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Sentimentally-deserving teams that didn't win

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Here are the ones that stand out the most to me:

NBA

--1997-99 Utah Jazz. IMO, they had the best team in the league in 1997-98, but Chicago had the next best team in the league...and Michael Jordan. With Jordan and the Bulls out of the picture, the Jazz were favorites to win the title in 1998-99, but then the lockout and its resultant shortened season happened and Utah ran out of gas in the playoffs.

--2002 Sacramento Kings. Like Admiral said, they lost because of something beyond their control. One of the only sports conspiracies that is more true than not, and I wouldn't doubt NJTank's remarks that this is what is killing (or already killed) pro basketball in Sacramento. Kings fans deserved better.

NFL

--1990-93 Buffalo Bills. I do not envy Scott Norwood, but it was fun watching Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, and Bruce Smith in that 4 AFC Championship run.

--1998 Minnesota Vikings. It surprises me still that the Vikings, as good as they were, lost this game.

--2003 Carolina Panthers. For a game that seems to be more well-known for its halftime's "wardrobe malfunction," this was a hard-fought game by the Panthers, and the pain was made worse in that it ended the same way as it did for the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI--a Vinatieri field goal.

MLB

--2010-11 Texas Rangers. Hopefully they win it all in 2012 (as long as they don't have to go through the Cardinals again); I can't imagine a team's fans suffering so much (as far as not winning it all) since the early 1990s Bills.

--1994 Montreal Expos. Again, I'm with Admiral, as they were favorites in the NL that year. Another victim of something beyond their control, both during this season (the strike), and afterword (owned by all the other teams). It was a slow and painful death for baseball in Montreal after that.

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-1999 Titans (retrospect, McNair's death)

What the hell!?? Steve McNair died 10 years after SB 34.....

He's saying that now that he's dead, it would have been nice for him to have won that Super Bowl.

Yes, and it would be nice if everyone who died won a Super Bowl before they passed away.

World titles for everyone!

Oh, and then it would also have been nice for everyone to get in the Hall of Fame, since they're going to die anyway. Let's call it the Hall of Played the Game. :rolleyes:

Seriously, folks. What was the topic again?

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1996-98 Utah Jazz (Would've have a 3-peat if it wasn't for MJ)

Jordan didn't get in their way in '96. That would've been the Shawn Kemp, pre-Good Year Blimp.

Hush, that's ancient history for him.

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2002 Kings. I've never seen, and doubt I'll ever see again, a worse screw job than that. To this day, I still can't take a vested interest in basketball because of that series. To me, it completely destroyed any credibility that basketball had and I find pro wrestling easier to take seriously.

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Like has been said before, 2002 Kings and 1994 Expos are the only teams that were legitimately screwed over by circumstances beyond their control.

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Like has been said before, 2002 Kings and 1994 Expos are the only teams that were legitimately screwed over by circumstances beyond their control.

The United States men's basketball team at the 1972 Summer Olympics was screwed out of their gold medals.

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Like has been said before, 2002 Kings and 1994 Expos are the only teams that were legitimately screwed over by circumstances beyond their control.

The United States men's basketball team at the 1972 Summer Olympics was screwed out of their gold medals.

Yes, of course. Forgot them. Well before my time.

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Seriously, folks. What was the topic again?

"How I would rig things if I were the commish"

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I think a lot of people in here aren't getting what the creator of this thread is meaning. From my understanding, it's a lot about sentimental favorites. You know, the great story lines. Not necessarily the better teams, or great teams that failed to win it all, but the teams that have the more heart-plucking stories.

That being said, I have to speak up for the Giants in this Super Bowl, simply because of the Manning factor. Little Brother Eli, who has never gotten anywhere near the kind of respect as Big Brother Peyton, tries to win his second Super Bowl, and on Peyton's home turf.

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Can I add the 1981 Reds to the list? They did, after all, have the best record in baseball that year.

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Little Brother Eli, who has never gotten anywhere near the kind of respect as Big Brother Peyton, tries to win his second Super Bowl, and on Peyton's home turf.

