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25 Hardest Teams to Root For

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15. Buffalo Bills
> Super Bowls: 0
> Playoff appearances: 18
> Win-loss percentage: 46.5%

Few franchises in sports had a more agonizing stretch than the Buffalo Bills in the early 1990s. The Bills, led by Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, lost four straight Super Bowls starting in 1991. The situation went from bad to worse, as the Bills missed the playoffs for 17 straight seasons before finally ending the drought in 2017. The Bills returned to their losing form last year and missed the playoffs.

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14. Cincinnati Bengals
> Super Bowls: 0
> Playoff appearances: 14
> Win-loss percentage: 45.6%

Under head coach Marvin Lewis, the Cincinnati Bengals made the playoffs seven times in 13 seasons. They lost in the wild card round each time. After 16 seasons at the helm of the Bengals, Cincinnati fired Lewis this past December after three straight losing seasons. At the time, he was the second longest-tenured coach in the NFL, behind Patriots coach Bill Belichick. In the 1980s, Cincinnati got to the Super Bowl twice but lost to the San Francisco 49ers each time.

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13. Tampa Bay Rays
> World Series: 0
> Playoff appearances: 4
> Win-loss percentage: 46.9%

The Rays, who made their MLB debut in 1998, never won more than 70 games in a season until 2008. That year, they reached the World Series for the only time in their history, and lost to the Philadelphia Phillies. Led by Cy Young award winner Blake Snell, the Rays have held their own in the competitive American League East, and as of May 13, they were leading the division. A drawback for the Rays is they play at Tropicana Field — the Chicago Tribune rated the domed stadium as the worst in the MLB.

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12. Florida Panthers
> Stanley Cups: 0
> Playoff appearances: 5
> Win-loss percentage: 49.7%

The Florida Panthers have made the playoffs just five times in the 24 years of the franchise’s existence. In the Panthers’ third season in 1995-96, the team made the Stanley Cup Finals but lost. Since then, they’ve never made it past the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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11. Minnesota Timberwolves
> Championships: 0
> Playoff appearances: 9
> Win-loss percentage: 39.8%

The Minnesota Timberwolves are the epitome of a boom or bust franchise. The team missed the playoffs in its first seven seasons. After drafting Kevin Garnett, the T-wolves made the playoffs eight straight years, but they were bounced in the first round seven times. Since then, Minnesota had a 13-year playoff drought before snapping it in the 2017-2018 season, led by All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. This past season, the T-wolves reverted to form and failed to make the playoffs.

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