tenure as manager, and the entirety of Don Revie's term. The team failed to qualify for ''any'' tournament during this period, resulting in Ramsey being sacked, and Revie's tenure ending in disgrace when he agreed to take over as manager of the United Arab Emirates' national team while still contracted to England, earning him a lifetime ban from football in his home country. On top of that, hooliganism started to become a major problem at England internationals.

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** 1972--1978, 1972–1978, comprising the latter two years of World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey's tenure as manager, and the entirety of Don Revie's term. The team failed to qualify for ''any'' tournament during this period, resulting in Ramsey being sacked, and Revie's tenure ending in disgrace when he agreed to take over as manager of the United Arab Emirates' national team while still contracted to England, earning him a lifetime ban from football in his home country. On top of that, hooliganism started to become a major problem at England internationals.



** Steve [=McClaren's=] tenure as England manager from 2006--07. A few good results in the first few Euro 2008 qualifiers soon gave way to failures to beat sides that they were easily beating under Eriksson, and what was widely regarded as England's worst-ever result when they needed a late goal to defeat ''Andorra'', the second-smallest country in UEFA. A couple of late wins and some freak results elsewhere gave England going into their final game... which instead resulted in the image of [=McClaren=] standing forlorn on the pitchside, holding a comically oversized umbrella and watching haplessly as his team was taken apart by Croatia. England failed to qualify, and [=McClaren=] was sacked the next morning, with a near-universal reputation as the single worst England manager ever.
* If the Cleveland Browns were European and played soccer, they might be the 1.FC Nürnberg. One of the finest teams of the 1920s and still pretty damn good up to the 1968 championship (their ninth), they managed to do what no team had done before or done since - they were relegated as reigning champions. The years after that were painful attempts to get back into the first division, which they only managed once they had given up on it - only to get relegated promptly thereafter. They proceeded to buy players that - as 1968 coach Max Merkel observed - would not be worth the price a butcher would ask for them and proceeded to humiliate and embarrass their fans in every way possible, despite a brief respite in the 1980s when a young team made it to the Uefa Cup and the DFB-Cup final (which they lost to Bayern München). However, in 2007 the team seemed to have finally caught a break. Lead by beloved coach Hans Meyer, they made it to the Cup Final and won it this time. With a bright future ahead, a team was assembled that could tackle the European games to come.... Only to manage something which has ''also'' not been done by any other German team before or since: They were relegated as reigning cup champions. Solid works boys, solid work. Basically everything since (and including) 1969 has been a giant dork age and unlike other examples, their seems to be just no end in sight. Fans have taken to the phrase "Der Glubb is a Debb - Aber ich mooch nan" [[note]]dialect for: The Club (Nuremberg is often referred to as simply "Der Club" which in Franconia is prononuced with a G) is an idiot - but I still love it[[/note]]

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** Steve [=McClaren's=] tenure as England manager from 2006--07.2006–07. A few good results in the first few Euro 2008 qualifiers soon gave way to failures to beat sides that they were easily beating under Eriksson, and what was widely regarded as England's worst-ever result when they needed a late goal to defeat ''Andorra'', the second-smallest country in UEFA. A couple of late wins and some freak results elsewhere gave England going into their final game... which instead resulted in the image of [=McClaren=] standing forlorn on the pitchside, holding a comically oversized umbrella and watching haplessly as his team was taken apart by Croatia. England failed to qualify, and [=McClaren=] was sacked the next morning, with a near-universal reputation as the single worst England manager ever.
* If the Cleveland Browns were European and played soccer, they might be the 1.FC Nürnberg. One of the finest teams of the 1920s and still pretty damn good up to the 1968 championship (their ninth), they managed to do what no team had done before or done since - they were relegated as reigning champions. The years after that were painful attempts to get back into the first division, which they only managed once they had given up on it - only to get relegated promptly thereafter. They proceeded to buy players that - as 1968 coach Max Merkel observed - would not be worth the price a butcher would ask for them and proceeded to humiliate and embarrass their fans in every way possible, despite a brief respite in the 1980s when a young team made it to the Uefa UEFA Cup and the DFB-Cup final (which they lost to Bayern München). However, in 2007 the team seemed to have finally caught a break. Lead by beloved coach Hans Meyer, they made it to the Cup Final and won it this time. With a bright future ahead, a team was assembled that could tackle the European games to come.... Only to manage something which has ''also'' not been done by any other German team before or since: They were relegated as reigning cup champions. Solid works work boys, solid work. Basically everything since (and including) 1969 has been a giant dork age and unlike other examples, their there seems to be just no end in sight. Fans have taken to the phrase "Der Glubb is a Debb - Aber ich mooch nan" [[note]]dialect for: The Club (Nuremberg is often referred to as simply "Der Club" which in Franconia is prononuced with a G) is an idiot - but I still love it[[/note]]



