Special Report

25 Hardest Teams to Root For

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25. Houston Texans
> Super Bowls: 0
> Playoff appearances: 5
> Win-loss percentage: 44.5%

After the Houston Oilers decamped to Nashville,Tennessee, in 1997 to become the Tennessee Titans, the NFL awarded the city of Houston a franchise that became the Texans. The Texans become the second NFL team to ever win their NFL debut by defeating the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 8, 2002. There have been fewer highlights since then. Though they have won their division five times, the Texans have missed the playoffs in 12 of their 18 seasons, and have yet to advance to a league championship game. But with emerging star quarterback Deshaun Watson and five-time All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt, the Texans will likely continue to be contenders and may not make this list next year.

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24. Baltimore Orioles
> World Series: 3
> Playoff appearances: 14
> Win-loss percentage: 47.5%

The Baltimore Orioles may not seem like a tough team to cheer for with three World Series titles, but the club also lost four championship series and their latest World Series was almost 36 years ago. The Orioles lost 115 games in 2018, the most since the team moved to Baltimore 66 years ago. The franchise got off to a rocky start as the St. Louis Browns. The team missed the postseason for over 40 straight seasons. After losing the 1944 World Series, the franchise missed the postseason for another two decades. In the midst of the losing streak, the Browns picked up and left for Baltimore after the 1953 season.

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23. Cleveland Indians
> World Series: 2
> Playoff appearances: 14
> Win-loss percentage: 51.1%

Cleveland sports franchises have a history of treating their fans to crushing disappointments. The most recent example was when the Indians lost the 2016 World Series in extra innings at home to the Chicago Cubs. The Indians now own the longest world championship drought in baseball at 70 years. They also lost the Word Series in 1997 and 1995.

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22. Milwaukee Brewers
> World Series: 0
> Playoff appearances: 5
> Win-loss percentage: 48.0%

The Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee to become the Brewers in 1969. In the 50 years the Brewers have been in Milwaukee, they have made the postseason five times and played in one World Series, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games in 1982. The Brewers won the National League Central division last year but lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the championship series. They are contending for the division again this year.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars
> Super Bowls: 0
> Playoff appearances: 7
> Win-loss percentage: 44.3%

The Jaguars came into the NFL in 1995. Since then, they have made the playoffs seven times and reached the AFC Championship game three times, including in 1997, just their second year of existence. In their most recent championship game appearance in 2018, the Jags held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but were overtaken by the New England Patriots.