Albert Einstein supposedly once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” It doesn’t take an Einstein to see that the Clippers are an insanely bad sports franchise. Under owner Donald Sterling, the team has had just two winning seasons since 1981.
But the Clippers franchise isn’t even the worst on our list of America’s “losingest” teams. The Clippers came in fourth place (maybe the first time the team has finished so high in a contest of any sort). No. 1? Ladies and gentlemen, your Memphis Grizzlies, who have won less than a third of the games they’ve played in the team’s inglorious history. Other losers include the Houston Texans and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The "top" Five
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Los Angeles Clippers
3. Houston Texans
2. Charlotte Bobcats
1. Memphis Grizzlies
It's pretty simple: The Houston Texans have the worst expansion record ever consistently rank near the bottom in the SI Player's poll of 'best/worst organizations', a fact not helped by their 2008 OTA controversies. The latter is somewhat surprising because, by all accounts, Bob McNair is a classy guy as an owner.
Who knows if, in 2009, this perception will get any better? Already the Texans are dealing with allegations that Rick Smith (GM) lied to fan-favorite Dunta Robinson, and there's precious little evidence that they've upgraded a shaky secondary. Maybe, if the pass rush improves enough the secondary can be 'hidden' a little. Couple that possibility with what should be an improving offense and a weakening division and the Texans might be playing meaningful football in December for a change......
Of course, we thought that before, remember? Fresh on the heels of the best season in franchise history (2004), 2005 the Carriage turned back into a pumpkin, Houston realized just how bad the David Carr pick would turn out to be, and Dom Capers was shown the door.
Of course, optimists will tell you this is what led to the removal of Casserly and Capers, leading to the bright sun-shine of the Kubiak/Smith/Denver Bronco's Lite era.
You know, Denver, the Texan's NFL role model?