Posted on: August 6, 2009 3:27 am
Edited on: August 9, 2009 7:57 pm
Least Successful North American Pro Sports Teams
NFL - Saints (42 seasons) .411 winning%, 6 playoff years, 0 titles
NBA - Clippers (39 seasons) .362 winning% 7 playoff years, 0 titles
NHL - Coyotes -Jets (29 seasons) .467 win% 16 playoff years, 0 division, conference or league titles
MLB - Nationals -Expos (41 years) .476 win% 1 playoff year, 0 pennants
MLB - Rangers -Senators (49 yrs.) .469 win% 3 playoff years, 0 pennants, 0 LCS appearences
When you look at it from here that .362 winning percentage sticks out like a sore thumb. I would have to say at this time the L.A. Clippers are the worst team of all time. They do have 6 more playoff appearences than the Expos/Nationals, but it is much harder to get into the post season in baseball, especially 20-40 years ago.
NFL Runners Up:
Texans (7 seasons) .357 winning%, 0 playoffs
Buccaneers (33 seasons) .398 winning%, 10 playoff years, 1 championship
Falcons (43 seasons) .411 winning%, 9 playoff years, 1 conference championship
The only reason I included a team with a ring is because of that low winning percentage, was surprised to see it is still so low. I also assumed we would cut the Texans a break since they are so young, but they deserved to be noted here.
NBA Runner Up:
Grizzlies (14 seasons) .326 winning%, 3 playoff years, 0 titles
NHL Runners Up:
Kings (41 years) .472 winning%, 23 playoff years, 1 conference and division title
Thrashers (9 years) .436 winning%, 1 playoff year, 1 division title
The thing about the NHL playoff seasons is that the NHL for years sent more than half of its teams to the playoffs. These days it is about the same % as the NBA, but in the early 80's for instance (when the Kings and Jets were playing) 16 of 21 teams went to the playoffs.
MLB Runner Up:
Brewers -Pilots (41 seasons) .474 winning%, 3 playoff years, 1 World Series loss
Here are some answers to the comments below.
Yep the Lions had a good run in the 50's and they had a decent run in the 90's. They went to the playoffs six times in the 90's, the Saints have only been there 6 times in their entire history.
I did consider the Lions but as far as "ALL Time" they arent the worst, the Cardinals were closer to the list.
Lions (79 seasons) .462 win%, 14 playoff years, 4 championships
Cardinals (89 years) .413 win%, 7 playoff years, 2 championships + 1 conference champ
The Cubs haven't won a World Series in a hundred years but they do have a .514 winning percentage all time and have been to the playoffs 6 times in the last 25 years, that is much better than the Rangers/Senators and Expos/Nationals.
The confusion about the Senators is because there were two different Washington Senator organizations, the first one became the Twins in 1960, the second one became the Rangers in 1972.
Posted on: February 14, 2009 5:06 am
So the other day I realized this will be the 25<sup>th</sup> season I have followed the Steelers and the NFL. I started to reminisce about the players over the years and it made me want to make a quarter century team. So here is my best Steelers roster of players from the last 25 years.
QB – Ben Roethlisberger – two SB rings make it an easy pick for the starting QB
QB – Neil O’Donnell – Slightly above average starting QB in his prime, SB XXX aside
QB – Kordell Stewart – It was between him, Bubby Brister or Mark Malone. Can be Slash if he is #3
RB – Jerome Bettis – One of the all time greats, easy pick here.
RB – Willie Parker – 2 Super Bowls, three very solid seasons as a starter, 2 Pro Bowl selections
RB – Barry Foster – I will give him third because for about a season and a half he was amazing and there isn’t much else to pick from.
FB – Merrill Hoge – 3,000 yds rushing, 34 TDs, 240 catches and a good blocker to boot.
FB - Dan Kreider – bruising blocker, it was between him, Jon Witman or Tim Lester
WR – Hines Ward – Hall of Famer, 800 catches, best blocking WR in the league
WR – John Stallworth – He only played three years in this period but it is enough.
WR – Louis Lipps – Was the best player on a bad offense in his prime. 84 ROTY, great punt returner his first two years.
WR – Yancey Thigpen – 226 catches as a Steeler, was great in 95 and 97 his only two healthy years as a starter.
WR – Plaxico Burress – 261 catches and 22 TDs in 5 years, clearly better than anyone else left
TE - Heath Miller – 168 catches 21 TDs in 4 years, 2 SB rings, good blocker
TE – Eric Green – 198 catches 24 TDs in 5 years, was a problem player though and they don’t last in Pittsburgh long.