* American UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} in general went through a DorkAge in TheFifties, as the only place where the sport ''wasn't'' in a sorry state was UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The minor leagues were collapsing due to the availability of major league games on television, old stadiums were growing increasingly decrepit, the dominance of New York teams (particularly the Yankees)[[note]]Of the ten World Series held in the '50s, eight were won by teams from New York. The only years when this wasn't the case were 1957, when the UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Braves pulled it off, and 1959, when the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Dodgers won -- and just two years earlier, they had been the ''Brooklyn'' Dodgers.[[/note]] was causing fans outside New York to tune out, some teams were still refusing to integrate long after Jackie Robinson had broken down the color barrier, and the sport had no real presence (other than the aforementioned minor leagues) in the fast-growing "Sun Belt" of the South and the West Coast. All of this gave [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]], both professional and [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college-level]], enough room to build itself up as a serious rival to baseball's status as "America's pastime." This ended in TheSixties once teams (led by the Giants and the Dodgers) started moving to the South and West and giving the sport a real nationwide presence, along with the Yankees' own DorkAge meaning that other teams (especially in the American League) now stood a chance.\\

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* American UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} in general went through a DorkAge in TheFifties, as the only place where the sport ''wasn't'' in a sorry state was UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The minor leagues were collapsing due to the availability of major league games on television, old stadiums were growing increasingly decrepit, the dominance of New York teams (particularly the Yankees)[[note]]Of the ten World Series held in the '50s, eight were won by teams from New York. York, and only the last one of these, in 1959, did not feature at least one NYC team. The only years when this wasn't the case were 1957, when the UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} Braves pulled it off, beat the Yankees, and 1959, when the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Dodgers won beat the UsefulNotes/Chicago White Sox -- and just two years earlier, they the L.A. team had been the ''Brooklyn'' Dodgers.[[/note]] was causing fans outside New York to tune out, some teams were still refusing to integrate long after Jackie Robinson UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson had broken down the color barrier, and the sport had no real presence (other than the aforementioned minor leagues) in the fast-growing "Sun Belt" of the South and the West Coast. All of this gave [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]], both professional and [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college-level]], enough room to build itself up as a serious rival to baseball's status as "America's pastime." This ended in TheSixties once teams (led by the Giants and the Dodgers) started moving to the South and West and giving the sport a real nationwide presence, along with the Yankees' own DorkAge meaning that other teams (especially in the American League) now stood a chance.\\



** Starting in 1964, the Yankees' long-running '50s dynasty quickly collapsed. While some have blamed Creator/{{CBS}} [[ScapegoatCreator buying a controlling stake in the team]], the biggest factor in their decline was the introduction of the MLB draft in 1965, making it much harder for the Yankees to replace their aging '50s superstars by [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney simply buying up every hot young talent]]. The Yankees finished 1965 in the second division (i.e. in the bottom half of the standings), and the following year they finished dead last in the American League. Longtime announcer and "Voice of the Yankees" Mel Allen was also fired in 1964 to save money. Things got slightly better in the ensuing years, but it was only when George Steinbrenner took over the team in 1973 that it became a contender again.

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** Starting in 1964, the Yankees' long-running '50s dynasty quickly collapsed. While some have blamed Creator/{{CBS}} [[ScapegoatCreator buying a controlling stake in the team]], the biggest factor there were two major factors in their decline decline.
*** First, in 1960, Charlie Finley bought the then-UsefulNotes/KansasCity Athletics from the estate of Arnold Johnson, who had moved the team from UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} after the 1954 season. Johnson
was widely accused of operating the A's as an effective Yankees farm club, allegedly allowing the Yankees to develop their young talent in a major-league environment before getting the players back in sweetheart deals.[[note]]Historic evidence for this is sketchy, but it is known that under MLB rules of that day, the Yankees held the major-league rights to Kansas City, since their top farm club had been based in that city. The Yankees moved the minor-league team to UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, and didn't ask for one cent of the large indemnity they could have demanded.[[/note]] Finley immediately stopped the "special relationship" between the A's and Yankees.
*** The ''coup de grace'' was delivered in 1965 with
the introduction of the MLB draft in 1965, draft, making it much even harder for the Yankees to replace their aging '50s superstars by [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney simply buying up every hot young talent]]. The Yankees finished 1965 in the second division (i.e. in the bottom half of the standings), and the following year they finished dead last in the American League. Longtime announcer and "Voice of the Yankees" Mel Allen was also fired in 1964 to save money. Things got slightly better in the ensuing years, but it was only when George Steinbrenner took over the team in 1973 that it became a contender again.



** 1990 started off with a lockout that cut into much of Spring Training. Fay Vincent, who became the commissioner after the sudden death of A. Bartlett Giamatti in September 1989 and oversaw the lockout, was forced out of office by the owners (among them, Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig, who would subsequently replace Vincent as commissioner, albeit on an "acting basis" at first) two years later.

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** 1990 started off with a lockout that cut into much of Spring Training. Fay Vincent, who became the commissioner after the sudden death of A. Bartlett Giamatti Giamatti[[note]]father of actors Creator/{{Paul|Giamatti}} and Marcus Giamatti[[/note]] in September 1989 and oversaw the lockout, was forced out of office by the owners (among them, Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig, who would subsequently replace Vincent as commissioner, albeit on an "acting basis" at first) two years later.



