10 Most Tormented Sports Fans
Sports can be the best or worst thing for people. When a team does not perform well for a season, it is so hard to "wait 'til next year." For the fans of these ten teams, waiting for next year probably is a piece of cake compared to what they have been doing in the past few years. So without further ado, here are the top 10 most tormented sports fans.
10) New York Mets
The past three seasons have been so disappointing for Mets fans. In 2007, the team looked like it could build on winning the division title the season before. Unfortunately for Mets fans, the team blew a seven game division lead with 17 games left. In 2008, after acquiring Johan Santana there was reason for optimism. Unfortunately for Mets fans, the team blew a 3.5 game lead in the division and were eliminated from Wild Card contention after losing the last game ever at Shea Stadium. in 2009, there was even more reason for optimism. They were opening a brand new stadium and the team signed two stud closers in Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz. Most experts thought that would put the Mets over the top and make them a contender. Unfortunately for Mets fans, the team couldn't stay healthy and finished 22 games under .500.
9) San Jose Sharks
The Sharks make life easy on their fans from October to April. Its when the regular season ends that it becomes tough to become a Sharks fan. Since the lockout, the Sharks have recorded 99 points or more every season. However, they have not gotten pass the second round in any of those seasons.
8) Buffalo Bills
Bills fans have seen some really good teams. Those really good teams were not good enough, however. From 1990-1993 the Bills reached four straight Super Bowls and from 1990-1993 the Bills lost four straight Super Bowls.
7) Phoenix Coyotes
The Coyotes have had a lot of issues in the past five months. Former owner Jerry Moyes filed for bankruptcy leading to speculation that the team would move to Hamilton, Ontario. After months filled with trials and hearings the team ended up staying in Phoenix for 2009-2010. However, the team is currently owned by the NHL and they are awaiting a potential owner to step up and buy the team. After all that, Wayne Gretzky resigned as head coach.
6) Detroit Lions
Everyone knows about the Lions 0-16 season last year, but what is overshadowed by that is that the team has yet to make the playoffs in the new millennium. The Matt Millen Era made fans in Detroit sick to their stomachs. Horrible draft picks, horrible coaching, and horrible football in general did not help to generate any hope in Detroit.
5) Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs are one of the wealthiest franchises in hockey. They have a big, passionate fan base. They play in a fishbowl hockey city and are always on the back page of the newspapers in Canada. However, the team has not won a Stanley Cup since 1967, and with a fan base like the Leafs have, that does not sit well in the Queen City.
4) New York Knicks
When you have one of, if not the biggest fan bases in a sport, it usually means you have a really good team. Thus, is not the case for the New York Knickerbockers. The new millennium has not been kind to Knicks fans who have seen overpaid players come and go without bringing any sort of winning formula to Madison Square Garden. Throw in the Isiah Thomas era, and you have a tormented fan base.
3) Pittsburgh Pirates
17 straight losing seasons. Need I say more?
2) New York Islanders
The Islanders were once a proud franchise. Now, they are a joke. They haven't won a playoff series since 1993. They haven't won a Stanley Cup since 1983. The team is in dire need of a new arena and thanks to greedy local politicians, their days on Long Island could be numbered. Add to this that the Islanders finished in last place last year, and look like they are heading that direction again, and you get upset fans (including myself).
1) Chicago Cubs
The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908. The anguish the Cubs cause their fans could definitely be filed under cruel and unusual punishment. From goats, to cats, to Steve Bartman, Cubs fans have seen it all, well, except for a ring.