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3/14/2008 03:12:00 PM
Worst Streaks in Sports
The tears flowed for Prarie View football players after they snapped a 80-game losing streak.
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
The Houston Rockets have quietly strung together a 20-game winning streak, tying them for the second-longest run in NBA history. Great for them, but let's flip the coin and examine the other side. What are the worst streaks in sports history?
1. Prairie View A&M football: The I-AA Panthers lost a football game in 1989 ... and didn't win another game until 1998. In between, they lost an incredible 80 games in a row.
2. Jacque Vaughn: During the 2001 NBA Season, then-Hawks guard began the year by missing 22 consecutive field goals, an NBA record. A few weeks later, Vaughn commemorated the end of the streak by running over a Cavs ballboy in Cleveland.
3. 1976-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs broke into the NFL with a resounding silence. Their inaugural season in the NFL, 1976, they went 0-14. They stumbled into the '77 season by losing their first 12 games before finally notching a win.
4. Bill Bergen: Bob Buhl was a pitcher in the 1950s who went 88 at-bats without a hit, but because he was a pitcher we'll excuse him from this list. Instead, Bill Bergen makes it. Bergen played around the turn of the century and went 46 ABs without a hit. He also is known for having over 3,000 career ABs with a career average of .211. Sure, but what if Billy Crystal had that many at bats?
5. 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers: They finished 9-73, the worst record in NBA history, and at one point they lost 20 games in a row, another NBA record. Current NBA TV analyst Fred Carter played on that team, and as he once told me, "Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame, at least spell my name right." Done.
What's the worst streak in sports history? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
How do you not include the 1988 Baltimore Orioles? They lost 21 straight games to start that season and never recovered, finishing with 55 wins and 106 losses. The amazing thing is as bad as this team was, they still had a season attendance of 1,660,738, of course MLB tickets were much cheaper then.
Teams have ended seasons with more losses, but this is the worst start in MLB history.
How about the Detroit Lions for drafting a wide receiver in the first round three years in a row? How ridiculous is that? On a more serious note, you are so idiotice for leaving the Cubs off this list, what's it been like a 100 years since they have made it to the World Series?
The name of the Mets pitcher was Anthony Young. He lost an amazing 27 decisions in a row. The sad part is that he posted a 3.77 ERA during his worst season when he went 1-16! A 3.77 ERA will get you a CY Young award these days and a $100M contract. He posted a 15-48 career record in the majors with a 3.89 career ERA!!!!!
What about the 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies? Losing 23 games in a row, setting an NBA record in the process. They finished the season 15-67, the worst team in the league. They never climbed out of the basement until they moved to Memphis.
I was ten years old in 1961 when the Phils, the team I grew up with, lost 23 straight that year. Unless I'm wrong, that is still the record. And, of course, they blew the 1964 pennant by losing 10 straight- Mets or no, that's still the greatest collaspe ever.