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Monday, January 30, 2012

Franchise Performance Pt. 2 (#91 - #120)

Recapping the groundrules of the study, we are ranking all sports city-team combinations for playoff performance since 1974 using a poker like system:
1) All teams chip in $10 at the beginning of the year
2) Winner takes 50%, Runner up 25%, Semifinalists 10%, remaining playoff teams split the last 5%
3) City/Team combinations are separate, the Charlotte Hornets are not associated with the New Orleans Hornets, etc.

Totals through the 2012 Super Bowl are included here (only one more chunk of money to play for and both participants are solidly in the top 50%).

Number 121-148 were revealed in part 1

Rank Total Team City League Titles Finals Semis Playoffs Years
120 -$172.96 Whalers HAR NHL 0 0 0 8 18
119 -$167.67 Oilers HOU NFL 0 0 2 10 24
118 -$160.00 Jets I WIN NHL 0 0 0 11 17
117 -$159.00 Indians CLE MLB 0 2 4 7 37
116 -$156.13 Cardinals PHO NFL 0 1 1 3 24
115 -$155.23 Canucks VAN NHL 0 3 3 24 37
114 -$153.88 Raptors TOR NBA 0 0 0 5 16
113 -$151.19 Bullets/Wizards WAS NBA 1 3 3 18 38
112 -$147.46 Knicks NYC NBA 0 2 5 21 38
111 -$145.00 White Sox CHI MLB 1 1 3 5 37
110 -$142.33 Cardinals STL NFL 0 0 0 3 15
109 -$136.08 Browns I CLE NFL 0 0 3 8 23
108 -$131.79 Coyotes PHO NHL 0 0 0 7 14
107 -$131.71 Hornets CHA NBA 0 0 0 7 14
106 -$128.10 Sabres BUF NHL 0 2 6 28 37
105 -$128.00 Browns II CLE NFL 0 0 0 1 13
104 -$127.75 Buccaneers TAM NFL 1 1 3 10 36
103 -$121.02 Pacers IND NBA 0 1 6 19 35
102 -$112.50 Predators NSH NHL 0 0 0 6 12
101 -$111.54 Nordiques QBC NHL 0 0 2 9 16
100 -$108.75 Thrashers ATL NHL 0 0 0 1 11
99 -$102.75 Panthers MIA NHL 0 1 1 3 17
98 -$102.50 Tigers DET MLB 1 2 4 4 37
97 -$101.25 Jaguars JAX NFL 0 0 2 6 17
96 -$99.75 Colts BAL NFL 0 0 0 3 11
95 -$98.75 Blue Jackets COL NHL 0 0 0 1 10
94 -$98.00 Texans HOU NFL 0 0 0 1 10
93 -$97.75 Rockies DEN MLB 0 1 1 3 18
92 -$95.04 Grizzlies MEM NBA 0 0 0 4 10
91 -$94.04 Rangers NYC NHL 1 2 6 25 37

The break down of this set by league as:
NHL: 11
NFL: 9
NBA: 6
MLB: 4

Cities with at least two teams and still with no appearances (all teams in the top 60%) are Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Each team is summarized below. A reminder, the years below are the year of the playoffs, so for NFL, 2010 is associated with the 2009 regular season. For best season, playoff performance is given precedence over regular season record.

Number: 120
Team: Whalers
City: Hartford
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 1991 (18)
Playoffs: 8
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1986 (40-36-4-0, lost in 2nd round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1983 (19-54-7-0)
Winnings: -$172.96

Number: 119
Team: Oilers
City: Houston
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 1997 (24)
Playoffs: 10
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1980 (11-5, lost in AFC Championship game)
Worst years: 1984, 1995 (2-14)
Winnings: -$167.67

Number: 118
Team: Jets
City: Winnipeg
League: NHL
Years: 1980 – 1996 (17)
Playoffs: 11
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1985 (43-27-10-0, lost in 2nd round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1981 (9-57-14)
Winnings: -$160.00

Number: 117
Team: Indians
City: Cleveland
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 7
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best year: 1995 (100-44, lost in World Series)
Worst year: 1991 (57-105)
Winnings: -$159.00

