The 30 Most Frustrated Fanbases in the World
Fans are the most important facet of sports around the world by far, but many fanbases are frustrated. Whether it's because of long championship droughts, incompetent front offices or issues with player loyalty, there are a lot of fans out there desperate for a glimmer of hope and an end to the heartache.
Here is a list of the 30 most frustrated fanbases around the world, in no specific order. Feel free to shout out your fanbases in the comments if any that are deserving of the distinction have been left out.
Before any individual NBA teams are mentioned, it's imperative to mention the NBA fanbase as a whole.
The NBA is currently in a lockout with little hope of an agreement in time to save the season. Several players, including the league's best, are considering going overseas to play ball should there be no season.
Several players and executives, including executive director of the Players Association Billy Hunter, expect the entire 2011-12 season to be canceled.
What makes it all the more frustrating is the fact that the NBA is approaching an era with so much talent, young and old, providing some of the best and most intriguing competition in its history.
The lone Canadian franchise in the NBA is something of...well, a joke to the rest of the fans around the league. You should see what people think of when they hear the name Toronto Raptors.
Raptors fans haven't had much to cheer about since being the home of star players such as Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady.
The last big name they had to cheer about was crybaby Chris Bosh.
The last exciting game involving the Raptors was when Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points on them.
Los Angeles Dodgers
It's amazing that one of the most storied franchises in all of sports can reach an amount of frustration the L.A. Dodgers have reached.
The Dodgers last won a World Series in 1988 and haven't appeared in the series since. For a team usually in contention, such a drought is unacceptable for fans, especially when you play in the NL West.
Performance issues aside, the entire franchise is in a rut.
Divorce proceedings in the case of owner Frank McCourt and ex-wife Jamie have left the ownership of the franchise up for grabs. The team has also filed for bankruptcy.
Besides ownership issues, the Dodger Stadium experience has been hampered by the unusual security provided by the LAPD, in response to the horrific beating of a San Francisco Giants fan back in March.
Fans of the Dodgers are dealing with many issues: the team is in the cellar, it's bankrupt and two of its fans were involved in a notoriously violent incident.
Has anyone actually even gone to a Dodgers game this year?
How can you not feel for Bills fans?
The memory of losing four consecutive Super Bowls (1991-1994) still looms over Bills fans.
Since those days, the Bills have had little to root for and have always been the third and forgotten New York team. Heck, they're the only NFL team that actually plays in the state of New York.
New York Mets
A few reasons for Mets fan woes:
1. They play in the same city as the New York Yankees.
2. All of their top starters visit the DL several times a year.
3. The front office.
4. Bernie Madoff.
5. They play in the same city as the New York Yankees.
Once upon a time, the Oakland Raiders were the most feared team in all of the NFL. They were the bad boys, the team that would level its opponent with no remorse, never looking back to see the carnage left behind.
If you have no idea what I'm saying, then you're not a football fan.
Or maybe you are just a newcomer to the game and the NFL, and you have never witnessed the Raiders as they once were.
Since losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, the Raiders have not been the Raiders of old. They have gone through five head coaches since and have made some of the most questionable personnel moves in recent memory. JaMarcus Russell, anyone?
Raiders fans are itching to have their old Raiders back; the bad boys no one ever wanted to face. The Raiders were much more than a team—they were part of a culture, which they represented better than anyone else could at the time.
The bully turned victim...now that's frustrating and painful.
San Diego Chargers
The roller-coaster ride the San Diego Chargers take their fans on could make anyone nauseous.
In the past several years, the Chargers have flirted with a perfect season, hovered among the top offensive teams, have lost top players such as LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie and never seem to be able to make a deep playoff run.
Year after year the Chargers start slow, gain momentum, establish themselves as contenders but never quite make it far enough to become a legitimate threat.
Argentina is one of the world's powerhouse soccer countries, with one of the most impressive sides—on paper—in current contention.
The current squad includes players like Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria and Carlos Tevez, all who play for several of Europe's top clubs. They failed to make it past the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup and the quarterfinals of the 2011 Copa America, which was played in Argentina.
Argentina haven't won a major tournament since 1993, when they won the Copa America. Nearly two decades without a major championship has to be frustrating, especially to soccer fans in Argentina.
United States Soccer
Since the 2010 World Cup, there is no doubt soccer in the United States has picked up huge momentum as a spectator sport in this country. The popularity of the sport is soaring, and the success of the men's and women's teams is impressive.
Still, this is soccer, and losing in soccer isn't like losing in any other sport. We're talking about the most played sport in the world, and virtually every country has a national soccer team, whether they contend in major tournaments or not.
The United States Men's National Team is burdened with the challenge of becoming an elite soccer team in a country that doesn't support the sport nearly as much as other World Cup contenders. It also competes in a world with juggernauts such as Spain, Holland, Germany, England, Argentina, Brazil and so on.
The team couldn't get past Ghana in the round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup.
Then there is the women's side, which is the polar opposite of the men's team. The United States Women's National Team is the most successful women's soccer team in history. However, the team is no longer in the glory days of the '90s when the Women's World Cup was introduced, and it won two of the first three.
The most recent defeat, in the 2011 final against Japan, was a dagger to the heart of the team and its fans after a magical run to the championship game—a match team U.S.A. wasn't even expected to reach.
New York Jets
There isn't much to complain about with the current New York Jets squad. Gang Green are expected to be an elite team and one of the favorites to make a deep playoff run.
The frustration lies with Rex Ryan's unfulfilled Super Bowl promises and back-to-back AFC title game losses.
To be Real Madrid and to be in the shadow of another team is a hard fact to come to terms with.