TE – Mark Bruener – 137 catches 16 TDs and a great blocker for 9 years. (bet ya didn’t know he is still playing!)
OT - Tunch Ilkin – Best Steeler tackle of the 80’s 2 time pro bowler
OT – John Jackson – Best Steeler tackle of the 90’s, 0 pro bowls because of HOF tackles in the AFC at the time.
OG – Alan Faneca – Easy pick, future HOFer
OG – Duval Love – an under appreciated guard from the mid 90’s, very solid player
OG Carlton Hasslrig – Great player for 2 years then went nuts, still having trouble to this day I hear.
C – Dermontti Dawson – “Dirt” should be in the hall, 7 time pro bowler
C – Mike Webster – played 4 years in this period went to three pro bowls, may he rest in peace.
XOL – Jeff Hartings – Was a three time pro bowler as a Steeler center, won a ring in ‘05
DE – Aaron Smith – A great player when you look at the whole body of work, the only Steeler DE to go to a pro bowl since L.C. Greenwood.
DE- Brett Keisel – This pair we have right now is as good as we have had in a long time.
DE - Ray Seals – Arguably the best pass rusher the Steelers have had at DE since they switched to a 3-4 in the 80’s. 15.5 sacks in 2 years.
DE – Gerald Williams – played DE and NT but was better as an end. 24.5 sacks in 9 years
NT – Casey Hampton – He is a load in the middle, a lot of our success goes through him.
NT – Joel Steed – Was exactly what Hampton is now, a load, he was a key in run to SB XXX.
NT – Gary Dunn – Spent his last 3 years in this period, was a good gritty player, long forgotten.
OLB – Greg Lloyd – top 3 LB in football for about a 6 year period, all around talent.
OLB – Joey Porter – good pass rusher, big part of SB XL
OLB – James Harrison – his selection as DPOTY, 2 team MVPs, and 2 SB rings got him on this list.
OLB – Jason Gildon – one of our all time sack leaders.
OLB – Kevin Greene – Still had my 53 rd spot open and it just feels good to add the beast to the team, had a great three years here.
ILB – Levon Kirkland – Amazing skill for a LB in a DT body, 2 time pro bowler
ILB – James Farrior – great energy and leadership, 2 SB rings
ILB – David Little – 12 year vet started most of that time, went to pro bowl in 1990, passed away in 05.
ILB – Hardy Nickerson – one of the Buccaneers all time greats was the first major loss for the Steelers in the new free agent era.
CB – Rod Woodson – Going into the Hall this year and deservedly so, first ballot.
CB – Dwayne Woodruff – good player for a decade, his leadership for young Woodson and Lake might be biggest contribution though.
CB – Ike Taylor – terribly under rated by his own fans Taylor has been a solid piece of two championship defenses now.
CB – Chad Scott – was also better than we thought, we got his best years out of him though.
CB - Deshea Townsend – Edges out D. Washington and W. Williams by long tenure and two rings.
S – Troy Polamalu – We are getting to see one of the best of all time right now, enjoy.
S – Carnell Lake – the Steelers had a great defense through most of the 90’s Lake was a big piece of that. 4 time pro bowler.
S – Darren Perry – Underrated player, 32 Ints in 7 years, 7<sup>th</sup> in Steelers history, 1994 All Pro
S – Donnie Shell – He only played 3 years in this period but it is enough to get him on the roster. One of the all time great safeties.
K – Jeff Reed – with all due respect to Gary Anderson and even Norm Johnson, Reed’s got two rings and made big kicks when they needed him to. He has also been very accurate in the hardest venue to kick in the NFL.
P- Josh Miller – was a great punter in his prime, got a ring with the Pats.
