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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2013 04:17 pm
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What is the most disappointing individual season played by a team you support?

- As a Twins fan, it's probably the 1993 season. Looking back, I ought to have realized that team was very flawed, but after a 1991 World Series win and an AL West second place finish in 1992, I thought the team would contend in 1993. It didn't happen. They completely collapsed and left me embittered. Of the 81 home games, I'll bet I attended 50% easily due to my interest and the team having a $3 upper right field general admission ticket. So the personal investment made it feel worse.

- The biggest Vikings letdown wasn't 2010 as many a Vikings fan would likely say. They came close in 2009, but were a year older in 2010 and had a difficult schedule based on who they played along with where and when. To me, it was 1990. The same team that won the NFC Central in 1989 and had loads of talent, failed to even finish .500.

- For the Timberwolves, it's the 2004-05 team. After making the 2003-04 Western Conference Finals, they didn't even make the playoffs due to bad chemistry and an ill advised coaching change.

- With Gopher Basketball, the 2012-13 team's latest second half collapse takes the cake. The 1997-98 team gets honorable mention for failing to make the NCAA Tourney after making the Final Four a year earlier. Even without Bobby Jackson, John Thomas, and Courtney James, among others, there was enough left to make the field of 64.

- Gopher Football? I'm a diehard fan, but expectations are so low that it's hard to pick this one. 1988 was bad since it was clear that the momentum started by Lou Holtz had stalled and wasn't going to get a jump start. Tim Brewster's disastrous 1-11 record in 2009 was also very bad. I didn't expect a winning season, but losses to Florida Atlantic, Bowling Green, and North Dakota State with a winless Big Ten record were another matter entirely.

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Cubs- 1969. Picture 5 year old clawmaster yelling at his TV "We ain't dead yet." I was crushed when the Cubs choked in 1969. My mother told me I cried for a week.

Hawks- The 1990-1991 season. President's Trophy winner. First round exit thanks to the Minnesota North Stars in the playoffs. Some might say the next season where The Hawks lost to the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals is a better choice but not me.

Bears- 1987. Why the fuck did Da Bears punt the ball to Darrell Green?

Bulls- I could easily say the 2011-2012 season when Derrick Rose got injured but I'm not. I didn't expect the Bulls to win the NBA Title that season. The 1974-1975 season when the Bulls lost to Golden State in the NBA Finals 4 games to 3 is my choice.

DePaul Blue Demons- 1980-1981 Season. 2nd Round exit in the NCAA tournament. Thank god I quit rooting for DePaul in the late 1980s.

College Football- My current favorite team is Northwestern. They never disappoint me because my expectations are not very high. I'm always surprised when they have a good season like last year. It's weird growing up in the Chicago area and not rooting for Notre Dame or the University of Illinois football. I honestly never have. I'm more of a generic Big Ten fan. Michigan being my second favorite team after Northwestern.



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clawmaster wrote: Cubs- 1969. Picture 5 year old clawmaster yelling at his TV "We ain't dead yet." I was crushed when the Cubs choked in 1969. My mother told me I cried for a week.

Yeah, but the Cubs bounced right back and won it all in...oh, wait.



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srossi wrote: clawmaster wrote: Cubs- 1969. Picture 5 year old clawmaster yelling at his TV "We ain't dead yet." I was crushed when the Cubs choked in 1969. My mother told me I cried for a week.

Yeah, but the Cubs bounced right back and won it all in...oh, wait.

Yeah I know. 1984 and 2003 were tough too but I've learned to handle it better as I've gotten older.



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1993-4.  Couldn't possibly have gone any worse.  Lost to a non-league team at home in the FA Cup (in a game we totally dominated, just couldn't score), got relegated on the last day of the season, lost to local rivals in the League Cup thanks to some of the most bent refereeing in the history of the game, and then saw said local rivals win the fucking thing.

Given that in my time of watching Birmingham City I have seen our two longest losing streaks, our record home defeat, our first-ever relegation to the third tier (1993-4 was the second) and our lowest-ever League position (attained thanks to a 3-0 home defeat which was my first match back watching after peritonitis) it says something about how shit that season was.



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2013 San Francisco Giants

Defending world champs playing like chumps. After May 14th they  own the worst record in baseball.  Built on pitching and defense they were at or near the bottom in those categories. They fixed the starting pitching three weeks ago and then the hitting suffers. They are top 10 in batting average and next to the bottom in runs scored.



