New York Yankees, Miami Heat, Oakland Raiders and the 50 Most Hated Teams Ever

Ross LipschultzAnalyst IOctober 28, 2010

New York Yankees, Miami Heat, Oakland Raiders and the 50 Most Hated Teams Ever

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    BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 26: LeBron James #6 and Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat react in the second half against the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden on October 26, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Heat lost 88-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ac
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    Whether the name "LeBron James" elicits smiles or frowns in your home, one thing is clear:

    LeBron James burns bridges like William Tecumseh Sherman.

    His decision to head to Miami and join Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade put a huge target on the Miami Heat.

    His new Nike commercial shows what he has to deal with on a daily basis and makes it seem like this is a level of hate was unseen before now.

    Does that mean the Heat are sports' most hated team ever?

    Since sports began, there have been villainous teams. Whether it was due to style of play, off the playing field demeanor or just plain douchebaggery, teams have always found ways to make fans despise them.

    So which squad wears the evil crown? 

    Follow me on Twitter and read more at L.A. Sports Examiner.

    Note: I know list is pretty U.S.-centric. I'd love to hear from foreign sports fans who can add some international perspective.

    Also, if you love to hate, check this out. I'm a preeminent scholar on hating.

50. 2008 Florida Gators

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators points with referee Tom Ritter at the first down against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC Championship on December 6, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by K
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    Tim Tebow made this team hate-able on his own, but the fact that he just wouldn't lose brought ire from football fans across the country.

    Has there ever been a team that had no neutral position on it? It's either hate or love with these Gators.

49. 1995 Dallas Cowboys

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    25 Dec 1995:  Quarterback Troy Aikman #8 of the Dallas Cowboys huddles up with the team and explains the play against the Arizona Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  The Cowboys defeated the Cardinals 37-13.  Mandatory Credit:  Jamie Squire
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    America's team's arrogance easily could have been enough for the entire nation.

    It's no wonder why the rest of the world thinks the States are pompous.

48. 2004-2005 San Antonio Spurs

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  (L-R) Manu Ginobili #20, Tim Duncan #21, and Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs watch from the sidelines during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles,
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    Every single Spurs game should be nationally televised.

    On C-SPAN. It'd be the most exciting thing on the channel.

    Just barely.

47. 2010 New York Jets

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 17:  Head coach Rex Ryan the New York Jets celebrates a penalty call against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 17, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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    Not sure many teams have been this cocky without winning anything of consequence since 1968.

    And having Santa's evil cousin as the coach doesn't help either. The guy curses more than Harry Potter.

46. 1950-1951 CCNY Beaver Basketball

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    New York youngsters should ask their parents why they never were able to go to a NCAA tourney game growing up.

    CCNY's point shaving scandal kept the tournament away from the New York City for more than 40 years until 1996.

45. 1984-1985 Washington Bullets

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    When the most notable guys on your team are named "McFilthy" and "McNasty," it's hard to get any sort of love.

    However, if they worked at McDonald's, they'd be set.

44. 1984 Indianapolis Colts

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    25 Nov 1984:  Running back Marcus Allen of the Los Angeles Raiders (top) sails over for a touchdown during a game against the Indianapolis Colts at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  The Raiders won the game 21-7. Mandatory Cre
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    Baltimore is not a great city to have hating on you.

    Not exactly the players' fault, but nevertheless, the team was despised.

43. 1990 Cincinnati Reds

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    OAKLAND - OCTOBER 1990:  Cincinnati Reds players stand for the National Anthem before a 1990 World Series game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum in October 1990 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    This team featured an arrogant crew of fireballers called the "Nasty Boys."

    No, it's not due to the idea of listening to Rob Dibble speak. Although his ideas are just as hate-able.

42. 1985 Chicago Bears

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    1985:  Running back Walter Payton #34 of the Chicago Bears looks on to pass during training camp in 1985. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Yes, this team had Walter Payton and won a Super Bowl. Congrats to them.

    Nonetheless, no one is allowed to make a rap song this atrocious.

