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Top Nine Longest Sports Road Trips

If you follow the bizarre side of sports history, you'll know that the Nets franchise is no stranger to losing their home because of the circus; it happened in 1968, and perhaps unfortunately for them, it's about to happen again.

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus invades Barclays Center from March 21-30, meaning the Brooklyn ballers are about to embark on a 16-day, eight-game road trip that takes them through all four time zones before they return home on April 4.

When they do, they'll be in good company, as there are a handful of other teams over the years that have endured a ridiculously long road trip in the name of sport. Sure, few if any of them were evacuated by a dude in tuxedo tails and his acrobatic friends, but hey, there's always a first time for everything, right?

  • BEAMS AWAY
    In 1991, the Montreal Expos had to play their final 26 games on the road (and had one canceled completely) after a beam collapsed at Olympic Stadium, rendering it untenable. They finished 13-13 on that jaunt, and 13 years later, decided they were finished with Canada.
  • WELCOME TO THE CANYON OF HEROES
    Sure, it's technically only a few miles, but it feels like time stands still when you're watching the (insert team here) parade their newly-won (insert trophy here) down (insert street here)….or so we've heard, said every fan under the age of 50 in San Diego and Cleveland.
  • CAVED IN
    Being one of the denizens of the MLB Fan Cave may not be a true "road trip" per se, but spending 180 days holed up inside a Manhattan studio watching nothing but baseball certainly without a care in the world wi…wait, actually, that sounds like it would be super fun. Where do we sign up?
  • HOME AWAY FROM HOME AWAY FROM HOME
    The NBA, NFL, and NHL have expanded to include regular-season games overseas, but perhaps no "home" team has been victimized quite like the 2010-11 New York Rangers, who started the season in Sweden and traveled 16,000 miles before finally playing at MSG. That's a lot of peanuts!
  • OLYMPIC SHENANIGANS
    The Summer Olympics came to Atlanta in 1996, and because of that, the Braves had to leave. No big deal, because they went 9-8 on their 17-game jaunt, ended the year in the World Series for the second straight season, and got a brand new stadium out of it.
  • OLYMPIC SHENANIGANS, PART 2
    Currently No. 17 in the world, Germany has finished fourth or higher in the last four Euro Championships, lost to Canada in the finals of a 2013 qualifier, and has a handful of MLB'ers (including pitcher Edwin Jackson) born within its borders who could be eligible if they so choose in 2017.
  • THE REPUBLICANS ARE COMING!
    The Houston Astrodome played host to the 1992 Republican National Convention, forcing the Astros to blast off on a 26-game road trip throughout MLB. They fared well, going 14-12, but unfortunately the GOP struck out in that November's election.
  • YEE-HAW!
    Every year, the San Antonio Spurs vacate the AT&T Center for most of February when the Rodeo & Stock Show invades ol' San Antone. Given that they've won three NBA titles in the decade they've done the "Rodeo Trip," we'd say it's old hat to the Spurs by now.
  • THE TRUEST ROAD WARRIORS
    Oh, how we miss the days of the YES Ultimate Road Trip, when a group of Yankees fans would follow the Bombers throughout the country for all 162 games…and the rest of us got to watch a whole lot of Michelle Beadle.
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