With the Boston Celtics on an 18-game losing streak, five shy of matching the single-season NBA record for futility, SI.com compiled a list of some of the most memorable losing streaks in sports. We've featured our favorites in a photo gallery, but want to know which ones you would add to the list.
Northwestern University, 1979-82, setting the Division IA college football record with 34 straight losses. Once the record was secured, the students celebrated by throwing the goalposts in Lake Michigan.
The absolute worst losing streak in basketball belongs to the Washington Generals. They lost over 13,000 consecutive games from 1953 until their only win in 1971, then lost as many more until they were disbanded in 1995 without another win. They only had one opponent that entire time. The Harlem Globetrotters.
PLEASE How about the Saint Louis Blues From 1979-80 through 2003-04, the club has reached the playoffs 25 consecutive times yet the team still seeks its first Stanley Cup title after 39 seasons including making it to the championship 3 consecutive times and losing!
How about the longest losing streak in history...132 years! That is how many years of frustration challengers for the America's Cup took before Australia II and her high-tech keel finally took that cup from the USA.
The Saints should qualify here. It took 21 years for them to have a winning season and 34 years before they won a playoff game. All that coming on the heels of a 94 yard kick off return in the first play in their history. Talk about prelude to nothing....
The Fighting Methodists of USC lost everything to everybody from 1880 to 1912, when sportswriter Owen Bird wrote "USC fought like Trojans" when they "almost" won a track meet with Stanford. The name was officially changed to Trojans, the rest is history, and USC WILL WIN the football title in '07. Fight On Trojans!! Fight on.
Cleveland was named ESPN's most tortured sports city. They have a much longer drought (since 1964, when the Browns won the championship, before the Super Bowl) although only (right now) only 3 major teams. The Indians have not won the series since 1948 and the Cavs have never even played in the NBA championship. We are really the kings of this one.
The University of Minnesota, Morris football team holds the NCAA division II record with 46 consecutive losses. Also, the University of Minnesota, Morris women's basketball team lost 72 straight games.
Dale Earnhardt's jinx with the Daytona 500. He tried 20 times to win the race, finishing second four times, and coming close several others since his first 500 in 1979. In 1986, he ran out of gas with 3 laps to go. In 1990, Earnhardt dominated before blowing a tire while leading in the 3rd turn on the last lap. In 1991, he crashed with 3 laps to go running second and finished 5th. In 1993, Dale Jarrett slipped past Earnhardt on the last lap to win. In 1996, Jarrett drove by Earnhardt with 14 laps to go to win the Dale & Dale show, part II. In 1997, Earnhardt was in second with 11 laps to go when he was clipped by Dale Jarrett and flipped, finishing 31st. He finally won the Daytona 500 in 1998
There is no way that anything can equal Prairie View A&M. The football team lost 80 straight games. This from a team that won FIVE national black college titles in 10 years. Also, this is a school that is situated directly in the middle of football-crazy Texas, an hour drive from Houston.
Any team that has a scoring margin (1991 season) of 616-48 has to be the worst ever ever ever.
But don't forget about the basketball team that lost a 1996 game to Tulsa by a measly 92 points.
How about the Arizona Cardinals. They have only won 1 playoff game since 1947, the Bills were mentioned for the Superbowl losses, but at least they made it there, 60 years with only 1 playoff win is much worse!!!
Mikey Waltrip going 400+ races without a win, the longest in NASCAR history. It was impressive for a driver to remain in the Nextel (then Winston) Cup series without producing a victory. To make the streak even more bitter, he finally won a race that day his friend and team owner died.
ok. do i need to state the obvious, the most memorable losing streak ever has to be the boston red sox's 86 years without a world championship. think of all those bad losses they've had, aaron boone and pedro, billy buckner, and the the man that started it all, the great babe ruth. that has to be the most memorable losing streak ever. period.
Golden State Warriors. Active NBA non-playoff appearance streaks. 12 seasons, soon to be 13. With no end in sight. And yet, they sell out every night. Talk about gluttons for punishment. Oh, and their star point guard just ended up gettin arthroscopic surgery. If there is any hope for them, they win the lottery this year. Otherwise, they should contract the team for the entire Bay Area's health.
Yale Crew's losing record to Harvard's longtime coach Harry Parker in the United State's oldest intercollegiate athletic event: the Harvard-Yale crew race. They lost from '63-'81, then again from '85-'95, and has lost 9 times since then.