** For what it's worth, though, it was under Disney's ownership that the Angels built the team that won the World Series in 2002. While many fans cheered the Mouse-Ears selling to Arte Moreno that year, Moreno has since wrecked the team by trying to make them the Yankees of the West Coast, giving the front office the edict to always sign the best player in free agency each year (in addition to the debacle over the city of Anaheim suing the team to keep their name with the team, forcing them to now be called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). This has led to them dumping proven veterans like Vlad Guererro and Torri Hunter in order to eventually sign expensive contracts with declining superstars like Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. After two injury-plagued years that saw the latter fail to produce close to the numbers he had in Texas and admitting to a drug relapse, Moreno basically shunned Hamilton completely in the 2015 pre-season, and the Angels eventually handed him back to the Rangers, getting ''nothing'' in return ''and'' agreeing to still pay more than 80 percent of his remaining contract, which still had three years to go. With the financial strain of that and the six more years on Pujols' deal and a depleted farm system, the Angels could very well be in for another longer Dork Age, despite them also having baseball's current best player, Mike Trout.

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** For what it's worth, though, it was under Disney's ownership that the Angels built the team that won the World Series in 2002. While many fans cheered the Mouse-Ears selling to Arte Moreno that year, Moreno has since wrecked the team by trying to make them the Yankees of the West Coast, giving the front office the edict to always sign the best player in free agency each year (in addition to the debacle over the city of Anaheim suing the team to keep their name with the team, forcing them to now be called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). This has led to them dumping proven veterans like Vlad Guererro and Torri Torii Hunter in order to eventually sign expensive contracts with declining superstars like Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. After two injury-plagued years that saw the latter fail to produce close to the numbers he had in Texas and admitting to a drug relapse, Moreno basically shunned Hamilton completely in the 2015 pre-season, and the Angels eventually handed him back to the Rangers, getting ''nothing'' in return ''and'' agreeing to still pay more than 80 percent of his remaining contract, which still had three years to go. With the financial strain of that and the six more years on Pujols' deal and a depleted farm system, the Angels could very well be in for another longer Dork Age, despite them also having baseball's current best player, Mike Trout.[[note]]Though as of 2016, Washington Nationals fans may beg to differ, with the rise of Bryce Harper to become Trout's main [[TheRival rival]] for that crown.[[/note]]



** Trading away face-of-the-franchise Mike Piazza, who continued his career as arguably the greatest offensive catcher in baseball history with the New York Mets and will undoubtedly be elected to the Hall of Fame as a Met.

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** Trading away face-of-the-franchise Mike Piazza, who continued his career as arguably the greatest offensive catcher in baseball history with the New York Mets and will undoubtedly be was elected to the Hall of Fame as a Met.



* The Minnesota Twins have had a succession of dark ages interspersed with periods of true brilliance. Their pre-move incarnation, the Washington Senators, were so legendarily bad through much of their existence (with the exception of TheRoaringTwenties, in which the franchise won its first - and for six decades ''only'' - World Series championship), that San Francisco sports writer Charley Dryden once quipped, "Washington: First in war, First in peace, and Last in the American League." The novel ''The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant'' was written riffing on the team's legendary badness, and made into the musical ''DamnYankees''. After their move to Minnesota at the end of the 1960 season, the team rapidly rose to prominence, winning the American League Pennant in 1965 before losing the WorldSeries in seven games to the LosAngelesDodgers. They won the newly-formed AL West twice before this period of prominence came to an end, but end it did, and the team's longest dork age in Minnesota (and the worst uniform in its history) lasted from 1971 until 1984, a period in which arose the team's lasting nickname, the ''Twinkies''. This era marked some of the most shamefully bad play in the franchise's history and ended when the notoriously stingy Griffith family sold the team to local banking magnate Carl Pohlad. 1993 marked the beginning of its second dork age, which lasted until 2000, which was denoted by a number of fading stars with origins in the Twin Cities (which wasn't all bad - Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor each had reasonably productive years in Minnesota and bagged their 3000th hits wearing Twins pinstripes, but it also brought several infamous loads to the Metrodome), forcing it to rely for the majority of its pitching and run production on players who really should have spent a lot more time developing in the minors, and the third - the shortest one yet - began in 2011 and lasted until the beginning of 2015.

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* The Minnesota Twins have had a succession of dark ages interspersed with periods of true brilliance. Their pre-move incarnation, the Washington Senators, were so legendarily bad through much of their existence (with the exception of TheRoaringTwenties, in which the franchise won its first - and for six decades ''only'' - World Series championship), that San Francisco sports writer Charley Dryden once quipped, "Washington: First in war, First in peace, and Last in the American League." The novel ''The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant'' was written riffing on the team's legendary badness, and made into the musical ''DamnYankees''.''Theatre/DamnYankees''. After their move to Minnesota at the end of the 1960 season, the team rapidly rose to prominence, winning the American League Pennant in 1965 before losing the WorldSeries in seven games to the LosAngelesDodgers. They won the newly-formed AL West twice before this period of prominence came to an end, but end it did, and the team's longest dork age in Minnesota (and the worst uniform in its history) lasted from 1971 until 1984, a period in which arose the team's lasting nickname, the ''Twinkies''. This era marked some of the most shamefully bad play in the franchise's history and ended when the notoriously stingy Griffith family sold the team to local banking magnate Carl Pohlad. 1993 marked the beginning of its second dork age, which lasted until 2000, which was denoted by a number of fading stars with origins in the Twin Cities (which wasn't all bad - Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor each had reasonably productive years in Minnesota and bagged their 3000th hits wearing Twins pinstripes, but it also brought several infamous loads to the Metrodome), forcing it to rely for the majority of its pitching and run production on players who really should have spent a lot more time developing in the minors, and the third - the shortest one yet - began in 2011 and lasted until the beginning of 2015.



