History DorkAge / Sports

16th Jan '17 7:34:49 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The Chicago Cubs were in a ''108 year'' Dork Age, having not won the World Series since ''1908'' until ''finally'' winning it all in 2016 and, up until 2016, hadn't won a National League pennant since ''1945''. Such highlights include:

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* The Chicago UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Cubs were in a ''108 year'' Dork Age, having not won the World Series since ''1908'' until ''finally'' winning it all in 2016 and, up until 2016, hadn't won a National League pennant since ''1945''. Such highlights include:


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* And Chicago's other team, the White Sox, suffered this for forty years after the "Black Sox" scandal in 1919, when several players threw the World Series in order to collect on gambling bets; eight players (most notably "Shoeless" Joe Jackson) were banned from the sport for life, and the team would not win another pennant for forty years. While the team went back to being good in the '50s and early '60s, including beating the Yankees in the American League Championship Series in 1959, they fell back into this from the late '60s through the '80s, with the [[DeaderThanDisco "Disco Demolition Night"]] debacle in 1979 being a low point and only a division title in 1983 salvaging the era; there was talk of moving the team to UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} or Tampa. The White Sox went back to quality in the '90s and '00s, culminating in them breaking the "Curse of the Black Sox" and winning the World Series in 2005. The '10s, however, seem to have seen them slide back into a Dork Age, with losing seasons every year since 2013.
14th Jan '17 2:41:45 PM Xarvas
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* 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.

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* 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) Pancrase, Rizin, ONE FC) reached similar level of popularity and prestige as PRIDE.PRIDE.
* UFC middleweight division from 2008 (Silva vs. Cote) to 2010 (Silva vs. Maia). Despite Anderson Silva being the best MMA fighter in the world at the time, UFC really struggled to find good competition for him. This period was marred by bouts against grapplers who refused to engage Silva on the feet, even to take him down. Silva meanwhile was showboating and waiting for opponents to engage (since he is known as a counter-fighter). Result? Boring 5 round fights (except against Cote, who injured his knee in the 3rd) with little to no activity and crowds turning against Silva. The dork age ended when Chael Sonnen became the no. 1 contender, unleashed some of the most vicious trash talk and self promotion ever seen in the UFC and then almost backed it up by beating up Silva for over 4 rounds, before getting caught in a triangle choke in the 5th. After that Silvas' opposition improved (most notably with a Sonnen rematch and a dream bout with Vitor Belfort), but his showboating finally got better of him when he lost the title after getting KO'd by Chris Weidman.
7th Jan '17 12:20:33 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The Boston Red Sox after their infamous sale of Babe Ruth's contract to the Yankees in 1920. The team was awful throughout the 1920's and 30's, essentially serving as a farm system for New York, making several other one-sided trades to help strengthen the Yankees' dynasty. Even the most die-hard Sox fans would probably have trouble naming any notable players in the 20's. They didn't have another winning season until 1935, and didn't win the American League pennant until 1946. Another Dork Age occurred in the first six years after Ted Williams retired in 1960. One could argue it lasted until they broke the "Curse of the Bambino" (referring to the above-mentioned Babe Ruth sale) in 2004, but the Red Sox were relatively successful overall, but just couldn't get a championship. Also, try telling a modern Sox fan the Red Sox sold out only a few games a year to watch a mediocre team playing in a falling-apart Fenway Park in the early to mid 80s. Then show them Roger Clemens' 20-strikeout game and point out all the empty seats. They will likely deny this ever happened. From a national standpoint, the "Yankees-Red Sox" rivalry was non-existent from the 1978 playoffs until the ALCS in 1999.
* Despite being one of the most storied teams in American sports, the New York Yankees have two periods that many fans would like to forget.

