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The Worst of the Worst
Tim Crothers
November 25, 1996
Ottawa isn't the only expansion franchise that has been an embarrassment. I Here are 10 others and some of their forgettable moments.
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November 25, 1996

The Worst Of The Worst

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Ottawa isn't the only expansion franchise that has been an embarrassment. I Here are 10 others and some of their forgettable moments.

New York Mets
Were 9½ games out of first after playing just nine games in their first season, 1962; finished with baseball's worst single-season record (40-120) since the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics (36-117).

New Orleans Saints
Ten minutes into first-ever practice, in 1967, equipment managers realized they hadn't ordered footballs; team went on to have streak of 20 straight nonwinning seasons.

Minnesota North Stars
With North Stars trailing Pittsburgh Penguins 8-1 after two periods in a game during inaugural season, 1967-68, disgusted coach Wren Blair sat in utility closet next to dressing room—he didn't want to mingle with his players—and got locked in. He missed third period and was finally found by a Minnesota trainer after the game.

Dallas Chaparrals
To save money, owner Roland Speth traveled alone to the ABA expansion draft in New York in 1967 and chose players according to a list provided by Chaps scouts. Speth didn't realize players were listed in alphabetical order, not by talent.

Oakland Seals
In nine NHL seasons, beginning with inaugural season of 1967-68, Seals had seven owners and seven coaches; traded No. 1 overall pick in 1971 to Canadiens, who chose future Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur.

San Diego Conquistadors
Wilt Chamberlain, coach during team's second season, 1973-74, skipped three games, one so he could attend a book signing for his autobiography and two for unknown reasons.

Birmingham AMERICANS
In a league that folded in its second year, Americans won WFL's only title but were plagued by financial woes; after championship game, sheriff's deputies repossessd the team's uniforms.

Washing Capitals
In their first season, 1974-75, Caps were 1-39 on the road and finished with the worst record (8-67-5) in NHL history.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Went 0-14 in season, 1976. All told, first 26 games, 11 by shutout.

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