* Entire Japanese MMA scene is a shadow of what it was before PRIDE disbanded. Rumors of Yakuza involvement and match fixing kept UFC from its original plan of running PRIDE as a separate organisation, most of the international fighters moved to the American organisations (UFC and Strikeforce) and none of the smaller Japanese promotions (DREAM, DEEP, Shooto, Pancrase) reached similar level of popularity and prestige as PRIDE.

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* Entire The entire Japanese MMA scene is a shadow of what it was before PRIDE disbanded. Rumors of Yakuza involvement and match fixing kept UFC from its original plan of running PRIDE as a separate organisation, most of the international fighters moved to the American organisations (UFC and Strikeforce) and none of the smaller Japanese promotions (DREAM, DEEP, Shooto, Pancrase) reached similar level of popularity and prestige as PRIDE.



*** The dominance of Jimmie Johnson. Jeff Gordon has been a polarizing figure for his career for being a California transplant coming in and winning, but at least he would occasionally crack a smile, show charisma and make it look like he might actually have some good ol’ boy in him. Johnson (whose car is owned by Gordon) has pretty much been a politically correct milquetoast personality that Madison Avenue loves but has never been popular with racing fans that prefer characters. Add that to him taking advantage of the aforementioned Chase format to win five consecutive championships (breaking Cale Yarborough’s record of three straight) and holding six as of 2015 to put him just one behind legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, and he made racing boring for quite a few old guard fans.
*** Several rules changes, with the biggest perhaps being the “freeze the field” rule that immediately halts racing the instant a caution flag comes out rather than allowing drivers to race back to the line first. This led to NASCAR having to make even more changes to try and avoid a race ending under yellow, finally agreeing to add the “green-white-checkered” rule (the race is extended past the scheduled # of laps to allow two last laps of racing if needed). While this has been the best possible option to ensure fans got to see an actual race finish, it still irked some fans who felt such conditions “cheapened a race win coming longer than the actual # of miles ran.
*** The "Car of Tomorrow," which was introduced in 2007 with its splitter replacing the front bumper and rear wing replacing the spoiler; the new car was among several new safety mandates NASCAR introduced after Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 (which sadly may have been the incident that spiked NASCAR's popularity in the early 2000s). Despite doing its job as far as safety - no one has died in a crash after four died from 2000-01 - drivers complained about its handling and fans complained about boring racing as a result. The car was announced to be discontinued as of 2013.

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*** The dominance of Jimmie Johnson. Jeff Gordon has been a polarizing figure for his career for being a California transplant coming in and winning, but at least he would occasionally crack a smile, show charisma and make it look like he might actually have some good ol’ boy in him. Johnson (whose car is owned by Gordon) has pretty much been a politically correct milquetoast personality that Madison Avenue loves but has never been popular with racing fans that prefer characters. Add that to him taking advantage of the aforementioned Chase format to win five consecutive championships (breaking Cale Yarborough’s record of three straight) and holding six as of 2015 to put him just one behind legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Creator/DaleEarnhardt, and he made racing boring for quite a few old guard fans.
*** Several rules changes, with the biggest perhaps being the “freeze the field” rule that immediately halts racing the instant a caution flag comes out rather than allowing drivers to race back to the line first. This led to NASCAR having to make even more changes to try and avoid a race ending under yellow, finally agreeing to add the “green-white-checkered” “green-white-checker” rule (the race is extended past the scheduled # of laps to allow two last laps of racing if needed). While this has been the best possible option to ensure fans got to see an actual race finish, it still irked some fans who felt such conditions “cheapened a race win coming longer than the actual # of miles ran.
*** The "Car of Tomorrow," which was introduced in 2007 with its splitter replacing the front bumper and rear wing replacing the spoiler; the new car was among several new safety mandates NASCAR introduced after Dale Earnhardt's Creator/DaleEarnhardt's fatal crash on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 (which sadly may have been the incident that spiked NASCAR's popularity in the early 2000s). Despite doing its job as far as safety - no one has died in a crash after four died from 2000-01 - drivers complained about its handling and fans complained about boring racing as a result. The car was announced to be discontinued as of 2013.



* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, the famed basketball player, playing professional baseball. Even he admits he wasn't that good and that it was mostly a chance to clear his head after his father's death, a process not fully completed until [[Film/SpaceJam he helped classic Looney Toon characters triumph over the diabolical Mon-Stars]]. Tin-foil heads have a great conspiracy theory that states he was secretly suspended for a year for a gambling problem. There's no proof, but man, few people would be surprised.

