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2017-12-27 09:27:59 AM  
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2017-12-27 10:31:43 AM  
Their only hope is that, with nothing to gain and much to lose, the Steelers sit everyone and play their practice squad... which might still beat the Browns.
 
2017-12-27 10:46:21 AM  
What would be the Brownsiest thing to happen this Sunday?  Brown's win to "ruin" their perfect season or for them to lose in a horrible fashion?
 
2017-12-27 10:47:54 AM  
Nothing was so much fun as the bag heads when I lived in Louisiana in 1980... it was epic.
 
2017-12-27 10:53:50 AM  

nmrsnr: Their only hope is that, with nothing to gain and much to lose, the Steelers sit everyone and play their practice squad... which might still beat the Browns.


The Steelers get homefield if they win and the Patriots lose to the Jets
 
2017-12-27 10:56:45 AM  

ElwoodCuse: nmrsnr: Their only hope is that, with nothing to gain and much to lose, the Steelers sit everyone and play their practice squad... which might still beat the Browns.

The Steelers get homefield if they win and the Patriots lose to the Jets


Steelers should still play their practice squad and win. ;)
 
2017-12-27 10:59:08 AM  

ElwoodCuse: nmrsnr: Their only hope is that, with nothing to gain and much to lose, the Steelers sit everyone and play their practice squad... which might still beat the Browns.

The Steelers get homefield if they win and the Patriots lose to the Jets


And both games are going at the same time, so it isn't like the Steelers can say, "Hey, the Pats won, so we can slack".  They have to play full bore and hope for the best with the Pats/Jets game.
 
2017-12-27 10:59:17 AM  

smd31: What would be the Brownsiest thing to happen this Sunday?  Brown's win to "ruin" their perfect season or for them to lose in a horrible fashion?


Winning so that this team is just another in the long line of shiatty teams rather than something remembered for going above and beyond the call of duty in losing.
 
2017-12-27 11:14:24 AM  

ElwoodCuse: and the Patriots lose to the Jets


I stand by my statement.
 
2017-12-27 11:15:08 AM  
I saw a poll the at the start of the season somewhere that asked which would be greater:

Browns Wins
or
Number of Browns QBs this Year

and I thought to myself, where is the none of the above as they won't win, and they haven't had a real QB in decades...
 
2017-12-27 11:16:05 AM  

ElwoodCuse: Patriots lose to the Jets


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2017-12-27 11:22:11 AM  
come on, yall never heard the TRAP GAME narrative?
 
2017-12-27 11:24:10 AM  
People outside of New England think the Patriots are the worst.
 
2017-12-27 11:28:07 AM  
Rod farkin' Rust
 
2017-12-27 11:29:50 AM  

smd31: What would be the Brownsiest thing to happen this Sunday?  Brown's win to "ruin" their perfect season or for them to lose in a horrible fashion?


The Brownsiest thing to happen would somehow having the game end in a tie.
 
2017-12-27 11:32:59 AM  
After starting 2-5, coach Vince Tobin was fired and replaced by Dave McGinnis. Although there were bright spots through the season, such as Hall of Fame defensive back Aeneas Williams setting the franchise record with 160 consecutive appearances, the offense was anemic.


2000 also was when on the sunday before the tuesday election where Maricopa County voters were asked to approve a new NFL stadium, Williams returned an fumble in the cardinal end zone.  he pick sixed it, and the NFL counted that yardage so it went down int he books as a 104yd TD.  at the time, the second longest fumble return in NFL history.  OF ALL TIME.

http://www.azcardinals.com/videos/vid​e​os/Aeneas-Williams-104-yard-fumble-ret​urn-/717f91c4-91f9-44f9-aae6-89990100a​808


to the election, there was such euphoria about the play, folks credited that play with - hyperbole approaching - swinging the undecideds to vote for the stadium.  who knows.
 
2017-12-27 11:39:03 AM  

devildog123: ElwoodCuse: nmrsnr: Their only hope is that, with nothing to gain and much to lose, the Steelers sit everyone and play their practice squad... which might still beat the Browns.