    NO ONE.

41. 2004 U.S. Olympic Basketball

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    ATHENS - AUGUST 28:  LeBron James #9, Carmelo Anthony #8 and Allen Iverson of the United States walk off the court after they receive the bronze medal for men's basketball during ceremonies on August 28, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at
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    A bronze medal in basketball is unacceptable, especially after a Carmelo Anthony gold guarantee.

    But a 19-point loss to Puerto Rico gives everyone the right to insult them. Can you name that starting five?

    Didn't think so.

40. 1905 New York Giants Baseball

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    Number of rock fights with fans the MLB has witnessed from all teams but these Giants: 0

    Number of rock fights with fans the Giants got into: 2


39. 2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs

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    TORONTO - DECEMBER 18:  Goaltender Curtis Joseph #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on against the Los Angeles Kings during the game on December 18, 2001 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada . The Kings won 3-1.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Gett
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    The Leafs weren't exactly a powerhouse during the '90s, so when they found success in the new decade, they decided to get annoying about it.

    Playing dirty and abusing referees were key tactics for Toronto, and many fans suspected referees of favorable treatment for the Leafs.

    Doesn't sound so cool.

38. 1987 Oakland Athletics

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    OAKLAND, CA - 1990:  Jose Canseco #33 and Mark McGwire #25 of the Oakland Athletics celebrate during a 1990 MLB season game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Back in 1987, this team was known for its long balls.

    But now, this team is known for its long lies. These two make Goldman Sachs CEOs look honest.

37. 2003-2004 Los Angeles Lakers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 2: (L-R) Los Angeles Lakers players Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Shaquille O'Neal watch from the bench during the game against the Golden State Warriors on November 2, 2003 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Californ
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    No one outside of Los Angeles wanted to see this foursome take home a ring just to satisfy Malone and Payton.

    It's hard to root for Detroit, but by gosh, America managed.

36. 2005-2006 Duke Basketball

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 16:  The Duke Blue Devils huddle during the first half against the Southern University Jaguars during the First Round of the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 16, 2006 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Car
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    Having the word "dick" in its star player's last name describes this team perfectly.

    The real reason to dislike them, however, is Shelden Williams. No talent, overpaid, and married too well.

    He's despicable.

35. 1909 Detroit Tigers

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    24 Jul 2000:  A general view of the plaque dedicated to Tyrus Raymond 'Ty' Cobb at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw  /Allsport
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    Ty Cobb managed to make this team hated all on his own.


    At 22, he was the face of the team...and soon, became the face of racism.


34. 1992-1993 Michigan Basketball

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    They were so smiley at the time and they just loved their time together.

    But once they had to forfeit 31 wins, a large part of the nation wore those same smiles. 

    Sadists, all of them.

33. 1993 New York Mets

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    29 Apr 1993:  Second baseman Jeff Kent of the New York Mets fields a hit and makes the toss to first against a San Francisco Giant runner at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.   Mandatory Credit:  Otto Greule/Allsport
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    It'd make sense that a team that lost nearly two out of every three games would leave its bad decisions on the field.

    Wrong. Vince Coleman and Bret Saberhagen throwing firecrackers into crowds and Bobby Bonilla heckling media members highlighted an anything but lovable group of Mets.

32. 1971-1972 Minnesota Basketball

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    The coach, Bill Musselman, had roughly 100 rule violations during a four-year tenure with the team.

    The players tackled Ohio State's Luke Witte after a hard foul.

    Match made in heaven.

31. 1985 Oklahoma Sooners

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    1985:  Defensive lineman Brian Bosworth of the Oklahoma Sooners stands on the sidelines during a game in Norman, Oklahoma.+Mandatory Credit: Allsport  /Allsport
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    Riddled with scandals, the Sooners under Barry Switzer didn't make many friends.

    And once Oklahoma got hit with major probation in 1989 and Switzer ditched them, America just smiled.