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* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, the famed basketball player, playing professional baseball. Even he admits he wasn't that good and that it was mostly a chance to clear his head after his father's death, a process not fully completed until [[Film/SpaceJam he helped classic Looney Toon Tunes characters triumph over the diabolical Mon-Stars]]. Tin-foil heads have a great conspiracy theory that states he was secretly suspended for a year for a gambling problem. There's no proof, but man, few people would be surprised.



* One could claim the New York Knicks have been in a Dork Age since 1973, the last year they won the championship, especially since they have only made the NBA Finals twice in the more than 40 years since then. But the years following that last Finals trip in 1999 have been especially lean. The Knicks have only made it past the first round of the playoffs once since 2001, missing the playoffs entirely 10 times in that span. They have brought in the likes of Lenny Wilkens, Larry Brown, Isaiah Thomas and even Phil Jackson to turn things around, and yet things just seem to get worse and worse. Jackson’s first year as team president saw them hit rock bottom, as their 17 wins in 2014-15 were the fewest in franchise history - for a team that dates back to the NBA’s founding, including the early years where they played at least 20 games fewer in a season than they do now.

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* One could claim the New York Knicks have been in a Dork Age since 1973, the last year they won the championship, especially since they have only made the NBA Finals twice in the more than 40 years since then. But the years following that last Finals trip in 1999 have been especially lean. The Knicks have only made it past the first round of the playoffs once since 2001, missing the playoffs entirely 10 times in that span. They have brought in the likes of Lenny Wilkens, Larry Brown, Isaiah Isiah Thomas and even Phil Jackson to turn things around, and yet things just seem to get worse and worse. Jackson’s first year as team president saw them hit rock bottom, as their 17 wins in 2014-15 were the fewest in franchise history - for a team that dates back to the NBA’s founding, including the early years where they played at least 20 games fewer in a season than they do now.



* It can be argued that the mighty Los Angeles Lakers are currently in a Dork Age. After winning 2 Championships with the Kobe Bryant-Pau Gasol-Phil Jackson core, the Lakers underwent several misfortunes (Early playoff exits, A blocked trade for Chris Paul, Aging players, Phil Jackson retiring) that brought them from a contender to a playoff disappointment. To solve these problems and compete in the rough Western Conference, the Lakers brought in superstars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash through trades in 2012. While the Lakers were expected to dominate and win the Championship with that roster, they ended up doing the opposite: they struggled throughout the season (due to injuries, underperforming players, incompetent coaching, and lack of team chemistry) and ended up barely (with a 42-40 record) making the playoffs, where they were SWEPT by the San Antonio Spurs ([[KickTheDog To make it worse]], longtime owner Jerry Buss died that season). The next season was a lot harsher, as Dwight Howard left for Houston, [[WorfHadTheFlu Kobe and Steve Nash were out for almost the entire season thanks to injuries]], and the Lakers ended up missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The [[HumiliationConga pain train]] just kept chugging on for the Lakers during the most recent season, as several players (Steve Nash, Pau Gasol etc.) left thru free agency or retirement, Kobe continued playing despite being injured and WAY past his prime, and LA had to put on the floor mediocre players such as Ed Davis, Wesley Johnson, and Ronnie Price. The result? A 21-61 record; the Lakers' worst season since they moved to Los Angeles. Not helping the Lakers right now is their less-than-stellar front office and ownership (Current VP of Basketball Operations, Jim Buss (Jerry's son), is commonly seen as the scapegoat of these problems), and their inability to attract top tier free agents. However, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, as the Lakers have young and promising players (and possible all-stars) such as Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell, and Kobe's retirement will free up a large portion of the team's budget. However, the 2015-16 Lakers ended posting their [[FromBadToWorse worst record in franchise history,]] 17-65.

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* It can be argued that the mighty Los Angeles Lakers are currently in a Dork Age. After winning 2 Championships championships with the Kobe Bryant-Pau Gasol-Phil Jackson core, the Lakers underwent several misfortunes (Early playoff exits, A blocked trade for Chris Paul, Aging aging players, Phil Jackson retiring) that brought them from a contender to a playoff disappointment. To solve these problems and compete in the rough Western Conference, the Lakers brought in superstars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash through trades in 2012. While the Lakers were expected to dominate and win the Championship with that roster, they ended up doing the opposite: they struggled throughout the season (due to injuries, underperforming players, incompetent coaching, and lack of team chemistry) and ended up barely (with a 42-40 record) making the playoffs, where they were SWEPT by the San Antonio Spurs ([[KickTheDog To make it worse]], longtime owner Jerry Buss died that season). The next season was a lot harsher, as Dwight Howard left for Houston, [[WorfHadTheFlu Kobe and Steve Nash were out for almost the entire season thanks to injuries]], and the Lakers ended up missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The [[HumiliationConga pain train]] just kept chugging on for the Lakers during the most recent season, as several players (Steve Nash, Pau Gasol etc.) left thru free agency or retirement, Kobe continued playing despite being injured and WAY past his prime, and LA had to put on the floor mediocre players such as Ed Davis, Wesley Johnson, and Ronnie Price. The result? A 21-61 record; the Lakers' worst season since they moved to Los Angeles. Not helping the Lakers right now is their less-than-stellar front office and ownership (Current (current VP of Basketball Operations, Jim Buss (Jerry's son), is commonly seen as the scapegoat of these problems), and their inability to attract top tier free agents. However, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, as the Lakers have young and promising players (and possible all-stars) such as Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell, and Kobe's retirement will free up a large portion of the team's budget. However, the 2015-16 Lakers ended posting their [[FromBadToWorse worst record in franchise history,]] 17-65. And, even though Kobe's retirement did give the Lakers a huge amount of cap room, his salary comes off the books at the exact time that the league's huge new TV deal kicks in, giving about ''half the league'' cap room at least as large as that of the Lakers.