The Steelers get homefield if they win and the Patriots lose to the Jets

And both games are going at the same time, so it isn't like the Steelers can say, "Hey, the Pats won, so we can slack".  They have to play full bore and hope for the best with the Pats/Jets game.


In the unlikely event that the Pats lose and the other game goes into deep into OT, the Steelers could find themselves playing to run out the clock and clinch the top seed with a draw.  Would the Browns be happy with an 0-15-1 record?
 
2017-12-27 11:42:55 AM  

ElwoodCuse: nmrsnr: Their only hope is that, with nothing to gain and much to lose, the Steelers sit everyone and play their practice squad... which might still beat the Browns.

The Steelers get homefield if they win and the Patriots lose to the Jets


Indeed. The starters will probably play, and if they are killing the Browns by halftime then the 2nd and 3rd team sees playing time.
 
2017-12-27 11:50:24 AM  
I know the Broncos were a pathetic franchise before the merger and for years after.  But that was all well before my time and cannot validate how bad that 1966 team was.  And if you were to have presented the article to me, I would not have included pre-merger seasons with the AFL teams.

I do remember the 2-9 strike shortened 1982 season was pathetic, but I can see not picking that one because of the strike.  But the 2010 4-12 season may need another look. Worst defense in the league giving up almost 30 a game, Spygate II, McDaniel's fired and also the year Tebow joined the team.  Dark times.  2010 would be my choice for worst Broncos season in my lifetime, at least.
 
2017-12-27 11:51:15 AM  

bighairyguy: People outside of New England think the Patriots are the worst.


On the contrary, I live in New England.
 
2017-12-27 12:01:10 PM  
On the brighter side, the worst Dolphins team in history also produced one of the greatest moments in Dolphins history.


Miami Dolhpnis First Win 2007
Youtube 8nYGdoYOdjQ


Squeeze that Lemon!
 
2017-12-27 12:07:06 PM  

Myk-House of El: I know the Broncos were a pathetic franchise before the merger and for years after.  But that was all well before my time and cannot validate how bad that 1966 team was.  And if you were to have presented the article to me, I would not have included pre-merger seasons with the AFL teams.

I do remember the 2-9 strike shortened 1982 season was pathetic, but I can see not picking that one because of the strike.  But the 2010 4-12 season may need another look. Worst defense in the league giving up almost 30 a game, Spygate II, McDaniel's fired and also the year Tebow joined the team.  Dark times.  2010 would be my choice for worst Broncos season in my lifetime, at least.


I remember that 99 season as the worst.  From back to back Superbowl Champs to last in the division.

The most painful has to be the Dark Ages of McDaniels shipping off all our talent.
 
2017-12-27 12:08:29 PM  
There's some recency bias in Dallas and Seattle.  The Cowboys first season, they were awful.  Much like the nuBrowns, the expansion rules were unfairly harsh in 1960.  They had nobody worth a damn outside of Eddie LeBaron and a young Don Meredith.  Their starting QB (LeBaron) was tied for third in fumbles recovered.  They didn't even win a game; their high-water mark was tying the Giants.

The 92 Seahawks were putrid.  Tom Flores came out of retirement to salvage a team in freefal after the game passed by Chuck Knox.  Their starting QBs were Stan Gelbaugh, a washed-up Kelly Stouffer, and Dan McGwire.  They beat two teams - the 2-14 Patriots, still mired in the Dick MacPherson era, and a Broncos team whose late-80s luster was tarnishing as Dan Reeves ran himself out of town (that was the year he, instead of drafting someone to support Elway on offense, burned the Denver 1st round pick on Tommy Maddox).
 
2017-12-27 12:09:57 PM  
As a Cowboys fan that 1989 1 - 15 season was heartbreaking, except that one win was against the Redskins.  that was awesome.
 
2017-12-27 12:10:22 PM  
Ummm, the Browns were 1-15 last year.

