Special Report

25 Hardest Teams to Root For

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20. Winnipeg Jets
> Stanley Cups: 0
> Playoff appearances: 4
> Win-loss percentage: 49.3%

After losing the first iteration of the Jets, which went to Phoenix in 1996, Winnipeg got a team named the Jets back in 2011, when the Thrashers left Atlanta. Unfortunately for Jets fans, the Thrashers were one of the worst franchises in the NHL, only making the playoffs once in 11 seasons. Things are looking up for Winnipeg, though, as the Jets had their best ever performance during the 2017-2018 season, winning 52 games and reaching the NHL conference finals. The Jets again reached the playoffs this year — the first time the new Jets qualified for the postseason for two years in a row.

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19. Detroit Lions
> Super Bowls: 0
> Playoff appearances: 17
> Win-loss percentage: 45.9%

The Detroit Lions have struggled mightily in the Super Bowl era and have rarely given their fans reasons to be optimistic. The Lions have only made the playoffs a dozen times over the past 53 seasons, and they’ve never made it to the Super Bowl. In fact, the Lions have only played in one NFC Championship game, in 1992. In 2008, the Lions became the first team to go 0-16.

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18. Charlotte Hornets
> Championships: 0
> Playoff appearances: 10
> Win-loss percentage: 44.1%

In the 30 years the Hornets have been in the National Basketball Association, they have made the playoffs 10 times but have never advanced beyond the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Hornets, paced by high-scoring forward Glen Rice, had their best regular-season record in 1996-97, winning 54 games.

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17. Atlanta Falcons
> Super Bowls: 0
> Playoff appearances: 14
> Win-loss percentage: 44.2%

Though the Atlanta Falcons have been an NFC contender since they drafted quarterback Matt Ryan, they have never been able to bring a championship to Atlanta. The Falcons seemed poised to win the first Super Bowl in franchise history in 2017 but blew a 28-3 lead in the second half, giving the New England Patriots yet another title. The Falcons failed to make the playoffs last year.

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16. Memphis Grizzlies
> Championships: 0
> Playoff appearances: 10
> Win-loss percentage: 41.3%

Before moving to Memphis after the 2000-01 season, the Vancouver Grizzlies were an abysmal expansion franchise. The team never won more than 23 games in a season and never finished higher than sixth in their division. The Grizzlies have had some winning seasons since moving to Memphis, but they almost always lost in the first round of playoffs. The team has failed to make the playoffs the last two years. Billionaire owner Robert Pera, the founder and CEO of wireless equipment maker Ubiquiti Networks, has been criticized by local media for being an absentee owner.