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(ESPN)   The Pirates get their 81st win, clinching their first non-losing season since 1992, ending the longest such streak in Pro American sports history   (scores.espn.go.com) divider line 99
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2013-09-03 11:32:14 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-03 11:42:38 PM  
Hm. Still hot as a motherfarker here in AZ.
 
2013-09-03 11:52:01 PM  
81!

An entire generation of people have never seen the Pirates have a winning season. Maybe, just maybe, we're about to see a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh.

Oh, and fark Kevin McClatchy. I hope he knows how reviled he is by Pirates fans. He promised the world and delivered jack shiat. Nutting did everything McClatchy promised to do and didn't. Tonight we are finally free of his legacy of failure.
 
2013-09-04 12:01:59 AM  
Nice job, Pirates.
 
2013-09-04 12:03:45 AM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: 81!

An entire generation of people have never seen the Pirates have a winning season. Maybe, just maybe, we're about to see a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh.

Oh, and fark Kevin McClatchy. I hope he knows how reviled he is by Pirates fans. He promised the world and delivered jack shiat. Nutting did everything McClatchy promised to do and didn't. Tonight we are finally free of his legacy of failure.


So I assume if somebody wants to be killed all they have to do is stand in between PNC Park and Heinz Field and say the names Kevin McClatchy and Neil O'Donnell.

/Braves fan in Pirates Country
//I feel relieved that I no longer have to walk around here feeling responsible for my team knocking the Pirates into what seemed like permanent futility
 
2013-09-04 12:05:09 AM  

neuroflare: Hm. Still hot as a motherfarker here in AZ.


Silly farker, Hell is in GA!
 
2013-09-04 12:19:59 AM  
media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-04 12:30:39 AM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: 81!

An entire generation of people have never seen the Pirates have a winning season. Maybe, just maybe, we're about to see a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh.

Oh, and fark Kevin McClatchy. I hope he knows how reviled he is by Pirates fans. He promised the world and delivered jack shiat. Nutting did everything McClatchy promised to do and didn't. Tonight we are finally free of his legacy of failure.

 
2013-09-04 12:30:58 AM  
Aw, admins trimmed the headline but kept the abbreviations which I used to keep under character limit. Ah well!

The real celebration won't be until after 82, but still, this feels damn good.
 
2013-09-04 12:33:17 AM  

bluorangefyre: Adolf Oliver Nipples: 81!

An entire generation of people have never seen the Pirates have a winning season. Maybe, just maybe, we're about to see a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh.

Oh, and fark Kevin McClatchy. I hope he knows how reviled he is by Pirates fans. He promised the world and delivered jack shiat. Nutting did everything McClatchy promised to do and didn't. Tonight we are finally free of his legacy of failure.

So I assume if somebody wants to be killed all they have to do is stand in between PNC Park and Heinz Field and say the names Kevin McClatchy and Neil O'Donnell.

/Braves fan in Pirates Country
//I feel relieved that I no longer have to walk around here feeling responsible for my team knocking the Pirates into what seemed like permanent futility


I'm a life long Pirates fan. Was 10 years old when they last won the World Series and I always blamed Barry Bonds for choking the entire series and not being able to throw out Sid farking Bream.

/Barry Bonds the biggest jagoff in Pittsburgh sports history.
 
2013-09-04 12:34:59 AM  

bluorangefyre: neuroflare: Hm. Still hot as a motherfarker here in AZ.

Silly farker, Hell is in GA!


I think the real Hell should be the one in the Cayman Islands.
static.travel.usnews.com
 
2013-09-04 12:36:46 AM  
Box score,schmox score.

Which team now holds the current streak for pro sports futility?
 
2013-09-04 12:37:16 AM  
Good job Bucs.
Now if my boys in blue can win 9 out of the next 24 we get a winning season. First since 2003
 
2013-09-04 12:37:54 AM  
Andy will now, FINALLY get up outta centerfield then.

i291.photobucket.com

/go a's
//go cards
 
2013-09-04 12:41:49 AM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: 81!

An entire generation of people have never seen the Pirates have a winning season. Maybe, just maybe, we're about to see a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh.



Yea, it has happened in my lifetime, but not since I was 2. So it's pretty cool to get to see them be a respectable team.
 
2013-09-04 12:55:28 AM  
Clearly it was the Astros and their awesomeness living in the same division that was keeping them down all this time.
 
2013-09-04 01:02:27 AM  
Think about this: anyone who was born during the last Pirates winning season is now of legal drinking age in this country. It's been a long farking time.
 
2013-09-04 01:20:52 AM  
I think I'm more proud of the fans that stuck around.  I don't know how you did it.
 
2013-09-04 01:23:42 AM  
Roberto Clemente can sleep happily now.
 
2013-09-04 01:27:35 AM  
I was 12 years old in 1992. This doesn't erase that pain entirely, but goddamn it's nice to end this streak. Would be nice if they could win the division while they're at it. :-)
 
2013-09-04 01:30:23 AM  
Good on you, Pittsburgh.