FTA:  The misery of being winless in 2017 only makes a miserable 1990 seem further away. But that was the year Bud Carson benched Bernie Kosar for a game, then saw the Browns lose 42-0 at home to the Bills while Art Modell sat glum and silent in his loge suite. Carson was soon fired, but the Browns went on to finish 3-13 and give up 462 points, the most by any team in the 1990s. -- Pat McManamon
 
2017-12-27 12:11:04 PM  
TRIGGER WARNING FOR JETS FANS:

TFA
contains the words "Rich Kotite."
 
2017-12-27 12:17:07 PM  
I feel like there have been some worse recent Bears teams than 1975, but I can't remember much anymore.
 
2017-12-27 12:22:17 PM  

BKITU: TRIGGER WARNING FOR JETS FANS:

TFA contains the words "Rich Kotite."


As an Iggles fan... you should warn us also!

https://soundcloud.com/sportsradio94w​i​p/its-beginning-to-look-a-lot

https://soundcloud.com/joe-conklin/da​y​-7-12-days-of-conklin-xmas
 
2017-12-27 12:23:00 PM  
I did not need to be reminded of the '02 Panthers but '03 gave everyone the best Super Bowl ever played.

/CSB: I got in this argument with a Browns fan once:

"Your Panthers have never won a super bowl."
"My panthers have been to one (this was several years ago) and 2 NFC title games and have only existed since '95 instead of sucking for what? 60 years?"
 
2017-12-27 12:24:57 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I remember that 99 season as the worst. From back to back Superbowl Champs to last in the division.

The most painful has to be the Dark Ages of McDaniels shipping off all our talent.


1999 was bad but I think fans probably remember it as worse than it actually was.  They still won 6 games.  Elway retired and Terrell Davis was injured after week 4.  Also a very tough schedule.  However as this is a fairly subjective topic, so I certainly won't blame you for feeling 1999 was the worst because it was bad.  And thankfully for Broncos fans, the team doesn't quite have the consistent history of on the field suckage like NuBrowns or the Detroit Lions.
 
2017-12-27 12:25:34 PM  

AllYourFarkAreBelongToMe: Ummm, the Browns were 1-15 last year.

FTA:  The misery of being winless in 2017 only makes a miserable 1990 seem further away. But that was the year Bud Carson benched Bernie Kosar for a game, then saw the Browns lose 42-0 at home to the Bills while Art Modell sat glum and silent in his loge suite. Carson was soon fired, but the Browns went on to finish 3-13 and give up 462 points, the most by any team in the 1990s. -- Pat McManamon


Normally it would be hard to dislike the Browns.  They've been so hapless for so long.  The acquisitions of RG3 and Johnny Football make it easier.
 
2017-12-27 12:28:44 PM  

Betep: Rod farkin' Rust


Yup. Didn't need to look to have that memory jab my brain again.
 
2017-12-27 12:59:12 PM  

JolobinSmokin: I feel like there have been some worse recent Bears teams than 1975, but I can't remember much anymore.


To find a worse record than the '75 team you do need to go all the way back to <dramatic pause> last year? 3-13 (.188).

I then, for some dumb reason, decided to look it up. There's some pretty gnarly stretches outside the "golden age" (pre 1963 arbitrarily), Ditka, and the Lovie years.

Short Version: The 2016, 2002, 1998, 1997, and 1969 seasons were all worse than the 1975 team.

In context, that '75 team wasn't the worst, but a culmination of just a dreadful stretch of football. Prior to 1969 the Bears only had 1 instance of back-to-back sub-.500 seasons ('52-'53). Then from 1969-1975 they went:

1-13 (.071)
6-8  (.429)
6-8 (.429) (back to back 6-8 seasons are the "bright spot" of this stretch)
4-9 (.321)
3-11 (.214)
4-10 (.286)
4-10 (.286)

The Bears stay above .300 from then until 1997/98 (granted a low bar), this was part of a bad 1996-2000 run:
7-9 (.486) Not so bad ...
4-12 (.250)
4-12 (.250)
6-10 (.375)
5-11 (.313)

Current run (post-Lovie, 2013-2017)
8-8 (.500)
5-11 (.311)
6-10 (.375)
3-13 (.188)
5-10 (in progress)

/Sorry to share all that - I looked it up out of curiosity, then felt I had to do something with it
 
2017-12-27 01:07:12 PM  

Tiberius Gracchus: JolobinSmokin: I feel like there have been some worse recent Bears teams than 1975, but I can't remember much anymore.