Number: 116
Team: Cardinals
City: Phoenix
League: NFL
Years: 1989 – 2012 (24)
Playoffs: 3
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 2009 (9-7, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst year: 2001 (3-13)
Winnings: -$156.13

Number: 115
Team: Canucks
City: Vancouver
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 24
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 3
Championships: 0
Best year: 2011 (54-19-0-9, lost in Stanley Cup Finals)
Worst year: 1999 (23-47-12-0)
Winnings: -$155.23

Number: 114
Team: Raptors
City: Toronto
League: NBA
Years: 1996 – 2011 (16)
Playoffs: 5
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2001 (47-35, lost in 2nd round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1998 (16-66)
Winnings: -$153.88

Number: 113
Team: Bullets/Wizards
City: Washington
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 2011 (38)
Playoffs: 18
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 3
Championships: 1
Best year: 1978 (44-38, won NBA Championship)
Worst year: 2001, 2009 (19-63)
Winnings: -$151.19

Number: 112
Team: Knicks
City: New York City
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 2011 (38)
Playoffs: 21
Semifinals: 5
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best year: 1994 (57-25, lost in NBA Finals)
Worst years: 1986, 2006, 2008 (23-59)
Winnings: -$147.46

Number: 111
Team: White Sox
City: Chicago
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 5
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 1
Championships: 1
Best year: 2005 (99-63, won World Series)
Worst year: 1976 (64-97)
Winnings: -$145.00

Number: 110
Team: Cardinals
City: St. Louis
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 1988 (15)
Playoffs: 3
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1976 (11-3, lost in Division round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1987 (4-11-1)
Winnings: -$142.33

Number: 109
Team: Browns I
City: Cleveland
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 1996 (23)
Playoffs: 8
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1987 (12-4, lost in AFC Championship game)
Worst year: 1991 (3-13)
Winnings: -$136.08

Number: 108
Team: Coyotes
City: Phoenix
League: NHL
Years: 1997 – 2011 (14)
Playoffs: 7
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2010 (50-25-0-7, lost in first round of playoffs)
Worst year: 2004 (22-36-18-6)
Winnings: -$131.79

Number: 107
Team: Hornets
City: Charlotte
League: NBA
Years: 1989 – 2002 (14)
Playoffs: 7
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2001 (46-36, lost in 2nd round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1990 (19-63)
Winnings: -$131.71

Number: 106
Team: Sabres
City: Buffalo
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 28
Semifinals: 6
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best year: 1975 (49-16-15-0, lost in Stanley Cup Finals)
Worst year: 1987 (28-44-8-0)
Winnings: -$128.10

Number: 105
Team: Browns II
City: Cleveland
League: NFL
Years: 2000 – 2012 (13)
Playoffs: 1
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2002 (9-7, lost in Wild Card round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1999 (2-14)
Winnings: -$128.00

Number: 104
Team: Buccaneers
City: Tampa Bay
League: NFL
Years: 1977 – 2012 (36)
Playoffs: 10
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 1
Championships: 1
Best year: 2003 (12-4, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1977 (0-14)
Winnings: -$127.75

Number: 103
Team: Pacers
City: Indianapolis
League: NBA
Years: 1977 – 2011 (35)
Playoffs: 19
Semifinals: 6
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 2000 (56-26, lost in NBA Finals)
Worst year: 1983 (20-62)
Winnings: -$121.02

Number: 102
Team: Predators
City: Nashville
League: NHL
Years: 1999 – 2011 (12)
Playoffs: 6
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2007 (51-23-0-8, lost in 1st round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1999 (28-47-7-0)
Winnings: -$112.50

Number: 101
Team: Nordiques
City: Quebec
League: NHL
Years: 1980 – 1995 (16)
Playoffs: 9
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1985 (41-30, lost in Conference finals)
Worst year: 1990 (12-61)
Winnings: -$111.54

Number: 100
Team: Thrashers
City: Atlanta
League: NHL
Years: 2000 – 2011 (11)
Playoffs: 1
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2007 (43-28-0-11, lost in first round of playoffs)
Worst year: 2000 (14-57-7-4)
Winnings: -$108.75

Number: 99
Team: Panthers
City: Miami
League: NHL
Years: 1994 – 2011 (17)
Playoffs: 3
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 1996 (41-31-10-0, lost in Stanley Cup Finals)
Worst year: 2002 (22-44-10-6)
Winnings: -$102.75