/go Giants
 
2013-09-04 01:30:45 AM  
and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan
 
2013-09-04 01:36:58 AM  

Treygreen13: bluorangefyre: neuroflare: Hm. Still hot as a motherfarker here in AZ.

Silly farker, Hell is in GA!

I think the real Hell should be the one in the Cayman Islands.
[static.travel.usnews.com image 500x375]


Everybody knows Hell is near Ann Arbor.
 
2013-09-04 01:44:19 AM  
The one family I'm happy for is the Clemente family," manager Clint Hurdle said. "They told me earlier in the season that we can't have 21 losing seasons, that we've got to find a way to not have Roberto's number tied to that. I told them we'd find a way to take care of that. It's been taken care of."
 
2013-09-04 01:51:45 AM  

falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan


I find it odd that sports reporters around here aren't covering the Pens right now, since usually there's nothing left to talk about as far as baseball goes this time of year, and even weirder its like, "Oh yeah, football season is about to start."
 
2013-09-04 02:05:06 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Good job Bucs.
Now if my boys in blue can win 9 out of the next 24 we get a winning season. First since 2003


Good luck.

Can you do more damage to the Tigers than the Indians?  I'd like to see Cleveland sneak in.
 
2013-09-04 02:17:53 AM  
aaaaaaa.....hmmm. Like most of America, meh.

Congrats, Pirates fans. Sorry your Steelers will be watching the playoffs from home, heh.


//It's a weird, sorta congrats, slash, not so fast kinda thing....
//sorry steeler fan ruined it for you pirate fan, but we all kinda hate pittsburgh now.
 
2013-09-04 02:27:11 AM  
I, for one, would like to see what would happen if all three Pittsburgh teams won championships within a year of each other.
 
2013-09-04 02:29:11 AM  
I remember going to Buffalo Braves games when they were the minor league affiliate of the Pirates.  It was better than going to a Pirates game.
 
2013-09-04 02:31:17 AM  

bluorangefyre: I, for one, would like to see what would happen if all three Pittsburgh teams won championships within a year of each other.


heavenawaits.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-04 02:39:50 AM  

bluorangefyre: I, for one, would like to see what would happen if all three Pittsburgh teams won championships within a year of each other.


I, for one, would like to see what would happen if all three Pittsburgh team planes crashed into the heart of the city.
 
2013-09-04 02:42:16 AM  

regindyn: I think I'm more proud of the fans that stuck around.  I don't know how you did it.


Generally by crying for the first few years, blackout drinking for about the next decade after that, then just laughing at the absurdity of the team's upper management.

/went to 1979 WS as a kid
//thought I'd die before Bucs saw .500 again
 
2013-09-04 02:55:44 AM  
www.myteespot.com

/Unimpressed
 
2013-09-04 04:21:31 AM  

davidphogan: I remember going to Buffalo Braves games when they were the minor league affiliate of the Pirates.  It was better than going to a Pirates game.


Then you remember falsely.  Buffalo has never had a baseball team called the Braves. The Braves were an NBA team.

The Buffalo Bisons, on the other hand, were the Pirates' farm team from 1979-1982, and then again from 1988-1994.
 
2013-09-04 05:42:27 AM  
Well, as a Dodger fan who has seen his team have minimal success over the last 25 years, I'm happy for the Pirates and their fans.  I can't believe it's been that long since Bonds, Bonilla, Van Slyke, and Drabek made the Pirates relevant.  But then I realize that Van Slyke's kid has been a (minor) part of the Dodger success this year and I see just how quickly the years have gone by.  Damn I'm getting old.
 
2013-09-04 06:52:04 AM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: 81!

An entire generation of people have never seen the Pirates have a winning season. Maybe, just maybe, we're about to see a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh.

Oh, and fark Kevin McClatchy. I hope he knows how reviled he is by Pirates fans. He promised the world and delivered jack shiat. Nutting did everything McClatchy promised to do and didn't. Tonight we are finally free of his legacy of failure.


He did worse than deliver jack shiat, he turned the team into little better than an additional minor league team. Anytime a player started to do well and demand the pay of a good player, he turfed them off to another team. You wouldn't believe how happy everyone was when Nutting offered a generous contract to McCutchen, because it signaled the team's time as an additional minor league team was done. It also helped that the team's finances were released, so Nutting can't claim poverty and an inability to pay players as much as the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, etc.
 
2013-09-04 06:55:02 AM  
Back when I was a Pirates fan as a kid, they used to win a lot.  But sadly, they looked like this back then:

oi39.tinypic.com

/ My lawn, get off it
// I may be getting older
 
2013-09-04 07:32:09 AM  
Claps for the pirates.

Last time i saw my team in the playoffs I was 5. Some of us needed this for hope.
 
2013-09-04 08:22:51 AM  
I actually adopted the Pirates as my baseball team when I moved up to Pittsburgh 10 years ago because I grew up in an area of the country without MLB and didn't already have a team (same thing with the Penguins).  I don't have the same long-suffering as many of my friends, but it is good to see them finally break the futility streak.  Go Bucs!
 