To find a worse record than the '75 team you do need to go all the way back to <dramatic pause> last year? 3-13 (.188).

I then, for some dumb reason, decided to look it up. There's some pretty gnarly stretches outside the "golden age" (pre 1963 arbitrarily), Ditka, and the Lovie years.

Short Version: The 2016, 2002, 1998, 1997, and 1969 seasons were all worse than the 1975 team.

In context, that '75 team wasn't the worst, but a culmination of just a dreadful stretch of football. Prior to 1969 the Bears only had 1 instance of back-to-back sub-.500 seasons ('52-'53). Then from 1969-1975 they went:

1-13 (.071)
6-8  (.429)
6-8 (.429) (back to back 6-8 seasons are the "bright spot" of this stretch)
4-9 (.321)
3-11 (.214)
4-10 (.286)
4-10 (.286)

The Bears stay above .300 from then until 1997/98 (granted a low bar), this was part of a bad 1996-2000 run:
7-9 (.486) Not so bad ...
4-12 (.250)
4-12 (.250)
6-10 (.375)
5-11 (.313)

Current run (post-Lovie, 2013-2017)
8-8 (.500)
5-11 (.311)
6-10 (.375)
3-13 (.188)
5-10 (in progress)

/Sorry to share all that - I looked it up out of curiosity, then felt I had to do something with it


 No thank you!

I was thinking the 97/98 teams. Neal Anderson comes to mind.  But he was gone by then. This was the Rasham Salam/Curtis Enis years.

2002 was pretty awful and led to sexy rexy draft.

I've blocked 2016 out of my mind, football politics and entertainment. Nothing happened that year.  Might have had a son born that year, tho.
 
2017-12-27 01:08:07 PM  
Packers worst season was 1958. 1-10-1. That brought about the quote, "They overwhelmed 1 team, underwhelmed 10, and whelmed 1."
 
2017-12-27 02:35:49 PM  

DrunkenGator: smd31: What would be the Brownsiest thing to happen this Sunday?  Brown's win to "ruin" their perfect season or for them to lose in a horrible fashion?

The Brownsiest thing to happen would somehow having the game end in a tie.


Oooh, you sir are correct!  Well played.
 
2017-12-27 02:48:23 PM  

nmrsnr: ElwoodCuse: and the Patriots lose to the Jets

I stand by my statement.


Lulz......yeah, the night game thread two weeks ago when the Pats played the Dolphins was predictable...early on.  Literally everyone was talking about how big of a blowout it would be.  Then they played the game, and the Dolphins beat 'em, and beat them bad.

Division games are never easy.  Never.  The Pats have already lost twice at home this year, and their defense is.....suspect.  Brady has an achilles problem, and has been intercepted 5 games in a row.  He is clearly hurting, and their offensive line is patchwork, and has been all year.  Ain't no way Pittsburgh should sit anybody, a Pats win is not a given.
 
2017-12-27 02:51:10 PM  

LordBeavis: AllYourFarkAreBelongToMe: Ummm, the Browns were 1-15 last year.

FTA:  The misery of being winless in 2017 only makes a miserable 1990 seem further away. But that was the year Bud Carson benched Bernie Kosar for a game, then saw the Browns lose 42-0 at home to the Bills while Art Modell sat glum and silent in his loge suite. Carson was soon fired, but the Browns went on to finish 3-13 and give up 462 points, the most by any team in the 1990s. -- Pat McManamon

Normally it would be hard to dislike the Browns.  They've been so hapless for so long.  The acquisitions of RG3 and Johnny Football make it easier.


While I understand the sentiment of your statement, both had a possible upside.  Nope, it didn't turn out, but both had a shot.

/oh Christ stir, even you can't say that with a straight face
//RG was toast in Washington, and Johnny a drunk at A&M
///sorry.
 