Number: 98
Team: Tigers
City: Detroit
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 4
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 1984 (104-58, won World Series)
Worst year: 2003 (43-119)
Winnings: -$102.50

Number: 97
Team: Jaguars
City: Jacksonville
League: NFL
Years: 1996 – 2012 (17)
Playoffs: 6
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2000 (14-2, lost in AFC Championship game)
Worst year: 1996 (4-12)
Winnings: -$101.25

Number: 96
Team: Colts
City: Baltimore
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 1984 (11)
Playoffs: 11
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1977 (11-3, lost in Division round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1983 (0-8-1)
Winnings: -$99.75

Number: 95
Team: Blue Jackets
City: Columbus
League: NHL
Years: 2001 – 2011 (10)
Playoffs: 1
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2009 (41-31, lost in first round of playoffs)
Worst year: 2002 (22-47-8-5)
Winnings: -$98.75

Number: 94
Team: Texans
City: Houston
League: NFL
Years: 2003 – 2012 (10)
Playoffs: 1
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2012 (10-6, lost in Division round of playoffs)
Worst year: 2006 (2-14)
Winnings: -$98.00

Number: 93
Team: Rockies
City: Denver
League: MLB
Years: 1993 – 2011 (18)
Playoffs: 3
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 2007 (90-73, lost in World Series)
Worst years: 1993, 2005 (67-95)
Winnings: -$97.75

Number: 92
Team: Grizzlies
City: Memphis
League: NBA
Years: 2002 – 2011 (10)
Playoffs: 4
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2011 (46-36, lost in 2nd round of playoffs)
Worst years: 2007, 2008 (22-60)
Winnings: -$95.04

Number: 91
Team: Rangers
City: New York City
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 25
Semifinals: 6
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 1994 (52-24-8-0, won Stanley Cup)
Worst year: 1985 (26-44-10-0)
Winnings: -$94.04

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sportswoman of the Week Ending 1/29/2012


Just a little foreshadowing, Longhorndave on Sports loves when tour athletes break through to achieve their first "major". In that light, this week's Sportswoman of the week is Victoria Azarenka, 2012 Australian Open Champion. The 22-year old from Belarus set Melbourne on fire the past two weeks dropping only two sets (one by tiebreak) and punishing Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0. Vika lost the first two games, then dominated the Russian champion. The 5'11" phenom ascends to #1 in the world and looks to be a force over the remainder of grand slam events this year and is a true threat to win them all. For now, she can settle on being the LHD Sportswoman of the Week!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Instant Replay usage

I think anybody who watches a sporting event on TV expects instant replay to be a big part of their watching experience, but I'm here to tell you, I have some issues with its current usage. Specifically, overuse. No doubt. Particularly in the arena of baseball and football, which happen to be my favored sports.

But first some history. The first authorized broadcast of the innovative and game changing broadcast technique was December 7, 1963 for the Army/Navy game. Replays had been played during the broadcast before, but only during halftime or after the game. The "instant" was a game changer. The announcer felt compelled to tell the audience "Army did not score again, ladies and gentlemen, that was a replay..."

It would be irreverent to not frame that particular game in context, originally scheduled for November 30, the game was postponed after the tragic assassination of John Kennedy on the 22nd. President Kennedy had taken a particular interest in Navy that year, and its Heisman trophy winning QB Roger Staubach. He'd performed the coin toss the year before and hadn't missed the game in the first two years of his presidency.

Navy was #2 at the time with one loss to Southern Methodist (32-28). Odd, SMU ended the year 4-6, and played in a bowl game (Sun Bowl). The 28 points were the most scored against the Ponies, so their was that.

But I digress.

