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I gotta go with the Royals and the Bobcats although this is more about the larger structure in these sports and these two teams just perfect examples of the problem. Pro baseball and basketball are basically have and have-not sports now. Sure, they might compete every now and then with some younger players but they most likely will never start spending enough or be attractive enough to free agents to become big time teams capable of winning championships. If they draft any good players by the time they have enough talent to win, the players will leave. The Royals got it done almost 30 years ago, but the sports has changed and unless they get ownership that doesn't care if they lose tons of money they most likely will never have enough experienced talent to go to the playoffs and then win 3 playoff series. As far as the Bobcats it just shows that basketball has become a superstar driven sport. You either have one (or a bunch) or you don't. Let's be honest most likely the NBA title will probably go to a team such as the Lakers, Heat, Bulls, Spurs, and Thunder. About 75 to 80 percent of the NBA is playing for money and nothing else.
The Lions have some hope in the future. Not a lot but some. They have a few pieces in place. The offense is not that bad. They are slightly inconsistent but they are second in the league in yards and 11th in scoring. Stafford is still a bit raw but certainly not a terrible QB. Leshoure is averaging 4 yards a carry and 7 TDs in his first full season so far. And Calvin Johnson is the best WR in the league. That's not that bad. The Lions need to shore up the defense especially the back end of the defense and get a upgrade along the OL. Where they are hamstrung is they are spending so much money for Suh, Johnson and Stafford there's not a ton of money left over. If there's one thing the NFL has shown though especially over the last decade it has been just get into the playoffs and anything can happen. And I think the Lions can get in the playoffs next year if the defense can get more consistent either in the draft or in free agency.
This post was edited by kubrickfan 16 months ago
Crazy that the answer isn't the Marlins. How the hell did that dysfunctional franchise win two WS?
My Indians have to be right up there. Owners who don't give a damn about the team and aren't willing to spend a dime on payroll. Constantly trading great players away for nothing. Couple that with the fact that we are stuck in the cursed city of Cleveland and unfortunately it looks to be a long life of disappointing baseball seasons for this guy...
pirates have already won 5 world series and the royals have won one also
G O G R E E N
Raiders have 3 Super Bowls
Theoretically the cubs have a better chance of winning before any terrible NHL, nba or nfl team due to the salary caps. If they got an owner to open the checkbook, they could buy a championship a la marlins in the late 90's. That being said, it won't happen.
You can go from a bottom dweller to a contender in 1 off season in MLB. Not so much in the other leagues
The Athletics can at least use their moneyball approach to get to the playoffs. I wouldn't be surprised if they win a world series soon. The royals should probably give that a try.
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