The names of the worse franchises in professional sports history may not surprise you, but some of the numbers they put-up — or didn’t — might. There are some pretty unhealthy franchise numbers out there, but these teams top them all in respect to bottoming out.
Wrap your mind around some of these un-accomplishments.
5) Charlotte Bobcats
The Bobcats have an all-time winning percentage of .344. They have had one winning season in a decade. In 2011-12, they won 11 of 82 games, an all-time record low in the NBA. In all professional sports, with the exception of football, it was the lowest winning percentage of any franchise in the last 50 years.
Still, the Bobcats are new at this losing thing. There are other franchises with much longer histories of playing in poop.
4) Cincinnati Bengals
In 45 years, the Bengals have never won a Super Bowl and have produced just two Hall of Famers. In comparison, the Saints — another of the all-time losingest franchises in NFL history — have produced almost four times that number in 46 years.
In 45 years, the Bengals have had just 12 winning seasons.
The Bengals hired and held onto the coach who amassed 50 losses faster than any other head coach in NFL history, David Shula. The year after that, Bruce Corset’s Bengals were outscored 75-5 before he was fired.
The Bengals current head coach, Marvin Lewis, is the second longest tenured coach in the NFL. He has had his job for a decade. He has been .500 three times, he has been below .500 three times and he has never made it out of the first round of the play-offs.
3) Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates haven’t won a world series since 1979. That is 34 years. They’ve only been to the post-season three times since then and they haven’t won a single series. From 1925 to 1960, they went to the post-season once, and lost. That is a 35 year span.
The organization was franchised in 1882. They didn’t win a world series for 27 years. In 1985, they finished 43.5 games behind the division leading St. Louis Cardinals.
The only thing worse about the Pirates that year than their record were their hats.
2) Detroit Lions
Since 1934, the Lions have lost 54% of their games. Since 2001, they have averaged a little more than three games a season. Their head coaches have lasted an averaged 2.5 years. They have scored 1,000 points less than their opponents since 1934. They haven’t won the NFC Central in 20 years. They have had one winning road record since 1971. They’ve never won a Lombardi Trophy and it was 60 years ago when they won the NFL Championship.
Saying the Bengals suck degrades the word.
1) Chicago Cubs
It has been 107 years since they won a World Series. They have the curses of The Goat, The Collapse, the 1984 Cubs, Santo’s 1984 Call and Steve Bartman. Don’t believe in curses? Bill Buckner was wearing a Cubs batting glove when he blew the World Series for Boston in 1986.
Teaser — Biggest Franchise Change of Fortune in Last Five Years: Los Angeles Lakers
Yes, they have an incredible winning tradition, but after the death of Dr. Jerry Buss, the wheels completely came off. The run away train on a dead-end track that is the daughter/son combination of Jim and Jeanie signed Dwight Howard to a huge one-year $20.5 million deal and he subsequently left for the Houston Rockets.
They then signed million-miles-plus veteran Steve Nash to three years for $27.9 million and he has been injured the entire term of his contract. While still recovering from a blown Achilles’ the Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million contract and he didn’t last a month before going back on the injury list.
Right now, the Lakers are 23 and 46 at the bottom of the Western Conference. They couldn’t find a place in the front office for the Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson — ironic considering he is engaged to Jeanie Buss — and head coach Mike D’Antoni looks to be on his way out.
The Lakers don’t have a tradition of losing, but if they’re going to build one, they’re off to a tremendous start.