Dude, you suck!

TED WYMAN

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There is still some work to do but this year's edition of the Detroit Lions has a chance to make history.

Sitting at 0-13 with three tough games left on the schedule, the Lions are closing in on infamy.

They could become the first NFL team to go 0-16.

While other teams have gone winless in the NFL, no team has ever lost 16 games. A fair number have come close but always found a way to blow it by winning one game. Here's hoping the Lions suck it up and lose one (or three) for the Gipper.

Anyway, this miserable Motown season got us to thinking about the worst seasons in North American pro sports history.

Let's just say the Lions have lots of company at the bottom of the barrel.

10. Winnipeg Jets, 1980-81

In their second NHL season, the Jets endured an NHL-record 30-game winless streak, went through three coaches and finished with a 9-57-14 mark and 32 points. They won only two games on the road -- both in Toronto -- and easily secured the first overall pick in the '81 draft, which they used to pick future Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk.

9. Carolina Panthers, 2001

The Panthers won their first game of the season and then reeled off an NFL single-season record 15 straight losses. They have had plenty of company in the 1-15 club though, including the 2007 Miami Dolphins, 1980 New Orleans Saints, 1990 New England Patriots, 1991 Indianapolis Colts, 1996 New York Jets, 2000 San Diego Chargers and 1989 Dallas Cowboys.

8. Detroit Tigers, 2003

The Tigers established an American League record with 119 losses, were outscored by 337 runs over the course of the season and finished 47 games out of first place in the AL Central. The Tigers had a chance to gain infamy, standing at 38-118 late in the season, but won five of their last six to avoid breaking the modern day record for losses held by the 1962 New York Mets.

7. San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators 1992-93

In their second season, the Sharks set an NHL record with 71 losses (they finished 11-71-2 for 24 points) and tied the record for consecutive losses (18). Amazingly, they only tied for last place in the NHL that year, as the expansion Senators matched their 24 points after putting together a 10-70-4 record.

6. Philadelphia 76ers, 1972-73

The Sixers lost their first 15 games and later had a 20-game losing streak on their way to a woeful 9-73 season. The 73 losses in '73 still stand as an NBA record and the Sixers had the distinction of finishing 59 games out of first place in the Atlantic Division, which was led by the 68-14 Boston Celtics.

5. Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2003

Despite playing in five Grey Cups in the '80s and winning the championship as recently as 1999, the Ti-Cats have made a name for themselves as the proverbial doormats of the CFL. The lowest of many low points came in 2003 when they went 1-17 to miss the playoffs by an impressive 20 points.

4. Washington Capitals, 1974-75

The expansion Capitals made a dubious debut in the NHL, winning only eight games in their inaugural season and setting a record with just 21 points. That mark still stands today as do the records they set for most goals allowed in a season (446) and longest losing streak (18 games).

3. New York Mets, 1962

No Major League Baseball team since 1900 lost more games in a single season than the expansion Mets, who went 40-120 for a .250 winning percentage. Under pressure as replacements for the departed Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants, it took the Mets until the 10th game of their inaugural season before they recorded their first victory but things got better as they won once every four games after that.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1976

The Bucs are the only NFL team to go winless in a season (minimum 14 games), although the Lions are threatening to erase their legacy from the record books this season. The impressive thing about the Bucs' achievement was they followed up their 0-14 season by going 0-12 to start the next season for an NFL record 26-game losing streak.

1. Cleveland Spiders, 1899

The Spiders put together the worst season in baseball history, going 20-134 to finish 84 games out of first place in the National League. They had a pretty good excuse, though. Prior to the season, owner Frank de Haas Robison bought the St. Louis franchise and moved all of Cleveland's good players to St. Louis. Among the players transferred were future Hall of Famers Cy Young, Jesse Burkett and Bobby Wallace. The Spiders' attendance was so bad, other teams refused to travel to Cleveland, so they played 120 of their games on the road and set an unbreakable record -- 109 road losses.


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