2013-09-04 08:23:38 AM  
Wow.  I wasn't sure I would ever see this day.
 
2013-09-04 08:24:45 AM  

falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan


Yeah, and they were proud fans of their Buccos the whole time too!
 
2013-09-04 08:25:10 AM  
I am not rooting against the Bucs but I am still pulling for the Reds in the NL.  I attached myself to their bandwagon 2010.  Hope this group can put it together this year.

Strangelove MD: [www.myteespot.com image 400x246]

/Unimpressed


My uncle played for the Generals in the 70's.  Everyone in the family has a Generals shirt.  Maybe that is why I grew up rooting for the underdogs in everything.
 
2013-09-04 08:29:25 AM  

GoldSpider: falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan

Yeah, and they were proud fans of their Buccos the whole time too!


People seem to confuse "bandwagon fans" with "people who arent willing to spend excessive amounts of time money on a shiatty product but still root for a team and when the team starts to get good they pay more attention."

Happens all the time.
 
2013-09-04 08:41:45 AM  
Here we go, Buccos, here we go!

Wait that's not right

Buccos's going to the superb owl!

I just need a little more practice.
 
2013-09-04 08:43:07 AM  

Gunny Highway: GoldSpider: falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan

Yeah, and they were proud fans of their Buccos the whole time too!

People seem to confuse "bandwagon fans" with "people who arent willing to spend excessive amounts of time money on a shiatty product but still root for a team and when the team starts to get good they pay more attention."

Happens all the time.




Actually what you just described is a bandwagon fan. I wear a dog eared Royals cap just so I can say I've followed them for years. I really want a new cap but I don't want to look like a new fan. So I wear an old cap
 
2013-09-04 08:47:59 AM  

Kuta: Box score,schmox score.

Which team now holds the current streak for pro sports futility?


I think Royals
 
2013-09-04 08:51:32 AM  
Your move, ninjas.
 
2013-09-04 08:53:31 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Gunny Highway: GoldSpider: falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan

Yeah, and they were proud fans of their Buccos the whole time too!

People seem to confuse "bandwagon fans" with "people who arent willing to spend excessive amounts of time money on a shiatty product but still root for a team and when the team starts to get good they pay more attention."

Happens all the time.

Actually what you just described is a bandwagon fan. I wear a dog eared Royals cap just so I can say I've followed them for years. I really want a new cap but I don't want to look like a new fan. So I wear an old cap


Jesus.  Buy a new hat.  How does having a new hate make you less of a fan?  It is a farking hat.
 
2013-09-04 09:04:07 AM  

Gunny Highway: Mid_mo_mad_man: Gunny Highway: GoldSpider: falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan

Yeah, and they were proud fans of their Buccos the whole time too!

People seem to confuse "bandwagon fans" with "people who arent willing to spend excessive amounts of time money on a shiatty product but still root for a team and when the team starts to get good they pay more attention."

Happens all the time.

Actually what you just described is a bandwagon fan. I wear a dog eared Royals cap just so I can say I've followed them for years. I really want a new cap but I don't want to look like a new fan. So I wear an old cap

Jesus.  Buy a new hat.  How does having a new hate make you less of a fan?  It is a farking hat.


Just be sure to peel the hologram sticker off so you don't look like a jackass and you'll be fine.
 
2013-09-04 09:05:14 AM  

Gunny Highway: Mid_mo_mad_man: Gunny Highway: GoldSpider: falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan

Yeah, and they were proud fans of their Buccos the whole time too!

People seem to confuse "bandwagon fans" with "people who arent willing to spend excessive amounts of time money on a shiatty product but still root for a team and when the team starts to get good they pay more attention."

Happens all the time.

Actually what you just described is a bandwagon fan. I wear a dog eared Royals cap just so I can say I've followed them for years. I really want a new cap but I don't want to look like a new fan. So I wear an old cap

Jesus.  Buy a new hat.  How does having a new hate make you less of a fan?  It is a farking hat.


People like him aren't really fans, they are just in it for the social status
 
2013-09-04 09:06:30 AM  

Great_Milenko: Gunny Highway: Mid_mo_mad_man: Gunny Highway: GoldSpider: falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan

Yeah, and they were proud fans of their Buccos the whole time too!

People seem to confuse "bandwagon fans" with "people who arent willing to spend excessive amounts of time money on a shiatty product but still root for a team and when the team starts to get good they pay more attention."

Happens all the time.

Actually what you just described is a bandwagon fan. I wear a dog eared Royals cap just so I can say I've followed them for years. I really want a new cap but I don't want to look like a new fan. So I wear an old cap

Jesus.  Buy a new hat.  How does having a new hate make you less of a fan?  It is a farking hat.

Just be sure to peel the hologram sticker off so you don't look like a jackass and you'll be fine.