* After receiving the NCAA's first-ever "death penalty" (banned from playing games for two years) in 1987, Southern Methodist University would have only one winning season and no bowl games in the 20 years after that, until June Jones took over as coach for the 2008 season and ended the drought the next year.

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* After receiving the NCAA's first-ever "death penalty" (banned from playing games for two years) in 1987, 1987,[[note]]Technically, SMU was banned only for the 1987 season, but would have been limited to only road games in 1988; the school decided to sit out 1988 as well since they saw no chance of being competitive.[[/note]] Southern Methodist University would have only one winning season and no bowl games in the 20 years after that, until June Jones took over as coach for the 2008 season and ended the drought the next year.



** A regression in starting quarterback Jeff Driskel. Once considered to be the best recruit of the 2010 class, he performed worse and worse to the point where NFL and College Football Hall of Famer and former Florida runningback Emmitt Smith publicly called for Driskel to be benched on Twitter.

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** A regression in starting quarterback Jeff Driskel. Once considered to be the best recruit of the 2010 class, he performed worse and worse to the point where NFL and College Football Hall of Famer and former Florida runningback running back Emmitt Smith publicly called for Driskel to be benched on Twitter.



* The Tennessee Volunteers have been hit with this ever since Phillip Fullmer left in 2008, and these are just the coaches responsible:

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* The Tennessee Volunteers have been hit with this ever since Phillip Fullmer Fulmer left in 2008, and these are just the coaches responsible:



* The Pittsburgh Panthers were once a major force in college football. Under coaches Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherill and Foge Fazio and quarterback Dan Marino, they won a national title in 1980 and consistently reached major bowls throughout the '70s and early '80s. After a Fiesta Bowl loss in 1983, the team went 3-8 the following year, beginning a drastic downslide. The team made only two minor bowls between 1984 and 1997; even Majors' return in the mid-90s did little more than tarnish his reputation. Pitt rebuilt drastically under Walt Harris, reaching several bowls including a 2004 Fiesta Bowl (where [[CurbStompBattle they were crushed by Utah, 35-7]]). As of this writing, they've managed eight consecutive bowl appearances, though still haven't matched their peak in the '70s and '80s.[[/folder]]

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* The Pittsburgh Panthers were once a major force in college football. Under coaches Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherill Sherrill and Foge Fazio and quarterback Dan Marino, they won a national title in 1980 and consistently reached major bowls throughout the '70s and early '80s. After a Fiesta Bowl loss in 1983, the team went 3-8 the following year, beginning a drastic downslide. The team made only two minor bowls between 1984 and 1997; even Majors' return in the mid-90s did little more than tarnish his reputation. Pitt rebuilt drastically under Walt Harris, reaching several bowls including a 2004 Fiesta Bowl (where [[CurbStompBattle they were crushed by Utah, 35-7]]). As of this writing, they've managed eight consecutive bowl appearances, though still haven't matched their peak in the '70s and '80s.[[/folder]]



** It didn't help Wannstedt when Jim Harbaugh walked after the 1993 season. Also, a series of poor draft picks (John Thierry, Curtis Enis, Cade McNown, David Terrell) ensured that the Bears would stay in that DorkAge for some time.

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** It didn't help Wannstedt when Jim Harbaugh walked after the 1993 season. Also, a series of poor draft picks (John Thierry, Curtis Enis, Cade McNown, [=McNown=], David Terrell) ensured that the Bears would stay in that DorkAge for some time.



