The Most Fun Awful Teams in Sports History

It's often said that sports aren't all about winning and losing but about having fun as well. The problem, though, is that loss and fun are almost always conflicting, mutually exclusive notions. In other words, few people can lose and have fun at the same time.

This reality is every bit as true from the perspective of the fans too. Take a moment to consider the history of sports and you'll find it hard to identify teams that were both really exciting and really bad; the teams we love to watch are mostly winners, sometimes average but rarely awful. 

There are, however, exceptions to most rules, this one included.

The 1996 Detroit Lions, for example, found wins incredibly hard to come by but still register as one of the NFL's most captivating teams thanks largely to some guy named Barry Sanders. 

This year, in the NBA, Kobe Bryant is doing the same thing for the Los Angeles Lakers, who remain a popular, can't-miss attraction despite their depressing, losing ways. 

In 1962, a gregarious manager named Casey Stengel played the same role of fun and entertaining savior, using humor to turn the miserable Mets into the country's most lovable losers.

With these historical anomalies in mind, we were inspired to rank the 10 most fun awful teams in sports history.

Some of the terrible teams we chose entertained fans with legendary stars, while others featured a dynamic coach or compelling style of play. No matter what, though, people had plenty of fun watching each one lose.

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The Most Successful Father-Son Combos in Sports History

Though athletic greatness is most often associated with notions like hard work and dedication, sometimes genetic excellence supersedes all, in a way stealing the leading role.

In these rare instances, sports stardom is passed down from father to son(s), almost as if they were born to play their respective games.

Along the gridiron, for example, three different Mannings have dominated football on both the collegiate and pro levels, beginning with the patriarchal Archie all the way back in 1969.

Likewise, in hockey, Bobby Hull set the standard for offensive excellence in the '50s, '60s and '70s, while his son, Brett, seamlessly continued the family tradition more than two decades later. 

The same can be said of numerous baseball families, like the Alous, Bonds, Griffeys and Boones, all of which produced multiple generations of baseball greats. 

With, then, the aforementioned families in mind, we've sought to highlight and honor the 15 most prolific father-son combos in sports history. 

Though we used a sliding scale of sorts—one generation's mediocrity could, in theory, be overcome by the next generation's excellence—for the most part we only selected duos in which both members had achieved some form of professional success.

Also, additional credit was given if a father-son combo's athletic greatness extended to a third generation—to another son, if you willor if a father produced not one, but two or three superstar sons (like Archie).

And while most of our spotlighted duos played the same sport, a few chose to migrate in divergent directions. Either way, though, each of our father-son combos nonetheless ranks among the most naturally gifted and athletically prolific in all of sports history.

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Most Viral Sports Moments of the Year

In relatively recent history, increased Internet activity has augmented sports coverage in a profound way, driving millions upon millions of eyes and ears toward the industry's biggest stars and stories.

This year was no different, as the 2014’s most captivating sports moments found a home and plenty of room to flourish all across the Web.

Landon Donovan, for example, never received as much publicity as when news spread online that U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann had decided to leave him off the prestigious World Cup squad.

And, in a similar vein, news concerning the NBA’s Donald Sterling fiasco spread like wildfire mere minutes after TMZ exposed the former owner for his unknowingly recorded and unquestionably racist diatribe.

Finally, in the NFL, Richard Sherman gained a new and perhaps unprecedented level of infamy as soon as Internet users clicked on his colorful conversation with Erin Andrews following 2014’s NFC Championship game.

With the aforementioned events and New Year's around the bend, we were inspired to highlight the 30 Most Viral Sports Moments of the Year.

Some brought laughter, while others inspired anger or even tears. In the end, though, each moment had—at least temporarilyone major thing in common: extraordinary fame and following all across the information highway.

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Most Viral Sports Moments of the Year

In relatively recent history, increased Internet activity has augmented sports coverage in a profound way, driving millions upon millions of eyes and ears toward the industry's biggest stars and stories.

This year was no different, as the 2014’s most captivating sports moments found a home and plenty of room to flourish all across the Web.

Landon Donovan, for example, never received as much publicity as when news spread online that U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann had decided to leave him off the prestigious World Cup squad.

And, in a similar vein, news concerning the NBA’s Donald Sterling fiasco spread like wildfire mere minutes after TMZ exposed the former owner for his unknowingly recorded and unquestionably racist diatribe.

Finally, in the NFL, Richard Sherman gained a new and perhaps unprecedented level of infamy as soon as Internet users clicked on his colorful conversation with Erin Andrews following 2014’s NFC Championship game.

With the aforementioned events and New Year's around the bend, we were inspired to highlight the 30 Most Viral Sports Moments of the Year.

Some brought laughter, while others inspired anger or even tears. In the end, though, each moment had—at least temporarilyone major thing in common: extraordinary fame and following all across the information highway.

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People in Sports Who Had the Best and Worst Year Ever

In life, and in sports, nearly everyone experiences prolonged periods of both success and failure. Of course, the 2014 sports year was far from different, as fans were treated to some truly memorable performances, of both the good and bad sort.

Madison Bumgarner, for example, had a downright iconic year, establishing himself as one of baseball’s all-time greats with the type of postseason pitching we’d never seen before.

In a similar vein, Russell Wilson led his Seahawks to the mountaintop and, in so doing, catapulted himself into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.

