Los Angeles Clippers Likely to Follow Recent Trend for Over-Hyped Teams

Matt DunnCorrespondent IDecember 25, 2011

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The NBA is my least favorite professional sports league.  I would honestly rather watch those MLS Tuesday night games of the week.  However, being the ESPN and SportsCenter junkie that I am, I am forced to listen to projections for the new-look Los Angeles Clippers for about 15 hours every day.  

While I certainly agree that it is exciting for NBA fans that their game is back and especially fun for Clipper fans as they finally appear to have a team worth rooting for; the issue I have is that the last two professional sports teams that ESPN has hyped as contenders have been colossal failures.

Of course, I am talking about this year's editions of the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Before this season, sportswriters all over the country were drooling about how good the Red Sox were going to be this season.  Some even went so far as to suggest that this year's team had the chance to unseat the 1927 Yankees as the greatest baseball team ever assembled.  

How did all of these predictions turn out?

The Red Sox collapsed in October and even with a chance to still salvage the playoffs in the last game of the season, they choked against the division winner Baltimore Orioles—oh wait, that's right.  The Orioles went 69-93 and finished in last in the division—never mind.

The Eagles, on the other hand, have practically been a disappointment since day one.  Despite Vince Young's proclamation that they were a "Dream Team," the Eagles have struggled mightily all season.

They won their first game against the Rams, who have been pathetic this season, and then went on to lose four straight before righting the ship against the Redskins.  Up to this point in the season, the Eagles are 7-8 and with the Giants' victory yesterday, have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.  Sounds like a pretty weak "dream" to me.

Do I think the Clippers are bound to follow the predecessors into the dungeon of disappointment?  It's too early to tell.  That will forever be my answer when someone asks me what I think of a team before their season has even started.

Do they have talent? Of course they have talent, but unless you have seen some semblance of success from a squad, especially one that undergoes serious roster additions, like these three teams have, it's hollow talk to consider them contenders or even worthy of anything other than promising.  

Only time will tell if the Clippers can follow through on the ridiculous predictions that everyone has set forth for them or if they will continue the trend and be an absolute and utter disappointment.