30. 1990 Argentina National Soccer

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    24 Jun 1990:  Jorge Olarticoehea (left) and Gabriel Calderon (right) both of Argentina hug in celebration after their win against Brazil in the World Cup match in Turin, Italy. Argentina won the match 1-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Simon  Bruty/Allsport
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    Diego Maradona's handball alone led many soccer fans to dislike this team, but that's not the only reason for the ire.

    In the 1990 World Cup, they scored about as often as a nun. Five goals in the entire tournament still got them to the Finals, but by that time, even Poland was rooting for West Germany.

29. 2007 Boston Red Sox

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    BOSTON - APRIL 08:  The Boston Red Sox  head to the dugout after raising the 2007 World Series banner and carrying their championship rings before the game against the Detroit Tigers on April 8,2008 during Opening Day at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachuset
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    The 2004 Red Sox were the lovable scoundrels who broke the 86-year championship drought for Boston baseball.

    The 2007 version just over did it. Celebrations that would make Ochocinco cry and a pair of juiceheads not even Snooki would touch were just the tip of the iceberg.

28. 2004-2005 Indiana Pacers

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    Artest led the charge, literally, into the hate world, as he, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson took the elegance out of the Palace.

    I'm surprised the nickname "The Animaniacs" never caught on for those three. They were as close to whacking each other with mallets for laughs as any team in NBA history

27. 2000 New York Yankees

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    26 Oct 2000:  The New York Yankees celebrates their 4-2 win and World Series Championship over the New York Mets during Game 5 of the World Series at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. <DIGITAL IMAGE> Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/ALLSPORT
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    Roger Clemens hurling a chunk of a bat at Mike Piazza in the Subway Series didn't exactly label this team as a fan favorite.

    It's hard to get people to turn off the World Series, but judging by the fact that this series got the worst TV ratings in the championship's history, the Yankees managed.

26. 2010-11 Miami Heat

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    SAN ANTONIO - OCTOBER 09:  LeBron James #6, Dwayne Wade #3, and Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat sit on the bench during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center on October 9, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno
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    To be fair to Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, this team is hated solely because LeBron James took his talents to South Beach.

    However, they've become the NBA's public enemy number one. The Superfriends are actually the Legion of Doom.

25. 1995-96 Colorado Avalanche

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    14 Jan 1998:  Right wing Claude Lemieux of the Colorado Avalanche in action during a game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.  The Avalanche won the game 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch  /Allsport
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    Claude Lemieux could be the dirtiest player in NHL history, and he set the tone for the Avalanche.

    Or maybe it's a mudslide.

24. 2000-01 Portland Trail Blazers

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    12 Dec 2000:  Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts to the play with Greg Anthony #50 during the game against the Golden State Warriors at The Arena of Oakland in California. The Trail Blazers defeated the Warriors 101-92.    NOTE TO US
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    Rasheed Wallace whined more than a trip to Napa Valley, and set an NBA record of 41 technical fouls.

    Which makes teammates charging the head coach and saying fans don't matter seem like non issues.

23. 1976 Oakland Raiders

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    Oakland under Al "Just Win, Baby" Davis haven't received the national love that many other classic NFL teams have.

    Stealing a game from the Patriots in the playoffs with one of the most ridiculous calls in football history cost these Raiders that chance.

22. 2002 Ohio State Football

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    TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 3:  Free Safety Donnie Nickey #25 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after defeating the Miami Hurricanes in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 3, 2003 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  Ohio State won the game 31-24 in doubl
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    Winning the BCS title game on a very controversial pass interference call would have been enough to sour any football fan on these Buckeyes.

    When Maurice Clarett started his downward spiral, those fans went back to sweet.

    Vengeance is good.

21. 1998-99 Manchester United

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    26 Dec 1998:  Ronny Johnsen of Manchester United is congratulated by team mates David Beckham and Henning Berg after scoring against Nottingham Forest in the FA Carling Premiership match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. United won 3-0. \ MandatoryC
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    This team had an unbelievably cocky side, and pulling off the treble (winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League) brought even more contempt to England's glamorous club.