My issue with replay stems from football and baseball. The production teams seem to feel the need to fill the time between plays/pitches with a replay of the previous action, even if uninteresting. That, in and of itself, is okay. But there are two crucial points of these sports that are being lost:

Baseball - TV broadcasts (particularly national) seem to feel the only action in a game starts with the release of the pitch. THIS IS FALSE. When the pitcher toes the rubber, that action is in play. The batter is eyeing the defense, a runner is leading off, the pitcher is running through the pitch selection (which is extremely non-trivial). But TV broadcasts seem to want to show replay up to the point that the pitcher is through the windup. This has a secondary effect as well. I, as the viewer of baseball, get my anticipation up based upon the cadence of the windup. You get up for the delivery, back off for the taken pitch, back up, etc. Instead we usually get the following:

Batter fouls ball off
Replay shows batter taking hack at ball in slo mo replay
2nd Replay shows pitcher delivering pitch (maybe focusing on location)
Cut back to next pitch, which is already being delivered.

Football - Again, TV seems to think that the time between plays is time the audience is bored and must be shown something else. Too many times, they cut back from multiple replays of a 3 yard run just in time to show the snap (or worse, play has started). Wrong, I love to see the players running on/off, the players getting the call, organizing, etc.

In my opinion, replay is cleared:
From the end of the baseball pitch action until the pitcher is on the rubber.
From the end of a football play until the team is in the huddle.

These get extended until the pitch is delivered or the QB takes the snap. And part of those games strategy takes place during those crucial times.

I find that in the NBA and NHL, not as much of a problem. I submit that the equivalent of showing replay during the pitcher on the rubber or team the huddle is like showing a basketball replay when the point guard is at the top of the key. No action, right? Nobody is scoring. Of course not, the whole play is being set up. And you never know when the alley oop is coming.

Same with hockey. You NEVER see replay when the puck is live, not even when held behind own goal and setting up a play.

MLB and NFL (and college football) should take note. Just because the pitch isn't in play doesn't mean action isn't happening. Half of a football play is the formation and too many times we cut back to the snap and I don't even know what personnel is in, who was in motion, etc. College is also bad because so many teams run hurry up, and I'll see at the end of the play that the team is lining up VERY quickly, but the broadcast cuts away and shows me a coach reaction to a play or the play itself and I'm SCREAMING to get me back so I can see if the defense is reacting fast enough and/or what formation the offense has.

And for what. Usually to see a replay of a tipped incomplete pass, a 2 yard run, a fouled pitch, a groundout to shortstop, or even a throw to first base.

Stop the madness. Only show replay on really good plays or plays drawing into question what happened.

A whole other blog could be written for how fans have DVR and can watch what they want if they have questions.

And a blog after that for why they show fans at the game instead of the action.

And a third blog for ANY interview done during the game. Baseball and football most guilty, how many times are we watching some interview of a non player in which the ball is hammered into the corner or a big turnover takes place.

It's not that hard, show the game, just the action, only show replay/inteverview/etc. when there is a timeout or before the huddle break. I want to watch the game, stop the overproduction!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Franchise Performance Pt. 1 (#121 - #148)

Recapping the groundrules of the study, we are ranking all sports city-team combinations for playoff performance since 1974 using a poker like system:
1) All teams chip in $10 at the beginning of the year
2) Winner takes 50%, Runner up 25%, Semifinalists 10%, remaining playoff teams split the last 5%
3) City/Team combinations are separate, the Charlotte Hornets are not associated with the New Orleans Hornets, etc.

We start here with the worst 20%. The threshold here was about -$178, meaning franchises that had played less than 17 season cannot lose enough to qualify. For the most part, you'll see franchises around most of the 38 seasons with little to show for it but a semifinal appearance or two. The ranking system is biased against teams that have been bad for a long time (is that really a bias)?

Keep in mind, playoff appearances in the NBA/NHL don't get you much. For a while, everyone in the NHL made the playoffs except 5 teams. Splitting 5% among 12 teams these days gets you less than a half of a percent.

