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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Franchise Performance Pt. 3 (#61 - #90)

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.

Number 121-148 were revealed in part 1
Number 91-120 were revealed in part 2

The third batch (the most average teams in terms of success). In this batch, we tend to see franchises who have been around for 5-10 years with no titles, or teams that were around for all the years with one title or a handful of strong runs. No team in this group has turned a profit, so 60% of teams in this format are in the red. Not surprising since it seems like a handful of teams get more than their share of titles.

Rank Total Team City League Titles Finals Semis Playoffs Years
90 -$91.79 Kings KC NBA 0 0 1 5 12
89 -$89.00 Orioles BAL MLB 1 2 5 5 37
88 -$86.96 Sharks SJ NHL 0 0 3 14 19
87 -$86.15 Eagles PHI NFL 0 2 6 19 39
86 -$83.83 Hornets NO NBA 0 0 0 5 9
85 -$82.50 Pirates PIT MLB 1 1 6 6 37
84 -$72.50 Mets NYC MLB 1 2 5 5 37
83 -$70.00 Nationals WAS MLB 0
0
0
0
7
82 -$68.75 Bobcats CHA NBA 0 0 0 1 7
81 -$67.50 Wild MSP NHL 0 0 1 3 10
80 -$64.19 Bills BUF NFL 0 4 5 13 39
79 -$63.04 Senators OTT NHL 0 1 2 12 18
78 -$62.69 Flames ATL NHL 0 0 0 6 7
77 -$62.31 Bears CHI NFL 1 2 5 14 39
76 -$61.25 Twins MSP MLB 2 2 3 8 37
74 -$60.00 Clippers SD NBA 0 0 0 0 6
74 -$60.00 Grizzlies VAN NBA 0 0 0 0 6
73 -$58.88 Rockies DEN NHL 0 0 0 1 6
72 -$57.50 Rays TAM MLB 0 1 1 3 14
71 -$57.06 Raiders II OAK NFL 0 1 2 3 17
70 -$57.02 Suns PHO NBA 0 2 9 28 38
69 -$51.25 Angels LA MLB 1 1 6 9 37
68 -$50.38 Flames CGY NHL 1 3 3 20 30
67 -$50.00 Jazz NO NBA 0 0 0 0 5
66 -$45.71 North Stars MSP NHL 0 2 4 12 20
65 -$44.88 Braves BUF NBA 0 0 0 3 5
64 -$44.25 Royals KC MLB 1 2 6 7 37
63 -$41.88 Jazz SLC NBA 0 2 6 24 32
62 -$36.50 Giants SF MLB 1 3 4 7 37
61 -$34.48 Dolphins MIA NFL 1 3 5 19 39

Discussion: An odd assortment of teams in this group. Both Grizzlies, both Jazz, both Flames, Buffalo Braves and Buffalo Bills included. Lots of teams from Minneapolis-St. Paul. Then some stalwart franchises like the Eagles, Bears, Dolphins, Twins, and Mets. Twins are the worst team with two titles (again, since 1974). This group seems to prove that you can't get ahead in life without a handful of titles, not just one or several runs.

The break down of this set by league as:
NBA: 9
MLB: 9
NHL: 7
NFL: 5

City with at least two teams and still with no appearances (all teams in the top 40%) is Boston.

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: 90
Team: Kings
City: Kansas City
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 1985 (12)
Playoffs: 5
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1981 (40-42, lost in Western Conference finals)
Worst year: 1982 (30-52)
Winnings: -$91.79

Number: 89
Team: Orioles
City: Baltimore
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 5
Semifinals: 5
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 1983 (98-64, won World Series)
Worst year: 1988 (54-107)
Winnings: -$89.00

Number: 88
Team: Sharks
City: San Jose
League: NHL
Years: 1992 – 2011 (19)
Playoffs: 14
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2010 (51-20-0-11, lost in Conference finals)
Worst year: 1993 (11-71-2-0)
Winnings: -$86.96

Number: 87
Team: Eagles
City: Philadelphia
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 19
Semifinals: 6
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best year: 2005 (13-3, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1999 (3-13)
Winnings: -$86.15

Number: 86
Team: Hornets
City: New Orleans
League: NBA
Years: 2003 – 2011 (9)
Playoffs: 5
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2008 (56-26, lost in 2nd round of playoffs)
Worst year: 2005 (18-64)
Winnings: -$83.83

Number: 85
Team: Pirates
City: Pittsburgh
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 6
Semifinals: 6
Finals: 1
Championships: 1
Best year: 1979 (98-64-1, won World Series)
Worst year: 2010 (57-105)
Winnings: -$82.50

Number: 84
Team: Mets
City: New York City
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 5
Semifinals: 5
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 1986 (108-54, won World Series)
Worst year: 1993 (59-103)
Winnings: -$72.50

Number: 83
Team: Nationals
City: Washington
League: MLB
Years: 2005 – 2011 (7)
Playoffs: 0
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2005 (81-81, no playoffs)
Worst year: 2009 (59-103)
Winnings: -$70.00