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MLB: It used to be 1979 for the Yankees-they started dismantling that great 1976-78 team as George was getting nutso, but then Thurman Munson died on top of it. That blew. But they still had a great core of guys. It's obviously this season for the Yankees, as I didn't expect them to win the WS but the cupboard is so bare with such terrible leadership.

NFL: The 1987 Giants were a big disappointment, as they got their asses handed to them on opening night by the Bears and never seemed to give a shit the entire season. The scab team they put together was seemingly intentionally bad in a joke of a season. However, nothing compares to the 2008 team, as they clearly looked to be the class of the league and were kicking everyone's ass until Plax shot himself. I'm convinced they would have won again.

NHL: This season for the NY Rangers as they clearly hated Tortorella and were torturous to watch.

NCAAF: The entire failed RichRod experiment at Michigan.



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1994. A's were awful, and the LA Kings didn't have a great year either after a great one the year before

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HBF wrote: MLB: It used to be 1979 for the Yankees-they started dismantling that great 1976-78 team as George was getting nutso, but then Thurman Munson died on top of it. That blew. But they still had a great core of guys. It's obviously this season for the Yankees, as I didn't expect them to win the WS but the cupboard is so bare with such terrible leadership.

NFL: The 1987 Giants were a big disappointment, as they got their asses handed to them on opening night by the Bears and never seemed to give a shit the entire season. The scab team they put together was seemingly intentionally bad in a joke of a season. However, nothing compares to the 2008 team, as they clearly looked to be the class of the league and were kicking everyone's ass until Plax shot himself. I'm convinced they would have won again.



Good picks HBF - 1979 was a bizarre year for Yankees fans and I was 12. We were used to that good team, unlike the Giants football where at that time we had never seen a good team.

You'd watch Dallas or Pittsburgh NFL on TV in '77, 78, 79 as a kid, and think the Giants would never do that as long as we were alive.

1988 Giants was a tough one too because you thought they were back in the winning picture (winning was still new to Giants fans who were 21 at that time) and then they lost to the Jets in a sloppy last game and the 49ers rolled over for the LA Rams. The '88 team was not bad and it went right up in smoke at the end.

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pjstef wrote:
HBF wrote: MLB: It used to be 1979 for the Yankees-they started dismantling that great 1976-78 team as George was getting nutso, but then Thurman Munson died on top of it. That blew. But they still had a great core of guys. It's obviously this season for the Yankees, as I didn't expect them to win the WS but the cupboard is so bare with such terrible leadership.

NFL: The 1987 Giants were a big disappointment, as they got their asses handed to them on opening night by the Bears and never seemed to give a shit the entire season. The scab team they put together was seemingly intentionally bad in a joke of a season. However, nothing compares to the 2008 team, as they clearly looked to be the class of the league and were kicking everyone's ass until Plax shot himself. I'm convinced they would have won again.



Good picks HBF - 1979 was a bizarre year for Yankees fans and I was 12. We were used to that good team, unlike the Giants football where at that time we had never seen a good team.

You'd watch Dallas or Pittsburgh NFL on TV in '77, 78, 79 as a kid, and think the Giants would never do that as long as we were alive.

1988 Giants was a tough one too because you thought they were back in the winning picture (winning was still new to Giants fans who were 21 at that time) and then they lost to the Jets in a sloppy last game and the 49ers rolled over for the LA Rams. The '88 team was not bad and it went right up in smoke at the end.


Parcells did a brave thing at the end of '88 as he knew his team had run it's course. He lost George Martin, Harry Carson and a bunch of the lineman and retooled. The 89 draft was a great one that restocked that team and it took balls for him to make that move, resulting in a SB25 win.



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1998-99 Red Wings

They were back to back defending Stanley Cup Champs, and got hot late in the season. Then they added Ulf Samulson, Chris Chelios, Wendell Clark, and Bill Ranford at the deadline. (only giving up one player, Anders Erikson, to get them) With those guys coming in it added a bit of nastiness the previous teams didn't have.

The run after the trade deadline was incredible. They went 9-2-1, and went into the playoffs red hot. They swept the Ducks in the first round, and a third Cup was obvious. Even when Osgood broke his glove hand Ranford came in and stood on his head and won the first 2 games vs. the Avs.

Then they lost 4 straight games and that was that. I still don't know what the fuck happened.



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