Yeah.  Maybe he should ask for one as a gift so we can play the sheepish "it was a gift" line.
 
2013-09-04 09:06:54 AM  

Hillbilly Jim: Barry Bonds the biggest jagoff in Pittsburgh sports history.


You don't remember Dave Parker.
 
2013-09-04 09:21:09 AM  

machoprogrammer: Kuta: Box score,schmox score.

Which team now holds the current streak for pro sports futility?

I think Royals


I don't know what the correct answer is, but it's probably not the Royals.  They had a winning season in 2003.

There has to be an NBA team that's worse than that.
 
2013-09-04 09:24:23 AM  
I remember Dave Parker. He was a farking monster.

I grew up watching the epic Reds/Pirates playoffs. Always liked the Bucs as long as they weren't playing the Reds. Glad to see them doing well now. Hurdle's the real deal as a manager.
 
2013-09-04 09:26:57 AM  

NetOwl: machoprogrammer: Kuta: Box score,schmox score.

Which team now holds the current streak for pro sports futility?

I think Royals

I don't know what the correct answer is, but it's probably not the Royals.  They had a winning season in 2003.

There has to be an NBA team that's worse than that.


Apparently, it is the Royals, since the Pirates and Orioles both had good years recently, and the Edmonton Oilers went to the playoffs in 2006.
 
2013-09-04 09:27:27 AM  

Treygreen13: bluorangefyre: neuroflare: Hm. Still hot as a motherfarker here in AZ.

Silly farker, Hell is in GA!

I think the real Hell should be the one in the Cayman Islands.
[static.travel.usnews.com image 500x375]


I actually visited that place. The locals don't treat that place nice, there was all kinds of trash in there.
 
2013-09-04 09:31:01 AM  

NetOwl: machoprogrammer: Kuta: Box score,schmox score.

Which team now holds the current streak for pro sports futility?

I think Royals

I don't know what the correct answer is, but it's probably not the Royals.  They had a winning season in 2003.

There has to be an NBA team that's worse than that.


They're talking about sports, not "sports entertainment".
 
2013-09-04 09:37:06 AM  
Hopefully we will be able to retire cityofchampionsandthepirates.jpg as well.
 
2013-09-04 09:41:32 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Gunny Highway: GoldSpider: falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan

Yeah, and they were proud fans of their Buccos the whole time too!

People seem to confuse "bandwagon fans" with "people who arent willing to spend excessive amounts of time money on a shiatty product but still root for a team and when the team starts to get good they pay more attention."

Happens all the time.

Actually what you just described is a bandwagon fan. I wear a dog eared Royals cap just so I can say I've followed them for years. I really want a new cap but I don't want to look like a new fan. So I wear an old cap


1. It's both sad and pathetic that you care that much about what other people think of your hat status.
2. Casual fans (i.e. bandwagon fans) give the team more money, which should give the team a better chance at acquiring better talent and winning more games.
3. What's the end game for you?  So you can be sitting in a bar when the Royals win the WS, turn to the crowd of happy, cheering people and say "No, no, I was here first!  I was here first! Stop having fun!  That's my fun!"

If the Cubs ever win the WS in my life, I will make sure I'm in Wrigleyville when it happens.  I will immerse myself in the crowd, and when that moment comes, I don't care if the people around me just started rooting for them during the WS, I'm hugging every motherfarker there.
 
2013-09-04 09:51:06 AM  

Orgasmatron138: Mid_mo_mad_man: Gunny Highway: GoldSpider: falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan

Yeah, and they were proud fans of their Buccos the whole time too!

People seem to confuse "bandwagon fans" with "people who arent willing to spend excessive amounts of time money on a shiatty product but still root for a team and when the team starts to get good they pay more attention."

Happens all the time.

Actually what you just described is a bandwagon fan. I wear a dog eared Royals cap just so I can say I've followed them for years. I really want a new cap but I don't want to look like a new fan. So I wear an old cap

1. It's both sad and pathetic that you care that much about what other people think of your hat status.
2. Casual fans (i.e. bandwagon fans) give the team more money, which should give the team a better chance at acquiring better talent and winning more games.
3. What's the end game for you?  So you can be sitting in a bar when the Royals win the WS, turn to the crowd of happy, cheering people and say "No, no, I was here first!  I was here first! Stop having fun!  That's my fun!"

If the Cubs ever win the WS in my life, I will make sure I'm in Wrigleyville when it happens.  I will immerse myself in the crowd, and when that moment comes, I don't care if the people around me just started rooting for them during the WS, I'm hugging every motherfarker there.




Maybe the hat comment wasn't the best way to explain my thoughts on bandwagon fans. I was thinking more of what Bosox fans call the pink hatters.
 
2013-09-04 10:06:20 AM  
i1089.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-04 10:26:13 AM  
I'm sure the Mariners are willing to take up this crown of suck and go with it a lot longer.
 
2013-09-04 10:31:27 AM  

NetOwl: NetOwl: machoprogrammer: Kuta: Box score,schmox score.