Posted on: January 28, 2009 4:03 pm
It seems to me that the run game is the forgotten key to this game. I expect the <span style="color: #618bb5;">Cardinals to be absolutely shut down in the run game and the <span style="color: #618bb5;">Steelers to dominate with <span style="color: #276098;">Willie Parker. Parker has been healthy down the stretch and running very well. Baltimore held him down pretty well but there are only two defenses like that in football and the other one wears Black and Gold (no not the <span style="color: #618bb5;">Saints!), the Cardinals will not stop them. I expect Pittsburgh to out rush Arizona by more than 100 yards, thus even if Fitzgerald or Boldin go off the Steelers still win something like 31-17. Here is a nice stat line for the game:
<span style="color: #276098;">Ben Roethlisberger 17-26 204 yds 1 TD 0 INT
Willie Parker 26 carries 142 yds 2 TDs
<span style="color: #276098;">Hines Ward 5 rec 62 yds 1 TD
<span style="color: #276098;">Kurt Warner 24-42 285 yards 2 TD 2 INT sacked 5 times
Edgerrin James 11 carries 27 yards
<span style="color: #276098;">Larry Fitzgerald 9 rec 134 yards 1 TD
Steelers 31 Cardinals 17
MVP Willie Parker
Everyone keeps talking about Larry Fitzgerald being the key to this game. I think he will have a good game, I have no fantasy that the Steelers can shut down top wide outs for the full game, I mean they can, they have done it before but the rules are set up for defenses to lose this match up. But the fact is if you control the run game on both sides of the ball a WR can't win you a game. That is the Steelers philosophy and has been since about 1969. If you go back to pass over 40 times a game verse this team you will get yourself two (maybe three on your best day) TDs a game but you will also give up 5-10 combined turn overs and sacks and if you can't run the ball to counter act that, you will lose the game.
here are the Steelers this season verse the leagues best WRs (or atleast the best they have played against)
Week 1 <span style="color: #276098;">Andre Johnson 11 rec 112 ydds 0 TD Steelers 38 <span style="color: #618bb5;">Texans 17
Week 2 <span style="color: #276098;">Braylon edwards 3 rec 32 yds 0 TD Steelers 10 <span style="color: #618bb5;">Browns 6
Week 7 <span style="color: #276098;">Chad Johnson 8 rec 52 yds 1 TD, TJ Houshmandzadeh 8 rec 58 yds 0 TD Steelers 38 <span style="color: #618bb5;">bengals 10
Week 9 <span style="color: #276098;">Santana Moss 2 rec 14 yards 0 TD Steelers 23 <span style="color: #618bb5;">Redskins 6
Week 12 TJ Houshmandzadeh 4 rec 20 yds Steelers 27 Bengals 10
Week 14 T Owens 3 rec 32 yards 1 TD Steelers 20 Cowboys<span style="color: #618bb5;"> 13
Posted on: January 19, 2009 12:52 am
I am a life time Steelers fan and I am very excited tonight. I started really watching football when I was 9 in 1985, the Steelers stunk at that time. I remember watching them lose 51-0 in the mud verse the Browns in the late 80's, I remember all those championship game losses in the 90's and of course the Neil Odonnell Super Bowl verse the Cowboys. The SB XL win was excellent but I have to admit that all the crap that was said about the officiating took a little of the luster off of it. But this year, this will validate it. Two Super Bowl appearences in 4 years, this is a team with a Championship defense and a Championship QB. Another SB will help build Hall Of Fame resumes for some of these Steelers. Hines Ward getting closer all the time to being a lock for the hall, now Roethlisberger and Polamalu have good chances at getting there if they continue to be healthy. It will be an exciting couple of weeks here in Pittsburgh, black and gold will be covering every window and billboard this week.
There are a ton of interesting Pittsburgh-Cardinal connections.
Ken Whisenhunt - HC - Former offensive coordinator
Russ Grimm - Offensive Line Coack/AHC - Same with Steelers
Teryl Austin - DB Coach - Born near Pittsburgh, played at Pitt
John Lott - Strength and conditioning coach - Played for the Steelers in 1987
Mike Miller - WR coach - Born in Pittsburgh, Steelers Assistant 99-03, Robert Morris assistant 97-99
Matt Raich - Defensive Assistant - born near Pittsburgh, former assistant with Steelers and at Robert Morris
Kevin Spencer - ST Coach - Steelers ST Coach 02-06
Brian St. Pierre - QB- Former Steeler
Sean Morey - WR - Former Steeler
Jerame Tuman - TE- Former Steeler
Clark Haggans - LB - Former Steeler
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Former Pitt player
Gerald Hayes - LB - Former Pitt player
The Cardinals and Steelers once joined forces for a season in the 40's during WWII, they were known as the Pitt-Cards.