Number: 82
Team: Bobcats
City: Charlotte
League: NBA
Years: 2005 – 2011 (7)
Playoffs: 1
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2010 (44-38, lost in first round of playoffs)
Worst year: 2005 (18-64)
Winnings: -$68.75

Number: 81
Team: Wild
City: Minneapolis-St. Paul
League: NHL
Years: 2001 – 2011 (10)
Playoffs: 3
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2003 (42-29-10-1, lost in Conference finals)
Worst year: 2001 (25-39-13-5)
Winnings: -$67.50

Number: 80
Team: Bills
City: Buffalo
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 13
Semifinals: 5
Finals: 4
Championships: 0
Best years: 1991, 1992 (13-3, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst years: 1985, 1986 (2-14)
Winnings: -$64.19

Number: 79
Team: Senators
City: Ottawa
League: NHL
Years: 1993 – 2011 (18)
Playoffs: 12
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 2007 (48-25-0-9, lost in Stanley Cup Finals)
Worst year: 1993 (10-70-4-0)
Winnings: -$63.04

Number: 78
Team: Flames
City: Atlanta
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 1980 (7)
Playoffs: 6
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1979 (41-31-8-0, lost in first round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1974 (30-34-14-0)
Winnings: -$62.69

Number: 77
Team: Bears
City: Chicago
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 14
Semifinals: 5
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 1986 (15-1, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1974 (3-11)
Winnings: -$62.31

Number: 76
Team: Twins
City: Minneapolis-St. Paul
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 8
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 2
Championships: 2
Best year: 1991 (95-67, won World Series)
Worst year: 1982 (60-102)
Winnings: -$61.25

Number: 74 (tied)
Team: Clippers
City: San Diego
League: NBA
Years: 1979 – 1984 (6)
Playoffs: 0
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1979 (43-39, no playoffs)
Worst year: 1982 (17-65)
Winnings: -$60.00

Number: 74 (tied)
Team: Grizzlies
City: Vancouver
League: NBA
Years: 1996 – 2001 (6)
Playoffs: 0
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2001 (23-59, no playoffs)
Worst year: 1999 (8-42)
Winnings: -$60.00

Number: 73
Team: Rockies
City: Denver
League: NHL
Years: 1977 – 1982 (6)
Playoffs: 1
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1978 (19-40-21-0, lost in first round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1979 (15-53-12-0)
Winnings: -$58.88

Number: 72
Team: Rays
City: Tampa Bay
League: MLB
Years: 1998 – 2011 (14)
Playoffs: 3
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 2008 (97-65, lost in World Series)
Worst year: 2002 (55-106)
Winnings: -$57.50

Number: 71
Team: Raiders II
City: Oakland
League: NFL
Years: 1996 – 2012 (17)
Playoffs: 3
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 2003 (11-5, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst year: 2007 (2-14)
Winnings: -$57.06

Number: 70
Team: Suns
City: Phoenix
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 2010 (38)
Playoffs: 28
Semifinals: 9
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best year: 1993 (62-20, lost in NBA Finals)
Worst year: 1988 (28-54)
Winnings: -$57.02


Number: 69
Team: Angels
City: Los Angeles
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 9
Semifinals: 6
Finals: 1
Championships: 1
Best year: 2002 (99-63, won World Series)
Worst year: 1982 (65-95)
Winnings: -$51.25

Number: 68
Team: Flames
City: Calgary
League: NHL
Years: 1981 – 2011 (30)
Playoffs: 20
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 3
Championships: 1
Best year: 1989 (54-17-9-0, won Stanley Cup)
Worst year: 1998 (26-41-15-0)
Winnings: -$50.38

Number: 67
Team: Jazz
City: New Orleans
League: NBA
Years: 1975 – 1979 (5)
Playoffs: 0
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1978 (39-43, no playoffs)
Worst year: 1975 (23-59)
Winnings: -$50.00

Number: 66
Team: North Stars
City: Minneapolis-St. Paul
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 1993 (20)
Playoffs: 12
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best year: 1981(35-28-17-0, lost in Stanley Cup Finals)
Worst year: 1978 (18-53-9-0)
Winnings: -$45.71

Number: 65
Team: Braves
City: Buffalo
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 1978 (5)
Playoffs: 3
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1975 (45-33, lost in first round of playoffs)
Worst year: 1978 (27-55)
Winnings: -$44.88

Number: 64
Team: Royals
City: Kansas City
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 7
Semifinals: 6
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 1985 (91-71, won World Series)
Worst year: 2005 (56-106)
Winnings: -$44.25

Number: 63
Team: Jazz
City: Salt Lake City
League: NBA
Years: 1980 – 2011 (32)
Playoffs: 24
Semifinals: 6
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best year: 1997 (64-18, lost in NBA Finals)
Worst year: 1980 (24-58)
Winnings: -$41.88

Number: 62
Team: Giants
City: San Francisco
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 7
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 3
Championships: 1
Best year: 2010 (92-70, won World Series)
Worst year: 1985 (62-100)
Winnings: -$36.50

Number: 61
Team: Dolphins
City: Miami
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 19
Semifinals: 5
Finals: 3
Championships: 1
Best year: 1974 (12-2, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 2007 (1-15)
Winnings: -$34.48

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