Which team now holds the current streak for pro sports futility?

I think Royals

I don't know what the correct answer is, but it's probably not the Royals.  They had a winning season in 2003.

There has to be an NBA team that's worse than that.

Apparently, it is the Royals, since the Pirates and Orioles both had good years recently, and the Edmonton Oilers went to the playoffs in 2006.


Maybe the Bills?
 
2013-09-04 10:32:51 AM  

machoprogrammer: NetOwl: NetOwl: machoprogrammer: Kuta: Box score,schmox score.

Which team now holds the current streak for pro sports futility?

I think Royals

I don't know what the correct answer is, but it's probably not the Royals.  They had a winning season in 2003.

There has to be an NBA team that's worse than that.

Apparently, it is the Royals, since the Pirates and Orioles both had good years recently, and the Edmonton Oilers went to the playoffs in 2006.

Maybe the Bills?


Nevermind, 9-7 in 2004
 
2013-09-04 11:00:06 AM  
KC has gone the longest without a playoff appearance in baseball. 1985- ?
Chiefs also haven't been to a Super Bowl since IV. It ain't easy being a KC sports fan
 
2013-09-04 11:00:38 AM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: bluorangefyre: I, for one, would like to see what would happen if all three Pittsburgh teams won championships within a year of each other.

[heavenawaits.files.wordpress.com image 850x484]


davidtlamb.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-04 11:08:37 AM  

machoprogrammer: machoprogrammer: NetOwl: NetOwl: machoprogrammer: Kuta: Box score,schmox score.

Which team now holds the current streak for pro sports futility?

I think Royals

I don't know what the correct answer is, but it's probably not the Royals.  They had a winning season in 2003.

There has to be an NBA team that's worse than that.

Apparently, it is the Royals, since the Pirates and Orioles both had good years recently, and the Edmonton Oilers went to the playoffs in 2006.

Maybe the Bills?

Nevermind, 9-7 in 2004


The Bills do have the longest current playoff drought in the NFL.  They haven't played in a playoff game since the 1999 season (you may recall it - it's commonly referred to around the country as the "Music City Miracle," and in Bills country as "the forward lateral game").

But if the discussion is longest stretch of losing seasons, I don't know.
 
2013-09-04 11:20:32 AM  
Congrats, Pirates fans - you've had to wait too long.  And good luck in the postseason!
 
2013-09-04 11:23:53 AM  
Okay, here are the streaks:
MLB: Royals, 2003
NFL:Raiders 2002 (but have had .500's since); Bills 2004 overall
NBA: T-Wolves 2005
NHL: Oilers 2008
MLS: Chivas & the Revs, 2009
CFL: Ti-Cats 2004 (2010 .500); Riders 2010 for each.  Unless the Redblacks are the same team as the old Renegades/Rough Riders, in which case there hasn't been a winning football season in Ottawa since 1978, and no .500s since 1992.

I'll do playoffs in a bit.
 
2013-09-04 11:28:46 AM  

FriarReb98: NHL: Oilers 2008


NHL is skewed since the introduction of the loser point.  Very few teams have "losing seasons" anymore.  Even most of the teams that miss the playoffs are "above .500" as it is currently calculated.

NHL points system is such a clusterfark, you can't look at the records.  Playoff drought is a better measure of extended futility.
 
2013-09-04 11:44:22 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Hillbilly Jim: Barry Bonds the biggest jagoff in Pittsburgh sports history.

You don't remember Dave Parker.


Stan says it's Barry, gotta go with Stan

/Stan, Guy, love the show...
 
2013-09-04 11:59:02 AM  

FriarReb98: Okay, here are the streaks:
MLB: Royals, 2003
NFL:Raiders 2002 (but have had .500's since); Bills 2004 overall
NBA: T-Wolves 2005
NHL: Oilers 2008
MLS: Chivas & the Revs, 2009
CFL: Ti-Cats 2004 (2010 .500); Riders 2010 for each.  Unless the Redblacks are the same team as the old Renegades/Rough Riders, in which case there hasn't been a winning football season in Ottawa since 1978, and no .500s since 1992.

I'll do playoffs in a bit.


This one is going down this year. Rubio, and Love both healthy = 7 or 8 seed.
Playoff here we come
 
2013-09-04 12:08:56 PM  

Hillbilly Jim: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Hillbilly Jim: Barry Bonds the biggest jagoff in Pittsburgh sports history.

You don't remember Dave Parker.

Stan says it's Barry, gotta go with Stan

/Stan, Guy, love the show...


I think Derek "Operation Shutdown" Bell deserves a dishonorable mention for having the highest jagoff quotient for the briefest duration...
 
2013-09-04 12:09:26 PM  

Doc Daneeka: FriarReb98: NHL: Oilers 2008

NHL is skewed since the introduction of the loser point.  Very few teams have "losing seasons" anymore.  Even most of the teams that miss the playoffs are "above .500" as it is currently calculated.