Posted on: January 14, 2009 7:00 pm
In the last two years we have seen some real coaching legends go into retirement or on vacation, some on their own some asked to go by the franchises they led. Bill Parcels, Mike Holmgreen, Bill Cowher, Marty Shottenheimer, Mike Shanahan and now one of the best of them all Tony Dungy. Most of the media has said he is a sure thing hall of famer but alas the community members on CBS seem to disagree. Surprised? Not me, we tend to be very negative on this board. But since there is a debate, I thought I would give my case in favor of Tony Dungy.
I have gathered the stats of the current 21 head coaches that are in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame to show how Dungy stacks up.
Argument against Dungy: His .474 post season winning percentage is not hall of fame worthy!
Actually his 9-10 post season record is 16th out of the 22 coaches, there are only 9 coaches in the hall of fame that have won 60% of their post season games or better.
Argument against Dungy: He only won 1 Championship!
While I am sure you can say he could have won more there are 3 coaches in the hall who have no Championships at all and 2 who only have 1. 13 of the 21 coaches in the hall of fame have 2 championships or less.
Argument against Dungy: Anyone could have went to the playoffs 10 straight years with Peyton Manning!
Well first off the first 3 years of that streak were in Tampa bay who were a laughing stock before Dungy got there, secondly more than half of the coaches in the hall had a Hall of Fame QB on their team, but Tony Dungy has a better regular season winning percentage than all but 8 of them and out of that 8, five of them coached less games.
There really isn't any other arguments against him except I hear people on here say he is only going in because he was black. Which is evident by the fact that there isn't another black coach in the hall of fame! People love playing the race game here but with Dungy it has no place.
There are other factors into the greatness of Tony Dungy. Like the fact that dozens of players will tell you they are better men because they were coached by Tony Dungy, that on a lot of ways is more rewarding than the Super Bowl ring I am sure.
Another way we like to grade coaches in this era is by their coaching trees, A coaching tree is a list of coaches who became head coaches after spending time under a particular coaches tutelage. Tony Dungy has an impressive one here it is:
Lovie Smith Bears HC
Mike Tomlin Steeler HC
Herm Edwards Former Jets/Cheifs HC
Rod Marinelli Former Lions HC
Jim Caldwell Colts HC
Mike Shula Former Alabama HC
Leslie Frazier Vikings DC/ Probably future HC
After taking all things into consideration the 10 staright playoff births, the Tampa Bay turn around, the SB win, the coaching tree and the regular season record this is a no brainer; Tony Dungy = Hall Of Famer. By the way just another member of those 1970's Steelers to make the Hall.
Posted on: February 20, 2008 7:40 pm
Ok so to continue my early fantasy football ratings for the draft, today is runningbacks. I think the top 5 are head and shoulders above the rest, I think picks 6-12 in most drafts could see more QB's and maybe even a wr or 2. So here ya go:
So what ya think?
Posted on: February 18, 2008 3:00 pm
Ok so this is very early but I thought I would have some fun and show my early 2008 Fantasy Draft rankings. After the NFL draft and free agency i will run the polls I did last year to get your input on this. I will start with the QB's:
Posted on: January 25, 2008 8:46 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2008 8:49 pm
Ben Roethlisberger tells a reporter he is going to ask what for what he always ask for this off season, tall recievers. No doubt offending his own WR's who there is a clear 1,2 and 3 set for next season and maybe even his two TE's who proved to be redzone targets and are both over 6'5.I have never questioned the ability or the heart of Ben Roethlisber but I do question him as a man, he will cause trouble with his mouth in years to come. I don't know if he watched his games on tape this year or not but what he needs is offensive linemen and more than two of them. The Steelers o-line was suspect to say the least the last 2 seasons and now they stand to lose their best player in Alan Faneca and probably their number 3 tackle Max Starks. I would seriously like to see the Steelers use three of their top 5 picks on the offensive line and maybe bring in a center or guard who could compete for a job. Overall they don't need all that much more, they would like to get a young safety and hopefully a healthy Ryan Clark back, they could also stand to add some young depth on the defensive line and maybe look for a blocking fullback if Dan Kreider is truely gone, luckily they are not hard to find.
There are reports that Al Davis wants Lane Kiffin to resign. Al Davis is crazy, if they fire Kiffin they will set the franchise back another two years. Did anyone expect more than four wins this year? They certainly showed some improvement from what they were in '06. This team needs to create some stability and put together a three year plan to get back to the top. Their best hope in 08 is to Let J'Marcus Russell get his growing pains out and hope they can win 6 or 7 games. Fire Kiffin and bring a new offense in they will have a top 2 pick again in 09.