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Most hated SINGLE-season teams of all time (redux)

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How have we made it this far into the thread without a single mention of any Duke basketball team?

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How have we made it this far into the thread without a single mention of any Duke basketball team?

I think someone mentioned the team that beat Butler.

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2002 Lakers, 2011 NY Giants, 2011 Alabama football. and 2011 Cardinals, simply for being given championships they didn't deserve. In the Lakers case, they were gift-wrapped what was essentially the NBA Finals against a team that if they had won would've been mentioned in the same breath as the 1996 Bulls and 1986 Celtics.

1998 Falcons would be up there too if they beat the Broncos in the Super Bowl; they robbed the Vikings of glory.

What? I know the Lakers were gift-wrapped Game 6 of that series, however the Kings still lost a Game 7 at home in front of a great, great home crowd. Because of that fact, those Kings were good, but not that good.

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2002 Lakers, 2011 NY Giants, 2011 Alabama football. and 2011 Cardinals, simply for being given championships they didn't deserve. In the Lakers case, they were gift-wrapped what was essentially the NBA Finals against a team that if they had won would've been mentioned in the same breath as the 1996 Bulls and 1986 Celtics.

1998 Falcons would be up there too if they beat the Broncos in the Super Bowl; they robbed the Vikings of glory.

What? I know the Lakers were gift-wrapped Game 6 of that series, however the Kings still lost a Game 7 at home in front of a great, great home crowd. Because of that fact, those Kings were good, but not that good.

:rolleyes:

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2002 Lakers, 2011 NY Giants, 2011 Alabama football. and 2011 Cardinals, simply for being given championships they didn't deserve. In the Lakers case, they were gift-wrapped what was essentially the NBA Finals against a team that if they had won would've been mentioned in the same breath as the 1996 Bulls and 1986 Celtics.

1998 Falcons would be up there too if they beat the Broncos in the Super Bowl; they robbed the Vikings of glory.

Umm, what? The Kings won 61 games that season. A great season, but far from historic.

They started 19-9, then Webber returned from injury and they went 41-10 after that (in their 1-2 finish they rested their starters). Then they went 7-2 in the next 2 series and should've beaten the Lakers in 5 then swept the Nets, so they were really 56-13, or 67-15 stretched over a full season.

Okay, but that 41-10 record there? The Bulls went 72-10, over the entire season, and not just a favorably selected portion of it. And then they went 11-1 in the playoffs, so they were really 83-11 over the course of the full season. Like I said, not even remotely close. The Heat went 66-16 this past season, with a quasi-historic streak, and not even the most arden LeBron nut-hangers would claim that team should be mentioned among all-time greats.

15-3 over the playoffs, so 87-13 for that particular Bulls team. Of course, nobody since has had Jordan's borderline psychotic need to not only compete, but win, so there's part of the explanation for 1996.

That said, placing the '01-'02 Kings in the all time greats implicitly puts Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, Vlade Divac, Doug Christie, and Mike Bibby among the all time greats and I am not prepared to take that step.

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2002 Lakers, 2011 NY Giants, 2011 Alabama football. and 2011 Cardinals, simply for being given championships they didn't deserve. In the Lakers case, they were gift-wrapped what was essentially the NBA Finals against a team that if they had won would've been mentioned in the same breath as the 1996 Bulls and 1986 Celtics.

1998 Falcons would be up there too if they beat the Broncos in the Super Bowl; they robbed the Vikings of glory.

What? I know the Lakers were gift-wrapped Game 6 of that series, however the Kings still lost a Game 7 at home in front of a great, great home crowd. Because of that fact, those Kings were good, but not that good.

They shouldn't have had to play a game seven.

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So apparently I'm famous on the board for being 13.

It's not you being famous for being 13, so much as everyone else realizing how stunningly old they are. Hell, I'm 23 and I already fear having a low-paying job, being shackled for most of my life with student loans, not having a wife or kids, not being able to buy a house, seeing all of my friends outperform me when I'm desperately trying to catch-up to them but never being able to, witnessing the death of my parents, and, ultimately, dying old, poor and with no contacts.