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* The Boston UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} Red Sox after their infamous sale of Babe Ruth's Creator/BabeRuth's contract to the Yankees in 1920. The team 1920, producing the infamous "Curse of the Bambino". One could argue that it was one long Dork Age from then until they broke the Curse in 2004, but the Red Sox were relatively successful overall; [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut they just couldn't win the World Series]]. However, there were three times when it definitely seemed as though the Sox were cursed:
** After they traded the Babe, the Red Sox were
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Dork Age occurred in the first six years after Ted Williams retired in 1960. One could argue it lasted 1960.
** Finally, from a national standpoint, the "Yankees-Red Sox" rivalry was non-existent from the 1978 playoffs
until they broke the "Curse of the Bambino" (referring to the above-mentioned Babe Ruth sale) ALCS in 2004, but the Red Sox were relatively successful overall, but just couldn't get a championship. Also, try 1999. Try telling a modern Sox fan that, in the early-mid '80s. the Red Sox sold out only a few games a year to watch a mediocre team playing in a falling-apart Fenway Park in the early to mid 80s.Park. Then show them Roger Clemens' 20-strikeout game and point out all the empty seats. They will likely deny this ever happened. From a national standpoint, the "Yankees-Red Sox" rivalry was non-existent from the 1978 playoffs until the ALCS in 1999.
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* Despite being one of the most storied teams in American sports, the New York UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} Yankees have two periods that many fans would like to forget.
7th Jan '17 8:01:44 AM RezaMaulana98
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* Among Spanish teams, Real Madrid suffered one due to LaserGuidedKarma after they refused to renew the contract of Vicente Del Bosque (their coach from late 1999 to 2003), who had helped them win two Spanish leagues and two Champions League trophies. During the following three years, the team entered a dark period without winning any major title, forcing their president to resign in early 2006. While the next president seemed to put things back to greatness (the club won the Spanish league twice in a row), a series of institutional scandals put the club at the risk of an legal relegation, which led to ''that'' president to resign in turn during January 2009. This, coupled with a series of curb-stomp defeats against Liverpool (0-1 and 4-0 in the Champions League's Round of 16), longtime rivals Barcelona (3-1 and 2-6 in the Spanish league, helping them win literally ''everything'' during that year while Madrid continued with their slump), and surprisingly Alcorcón (4-0 in the Copa del Rey), put the club in a ''very'' difficult situation that only improved with better coaches (José Mourinho and later Carlo Ancelotti) in the following years.

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* Among Spanish teams, Real Madrid suffered one due to LaserGuidedKarma after they refused to renew the contract of Vicente Del Bosque (their coach from late 1999 to 2003), who had helped them win two Spanish leagues and two Champions League trophies. During the following three years, the team entered a dark period without winning any major title, forcing their president to resign in early 2006. While the next president seemed to put things back to greatness (the club won the Spanish league twice in a row), a series of institutional scandals put the club at the risk of an legal relegation, which led to ''that'' president to resign in turn during January 2009. This, coupled with a series of curb-stomp defeats against Liverpool (0-1 and 4-0 in the Champions League's Round of 16), longtime rivals Barcelona (3-1 and 2-6 in the Spanish league, helping them win literally ''everything'' during that year while Madrid continued with their slump), and surprisingly Alcorcón (4-0 in the Copa del Rey), put the club in a ''very'' difficult situation that only improved with better coaches (José Mourinho and later Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti) Ancelotti, and somewhat surprisingly Zinedine Zidane) in the following years.
7th Jan '17 7:52:44 AM Jhonny
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* The German national team (which is just as much a world power in Handball as it is in soccer) after their win of the 2007 world cup. Before that, they had been to the final of the 2003 World Cup, to the final of the 2002 European Championship and won the 2004 European Championship, after that the flunked to fifth, elevnth, fifth and not even qualified[[note]] They did get a totally bogus "wild card" because the International Handball Federation could not afford to lose out on the German market - Germany ultimately placed seventh[[/note]] in World Cups and fourth, tenth, seventh and ''note even qualified''[[note]] [[RealityEnsues No Wild Card this time]] [[/note]] in European Championships. Until they made a few adjustments, hired Dagur Sigurðsson from Iceland as their manager and managed a DarkHorseVictory in the 2016 European Championship. Whether that is the new normal or only the setup for yet more embarrassing defeat remains to be seen.