NHL points system is such a clusterfark, you can't look at the records.  Playoff drought is a better measure of extended futility.


Edmonton hasn't win over 50% of their games since '87-'88.  Columbus has never won over 50%, with the franchise starting in '00-'01.
 
2013-09-04 12:16:27 PM  

mactheknife: regindyn: I think I'm more proud of the fans that stuck around.  I don't know how you did it.

Generally by crying for the first few years, blackout drinking for about the next decade after that, then just laughing at the absurdity of the team's upper management.


That's pretty much how it's done in Milwaukee, with a little celebratory blackout drinking thrown in when the team's winning.
 
2013-09-04 12:21:01 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Orgasmatron138: Mid_mo_mad_man: Gunny Highway: GoldSpider: falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan

Yeah, and they were proud fans of their Buccos the whole time too!

People seem to confuse "bandwagon fans" with "people who arent willing to spend excessive amounts of time money on a shiatty product but still root for a team and when the team starts to get good they pay more attention."

Happens all the time.

Actually what you just described is a bandwagon fan. I wear a dog eared Royals cap just so I can say I've followed them for years. I really want a new cap but I don't want to look like a new fan. So I wear an old cap

1. It's both sad and pathetic that you care that much about what other people think of your hat status.
2. Casual fans (i.e. bandwagon fans) give the team more money, which should give the team a better chance at acquiring better talent and winning more games.
3. What's the end game for you?  So you can be sitting in a bar when the Royals win the WS, turn to the crowd of happy, cheering people and say "No, no, I was here first!  I was here first! Stop having fun!  That's my fun!"

If the Cubs ever win the WS in my life, I will make sure I'm in Wrigleyville when it happens.  I will immerse myself in the crowd, and when that moment comes, I don't care if the people around me just started rooting for them during the WS, I'm hugging every motherfarker there.

Maybe the hat comment wasn't the best way to explain my thoughts on bandwagon fans. I was thinking more of what Bosox fans call the pink hatters.


Then let's just say that I disagree with your thoughts on bandwagon fans.  Even the longest, diehard-ist, oldest, crankiest fan doesn't really amount to much compared to a casual fan who just started watching yesterday.  We're all just fans.  We didn't accomplish shiat.  The players on the field did.  We're just happy that they did it.

I've been a Cubs fan since 1987.  I have absolutely zero problem with people who don't know a thing about the team, but wear t shirts and buy tickets when the team is doing well.  Know why?  Because I was an Andre Dawson bandwagon jumper.  I just happened to stick with the team.  But that 26 years I've been a fan doesn't mean anything.  It's not anything I accomplished, so it's not anything for me to lord over others.

I hope every Cubs game sells out, I hope every t-shirt sells, I hope every facebook post and tweet has something to do with the Cubs.  Because that will mean my team is making a shiat ton of money, which will be reinvested in the ballpark, players, coaches, and management.

/end of rant
//sorry it's so long
 
2013-09-04 12:26:42 PM  

flak attack: Doc Daneeka: FriarReb98: NHL: Oilers 2008

NHL is skewed since the introduction of the loser point.  Very few teams have "losing seasons" anymore.  Even most of the teams that miss the playoffs are "above .500" as it is currently calculated.

NHL points system is such a clusterfark, you can't look at the records.  Playoff drought is a better measure of extended futility.

Edmonton hasn't win over 50% of their games since '87-'88.  Columbus has never won over 50%, with the franchise starting in '00-'01.


And looking at the numbers again, the longest streak of sub-.500 seasons is Edmonton, who last had a .500+ season in '07-'08, so only 5 years.
 
2013-09-04 12:36:26 PM  

lifeboat: Back when I was a Pirates fan as a kid, they used to win a lot.  But sadly, they looked like this back then:

[oi39.tinypic.com image 519x700]

/ My lawn, get off it
// I may be getting older


I had no idea Richard Belzer pitched in the majors.
 
2013-09-04 12:56:57 PM  

Orgasmatron138: /end of rant
//sorry it's so long


I am happy to know I am not the only one who feels that way.
 
2013-09-04 01:00:36 PM  

bluorangefyre: I, for one, would like to see what would happen if all three Pittsburgh teams won championships within a year of each other.


GO PISCES!
 
2013-09-04 01:01:07 PM  

Orgasmatron138: Because I was an Andre Dawson bandwagon jumper.


The Hawk was nice, but The Deer (Rob Dernier) is what held that outfield together.
 
2013-09-04 01:02:54 PM  

happydude45: I remember Dave Parker. He was a farking monster.

I grew up watching the epic Reds/Pirates playoffs. Always liked the Bucs as long as they weren't playing the Reds. Glad to see them doing well now. Hurdle's the real deal as a manager.


If I am not mistaken, Parker and Stargell were the only ones to hit it out of 3 rivers stadium.

Those were the days.   I am hoping that they return to days like that
 
2013-09-04 01:50:27 PM  

Doc Daneeka: machoprogrammer: machoprogrammer: NetOwl: NetOwl: machoprogrammer: Kuta: Box score,schmox score.