I hope I'm not spoiling anything here but he pulled it off. It was in all the papers. B)

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@ Winghaz, you're right but the problem was with the use of the word "deserving." The OP seems to be talking about the storylines, for example if that Colts DB would have run back Bettis' goal line fumble, Jerome ends his career on that note and not waving the Lombardi around in his home town. But he wouldn't have deserved to win, it just would have been nice. Like it was. :D

Full disclosure - didn't read the whole thread so this may be redundant. This is like a CCSLC version of NFL Network's "The Missing Rings" series, where they chronicle the season of a team that lost the SB or championship game. It's poignant stuff but I agree, if you don't win it, you didn't deserve the title.

Trust me, not for sentimental reasons but I've been especially ticked about this season's Saints. They humiliated the ultimate SB champs on national TV but never got to to play for the NFC or SB titles because they inexplicably p***ed themselves in SF.

But as my wife is fond of reminding me, it's only a game. B)

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MLB

--2010-11 Texas Rangers. Hopefully they win it all in 2012 (as long as they don't have to go through the Cardinals again); I can't imagine a team's fans suffering so much (as far as not winning it all) since the early 1990s Bills.

I honestly don't think the rangers will ever recover from being one strike away from winning the World Series.

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MLB

--2010-11 Texas Rangers. Hopefully they win it all in 2012 (as long as they don't have to go through the Cardinals again); I can't imagine a team's fans suffering so much (as far as not winning it all) since the early 1990s Bills.

I honestly don't think the rangers will ever recover from being one strike away from winning the World Series.

I have a feeling they'll contend for a few more years, but then they'll devolve into Bills-like ineptitude.

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2010 Bruins- they blew a 3-0 series lead, Savard's return

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2010 Bruins- they blew a 3-0 series lead, Savard's return

Nope. Savy returned again in 2010-11 (and, of course, was injured again).

Also, going three-up on a team hardly means they deserve to win. I'm sure you won't say "the 2004 Yankees were screwed out of the pennant by being outplayed!"

The Bruins of 2009-10 choked. Plain and simple.

Plus, winning the Cup next year completely erased all those bad feelings. Didn't it?

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Besides, considering the 2009 team won 54 games, and the 2011 Cup team won 46 games, it sounds asinine to think the 39-43 Bruins from 2010 were at all deserving.

That team sucked. If the Eastern Conference didn't suck so hard that year, they wouldn't have even reached the playoffs.

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2010 Bruins- they blew a 3-0 series lead, Savard's return

Nope. Savy returned again in 2010-11 (and, of course, was injured again).

Also, going three-up on a team hardly means they deserve to win. I'm sure you won't say "the 2004 Yankees were screwed out of the pennant by being outplayed!"

The Bruins of 2009-10 choked. Plain and simple.

Plus, winning the Cup next year completely erased all those bad feelings. Didn't it?

Well, Savard came back and had the game winner in OT of Game 1. Everything seemed to be going well for the first half of the series, and then we fell apart. It was heartbreaking for it to happen that way, especially being up 3-0 in both the series and Game 7. Winning the Cup did erase it mostly, though.

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2010 Bruins- they blew a 3-0 series lead, Savard's return

Nope. Savy returned again in 2010-11 (and, of course, was injured again).

Also, going three-up on a team hardly means they deserve to win. I'm sure you won't say "the 2004 Yankees were screwed out of the pennant by being outplayed!"

The Bruins of 2009-10 choked. Plain and simple.

Plus, winning the Cup next year completely erased all those bad feelings. Didn't it?

Well, Savard came back and had the game winner in OT of Game 1. Everything seemed to be going well for the first half of the series, and then we fell apart. It was heartbreaking for it to happen that way, especially being up 3-0 in both the series and Game 7. Winning the Cup did erase it mostly, though.

Another thing noteworthy about that collapse is that the Celtics wild run to the NBA finals masked the Bruins collapse to a certain extent to those who are fans of both teams.

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