2017-12-27 02:54:32 PM  

stir22: He is clearly hurting, and their offensive line is patchwork, and has been all year. Ain't no way Pittsburgh should sit anybody, a Pats win is not a given.


for this or that reason, I've gottena  lot of Pats games and i can't recall brady ever taking this much hits/pressure.  pretty astounding how he's still playing at this level, at that age, with as much hits he's taken.

i remember circa week 8 or so, i think against the Chiefs, the game was well in hand, like the Pats were up like 17 with 4-5 minutes left, and in hte NFL thread I was like, "uhh, why is Brady still even playing?  don't tempt the football gods, Bill!"  and within seconds, he got hi-lo'd with a player rolling up his leg.  he didn't get hurt of course but i just was surprised bill left him in.  maybe with about 2 minutes left did Bill finally pull him.
 
2017-12-27 02:55:47 PM  
Wow I'd forgotten all about Terry Hanratty.
The Steelers '69 season losses were worth it, to get the first draft pick - Terry Bradshaw.
 
2017-12-27 03:27:36 PM  

bighairyguy: People outside of New England think the Patriots are the worst.


1/10.
Get off the couch and at least walk the trollmill once in a while.
 
2017-12-27 04:21:48 PM  
Baltimore and Seattle's worst seasons had five wins. Not bad.
 
2017-12-27 04:32:54 PM  

Tanqueray: Baltimore and Seattle's worst seasons had five wins. Not bad.


That can't be right.  I can still remember when Seattle was in the AFC west and there were a bunch of years they stunk up the joint.
 
2017-12-27 04:41:40 PM  

rickythepenguin: stir22: He is clearly hurting, and their offensive line is patchwork, and has been all year. Ain't no way Pittsburgh should sit anybody, a Pats win is not a given.

for this or that reason, I've gottena  lot of Pats games and i can't recall brady ever taking this much hits/pressure.  pretty astounding how he's still playing at this level, at that age, with as much hits he's taken.

i remember circa week 8 or so, i think against the Chiefs, the game was well in hand, like the Pats were up like 17 with 4-5 minutes left, and in hte NFL thread I was like, "uhh, why is Brady still even playing?  don't tempt the football gods, Bill!"  and within seconds, he got hi-lo'd with a player rolling up his leg.  he didn't get hurt of course but i just was surprised bill left him in.  maybe with about 2 minutes left did Bill finally pull him.


The Chiefs blew out the Patriots week 1.
 
2017-12-27 05:16:56 PM  

davidphogan: [lowdownblog.files.wordpress.com image 220x220]


I'm crying too hard to funny or smart this post.

/Go Lions.
 
2017-12-27 05:19:46 PM  

macadamnut: On the brighter side, the worst Dolphins team in history also produced one of the greatest moments in Dolphins history.


[Youtube 8nYGdoYOdjQ image 480x360][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/8nYGdoYO​djQ]

Squeeze that Lemon!


Second greatest, after the perfect season in '72.  LOL at the Dolphin jumping onto the shoulders of the Ravens player.  Also, fark the Ravens.

The 2007 was beyond sad.
 
2017-12-27 05:21:24 PM  

Tanqueray: Baltimore and Seattle's worst seasons had five wins. Not bad.


The Ratbirds started fresh with a very solid Super Bowl team at their creation.

/Fark Art Modell
 
2017-12-27 05:24:46 PM  

dwrash: BKITU: TRIGGER WARNING FOR JETS FANS:

TFA contains the words "Rich Kotite."

As an Iggles fan... you should warn us also!

https://soundcloud.com/sportsradio94wi​p/its-beginning-to-look-a-lot

https://soundcloud.com/joe-conklin/day​-7-12-days-of-conklin-xmas


His ineptitude was mostly hidden by the successes of his predecessors there. The cracks started to show toward the end, but it wasn't until he took over as HC and GM for the Jets that his abysmal skill in both evaluating and exploiting talent came into full focus. It was like Marty Mornhinweg and Matt Millen combining to form Failure Voltron.
 
2017-12-27 06:28:49 PM  
Fark this lame list.

Yeah, we can count ESPN. But just because it might be a team's worst season record doesn't mean it's the 'worst' team according to fans.
 
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