In contrast, however, Tiger Woods battled injury all year long and lost his spot atop golf’s world rankings, while Robert Griffin did the same and lost his stranglehold on the starting quarterback spot in Washington.

So, with these guys and others in mind, we’ve done our best to highlight 10 People/Teams in Sports who had the best/worst year ever.

We should note, we’ve dodged the heavier side of sports in 2014, excluding from our list major violators like Donald Sterling, Jameis Winston, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and Roger Goodell.

Instead, then, we’ve explored those who struggled for non-legal reasons, and exalted the athletes who had a dream 2014.

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People in Sports Who Had the Best and Worst Year Ever

In life, and in sports, nearly everyone experiences prolonged periods of both success and failure. Of course, the 2014 sports year was far from different, as fans were treated to some truly memorable performances, of both the good and bad sort.

Madison Bumgarner, for example, had a downright iconic year, establishing himself as one of baseball’s all-time greats with the type of postseason pitching we’d never seen before.

In a similar vein, Russell Wilson led his Seahawks to the mountaintop and, in so doing, catapulted himself into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.

In contrast, however, Tiger Woods battled injury all year long and lost his spot atop golf’s world rankings, while Robert Griffin did the same and lost his stranglehold on the starting quarterback spot in Washington.

So, with these guys and others in mind, we’ve done our best to highlight 10 People/Teams in Sports who had the best/worst year ever.

We should note, we’ve dodged the heavier side of sports in 2014, excluding from our list major violators like Donald Sterling, Jameis Winston, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and Roger Goodell.

Instead, then, we’ve explored those who struggled for non-legal reasons, and exalted the athletes who had a dream 2014.

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2014’s Best Sports Commercials

When executed properly, the best sports commercials have the ability to both amuse and inspire.

In 2014, viewers were treated to memorable spots that ran the gamut, getting a taste of all forms of clever and witty.

The year’s biggest sporting event—World Cup—inspired a collection of cinematic shorts, with companies like McDonald’s and Nike taking full advantage.

The year also saw the great Derek Jeter hang up his cleats, and certain tribute commercials left a lasting impression as they paid The Captain the type of profound respect he deserves.

Finally, stealing a page out of Peyton Manning’s book, James Harden teamed up with Foot Locker this year and made us laugh hysterically, while Manning himself worked with Gatorade on yet another chapter.

With these commercials in mind, then, we’ve worked to highlight 2014’s 11 best sports commercials.

While some are funny and others more serious, each commercial skillfully achieved what it set out to accomplish, taking viewers on an emotional and entertaining ride, in one direction or another.

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Stars Fans Love to Hate

While we mostly seek to highlight the positive side of sports—whether its great plays or heroic achievements—we can’t help but acknowledge that some athletes inspire tremendous anger and outrage.

These athletes—you know, the ones who really piss fans off—are often as fun to “hate” as others are to love.

For example, there are as many fans rooting against Jameis Winston on most Saturdays as there are rooting for Peyton Manning on any given Sunday.

And Houston’s Dwight Howard is mocked and criticized every bit as often as Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant is praised.

Likewise, look to NASCAR and you’ll find that the most dominant driver of the last decade—Jimmie Johnson—is arguably the sport’s least popular figure, too.

With these athletes in mind, then, we’ve added to the list, highlighting the top 10 stars fans love to hate.

Those chosen have committed a wide range of sometimes differing transgressions, but they all have one certain thing in common: For who they are and what they’ve done, sports fans everywhere love to hate them.

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Dubious Sports Records Held by Superstars

Though we often romanticize and idolize our legends of sport, they—perhaps better than anyone—teach us that with true greatness comes frequent failure.

Simply put, in the wide world of sports, some of the most iconic names sit beside the least flattering of records.

For example, in his quest to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kobe Bryant has simultaneously become its all-time errant shooter.

In the same vein, Nolan Ryan threw everything he had at opposing hitters, and as a result, he struck out and walked more batters than any other pitcher.

And in hockey, Martin Brodeur holds the record for regular-season shutouts, but in 21 seasons of action, he has also given up more goals than any goalie ever (2,757).

In honor, then, of these guys and others, we’ve compiled a list of 10 dubious sports records that are surprisingly held by superstars.

And although some of the record holders are a bit more unexpected than others, they all echo a similar sentiment: It takes a little risk, and a few stubbed toes, to be the very best.

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Athletes Who Were ‘Just Joking’

Sometimes the things we say or the jokes we make are misunderstood or taken out of context. It’s why the expression “just joking” exists.

Other times, we use the expression in a manipulative attempt to excuse our mistakes.

In the world of sports, where thousands of athletes are interviewed daily, controversial statements circulate with impressive regularity.

And almost equally as often, athletes such as Miguel Cabrera, Vince Carter and Greg Jennings will revert to their favorite fallback, invoking the classic “I was just kidding” excuse with various degrees of success.

With this mind, then, we’ve decided explore 10 of our favorite “just kidding” sports moments.

In some instances, the central figure was probably just kidding. In others, they most likely were not. In each instance, we'll do our best to sift through the language and find the real truth.

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Legendary Athletes We Don’t Hear Enough About

For varying reasons, some sports legends just aren't discussed enough.

Athletes like Sugar Ray Robinson, Roberto Clemente and Sam Jones were some of the best to ever play their sports, yet they regularly take backseats to more popular legends.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of sports legends we simply don’t hear enough about. The following 10 superstars deserve more attention than they currently get, and we’ve featured them here as a result.

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