* The NFL's St. Louis Rams' downward spiral can be seen as a DorkAge for some. 2005 started the decline with a 6-10 season. After Mike Martz was fired following the 2005 season, the Rams hired [[TheScrappy Scott Linehan]] to be their head coach. They quickly jumped to a 4-1 start, only to finish with an 8-8 record. However, things went sour. They finished the next two seasons with 3-13 and 2-14; with the defence ranked dead last both seasons. During the 2008 season, the Rams fired Linehan and replaced him with Jim Haslett after an 0-4 start. The architect of part of the Rams' Dork Age, Jay Zygmunt, resigned before the 2008 season was over and Billy Devaney took over and eventually became GM. Steve Spagnuolo, hyped as being the next best head coach ever, was hired. Despite a dreadful 1-15, they kept Spags and drafted Sam Bradford to replace Marc Bulger (who was released on April 5, 2010). They struggled early on in the 2010 season, going 0-2, then going 7-7 afterwards. However, they lost a key game against Seattle on the road, finishing 2010 with a 7-9 record and losing the division to the Seahawks ''on a tiebreaker''. Offencive coordinator Pat Shurmur was hired by the Cleveland Browns and then replaced by [[ReplacementScrappy Josh McDaniels]] (but only after their original hire of Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely [in the end, for a year] due to the New Orleans Saints "bounty scandal"). Fast forward to the 2011 season, when the Rams lost their first six games despite being favorites to win the NFC West. they're picked to win the NFC West. Fans blamed the team's dead-last offensive ranking on Bradford, [[MisBlamed but failed to note that the weak O-line hardly did anything to protect him.]] They neglected to pick up any wide receivers, except for signing a washed-up Mike Sims-Walker (who they recently waived). Seems they built the team ''around'' Steven Jackson instead of Sam Bradford.

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* The NFL's St. Louis Rams' downward spiral can be seen as a DorkAge for some. 2005 started the decline with a 6-10 season. After Mike Martz was fired following the 2005 season, the Rams hired [[TheScrappy Scott Linehan]] to be their head coach. They quickly jumped to a 4-1 start, only to finish with an 8-8 record. However, things went sour. They finished the next two seasons with 3-13 and 2-14; with the defence ranked dead last both seasons. During the 2008 season, the Rams fired Linehan and replaced him with Jim Haslett after an 0-4 start. The architect of part of the Rams' Dork Age, Jay Zygmunt, resigned before the 2008 season was over and Billy Devaney took over and eventually became GM. Steve Spagnuolo, hyped as being the next best head coach ever, was hired. Despite a dreadful 1-15, they kept Spags and drafted Sam Bradford to replace Marc Bulger (who was released on April 5, 2010). They struggled early on in the 2010 season, going 0-2, then going 7-7 afterwards. However, they lost a key game against Seattle on the road, finishing 2010 with a 7-9 record and losing the division to the Seahawks ''on a tiebreaker''. Offencive Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was hired by the Cleveland Browns and then replaced by [[ReplacementScrappy Josh McDaniels]] (but only after their original hire of Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely [in the end, for a year] due to the New Orleans Saints "bounty scandal"). Fast forward to the 2011 season, when the Rams lost their first six games despite being favorites to win the NFC West. they're picked to win the NFC West. Fans blamed the team's dead-last offensive ranking on Bradford, [[MisBlamed but failed to note that the weak O-line hardly did anything to protect him.]] They neglected to pick up any wide receivers, except for signing a washed-up Mike Sims-Walker (who they recently waived). Seems they built the team ''around'' Steven Jackson instead of Sam Bradford.



* When it comes to the Dork Age of Sports, Who Dey! Who Dey! Who Dey think gonna beat dem Cincinnati Bengals?! Twenty-five years without a playoff win. Seven playoff games = seven embarassing losses; the last five, in a franchise-record playoffs streak from 2011-15, resulted in an NFL record for consecutive first round losses, including two squandered division titles (2013, 2015). A Who's Who List of Draft Busts and Questionable-at-Best Free Agent Pickups. A scouting department and coaching staffs full of [[YesMan Yes Men]]. A tortured fanbase ''foaming at the mouth'' for a better team. And the one constant string-puller in the last two decades of debacles? Mike Brown.

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* When it comes to the Dork Age of Sports, Who Dey! Who Dey! Who Dey think gonna beat dem Cincinnati Bengals?! Twenty-five years without a playoff win. Seven playoff games = seven embarassing embarrassing losses; the last five, in a franchise-record playoffs streak from 2011-15, resulted in an NFL record for consecutive first round losses, including two squandered division titles (2013, 2015). A Who's Who List of Draft Busts and Questionable-at-Best Free Agent Pickups. A scouting department and coaching staffs full of [[YesMan Yes Men]]. A tortured fanbase ''foaming at the mouth'' for a better team. And the one constant string-puller in the last two decades of debacles? Mike Brown.



* The "new" Cleveland Browns. A once-successful franchise that was the home of legendary running back Jim Brown and a long history that included four NFL championships, and three championships when they were part of the All-American Football Conference before that league folded and the Browns jumped to the NFL itself. Though they never won a championship in the "Super Bowl" era (1967 to present) they did have 14 playoff appearances and were, at worst, a respectable team. Then, in 1995, owner Art Modell controversially uprooted the franchise and moved them to Baltimore. The city of Cleveland filed a lawsuit and were allowed to hold on to the Browns name and history, in hopes of one day returning to play under a new franchise, which they were eventually awarded, and after a three-year hiatus, the Browns returned to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999. Since then, they've been a disaster, posting a 84–172 record through the 2014 season. They have had only two winning seasons:(2002, 2007), and only made the playoffs once as a wild card team. The reason for the continued ineptitude are multiple, and include a revolving-door at both the head coach and Quarterback positions they can never seem to fix, years of bad draft picks, injuries, and embarrassing legal problems with the ownership. Playing in a tough division opposite Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh hasn't helped, either. To add salt to the wound, the "old" Cleveland Browns (now Baltimore Ravens) have since won two Super Bowls, while the "new" Browns are widely viewed as the league's ButtMonkey franchise.
** The quarterback position has been a particularly sore spot for the new Browns, as they've either had draft busts (Tim Couch, and, unless he sorts his life out, Johhny Manziel), nondescript journeymen (Kelly Holcomb, Josh and Luke [=McCown=]), or past-their-prime former studs (Jeff Garcia, Jake Delhomme) leading the team. As of the 2016 offseason, the team has had 24 starting quarterbacks in 17 seasons. Compare that to the New England Patriots, who have only had three starting [=QBs=] -- Drew Bledsoe, Sports/TomBrady, and Matt Cassel -- over the same period of time.

