The 25 Worst Sports Teams In History

Posted by on December 13, 2011

Some teams are really good at being good, while other teams are also really good…at being bad. But who wants to be just average anyway? At least if you’re really bad you get recognition for something. Besides, who’s ever ranked the top 25 most average sports teams in the world? That’s what we thought, which is why we’re here to bring you the 25 worst sports teams in history.
25

1973 Houston Oilers

Giving up a whopping 447 points, the Oilers also had a certain player, Dan Pastorini, who broke the NFL record for the number of times he was sacked. Before the season was over he broke it again…twice.

24

Prairie View Football

With an extended history of being the worst team in college football they actually didn’t win a single game between 1989 and 1998 setting an absurdly high record of 80 consecutive losses.

23

1971 Buffalo Bills

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The definition of ineptitude, their offense and defense were both the worst in the league and the only notable thing this team accomplished was being shutout four times. By some miracle though, they did actually manage to win 1 game.

22

1952 Dallas Texans

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Sticking around for only one season, the Dallas Texans had some serious trouble finding the end zone. Fan turnout was so bad that head coach Jim Phelan even suggested instead of being introduced on the field, each player should go into the stands and shake hands with all the fans individually.

21

2007 New Jersey Institute of Technology Basketball Team

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One of the worst sports teams of the new millennium, NJIT failed to win a single game during the 2007-2008 season, breaking the NCAA record for most losses in a season with 29.

20

1939 St. Louis Browns

Even 70 years later this is still one of the worst MLB teams of all time. With a final record of 43-111, the team had an ERA of over 6.00.

19

1935 Boston Braves

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You know a team is bad when they have one of the sport’s greatest players ever (Babe Ruth) and still finish 38-115. When Ruth left, however, it was reported that people just quit coming to games and against the Dodgers there were only 95 people in the stands.

18

1980 New Orleans Saints

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Although in recent years the Saints have seen great success, in 1980 things were a little different. To give you a better idea of just how different, their leading rusher, Jimmy Rogers, racked up 366 yards…for the entire season.

17

1979-1982 Northwestern Wildcats

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Between the years of 1979 and 1982 this was arguably the worst team in college football. They were so bad that after losing to Michigan State their fans actually rushed the field, tore down the goalposts, and marched through the town shouting, “We’re the worst”.

16

2007 Miami Dolphins

Nearly going winless for the season, the Dolphins left it to the notoriously bad 2008 Detroit Lions (#8) to be the first team in history to not win a single game.

15

1998 US Men's National Soccer Team

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We’re still not really sure how this team managed to be so awful in spite of having a roster chock-full of talent. In the 1998 World Cup they came in 32nd (out of 32 teams).

14

1942 Detroit Lions

Shutout 5 times, the Detroit Lions only scored 38 points the entire season. As terrible as it was, however, the Lions weren’t done and somehow managed to secure themselves another spot on our list at #8 half a century later.

13

1998 Denver Nuggets

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Allowing 100.8 points per game and only scoring 89, it was a mathematical certainty that the 1998 Denver Nuggets would be a very, very bad team. And they proved it too by pulling off an inexplicable 11 wins for the entire year.

12

1960 Dallas Cowboys

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Likely a result of being admitted too late to participate in the draft, the Cowboy’s inaugural season was one to forget as they were annihilated by some of the most laughable teams in the NFL, including the Washington Redskins.

11

1988 Baltimore Orioles

Losing their first 21 games, the Baltimore Orioles were so bad that the President of the United States of America even called to offer his sympathies. What more can be said?

David Pegg

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After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • Steven

    This is the 25 worst sports teams from U.S.A, not history.

  • Me123

    2011-12 Charlotte bobcats 7-66

  • Joe

    How can the 1976 Buccaneers be the first team not to win a single game, yet the 2008 Lions are the only team Not to win a single game?

  • Brendan Reid

    what the 2006-2007 Florida International Golden Panthers

  • Jdub

    So there’s two football teams worse than the worst football team of all time.

  • subas

    its good to see the 25 list

  • Jason

    #14 should say half a century later. Not half a decade.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Syed Balkhi

      Fixed it. Thanks for letting us know :)

  • ztaylor245

    I think you forgot to add the 2011 Indianapolis Colts.