    They also had David Beckham, which should push everyone on the fence over to the hate side.

20. 1983-84 Georgetown Basketball

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    1984:  Center Patrick Ewing of the Georgetown Hoyas high fives his teammates during a game. Mandatory Credit: Allsport  /Allsport
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    Yes, these Hoyas were known for their intimidating size and brutal strength down low.

    That still doesn't make it okay for fans to show up with banners covered in racial epithets.

    In fact, nothing makes that okay.

19. 1974 Oakland Athletics

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    OAKLAND, CA - JULY 17:  Rollie Fingers look on as the Oakland Athletics celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1974 World Championship team before the game against the Chicago White Sox at the Network Associates Coliseum on July 17, 2004 in Oakland, Cali
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    Owner Charlie Finley paid Mr. Fingers to grow that mustache and insisted two of his players only be referred to by their nicknames because he thought the team needed more flare.

    What really ticked people off, however, was that this joke of a team just kept winning. They won their third straight World Series with the seriousness of a Barnum & Bailey act.

18. 1991-92 Duke Basketball

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    DECEMBER 7:  Christian Laettner #32 of the Duke University Blue Devils battles for position during an NCAA game against Canisius College on December 7, 1991 at the Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo, New York.  Duke defeated Canisius 96-60.  (Photo by Ri
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    A Christian Laettner-led Blue Devils crew was on television nearly every week, as college basketball talking heads fell in love with Duke.

    Which is weird, because falling in love with kids who do this is normally something Roman Polanski would do.

17. 1990 University of Miami Football

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    15 Sep 1990:  Running back Leonard Conley of the Miami Hurricanes runs down the field during a game against the California Bears at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California.  Miami won the game 52-24. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell  /Allsport
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    Redefining the word "uncontrollable," the Hurricanes' first possession in the Cotton Bowl began as a first-and-40 due to two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

    At least one was intentional, as Robert Bailey went out of his way to knock out a Texas kick returner.

    Sounds like a nice bunch of fellas.

16. 1986 New York Mets

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    1986:  Barry Lyons of the New York Mets looks on before a game in the 1986 season. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Winners of 108 games, the Mets made sure they would never be known for their professional performance.

    Why else would they get into four on-field brawls and a quarrel in nightclub, trash one of their flights and nickname part of their team "the Scum Bunch?"

15. 1972 Miami Dolphins

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    PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 01:  Former Miami Dolphins (L-R) Jim Kiick, Eugene 'Mercury' Morris, Garo Yepremian, and Larry Little answer questions during a press conference anouncing Reebok's new television campaign -dubbed 'Perfectville'- featuring members of the
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    The NFL's only undefeated team makes itself hated more and more every single year.

    Why? Because they just won't shut up about "Perfectville." No one cares about the champagne-popping, Mercury Morris and Co.

14. 1993-94 New York Knicks

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    The Knicks played every game the exact same way: rough. They probably used sandpaper to wipe the sweat away.

    So when the NBA decided to change rules to increase scoring by calling more hand-check fouls on the perimeter, how do you think key tough guy Anthony Mason described the game?


13. 1989-90 UNLV Basketball

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    LAS VEGAS - 1989-1990:  Guard Stacey Augmon #32 of the UNLV Running Rebels looks on during a game in the 1989-90 season at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    The Runnin' Rebels lived true to their name: They ran up the score, including a 30 point beat down in the championships game, and they ran their mouths.

    The team will also continue to run from the law. Numerous allegations still hover around the team, and the suspicion of scandals in college hoops may have started in Vegas.


12. 1993 Notre Dame Football

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    STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 2:  Clint Johnson #8 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks on during the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on October 2, 1993 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Another one of those teams that either makes you smile or grind your teeth.

    Fact is, when this team lost its title hopes to Boston College in a nail biter, writers in other parts of the country stopped their coverage and cheered openly.

    That's hate, folks.

