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  1. Choking / Cursed Franchises

    The Portland Trail Blazers: 1. Letting a young Moses Malone go too quick in the Fall of 1976 without thinking about it. I know that he was expensive, but management didn't really even know what they had. Plus, you have a guy in Bill Walton who only played in 50% of their games his first two seasons. If they didn't, they should have thought about trading him instead. 2. Bill Walton's injury in 1978, and his subsequent decision to sue Portland's doctors and ask for a trade. That put the kibosh on a budding powerhouse. 3. Houston's tanking at the end of the 1984 season. If Utah would have won the season finale with the Clippers, the Sixers would have been in the last Super Flip with Portland (they had the Clippers' #1 pick because of a 1978 trade involving World B. Free). From what I heard, they would have drafted MJ no matter how the flip would have gone, leaving the Blazers wide open to take Olajuwon. Instead, they had to settle for Sam Bowie, a player that they had no business drafting after already having an injury-prone center in Walton. 4. Losing to the Lakers in the 91 Western Conference Finals. Portland was the best team that year. 5. Blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game six of the 1992 Finals against the Bulls (MJ was on the bench for a lot of it). 6. The Memorial Day Miracle (1999 WCF Game 2 against SA-Sean Elliott's buzzer beater. It put SA up 2-0, and the Blazers laid down and died after that). 7. 2000 WCF: Blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Lakers. 8. Greg Oden and Brandon Roy, two big building blocks of a future powerhouse, having to retire prematurely due to injuries.
  2. 2018 NBA Post Season

    Tell me about it. They are like that in my town. A few years ago, an unmarked cop car that was ahead of me turned around and followed me when I turned right down another road. I didn't even do anything. I thought it was some hoodlums or something, so I ran a few stop signs trying to get away from it. Eventually, a marked car found me and I got a ticket. I decided to fight it, and didn't even get half of my money back. The Celtics are going to pull game six out, in my opinion. They have learned their lessons, and Cleveland won't get an extra day or two off this time.
  3. 2018 NBA Post Season

    I don't care. I know that the casual fan just looks at the stars, but their team was a disgrace to professional sports. They only won their titles because of chokers (2000 Portland and 02 Sacramento) and referee assistance. To me, he'll always be the prick who checked Steve Nash into the side 11 years ago. He's garbage.
  4. 2018 NBA Post Season

    The Lakers were great (and fun to watch) in the 80's, but I got sick of that team after awhile. Their 2000-02 title winners had zero appeal, though. To me, they were almost as annoying as today's Cavs. They had two players (Shaq and Kobe) and a bunch of stiffs.
  5. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    I don't think the NFL wanted to expand to 30 at that time. However, it's too bad that they didn't wait for a few years before announcing expansion. Seattle would have been a slam dunk, but I wonder if Memphis would have been a better market than Tampa (I hear that the TB area isn't the greatest pro sports market). Speaking of Memphis, I found this thread that talks about Memphis and their history of trying to get an NFL team: https://csnbbs.com/thread-643500.html One commenter claims that the NFL was all ready to expand into Memphis and Phoenix (Thomas Stoen's and Bart Starr's group. They were going to be called the Firebirds) by SB 22 (Was-Den). Then, the strike happened, and it was all downhill from there.
  6. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    Also, in 1959, Lamar Hunt met with Violet Wolfner. He tried to get the majority share in the Cardinals so he could move them to Dallas. However, they wouldn't budge. She did tell him one thing, though: She said that reps of several other cities met with her to buy and move the Cardinals. That was the genesis of the American Football League. If Hunt would have been able to move the Cards to Dallas, history would have been different.
  7. 2018 NBA Post Season

    Fun Fact: Atlanta was the #1 seed in the East just three years ago.
  8. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    That makes sense. I remember watching ESPN Sportscenter later that year, and they were talking about potential MLB expansion sites. Vancouver was one of them.
  9. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    OK. Fair enough. I guess I got the wrong info. I was watching a video on Houston Aeros history (it is down now), and it mentioned something about how the Aeros tried to merge with the Colorado Rockies and move them to Houston.
  10. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    Never heard about that one. Also, in 1978, the Aeros tried to merge with the Colorado Rockies (they would have stayed in Houston). However, the deal fell apart, and Colorado's owner eventually sold them to John McMullen (who moved them to NJ in 1982).
  11. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    1953: St. Louis Cardinals almost move to Houston: http://www.bnd.com/sports/mlb/st-louis-cardinals/article74983902.html
  12. Lost Sports Logos?

    The logo that the 49ers had for one day in 1991: https://blog.sfgate.com/thebigevent/2016/02/18/when-the-49ers-changed-their-logo-and-fans-revolted/
  13. Alternate SPORTS! History Thread

    I am not sure if Lombardi would have gotten that team to the SB by 72. A lot of the players on that Redskin team were added by George Allen, especially on defense. Also, while Lombardi was a master motivator, he wasn't a good drafter of talent when he was in Green Bay.
  14. Alternate SPORTS! History Thread

    Pittsburgh defeats Washington in SB VII (with Franco Harris as the MVP with over 100 yards rushing). They still go on to win four SB's, but ring #2 doesn't come until 1975 (SB X) against the Cowboys. In 1973, the motivated Fins bounce back and take the SB. Then, in 74, the Raiders pull out an AFC Title win over a tad less motivated Steeler team.
  15. Alternate SPORTS! History Thread

    With Kelly back and in Marchibroda's offense, they end up 10-6 instead of 6-10 by scoring an extra TD a game. That gives them two wins against the Titans (they lost twice to them by a combined total of six points), one on opening day against Pittsburgh, and one against SD (they lost 14-13 to them). That would have put them in the playoffs, and in a three-way tie-breaker with Buffalo and Miami. Baltimore would have had the four-seed by conference record (9-3 to 7-5). And, since Miami got the home field over Buffalo in reality, I would give them the five-seed, and Buffalo the six. The Bills would lose at Jacksonville, and the Ravens would beat Miami at home before losing at Denver. Since the Ravens made the playoffs, though, Marchibroda doesn't get fired, and maybe Kelly stays on another year to be his QB. So, Brian Billick, who came to Baltimore in reality, maybe decides to take the Cleveland job since the Ravens one isn't open (he was in contention).