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Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

Posted on: August 6, 2009 3:27 am
Edited on: August 9, 2009 7:57 pm
 
Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

NFL -  Saints    (42 seasons) .411 winning%, 6 playoff years, 0 titles
NBA - Clippers  (39 seasons) .362 winning% 7 playoff years, 0 titles
NHL - Coyotes -Jets (29 seasons) .467 win% 16 playoff years, 0 division, conference or league titles
MLB - Nationals -Expos (41 years) .476 win% 1 playoff year, 0 pennants
MLB - Rangers -Senators (49 yrs.) .469 win% 3 playoff years, 0 pennants, 0 LCS appearences

When you look at it from here that .362 winning percentage sticks out like a sore thumb. I would have to say at this time the L.A. Clippers are the worst team of all time. They do have 6 more playoff appearences than the Expos/Nationals, but it is much harder to get into the post season in baseball, especially 20-40 years ago.


NFL Runners Up:
Texans       (7 seasons) .357 winning%, 0 playoffs
Buccaneers (33 seasons) .398 winning%, 10 playoff years, 1 championship
Falcons      (43 seasons) .411 winning%, 9 playoff years, 1 conference championship

The only reason I included a team with a ring is because of that low winning percentage, was surprised to see it is still so low. I also assumed we would cut the Texans a break since they are so young, but they deserved to be noted here.

NBA Runner Up:
Grizzlies (14 seasons) .326 winning%, 3 playoff years, 0 titles

NHL Runners Up:
Kings (41 years) .472 winning%, 23 playoff years, 1 conference and division title
Thrashers (9 years) .436 winning%, 1 playoff year, 1 division title

The thing about the NHL playoff seasons is that the NHL for years sent more than half of its teams to the playoffs. These days it is about the same % as the NBA, but in the early 80's for instance (when the Kings and Jets were playing) 16 of 21 teams went to the playoffs.

MLB Runner Up:
Brewers -Pilots (41 seasons) .474 winning%, 3 playoff years, 1 World Series loss


Here are some answers to the comments below.

Yep the Lions had a good run in the 50's and they had a decent run in the 90's. They went to the playoffs six times in the 90's, the Saints have only been there 6 times in their entire history. 

 I did consider the Lions but as far as "ALL Time" they arent the worst, the Cardinals were closer to the list.

Lions (79 seasons) .462 win%, 14 playoff years, 4 championships
Cardinals (89 years) .413 win%, 7 playoff years, 2 championships + 1 conference champ

The Cubs haven't won a World Series in a hundred years but they do have a .514 winning percentage all time and have been to the playoffs 6 times in the last 25 years, that is much better than the Rangers/Senators and Expos/Nationals.


The confusion about the Senators is because there were two different Washington Senator organizations, the first one became the Twins in 1960, the second one became the Rangers in 1972.




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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2009 8:29 am
 

Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

Nky Bengals, thanks for the comment. If this were just for the last twenty years the Bengals would be in the discussion, but those two conference championships in the 80's put you ahead of the Saints and Falcons.

If this were just for the last twenty years your Reds would be in the discussion but my Pirates would be worse! The Big Red Machine in the 70's prevents them from being in the worst ever discussion though.



Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2009 11:58 am
 

Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

I'm gonna have to put a vote in for my beloved Bengals. I'd say Reds too due to recent performances, but apparently the Reds kicked ass way back in the day, but my Bungles... oh lawd.


0 Super Bowl wins. 1 playoff appearance in 19 years (Ruined thanks to YOUR Kimo Cry)


Awful win percentage for a long long time.



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2009 9:34 pm
 

Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

Very nice work. Would love to see a Cleveland team

on the list, as far as winning a Championship that is, but that's just me.





Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2009 11:19 pm
 

Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

Daneblazer I did mention that it is easier to make the playoffs in the NHL, though I did forget to mention the NBA. I do agree the Clippers are the worst ever.

Even if you take away Detroit's 4 championships they still have a better winning % and more playoff appearences than the Saints, so whatever way you look at it the Lions are not the worst. They may be the worst this decade but thats as far as it can go.



Since: Jun 7, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2009 9:53 pm
 

Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

Im not reading all the comments so...

You can break it down even further.  The championships of yester year mean a little less because there were less teams.  The Texans and Thrashers really shouldnt be in the discussion because they havent been around long enough.  Also, I would argue that it is much easier to make the playoffs in the NBA and NHL than the other leagues because of the amount of playoff seeds proportionate to the number of teams in the league.  Could throw in another variable such as above .500 seasons.  Once you consider all this I believe you'll find the Clippers as the worst team by far...and teams such as the Lions and other NBA NHL teams would move up the list as well. 



Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2009 8:09 pm
 

Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

Yes, I suppose that is so, but when I came home(between jobs) there were still 2 people ahead of me that hadn't picked...I honestly thought I would be up by then...by the time I was up, I was on my second job....but why we're here, since you're the founder of the league, I have a question.....

say one player chooses a player at a certain position...(example Kordell Steweart at QB)...could a second player choose the same player at a different position...like Kordell at WR,.,or are we truly limited to picking an athlete ONCE during the draft.   If two different players can choose that player at opposite positions(1st-Kordell at QB, 2nd-Kordell at WR), is that player locked in at that position for that player's team?   Just wondered...I think we should clarify that because we are going to run into that at some point in the draft.

You can cut and paste this paragraph as an example to the forementioned question...that would help.  Thanks.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2009 8:01 pm
 

Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

Well we had to wait for you yesterday and I guess we are waiting for Steelerseatbrowns today. Though I am still hoping he will get on today. We are still about ten days ahead of how long it took the Chiefs to get through the 6th round so I guess we are doing allright. I am getting anxious too but there doesn't seem to be much to do about it.



Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2009 7:55 pm
 

Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

Hey GoSteelers...a little off-topic here, but I've noticed our Steelers team voting is slowing down...I would have hoped to be a couple rounds deeper in the draft....what's taking so long?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2009 7:50 pm
 

Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

Yep the Lions had a good run in the 50's and they had a decent run in the 90's. They went to the playoffs six times in the 90's, the Saints have only been there 7 times in their entire history.

The Cubs haven't won a World Series in a hundred years but they do have a .514 winning percentage all time and have been to the playoffs 6 times in the last 25 years, that is much better than the Rangers/Senators and Expos/Nationals.


The confusion about the Senators is because there were two different Washington Senator organizations, the first one became the Twins in 1960, the second one became the Rangers in 1972.


Thanks guys for all the comments I appreciate the input.



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2009 12:08 pm
 

Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams

The Lions run in the 1950's helped avoid this list.  Along with the Browns they were the best NFL team in the 1950's.  Also strong in 1930's, and respectable (though not great) in the 1960's, first half of the 1970's, and 1990's.  Actually the Cardinals have had much less success through their history, despite the Super Bowl appearance last year.  Had some modest success during the Don Coryell years (1970's), but otherwise have to go back to 1940's for any real success.


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