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    Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    You can pick any team you want, but I'm going to throw one out of left field to start us off.

    I'm going to say the Los Angeles Lakers. Yes, yes I know some of you are going to laugh your head off, but if you really think about it, they have underachieved a bit.

    Yes I know they have won 14 NBA Championships, and with that they have been Conference champions 28 times. So they have lost in the NBA finals 14 times. That's a lot. Even if they lose half of those, they would have 21 championships. By the way they have lost in the Western Conference finals 4 times

    8 of those 14 were to Boston, who happen to have the most championships with 16. 4 of the 8 were lost in 7 games. If the Lakers only lose half of those 8 finals they would be the most successful team in NBA history.

    The Lakers have also won the most games then any other team in NBA history. They also have made it to the playoffs more then any other team. Only missing out 5 times in 58 seasons

    So like I said if they win half of those finals they would have around 21 championships. That would put them right up there with the Yankees and Canadiens in championships.


    So you can't say the Lakers have not achieved, but looking at this you can say they have underachieved also. Maybe not the most underachieving franchise of all time. But I would put them up there IMO.

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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    Blackhawks...

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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    Buffalo Bills; as much as I love 'em and as much as they should have lost all 4 of those SB (they were definitely the 2nd best team); the loss to the titans on the forward/lateral pass and just in general the depression of the team lately despite having an NFL top 5 defense 2 years ago still couldn't make the playoffs.

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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    does Notre Dame football count...oh wait you said underachieving, not over rated.

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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by RhodyYanksFan
    Blackhawks...
    You mean the NHL team that nobody in Chicago cares about anymore?

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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by ruthianblast
    Buffalo Bills; as much as I love 'em and as much as they should have lost all 4 of those SB (they were definitely the 2nd best team); the loss to the titans on the forward/lateral pass and just in general the depression of the team lately despite having an NFL top 5 defense 2 years ago still couldn't make the playoffs.

    Stupid Bills.
    The Bills were better than the Giants, that was the one they should have won.

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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by In Mo I Trust
    The Bills were better than the Giants, that was the one they should have won.
    Wide right!!!

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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    I would say the football team from my alma mater, Baylor University, but we're always bad.

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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    i dont think college teams fall under the category of "franchises"

    and i'd say, oh, the Red Sox
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    Philadelphia Flyers.
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    MLB: The Boston Red Sox
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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    The Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions have to be up there. How could these two franchises be so bad for so long, in a league that's built for parity?
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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    Quote Originally Posted by 26 and counting
    The Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions have to be up there. How could these two franchises be so bad for so long, in a league that's built for parity?
    I tend to look at underachieving as being consitently good and having the oppertunity to win, but still not. Those two teams aren't even on success's radar.
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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    What about the Knicks and Suns in the NBA?


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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    Just thinking, what about the Wings and Bruins? Both have won lot's the Stanley Cups but both have lost in the stanley cup fianls 12 times.


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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    Is the thread weird for anyone else after post #9?
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    Yeah.. Looks like a giant quote
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    What the hell did you do Tabata?
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    Is it ok now?

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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    Philadelphia Phillies
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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    St. Louis Rams ( 2000-2004) Should've won another SB and qualified for another SB berth in 2003. Muck Fartz...

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    Re: Most underachieving franchises of all time?

    Atlanta Braves.
    All those consecutive division titles.
    One single Championship.

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    The Chicago/St.Louis/Arizona Cardinals....
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