11. 2007 New England Patriots

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29:  Tom Brady #12 and the New England Patriots celebrates with his teammates after throwing his 50th touchdown of the season breaking the all time season high for touchdowns thrown in a season while playing against the New
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    The Patriots spent most of the season calling any person that merely spoke the words "New England" disrespectful.

    Which is ironic, because the Pats ended up being the disrespectful ones by cheating in the Spygate scandal.

    They got their just desserts, however, as the Giants sent them home from the Super Bowl. 18-1.

10. 1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers

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    "The Broad Street Bullies" might be one of the best nicknames in sports, but with it, came great hate from hockey fans continent-wide.

    Being called "everything evil about the game" is something only Hannibal Lecter would be proud of.

9. 2005 USC Football

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    PULLMAN, WA - OCTOBER 30:  Running back Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans celebrates with quarterback Matt Leinart #11 after scoring a touchdown against the Washington State Cougars on October 30, 2004 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington.  (Photo by
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    When Vince Young ran across the goal line for the go-ahead touchdown in the BCS Title Game to beat the Trojans, many sighed in relief that USC would not win everything.

    And when Reggie Bush had to relinquish his Heisman trophy from this year, those same people just laughed in bliss.

8. 1976 East Germany Women's Swimming

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    Germany really thought they could put a blond wig on Woody Harrelson, call her Kornelia Ender, have her win three individual medals and get away with it?

    Sorry, but when the athletes make Barry Bonds' head look small, there's definitely doping going on.

7. 1992 Dallas Cowboys

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    SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 17:  Running back Emmitt Smith #22 of the Dallas Cowboys hustles for yards during the 1992 NFC Conference Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on January 17, 1993 in San Francisco, California.  The
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    With 22 radio and television stations dedicated to America's team, the Cowboys were only slightly below Justin Bieber in daily news coverage.

    Also, they allowed Jimmy Johnson to coin the worst phrase in sports: "How 'bout them Cowboys!"

    Now, we are stuck listening to him every weekend. Lucky us.

6. 1988-89 Detroit Pistons

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    1988:  Bill Laimbeer #40 of the Detroit Pistons looks on in a game during the 1988-1989 NBA season.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    The fact that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence share the title of "Bad Boys" with these Pistons is an insult to Detroit.

    If you thought the movie had a lot of dirty play, just watch some of Laimbeer and Co. Their brand of hoops makes the arena look more like a really large boxing ring. 

5. 1978 New York Yankees

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    George Steinbrenner called this assemblage of Yankees "the best team money can buy," setting the hate-able demeanor for the franchise.

    Boston fans probably hate these Yanks more than any, as they erased a huge deficit in the AL East to tie the division with the Red Sox and then walked off in the one-game playoff thanks to the man in the picture.

    Bucky "F&*%$@" Dent.

4. 1986-1987 University of Miami Football

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    Is it coincidence that a Jimmy Johnson-coached, Michael Irvin-led team made the list twice?

    Maybe, maybe not.

    What isn't a coincidence is that nearly everyone became a Penn State fan on Jan. 2, 1987, and cheered when Vinny Testaverde showed up with the accuracy of an AK-47-toting infant.

3. 1980 Soviet Union Olympic Hockey

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    LAKE PLACID, NY - FEB 22:  Team USA celebrates their 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union in the semi-final Men's Ice Hockey event at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York on February 22, 1980.   The game was dubbed 'the Miracle on Ice'.  The USA
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    Beating the Russians united the U.S. like nothing since WWII. 

    In a totally unrelated manner:

    "In Soviet Russia, hockey slap shot you!"

2. 1919 Chicago White Sox

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    These fellas opened the door to scandal in Major League Baseball, and as fans can tell, the sport's better for it.

    I meant much worse. Disgracing America's pastime is unacceptable.

1. 1972 Soviet Union Olympic Basketball

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    In one of the biggest travesties in sports history, the Soviets got three attempts for a hail mary pass and hoop at the buzzer and scored on their final try to send the U.S. home with a silver medal.

    Which the Americans never picked up. An amazing gesture.