Without further ado, the rankings...
Rank Total Team City League Titles Finals Semis Playoffs Years
148 -$353.79 Hawks ATL NBA 0 0 0 22 38
147 -$347.31 Lions DET NFL 0 0 1 9 39
146 -$342.92 Chiefs KC NFL 0 0 1 11 39
145 -$291.38 Blues STL NHL 0 0 2 29 38
144 -$286.40 Kings LA NHL 0 1 1 23 38
143 -$274.00 Expos MON MLB 0 0 1 1 31
142 -$268.00 Brewers MIL MLB 0 1 2 4 38
141 -$265.54 Falcons ATL NFL 0 1 2 11 39
140 -$265.29 Clippers LA NBA 0 0 0 4 27
139 -$264.00 Warriors OAK NBA 1 1 2 9 38
138 -$263.75 Cubs CHI MLB 0 0 3 6 38
137 -$253.17 Capitals WAS NHL 0 1 2 22 37
136 -$252.42 Nuggets DEN NBA 0 0 3 22 35
135 -$251.31 Jets NYC NFL 0 0 4 12 39
134 -$248.50 Mariners SEA MLB 0 0 3 4 35
133 -$234.58 Bengals CIN NFL 0 2 2 9 39
132 -$233.06 Seahawks SEA NFL 0 1 2 11 36
131 -$225.35 Maple Leafs TOR NHL 0 0 5 23 38
130 -$219.33 Kings SAC NBA 0 0 1 11 26
129 -$219.00 Padres SD MLB 0 2 2 5 38
128 -$218.88 Bucks MIL NBA 0 1 5 22 38
127 -$216.88 Chargers SD NFL 0 1 4 12 39
126 -$213.63 Cavaliers CLE NBA 0 1 4 18 38
125 -$209.00 Rangers DAL MLB 0 2 2 5 38
124 -$184.48 Saints NO NFL 1 1 2 9 39
123 -$182.54 Timberwolves MSP NBA 0 0 1 8 22
122 -$182.00 Astros HOU MLB 0 1 4 9 38
121 -$178.33 Nets NEW NBA 0 2 2 16 34

Discussion: The Atlanta Hawks win the worst franchise since 1974, with nary a semifinals (a.k.a conference finals) appearance throughout the 38 years. The Texas Rangers had been flirting with worst franchise but two World Series appearances have alleviated that immediate concern.

Two teams actually won a title (1975 Golden State Warriors, 2010 New Orleans Saints) registering as the worst teams that have a title.

Two teams with 25+ years of never making a conference final: Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers.

The two Cleveland Browns franchises (and Oakland Raiders and Winnipeg Jets) franchises are treated uniquely. The combined Browns would have been in this worst group.

The worst 28 break down by league as:
NBA: 9
NFL: 8
MLB: 7
NHL: 4

Cities (with more than one team) that avoid this list include Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Miami, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Baltimore, Nashville, Winnipeg, Tampa, Buffalo, Phoenix, and Vancouver.

Cites that double up include Seattle, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Atlanta.

Each team is summarized below. A reminder, the years below are the year of the playoffs, so for NFL, 2010 is associated with the 2009 regular season. For best season, playoff performance is given precedence over regular season record.

Number: 148
Team: Hawks
City: Atlanta
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 2011 (38)
Playoffs: 22
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1987 (57-25, lost in 2nd round of playoffs)
Worst year: 2005 (13-69)
Winnings: -$353.79

Number: 147
Team: Lions
City: Detroit
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 9
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1992 (12-4, lost in NFC Championship game)
Worst year: 2009 (0-16)
Winnings: -$347.31

Number: 146
Team: Chiefs
City: Kansas City
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 11
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1994 (11-5, lost in AFC Championship game)
Worst year: 2009 (2-14)
Winnings: -$342.92

Number: 145
Team: Blues
City: St. Louis
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 29
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2001 (43-22-12-5, lost in Conference finals)
Worst year: 2006 (21-46-0-16)
Winnings: -$291.38

Number: 144
Team: Kings
City: Los Angeles
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 23
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 1993 (39-35-10, lost in Stanley Cup Finals)
Worst year: 1985 (23-49-8-0)
Winnings: -$286.40

Number: 143
Team: Expos
City: Montreal
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2004 (30)
Playoffs: 1
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1994 (74-40, playoffs wiped out by strike)
Worst year: 1976 (55-107)
Winnings: -$274.00

Number: 142
Team: Brewers
City: Milwaukee
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 4
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 1982 (95-67-1, lost in World Series)
Worst year: 2002 (56-106)
Winnings: -$268.00

Number: 141
Team: Falcons
City: Atlanta
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 11
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 1999 (14-2, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst year(s): 1990,1997 (3-13)
Winnings: -$265.54

