Special Report

25 Hardest Teams to Root For

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10. Cleveland Browns
> Super Bowls: 0
> Playoff appearances: 28
> Win-loss percentage: 51.1%

When fans call a team’s stadium the “Factory of Sadness,” you know the franchise is struggling. After the 1995 season, the Browns moved to Baltimore, leaving Cleveland without an NFL team for three years. Ever since the team came back in 1999 they’ve been terrible, making the playoffs just once and posting only two winning seasons. They became the second team ever to go 0-16 in 2017. The Browns drafted Baker Mayfield first overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, and the quarterback has given fans hope. Mayfield set the rookie record for touchdown passes with 27 last year, helping Cleveland win seven games, the most since 2014.

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9. Arizona Coyotes
> Stanley Cups: 0
> Playoff appearances: 19
> Win-loss percentage: 47.8%

Arizona isn’t known for its cold weather nor for its hockey, and with the Arizona Coyotes it’s easy to see why. The Coyotes have never won a Stanley Cup or even appeared in the finals. Most of the Coyotes’ playoff appearances actually came when the franchise was known as the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets left Canada in 1996. Arizona has not made the Stanley Cup playoffs since the 2011-12 season.

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8. Los Angeles Clippers
> Championships: 0
> Playoff appearances: 14
> Win-loss percentage: 40.6%

The Los Angeles Clippers were originally known as the Buffalo Braves before becoming the San Diego Clippers. They later moved to Los Angeles and have never been able to achieve the success or notoriety of their crosstown rivals, the Lakers. The Clippers were the laughing stock of the NBA for years, but they have made the playoffs in seven of the last eight years.

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7. New York Jets
> Super Bowls: 1
> Playoff appearances: 14
> Win-loss percentage: 45.0%

This year is the 50th anniversary of the greatest moment in Jets’ history, the stunning upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. That has been the apex of the franchise. The Jets reached the AFC Championship game four times since then, and most recently in consecutive years in 2010 and 2011, but failed to return to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for the Jets, they play in the same division as the New England Patriots, maybe the greatest football dynasty in NFL history.

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6. Arizona Cardinals
> Super Bowls: 0
> Playoff appearances: 10
> Win-loss percentage: 42.4%

The Arizona Cardinals may not jump to mind when thinking of the most downtrodden NFL franchises, but they’ve been difficult for fans to cheer for in many ways. Initially from Chicago, the Cardinals moved to St. Louis after the 1959 season, then left for Arizona 29 years later. The Cardinals have struggled on the field, only making the playoffs eight times in the Super Bowl era, the fewest times of any team that has been around that long. They have failed to make the playoffs the last three seasons. The best season the Cardinals ever had led to a heartbreaking last-minute loss in the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009.