By Kevin Saito @Kevin_Saito on May 27, 2014
If you're sports fan, you have to learn to deal with your team losing. It's inevitable. The Lakers, dominant for so long, have fallen on hard times. So have the Celtics. The Dodgers have done their fair share of losing. Every team in every sport will have its up years, and its down years. But some teams lose so often and look so bad doing it, it would be hard to be part of the fan base.
Here are 10 fan bases that you'd hate to be a part of.
After netting superstar Alexander Ovechkin in the 2004 Entry Draft, the Capitals began slowly building – first toward respectability, and then toward dominance. Since grabbing Ovechkin the Capitals have won 5 division championships, and have even scored a President's Trophy. Though they've had some terrific playoff series, the Caps have yet to bring home the Cup, tormenting their fans with great players and visions of what could have been.
Despite having All Star talent in players like the Sedin twins, and even goalkeeper Roberto Luongo, having a pile of division championship, and winning the President's Trophy twice (2010-2011 & 2011-2012), the Canucks have yet to capture Lord Stanley's Cup. After missing the playoffs for the first time in 6 seasons, Luongo was traded, their coach and GM were fired, and Canucks fans were left without a lot to look forward to.
Lebron James brought the team some respectability, but after he took his talents to Miami, the franchise has fallen apart. Poor draft picks, even worse trades, and terrible ownership, has netted the Cavaliers a whole lot of losing. It's no wonder talents like Kyrie Irving want out of Cleveland and other free agents don't want to play for the Cavs. But they do keep getting the first overall pick in the draft, so they have that going for them.
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. That might be the Rangers' new team slogan. Despite being so tantalizingly close to a World Series title – twice – The Rangers couldn't seal the deal and sent their fan base into the offseason miserable and deflated. They spent a pile of money in the offseason, but are currently hovering around .500. On the bright side, at least the fans won't have to worry about World Series heartbreak again.
Since joining the NHL in 1970, the Sabres have had some great players like Hasek, and the high scoring French Connection. They've had some small successes, enough that the Sabres fans come into every season with great expectations. Though that might have more to do with the lack of anything to get excited about in Buffalo. Whatever the case may be, the Sabres fans are loud, passionate, excited and are ultimately disappointed year after year.
A team that willingly trades for an underachieving malcontent like Andrew Bynum, knowing the baggage that comes with him, pretty much deserves anything they get. In this case, it's a lot of losing. For a team that once had the great Dr. J on their roster, and had some really great teams, the 76ers have fallen on hard, hard times. It's hard to not feel some pity for a loyal fan base who are continually kicked in the teeth by a bad front office.
Perhaps one of the longest suffering fan bases in professional football, Browns fans have had to suffer through the excruciating pain of The Drive, having their franchise ripped away from them and moved to Baltimore, and now, after the rebirth of the team, more losing. They haven't been to the playoffs in a decade, and though they drafted Johnny Manziel this season, the future isn't looking a whole lot brighter in Cleveland.
The Jets always seems to be battling an inferiority complex, and a fan base that has high, if not totally ludicrous, expectations. Though the Mark Sanchez-led Jets made it to two consecutive AFC Championship games, they ultimately lost and sent Jets fans home deflated and crushed. If the team actually won something, and didn't butt-fumble it away every season, it might make the ridicule and drama that surrounds the Jets every year tolerable.
If ever there was a franchise who seemed to enjoy ripping the hearts of the fans out of their chests season after season, it is the San Jose Sharks. A dominant team during the regular season for quite a while now, the Sharks kick it into another gear come playoff time, unfortunately that gear is CHOKE. They have a long documented history of playoff failure, including choking away a 3-1 series lead to the LA Kings this season.
After more than a century without a World Series title, the Cubs fan base is the longest suffering in professional sports. Despite having had All Star talent on their roster, the Cubs have never been able to put it all together and make a run to a title. At least, not while any of us have been alive. The silver lining is that Cubs fans don't have to deal with the heartbreak and torment of playoff failure like say, the Rangers.
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