Detroit’s sports teams have had a lot of success over the past decade. The Pistons and Red Wings both won championships, the Tigers have a couple of American League pennants and even the Lions made a playoff appearance.
But think of the worst Detroit sports teams over that time and two immediately come to mind: The 2003 Tigers and the 2008 Lions.
Now try to think about the worst teams, college or professional, across the the United States and Canada over the last 25 years. Where would those Tigers and Lions teams rank?
USA Today’ Sports’ Chris Chase took up the task of ranking the worst teams of the last 25 years and Detroit sports fans might not want to look (but if you really want to you can continue reading or look here).
Chase ends up with a top five (or bottom five in this case) list and it starts like this…
5. 1992-93 Ottawa Senators (10-70-4)
4. 2012-13 Grambling State Tigers (0-28)
3. 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats (7-59)
But here is where it gets ugly.
The 2003 Tigers checked in as the second-worst team over the last 25 years. Chase explains:
The Tigers won on the final day of the season to avoid setting a futility mark for its sport. Five years later, its fellow Motor City team couldn’t do the same.
Yes, that sets up the 2008 Detroit Lions as the worst team. Chase needs no explanation for this ranking, only a photo of Dan Orlovsky running out of the back of his own end zone for a safety.
Here’s to hoping that Detroit teams can stay off this list for the next 25-year period.