The world around you, from the economy to your social life, will be better in 10 years. I, both, wish you great luck in harnessing this and feel envious of your generation learning from our mistakes and woes to better yourselves.

You, um, may want to talk to someone.

No kidding. I thought I was pessimistic (although I don't hold any illusion that things will be "better" for current 13-year olds b/c they'll learn from "our" mistakes - referring to current people in their early 20s!)

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The 2013 Red Sox are rapidly working their way to #2 on this list. Extremely irritating.

As far as other nominal choices, I gotta go with the 2011 and 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide football teams here. One team didn't deserve to play in the title game at all, while the other had the most absurd luck finding their way there after being beaten by Johnny Football and Texas A&M in the middle of November, at home in Tuscaloosa.

There really isn't an NFL or NHL team of extreme irritance to me. The Miami Heat, I'm starting to get past that. These past two years are very easily forgettable for me.

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1994 San Francisco 49ers - the only team able to derail what could've been four straight Super Bowls for my beloved Cowboys. Still want to wring Merton Hanks' wobbly neck. Grr!

Any Philadelphia Eagles team since 1999. Say what you will about Michael Irvin, nobody should cheer a broke neck. Ever.

2011 St Louis Cardinals - actually my anger is directed at two guys: Nelson Cruz and Freese. DAVID F-ING FREESE! Continued the 20+ year misery as a Rangers fan. Twice one strike away.

One thing that really gets me, including my own teams, is the incessant need for teams to lable their fanbases "team name nation". You are a group of people that like a freakin sports team. You are not a nation, dammit!

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The 2003 Detroit Tigers made me question life and hate baseball. They're in my top 10 without a doubt.

I understand you, the 2008 Detroit Lions also make a fan question everything about life.

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1969 Seattle Pilots, anybody?

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1969 Seattle Pilots, anybody?

They weren't hated. They were simply a bad luck team that got put behind the 8-Ball because Kansas City HAD to have a baseball team back by 1969.

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Didn't the Pilots move to Milwaukee and not Kansas City? :blink:

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Didn't the Pilots move to Milwaukee and not Kansas City? :blink:

The Pilots came in with the Royals (and the Expos and the Padres). The expansion, induced heavily by a Missouri Senator making noises about tossing baseball's anti-trust protection, was originally slated for 1971. However, he felt that was too long for Kansas City to go without baseball, so the expansion got pushed up to 1969. Based on all of the logistical problems the Pilots had, they really needed that 1971 start date.

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I see....so they started too early thanks to the Royals.

In similar vein to the Pilots, the 2008-09 Oklahoma City Thunder??

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The 2008-09 Kelowna Rockets. Well I guess just the 2008-09 playoffs Kelowna Rockets.

The Calgary Hitmen finished the season with a 59-9-3-1 record for 122 points, most in the entire CHL. They swept the first three rounds outscoring teams 58-21 in 12 games.

The Hitmen and the Rockets go into the finals and Kelowna wins the first three games. The Hitmen hadn't lost a game that entire playoffs until the finals. They won the next two games but lost in Game 6 in overtime. Kelowna went on to lose in the Memorial Cup finals to Windsor.

The Hitmen won the WHL championship the next season just to lose in the Mem Cup semis to the host Brandon Wheat Kings (whom the Hitmen beat in the Eastern Conference finals 4 games to 1) but Sportsnet had an article for last years (or the year before) Memorial Cup talking about the greatest teams to not win the Mem Cup and the 2008-09 Calgary Hitmen were on it.

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Though remembered very fondly today, the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers is definitely up there due to racism in the league at the time. As we all know, the team's decision to allow Jackie Robinson to play Major League Baseball caused the Dodgers organization and players to be the most hated in the game at the time.

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2006 Italy World Cup soccer

Minuets left in the round of 16 game against Australia (this had been the first time an Australian had scored at the World Cup) the score is 0-0, Italian forward takes a massive dive in the box, draws penalty and scores to win the match 1-0. Italy go on to win the World Cup.

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