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* The German national team (which is just as much a world power in Handball as it is in soccer) after their win of the 2007 world cup. Before that, they had been to the final of the 2003 World Cup, to the final of the 2002 European Championship and won the 2004 European Championship, after that the flunked to fifth, elevnth, eleventh, fifth and not even qualified[[note]] They did get a totally bogus "wild card" because the International Handball Federation could not afford to lose out on the German market - Germany ultimately placed seventh[[/note]] in World Cups and fourth, tenth, seventh and ''note even qualified''[[note]] [[RealityEnsues No Wild Card this time]] [[/note]] in European Championships. Until they made a few adjustments, hired Dagur Sigurðsson from Iceland as their manager and managed a DarkHorseVictory in the 2016 European Championship. Whether that is the new normal or only the setup for yet more embarrassing defeat remains to be seen.
7th Jan '17 7:32:00 AM RezaMaulana98
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** Speaking of [=MotoGP=] itself, the [=800cc=] engine era can be considered as a dark age for [=MotoGP=]. Manufacturers dropped out left and right; with Ilmor's project imploding before the 2007 season even reaches halfway, Team KR quietly folding in 2008, Kawasaki stopped racing there in 2008 as well (although Marco Melandri and Forward Racing [then Hayate Racing] ran the Kawasaki's for one last season in 2009), and Suzuki announced a sabbatical at the end of the 2011 season; leaving only Yamaha, Ducati, and Honda still competing by the end of the 2011 season. Rossi's injury in 2010 and subsequent poor form in Ducati mentioned above also hurts them as well. The condition was so bad that in 2012, [=MotoGP=] only effectively had 12 manufacturer bikes remaining on the grid[[note]]2 Repsol Hondas, 1 LCR Honda, 1 Gresini Honda, 2 Factory Yamahas, 2 Tech 3 Yamahas, 2 Factory Ducatis, 1 Pramac Ducati, and 1 Cardion AB Ducati[[/note]], with the rest are filled with somewhat-hopeless backmarkers from the then-recently introduced CRT class.
*** Fortunately for [=MotoGP=], Ducati's LoopholeAbuse on the Open Class rules in 2014 actually ''helped'' the sport, because this means any manufacturer who participated in [=MotoGP=] can have more freedom in their bike development depending on their results the previous season so they could catch up to the main factory bikes (which many considered to be Yamaha and Honda). In addition, a shake-up in the tires (from Bridgestone to Michelin) as well as a ban on manufacturer-specific [=ECUs=] helped bringing a closer competition as well. The result? Manufacturers are joining one-by-one (Suzuki returned in 2015, Aprilia quietly returned in 2015, and KTM made their debut in 2017); and the 2016 season saw a whooping ''9 different race winners'' and ''4 different manufacturers'' winning at least one race during the season; with some saying 2016 to be one of the best seasons '''ever'''.
23rd Nov '16 9:32:06 AM AreYouTyler
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* The San Diego Chargers were in a Dork Age from 1996 through 2013, where they failed to make the playoffs and never won more than half of their games. The Ryan Leaf era (1998 and 2000) deserves a special mention, as he threw more interceptions than touchdowns and became one of the worst draft picks of all time. Leaf's 2000 campaign saw the Chargers go 1-15, they replaced him with Drew Brees at quarterback, and the rest is history.

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* The San Diego Chargers were in a Dork Age from 1996 through 2013, 2003, where they failed to make the playoffs and never won more than half of their games. The Ryan Leaf era (1998 and 2000) deserves a special mention, as he threw more interceptions than touchdowns and became one of the worst draft picks of all time. Leaf's 2000 campaign saw the Chargers go 1-15, they replaced him with Drew Brees at quarterback, and the rest is history.
17th Nov '16 3:57:48 PM AreYouTyler
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* The San Diego Chargers were in a Dork Age from 1996 through 2013, where they failed to make the playoffs and never won more than half of their games. The Ryan Leaf era (1998 and 2000) deserves a special mention, as he threw more interceptions than touchdowns and became one of the worst draft picks of all time. Leaf's 2000 campaign saw the Chargers go 1-15, they replaced him with Drew Brees at quarterback, and the rest is history.
11th Nov '16 12:38:35 PM AreYouTyler
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* 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 "imperfect record" (016) 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 following playoff appearances (2011 and 2014) they haven't really played like the Lions of old.

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* 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. Barry Sanders, the team's longtime running back, retired before the 1999 season (at the top of his game!) because he was sick of playing for a lackluster team. "Sub-mediocre" is sometimes a generous description of the team's "prowess", never more so than the infamous "imperfect record" (016) 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 following playoff appearances (2011 and 2014) they haven't really played like the Lions of old.
8th Nov '16 3:56:39 PM AreYouTyler
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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 277 asskicking at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons, and also their second, a 3117 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in 2005. The 2005 season resulted in a 412 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 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.

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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 [[SarcasmMode stellar draft picks picks]] as Ahmad "Highway 28" Carroll, Cletidus Hunt, Carroll and B.J. Sander. The latter was taken in the first third 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 277 asskicking at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons, and also their second, a 3117 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in 2005. The 2005 season resulted in a 412 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 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.
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