15 Sports Teams That Will Never Win a Championship
15 Pro Sports Teams That Will Never Win It All
In a perfect sports world, everybody would be a winner. Every team would get their time at the top of the mountain and a chance to be called the absolute best. But in the real world, that's just not going to happen. Due to salary cap issues, geographical locations and history of losing, many teams will never experience the thrill of winning a world championship.
In some sports, the same teams tend to stay at the top. The bottom-feeders and teams in smaller markets have a hard time ever getting any traction. You could easily say in some sports that the deck is stacked against the little guys. That's the way it always has been and it's likely the way it will always be.
For those teams that have never won it all, you really have to give their fans credit. Even though they likely know what the end result of a season is going to be, it doesn't stop them from being loyal and cheering their lungs out each and every week. You can't accuse many teams on this list of having fair weather fans. In most cases, their fans are the exact opposite of that.
In sports and in life, it's tough to use the word 'never' with certainty. The old adage 'never say never' is in place for good reason. But at the same time, there's good reason that all these teams made the cut of teams that will never win a championship. To be clear, we're talking world championships here. Not conference or divisional titles and certainly no titles that are no longer active. These are teams from the four major American sports that play for the Lombardi trophy, Stanley Cup, Commissioner's trophy and the Larry O'Brien trophy.
With all that in mind, here are 15 teams that will never win it all:
As much as most of us love Michael Jordan, the guy is a lousy basketball executive. It doesn't matter if we're talking about the Bobcats in 2013-14 or the Hornets in the future, Charlotte is going to remain championship-less for as long as MJ is running the show and likely into the distant future.
The Brewers came close a few years back to making it to the World Series, but it looks like the Ryan Braun scandal will set them back big time. The Brew Crew is going to finish with another losing record in 2013 and the future looks bleak right now in Milwaukee.
Oh, Cleveland. Browns' fans have been tormented for years. First, their team got shipped out to Baltimore and since the Browns have returned, the team has finished with a losing record 12 times. After trading Trent Richardson this season, the odds are that this year will mark the 13th time.
The Bills are no doubt lovable losers. You have to respect their dedicated fans in snowy Buffalo during the colder months, but facts are facts - the Bills haven't made the playoffs since 1999. There's a little hope right now with the emergence of EJ Manuel, but I think we can all see that the Bills aren't going to be in the title picture for along time.
The Kings were voted the worst franchise in sports by ESPN. Luckily for them, Shaquille O'Neal just ponied up some money to buy a minority share of the team. But even with Shaq's vast knowledge of basketball, I'm not giving the Kings a snowball's chance of ever winning an NBA title. Simply put, they have small market syndrome.
New Orleans Pelicans
After being rebranded with one of the worst names in sports history, the Pelicans will pick up where every other New Orleans basketball team left off - losing a ton of games. The Big Easy is a football town.
The Vikings have made it to the Super Bowl four times, but have nothing to show for it. They haven't been back to the big game in decades, either. You have to feel bad for Adrian Peterson. The best running back in football has been stuck behind marginal quarterbacks (besides Favre) his entire career.
The Cavaliers made it to the Finals back in 2007, but they were ultimately swept in convincing fashion. That's as close as they've ever come to hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy. Unless Lebron James has a change of heart and comes home, the Cavs' losing ways will continue.
Hockey in Phoenix has not been a success. Since the Jets moved south in 1996, the Coyotes have made it to the conference finals one time. Even The Great One couldn't get this struggling franchise going.
The T-Wolves have been in existence for 25 years now and they nothing but one trip to the conference finals to show for it. The Big Ticket was the best player they ever had, but he was shipped off to Boston and won a championship immediately. The T-Wolves have a cumulative franchise winning percentage of .397.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Since the team's inception back in 2000-01, they've made the playoffs one time (08-09). That year they lost in the quarter-finals and they haven't sniffed the postseason ever since.
The idea of putting a basketball team in Canada was great in theory. The problem is that the Raptors have never been good. Sure, there were the 'glory years' of Vince Carter and company, but the reality is that this team has never even made it to the conference finals in 19 years.
This struggling franchise has been trying to win it all since 1962. They did make it to the World Series in 2005 behind the steroid-free efforts of Roger Clemens, but that's as close as the Astros have come to a title. Their farm system is supposed to be pretty good these days, so maybe there's a glimmer of hope for the future.
Since becoming a franchise in 1977, the Mariners have never made it to the World series. They had some good ball clubs back in the mid-1990's while Ken Griffey Jr. was in his prime, but the modern day Mariners are average at best.
What else can you say about the Jaguars, besides that they're a lousy franchise? After starting out with four winning seasons in their first five years of existence, it's been tough sledding ever since. They're clearly the NFL's worst team in 2013 and they haven't posted a winning record since 2007.