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Top Nine Biggest Losers in sports

As of press time for this Niner, the Philadelphia 76ers were on the precipice of NBA history; the Sixers have lost 25 straight games since beating the Celtics on Jan. 29, and a loss to Houston on Thursday night would tie the NBA record for most consecutive defeats.

The term "Tankadelphia" was colloquially thrown around earlier this season in regards to the Sixers' rebuilding plan, and while no one will ever actually make that accusation, they're one loss away from owning (at least part of) a second dubious distinction in basketball lore.

In "honor" of the Sixers - whether they win or lose Thursday - reaching the doorstep of dirty history, we've decided to try to make Brett Brown's crew feel a little better by showing them their contemporaries: our (tongue-in-cheek) list of the Biggest Losers in Sports.

  • AS IN, OUR WIN TOTAL
    Since the NBA went to an 82-game schedule, only one team has failed to record a double-digit win total; unfortunately for Sixers fans, that was the 1972-73 version of their favorite team, who went 9-73 under the "guidance" of Roy Rubin and, after he was fired, player-coach Kevin Loughery.
  • THANK GOD FOR THE LOCKOUT
    Though their overall ignominy is undeniable, the '72-'73 Sixers' .110 winning percentage isn't actually the NBA's worst ever. That "honor" falls to the 2012 Charlotte Bobcats, who went 7-59 (for a .106 winning percentage) in a lockout-shortened season.
  • NO CAVALIER ATTITUDE HERE
    To top off the basketball trifecta, we must salute the men who actually do hold the NBA record for consecutive losses: the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers, who dropped 26 straight in a 19-63 season. Hey, at least they got Kyrie Irving out of it, right?
  • MORE LIKE MR. MEDIOCRE
    In the sports-entertainment realm, WWE canon says Shawn Michaels is Mr. WrestleMania. Nice title, but ol' HBK was just 6-11 at 'Mania and suffered his final, career-ending loss in 2010 to Undertaker - who himself enters WrestleMania XXX a perfect 21-0. Just sayin'.
  • WHAT'S OCTOBER?
    The Pittsburgh Pirates are a proud franchise, but last season they finally broke a string of 20 consecutive losing seasons. Prior to last year's incarnation, the last Pirates team to be north of even was the 1992 one…which, as you may remember, lost Game 7 of that year's NLCS in heartbreaking fashion.
  • HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM
    The Houston Oilers led the Buffalo Bills 35-3 in the third quarter of a Jan. 3, 1993 NFL playoff game…but backup QB Frank Reich, who also owned the largest comeback in college football history at the time, led the Bills back to win 41-38 in OT. Not shockingly, Houston fired its defensive coordinator the next day.
  • STAY CLASSY, SAN DIEGO…
    …but don't win any titles, because the Padres and Chargers have combined to give you the longest championship drought for any city with at least two major pro teams. San Diego has been title-free since the Chargers won the AFL crown in 1963, but hey, at least the weather is perfect.
  • THEY REALLY DO BITE
    Believe it or not, there is a team more un-amazin' than the inaugural Mets: the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, who couldn't get out of their own web en route to a 20-134 record. Sadly, the venom-less arachnids folded after that season - because really, what else was there to accomplish?
  • A CENTURY OF SUBPAR
    Think the Yankees' four-year title drought is unbearable? Add on 100 more years and you still don't have the frustration of Cubs fans, who have waited since 1908 for the Cubbies' next World Series banner - and watched the Windy City's other four pro teams win 22 league titles in that span.
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