Which team now holds the current streak for pro sports futility?

I think Royals

I don't know what the correct answer is, but it's probably not the Royals.  They had a winning season in 2003.

There has to be an NBA team that's worse than that.

Apparently, it is the Royals, since the Pirates and Orioles both had good years recently, and the Edmonton Oilers went to the playoffs in 2006.

Maybe the Bills?

Nevermind, 9-7 in 2004

The Bills do have the longest current playoff drought in the NFL.  They haven't played in a playoff game since the 1999 season (you may recall it - it's commonly referred to around the country as the "Music City Miracle," and in Bills country as "the forward lateral game").

But if the discussion is longest stretch of losing seasons, I don't know.


I refer to it as Buffalo's failure to stop literally the only team that could beat Jacksonville that season.

/we sent Dan Marino and Jimmy Johnson into retirement with a NE Florida butt whooping usually reserved for that team of clowns from Athens
 
2013-09-04 01:51:49 PM  

Hillbilly Jim: bluorangefyre: Adolf Oliver Nipples: 81!

An entire generation of people have never seen the Pirates have a winning season. Maybe, just maybe, we're about to see a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh.

Oh, and fark Kevin McClatchy. I hope he knows how reviled he is by Pirates fans. He promised the world and delivered jack shiat. Nutting did everything McClatchy promised to do and didn't. Tonight we are finally free of his legacy of failure.

So I assume if somebody wants to be killed all they have to do is stand in between PNC Park and Heinz Field and say the names Kevin McClatchy and Neil O'Donnell.

/Braves fan in Pirates Country
//I feel relieved that I no longer have to walk around here feeling responsible for my team knocking the Pirates into what seemed like permanent futility

I'm a life long Pirates fan. Was 10 years old when they last won the World Series and I always blamed Barry Bonds for choking the entire series and not being able to throw out Sid farking Bream.

/Barry Bonds one of the biggest jagoffs in Pittsburgh sports history.


FTFY.
 
2013-09-04 01:55:00 PM  

immrlizard: happydude45: I remember Dave Parker. He was a farking monster.

I grew up watching the epic Reds/Pirates playoffs. Always liked the Bucs as long as they weren't playing the Reds. Glad to see them doing well now. Hurdle's the real deal as a manager.

If I am not mistaken, Parker and Stargell were the only ones to hit it out of 3 rivers stadium.

Those were the days.   I am hoping that they return to days like that


Nobody ever hit the ball out of Three Rivers Stadium and very few ever reached the upper deck there. It happened 13 times, but one of those 13 was in a HR derby so it was really 12 times. Willie Stargell did it 4 times, Dave Parker never did.  http://home.mindspring.com/~gearhard/stadiums.html#upperdeck
 
2013-09-04 02:00:14 PM  
A few more streaks:

The oldest teams to have never won a professional sports championship are the Rangers & Vikings, both founded in 1961.  (There are three teams from the old AFL - the Bills, Titans and Chargers - that won AFL titles, which is why they're not tops on this list.)

The oldest team to have never been to a professional sports championship is the Washington Nationals (1969). (Before you say it, the Nuggets went to the '76 ABA finals, so it counts.)

Everyone should know the longest streaks for championship droughts and finalist droughts both belong to the same team, but the second longest streak for a championship is the Arizona Cardinals (1947) and the second longest streak for a finals appearance is the Sacramento Kings, who last appeared in the finals as the Rochester Royals in 1951.

The longest playoff drought in the NHL is the Oilers (2006).   The longest playoff drought in the NBA is the Timberwolves (2004).  (Both of those are impressive when you realize that over half the teams in the league make it to the playoffs every year.)
The longest playoff drought in the NFL is the Bills (1999).
The longest playoff drought in the MLB is the Royals (1985).  Unless I'm mistaken, they still have fifteen years to go for the longest stretch between a championship and their next playoff season, which was the Chicago White Sox (1917-1959).  Though given the current setup of pro sports playoffs, that's one record that's nearly impossible to break.
 
2013-09-04 02:05:50 PM  
FriarReb98:
The longest playoff drought in the MLB is the Royals (1985).  Unless I'm mistaken, they still have fifteen years to go for the longest stretch between a championship and their next playoff season, which was the Chicago White Sox (1917-1959).  Though given the current setup of pro sports playoffs, that's one record that's nearly impossible to break.

If any sport could do it, it's baseball.  The salary cap creates too much parity in the other leagues.
 
2013-09-04 02:17:34 PM  

flak attack: If any sport could do it, it's baseball.  The salary cap creates too much parity in the other leagues.


Nope.
 
2013-09-04 02:27:00 PM  
Don't worry Pirates, the Jays will happily take up the mantle of the worst team in the league, with management and players such as ours, we won't see a winning season until at least 2020. We'll keep the streak alive!
 
