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Friday the 13th: What are the worst losses and streaks in American sport?

NBA, NFL and MLB teams hold some records they wish they didnt have wish they had

Today is Friday the 13th, a day always associated with bad luck or unpleasant situations.

In sport, there is nothing more ‘terrifying’ than defeats as they are something that often even causes ‘nightmares’ to opponents.

Here are some of those records in American sports:

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers hold two records

The NBA has some teams that still boast less-than-appetizing records.

The most recent team to have an unwanted record to their name are Oklahoma City Thunder, who suffered a 152-79 defeat against the Memphis Grizzlies, the worst defeat in their history.

That game saw a 73-point difference between the two teams. The Tennessee franchise scored 63% from the field, a devastating record for Taylor Jenkins‘ team and a day to forget in the capital of Oklahoma.

Furthermore, the Philadelphia 76ers have the dubious ‘honor’ of being the team with the worst consecutive losing streak and losing games: 28 (2014-15, 2015-16) and 26 (2013-14), respectively and tied in the latter with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Pennsylvania was a weak team for several years, characterized by the famous tanking – losing games to secure a good spot in the Draft.

The well-known phrase ‘Truss the Process’ came at that time to alleviate the bad sporting moment.

Thanks to that, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid arrived. And Philadelphia are now a tough opponent that competes to reach the Finals every season. But first they had to go through the ‘torment’ of defeats.

NFL: The worst defeat in a Championship game

The old Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. experienced a hard-to-forget NFL championship game in 1940.

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The Chicago Bears beat the Washington Redskins 73-0 without breaking a sweat. That game had already been controversial for weeks.

In the regular season, it was the Washington Redskins who won 7-3. George Preston Marshall accused the Bears of being “crybabies”.

That fueled the fire of the Illinois team, who used Marshall’s words as motivation prior to the expected duel.

The result was clear: 11 touchdowns, using a T-formation as an attacking strategy and scoring 45 points in the second half.

Ray Flaherty, coach of the Redskins at the time and who served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, won two NFL championships (1937,1942).

In addition, his jersey number was retired by the New York Giants, having previously been an outstanding player. But it is hard not to associate him with that famous game.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles, associated with defeat

Few franchises have had less to do with winning in this regard. The Baltimore Orioles boast two of the worst consecutive losing streaks in the modern era.

In 1988, they went winless in 21 straight games. In 2021, the number stood at 19.

The last few years have not been easy for the three-time World Series winner.

In 2020, they finished with a 25-35 record in the American League East Division.

In 2019, it was 54-108. This course doesn’t mark a positive balance for a well-regarded entity.

On the other side of the coin, the organization have had a good prospect system, with examples such as Adley Rutschman.


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