Barcelona don't seem like they are ready to let up in their dominance of La Liga, nor do they seem to be ready to let up in the Champions League, either. With the additions of Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas, La Blaugrana are ready to repeat.
This year, Real Madrid look poised and ready to compete more than ever, but a loss in this year's Supercopa, immediately followed by a brawl that made the team look childish, doesn't sit well with fans, who want to beat Barcelona finally.
“This [Chelsea] is a team that lost a semi-final with a goal that was not a goal [in 2005], lost a semi-final on penalties , lost a final on penalties , lost a semi-final in a game that they should have won 3-0 with three penalties that were not given [last year],” said Mourinho. “This is the story of this club and the story of these players. This is their history – one of frustration.
LeBron James is a member of the Miami Heat.
The Cleveland Cavaliers went 19-63 last season.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert thinks his team will win a title before the Miami Heat.
New Jersey Nets
Not since the days of Jason Kidd has New Jersey had anything to cheer about. Even then, Nets fans had to deal with back-to-back Finals losses.
Now the team has a new point guard in Deron Williams, and nobody is sure whether he wants to return.
Oh, and the team is moving to Brooklyn.
New York Islanders
Not since the dynasty of the early '80s, when the Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups, has the team been anything worth mentioning.
The Islanders haven't won their division since 1988 and have since lived in the shadow of the New York Rangers.
On August 1, 2011, a vote was held on whether or not to build a new arena to replace Nassau Coliseum. Nassau County voters defeated the proposal, and there has since been speculation that the team may move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, or even Canada.
The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series in 103 years.
New York Giants
The Giants ended the undefeated streak of the New England Patriots by handing them their first loss in the 2007 season in the Super Bowl. Since then the Giants haven't had much to cheer about.
The Jets are the new talk of the town, having reached the AFC title game each of the last two seasons, while the Giants have failed to make the playoffs.
The 2011 offseason hasn't done much to improve the optimism of Giants fans, while the Jets and division rival Philadelphia Eagles have made great strides to improve and remain competitive. The Giants have lost Kevin Boss to the Raiders and Steve Smith to the Eagles, while Osi Umenyiora has become an injury and contract concern.
To make matters worse, cornerback Terrell Thomas tore his ACL in a preseason game against the Bears and is out for the season. Thomas led the Giants in tackles last year with 101.
Boise State Football
There is no denying how fast Boise State has risen in the college football world in recent years. What is up for debate is whether or not the Broncos are worthy candidates of a berth in the BCS title game.
There is no question that fans and supporters of the Broncos feel they deserve a shot to be among the Alabamas and Floridas, but will the BCS system ever abide?
Vancouver better not lose again.
Juventus have struggled to regain prominence ever since they were implicated in the 2006 Serie A scandal. The scandal involved four other Italian clubs in which team managers and referees were found to be coordinating fixed matches.
The aftermath of the scandal saw Juventus stripped of their 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles and relegated to Serie B. They were also disqualified from the 2006-07 UEFA Champions League and were forced to play three home games behind closed doors.
The Old Lady and their fans have struggled to fully recover ever since.
St. John's Basketball
Yes, the Red Storm did defeat Duke, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Connecticut and Georgetown at Madison Square Garden during the regular season last year.
Yes, they did make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.
Yes, they do have the No. 2 recruiting class this year.
However, at the end of the day, the Red Storm did not win the Big East tournament, they lost the first game of the NCAA tournament and they still have to play in the Big East.
The student section might have a lot to say this season.
Through the last six seasons, Arsenal have had no trophies to present to their fans. Despite being considered one of the top clubs in the Premier League year after year, the Gunners continue to disappoint.
Now that Cesc Fabregas is gone, their chances of putting together a league-winning season are going to be much worse.
Can Arsenal fans handle a seventh consecutive trophy-less season?
Experience the pain of relegation in Argentina.
To be a legitimate contender year in and year out is an impressive feat, and the Twins do just that.
There is only one problem: They can't beat the Yankees in the playoffs.
Minnesota's last World Series win and appearance: 1991.
The team in Italy's Serie B is so bad that the only fans left have no fellow fans to cheer with.
In order to cope, the team is using virtual fans.
Since the franchise's founding in 1974, the Utah Jazz have never won an NBA championship.
This is the same team that played under Jerry Sloan, was the home of the "Stockton to Malone" era and brought in one of the league's best point guards, Deron Williams, who is now a New Jersey Net.
Even with those luxuries, the team has never hoisted an NBA trophy, and now they've lost Jerry Sloan to an unexpected and controversial resignation.
Netherlands National Soccer Team
Fans of the Netherlands have experienced more heartache than most on the national soccer stage.
The Clockwork Orange have reached three World Cup finals (as recently as the 2010 World Cup) and have lost all three. The other two losses were in back-to-back World Cups in 1974 and 1978.
The Netherlands is the birthplace of the concept of total football. This style of play allows for any outfield player to play any other position on the field, in a carousel type of rotation. Despite the style of play being born in the Netherlands, it has never amounted to a World Cup title and only one Euro Cup in 1988.
The Pirates haven't won a World Series since 1979 and haven't been to the playoffs since 1992. They are constantly in the cellar of the NL Central, a division that is also home to the Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs.
The Pirates have shown promise this year but have fallen into a considerable slump during the pivotal months of July and August.
Have the Broncos really mattered since the days of John Elway? I mean, really mattered?
That might be a little unfair to Broncos fans, but that only proves their frustration levels are among the highest in the world.
The Broncos are currently playing musical quarterbacks with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow is a fan's player.
Kyle Orton doesn't care about the fans.
Atlanta is the only city in the modern hockey era to lose two teams. First, the Flames moved to Calgary in 1980, and now the Thrashers will play in Winnipeg next season.