2013-09-04 02:30:11 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: bluorangefyre: I, for one, would like to see what would happen if all three Pittsburgh teams won championships within a year of each other.

GO PISCES!


LOL.

will they break out the sister sledge before the end of the season?
 
2013-09-04 02:32:36 PM  

peachpicker: Hillbilly Jim: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Hillbilly Jim: Barry Bonds the biggest jagoff in Pittsburgh sports history.

You don't remember Dave Parker.

Stan says it's Barry, gotta go with Stan

/Stan, Guy, love the show...

I think Derek "Operation Shutdown" Bell deserves a dishonorable mention for having the highest jagoff quotient for the briefest duration...


Good Lord. I had totally forgotten about that.
 
2013-09-04 02:55:10 PM  

abmoraz: Orgasmatron138: Because I was an Andre Dawson bandwagon jumper.

The Hawk was nice, but The Deer (Rob Dernier) is what held that outfield together.


I was 8 years old, and had Harry Caray calling Dawson's MVP year. Hell, as far as I knew, Jody Davis really WAS as good as Caray made him out to be.
 
2013-09-04 03:07:34 PM  
Orgasmatron138: ***snip***  I hope every Cubs game sells out, I hope every t-shirt sells, I hope every facebook post and tweet has something to do with the Cubs.  Because that will mean my team is making a shiat ton of money, which will be reinvested in the ballpark, players, coaches, and management.

/end of rant
//sorry it's so long


They will still suck though, because Cubs.
 
2013-09-04 03:28:13 PM  

mjoven1975: immrlizard: happydude45: I remember Dave Parker. He was a farking monster.

I grew up watching the epic Reds/Pirates playoffs. Always liked the Bucs as long as they weren't playing the Reds. Glad to see them doing well now. Hurdle's the real deal as a manager.

If I am not mistaken, Parker and Stargell were the only ones to hit it out of 3 rivers stadium.

Those were the days.   I am hoping that they return to days like that

Nobody ever hit the ball out of Three Rivers Stadium and very few ever reached the upper deck there. It happened 13 times, but one of those 13 was in a HR derby so it was really 12 times. Willie Stargell did it 4 times, Dave Parker never did.  http://home.mindspring.com/~gearhard/stadiums.html#upperdeck


I was at that HR derby, and while Frank Thomas had the longest clout (and it was massive, just amazing to see) he wasn't the only one to reach the upper deck during the competition. Hell, Griffey had five or six on his own, all into the same section of seats (he won that year).

Not that this is of any consequence, I'm just surprised that they'd include one lone upper deck shot from that HR derby on a list of in-game homers.
 
2013-09-04 03:56:22 PM  

GoldSpider: falcon176: and all the sudden every Steelers fan you know is suddenly a Pirates fan

Yeah, and they were proud fans of their Buccos the whole time too!


Nope. None of us were proud fans. We were ashamed of the product they put on the field. Nonetheless, we were fans. It's easy to be, say, a Yankees fan. It hasn't been easy to be a Pirates fan in 20 years, and even then, when they were good for a couple of seasons, they were only a few years removed from a 100-loss season. For most of my life they've been dogs. Yet we still held out hope.
 
2013-09-04 04:36:15 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: GO PISCES!


Did that film break even?  Truly bad cinema.
 
2013-09-04 05:31:31 PM  

FriarReb98: The longest playoff drought in the MLB is the Royals (1985). Unless I'm mistaken, they still have fifteen years to go for the longest stretch between a championship and their next playoff season, which was the Chicago White Sox (1917-1959). Though given the current setup of pro sports playoffs, that's one record that's nearly impossible to break.


White Sox made the playoffs a couple of years after that championship...

content7.flixster.com
 
2013-09-04 06:22:01 PM  

buckeyebrain: FriarReb98: The longest playoff drought in the MLB is the Royals (1985). Unless I'm mistaken, they still have fifteen years to go for the longest stretch between a championship and their next playoff season, which was the Chicago White Sox (1917-1959). Though given the current setup of pro sports playoffs, that's one record that's nearly impossible to break.

White Sox made the playoffs a couple of years after that championship...

[content7.flixster.com image 180x258]


Shiat.  Well, then it's 41 years, and the Indians tied it.  Either way it'll still take a lot of farking fail to match it.
 
2013-09-04 11:55:07 PM  

Orgasmatron138: I've been a Cubs fan since 1987. I have absolutely zero problem with people who don't know a thing about the team, but wear t shirts and buy tickets when the team is doing well. Know why? Because I was an Andre Dawson bandwagon jumper. I just happened to stick with the team. But that 26 years I've been a fan doesn't mean anything. It's not anything I accomplished, so it's not anything for me to lord over others.

I hope every Cubs game sells out, I hope every t-shirt sells, I hope every facebook post and tweet has something to do with the Cubs. Because that will mean my team is making a shiat ton of money, which will be reinvested in the ballpark, players, coaches, and management.

/end of rant
//sorry it's so long


OMG its the anti-steamingpile!
 
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