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* The "new" Cleveland Browns. A once-successful franchise that was the home of legendary running back Jim Brown and a long history that included four NFL championships, and three championships when they were part of the All-American Football Conference before that league folded and the Browns jumped to the NFL itself. Though they never won a championship in the "Super Bowl" era (1967 to present) they did have 14 playoff appearances and were, at worst, a respectable team. Then, in 1995, owner Art Modell controversially uprooted the franchise and moved them to Baltimore. The city of Cleveland filed a lawsuit and were allowed to hold on to the Browns name and history, in hopes of one day returning to play under a new franchise, which they were eventually awarded, and after a three-year hiatus, the Browns returned to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999. Since then, they've been a disaster, posting a 84–172 record through the 2014 season. They have had only two winning seasons:(2002, seasons (2002, 2007), and only made the playoffs once as a wild card team. The reason for the continued ineptitude are multiple, and include a revolving-door at both the head coach and Quarterback positions they can never seem to fix, years of bad draft picks, injuries, and embarrassing legal problems with the ownership. Playing in a tough division opposite Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh hasn't helped, either. To add salt to the wound, the "old" Cleveland Browns (now Baltimore Ravens) have since won two Super Bowls, while the "new" Browns are widely viewed as the league's ButtMonkey franchise.
** The quarterback position has been a particularly sore spot for the new Browns, as they've either had draft busts (Tim Couch, and, unless he sorts his life out, Johhny Manziel), nondescript journeymen (Kelly Holcomb, Josh and Luke [=McCown=]), or past-their-prime former studs (Jeff Garcia, Jake Delhomme) leading the team. As of the 2016 offseason, the team has had 24 starting quarterbacks in 17 seasons. Compare that to the New England Patriots, who have only had three starting [=QBs=] -- Drew Bledsoe, Sports/TomBrady, Creator/TomBrady, and Matt Cassel -- over the same period of time.



* Due to its extremely small market, the Edmonton Oilers have had this trope invoked often. The rare aversion in their history came, oddly enough, when Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. At first, it began as a textbook DorkAge when the Kings beat the Oilers in the 1989 playoffs, but Edmonton averted it by winning the Stanley Cup the following year with Mark Messier as the face of the franchise. The year following the Oilers' Cup win, Messier was traded to the New York Rangers, beginning one of two Dork Ages.

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* Due to its extremely small market, the Edmonton Oilers have had this trope invoked often. The rare aversion in their history came, oddly enough, when Wayne Gretzky UsefulNotes/WayneGretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. At first, it began as a textbook DorkAge when the Kings beat the Oilers in the 1989 playoffs, but Edmonton averted it by winning the Stanley Cup the following year with Mark Messier as the face of the franchise. The year following the Oilers' Cup win, Messier was traded to the New York Rangers, beginning one of two Dork Ages.



** 4. Selling ESPN's television broadcast rights to the NHL to what was at the time, the nearly-unheard-of Outdoor Life Network, that later became Versus. Hockey fans [[SarcasmMode took pride]] that their sport was on the same network as APBR Bull Riding and Dirt Track racing. And even then the coverage of Hockey was notoriously bad. Only recently under the new name of NBC Sports Network has it gotten any better.

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** 4. Selling ESPN's television broadcast rights to the NHL to what was at the time, the nearly-unheard-of Outdoor Life Network, that later became Versus. Hockey fans [[SarcasmMode took pride]] that their sport was on the same network as APBR PBR Bull Riding and Dirt Track racing. And even then the coverage of Hockey was notoriously bad. Only recently under the new name of NBC Sports Network has it gotten any better.



** On the other hand, in men's doubles, the Bryan twins have been ridiculously dominant for most of this period, with 15 Grand Slam titles (four of them in succession, though not in the same calendar year), an Olympic gold, and too many tournament wins to count.

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** On the other hand, in men's doubles, the Bryan twins have been ridiculously dominant for most of this period, with 15 16 Grand Slam titles (four of them in succession, though not in the same calendar year), an Olympic gold, and too many tournament wins to count.
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** Some will argue that the PBA in the mid-2010s is also going through a new Dork Age. Arguably biased commissioner? Check. Lack of effort on defense? Check. High scores (Filipinos tend to love defensive basketball) as a result of said lack of defense? Check. No parity, what with two expansion teams making it a 12-team league in 2014? Check. Bullshit trades that benefit contenders and make also-rans look like farm teams? Check, check, and check.
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