Number: 140
Team: Clippers
City: Los Angeles
League: NBA
Years: 1985 – 2011 (27)
Playoffs: 4
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2006 (47-35, lost in 2nd round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1987 (12-70)
Winnings: -$265.29

Number: 139
Team: Warriors
City: Oakland
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 2011 (38)
Playoffs: 9
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 1
Best year: 1975 (48-34, won NBA Championship)
Worst year: 2001 (17-65)
Winnings: -$264.00

Number: 138
Team: Cubs
City: Chicago
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 6
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1984 (96-65, lost in NL Championship Series)
Worst year: 1980 (64-98)
Winnings: -$263.75


Number: 137
Team: Capitals
City: Washington
League: NHL
Years: 1975 – 2011 (36)
Playoffs: 22
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 1998 (40-30-12-0, lost in Stanley Cup Finals)
Worst year: 1975 (8-67-5)
Winnings: -$253.17

Number: 136
Team: Nuggets
City: Denver
League: NBA
Years: 1977 – 2011 (35)
Playoffs: 22
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2009 (54-28, lost in Western Conference finals)
Worst year: 1998 (11-71)
Winnings: -$252.42

Number: 135
Team: Jets
City: New York City
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 12
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1999 (12-4, lost in AFC Championship game)
Worst year: 1997 (1-15)
Winnings: -$251.31

Number: 134
Team: Mariners
City: Seattle
League: MLB
Years: 1977 – 2011 (34)
Playoffs: 4
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2001 (116-46, lost in AL Championship Series)
Worst year: 1978 (56-104)
Winnings: -$248.50

Number: 133
Team: Bengals
City: Cincinnati
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 9
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best year(s): 1982, 1989 (12-4, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst year: 2003 (2-14)
Winnings: -$234.58

Number: 132
Team: Seahawks
City: Seattle
League: NFL
Years: 1977 – 2012 (36)
Playoffs: 11
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 2006 (13-3, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1993 (2-14)
Winnings: -$233.06


Number: 131
Team: Maple Leafs
City: Toronto
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 23
Semifinals: 5
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2002 (43-25-10-4, lost in Conference finals)
Worst year: 1985 (20-52-8-0)
Winnings: -$225.35

Number: 130
Team: Kings
City: Sacramento
League: NBA
Years: 1986 – 2011 (26)
Playoffs: 11
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2002 (61-21, lost in Western Conference Finals)
Worst year: 2009 (17-65)
Winnings: -$219.33

Number: 129
Team: Padres
City: San Diego
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 5
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best year: 1998 (98-64, lost in World Series)
Worst year: 1974 (60-102)
Winnings: -$219.00

Number: 128
Team: Bucks
City: Milwaukee
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 2011 (38)
Playoffs: 22
Semifinals: 5
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 1974 (59-33, lost in NBA Finals)
Worst year: 1994 (20-62)
Winnings: -$218.88

Number: 127
Team: Chargers
City: San Diego
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 12
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 1995 (11-5, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst year: 2001 (1-15)
Winnings: -$216.88

Number: 126
Team: Cavaliers
City: Cleveland
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 2011 (38)
Playoffs: 18
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 2007 (50-32, lost in NBA Finals)
Worst year(s): 1982 (15-67)
Winnings: -$213.63

Number: 125
Team: Rangers
City: Dallas
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 5
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best year: 2011 (96-66, lost in World Series)
Worst year: 1985 (62-99)
Winnings: -$209.00

Number: 124
Team: Saints
City: New Orleans
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 9
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 1
Best year: 2010 (13-3, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1981 (1-15)
Winnings: -$182.54

Number: 123
Team: Timberwolves
City: Minneapolis-St. Paul
League: NBA
Years: 1990 – 2011 (22)
Playoffs: 8
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2004 (58-24, lost in Western Conference finals)
Worst year(s): 1992, 2010 (15-67)
Winnings: -$182.54

Number: 122
Team: Astros
City: Houston
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 9
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 2005 (83-79-1, lost in World Series)
Worst year: 2011 (56-106)
Winnings: -$182.00

Number: 121
Team: Nets
City: Newark
League: NBA
Years: 1978 – 2011 (34)
Playoffs: 16
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best year: 2002 (52-30, lost in NBA Finals)
Worst year: 2010 (12-70)
Winnings: -$178.33