By Brian Kalchik @BrianKalchik on June 24, 2014
This past week, the defending World Cup champions Spain had one of the worst performances in the World Cup in recent years. With a roster filled with many veterans, the team looked old and slow, losing handily to both the Netherlands and Chile before beating Australia. With Spain's most recent collapse, where do they rank among the 10 teams that went from being elite to just being old?
Just two seasons ago, the New Jersey Devils reached Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The team has not made it back since.
After making the postseason from 2007-2011, including winning a World Series championship in 2008 and getting an opportunity to defend it in 2009, the Phillies have not posted an above-.500 record.
After winning Super Bowl 46, the New York Giants have not made the postseason in the past two years and started 0-6 last year.
After appearing in back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009, the Detroit Red Wings have not made the Western/Eastern Conference Finals in the past five seasons.
After winning 54 games in 2012-13 and earning the second seed in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks had a 20-game swing and couldn't even make the playoffs in the weakest Eastern Conference in years.
After having home-court advantage in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, the Chicago Bulls have only made it out of the first round just once in the past three seasons.
After making the postseason for the past eight years, the Los Angeles Lakers suffered through numerous injuries and are now in the NBA Lottery.
After reaching the ALCS in 2012, the New York Yankees missed the postseason for just the second time since 1995. This season, the Yankees are among the middle of the pack in the AL so far.
After making the NBA Finals in each of the past four seasons, the age of the Miami Heat showed itself against the San Antonio Spurs. With uncertainty surrounding the Big 3 this offseason, it remains to be seen if this team will stay elite.
With players like Fernando Torres and David Villa, the Spanish national team was expected to make another deep run for the World Cup. Instead, Spain couldn't even make it out of group play.
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