Friday, April 16, 2010

Playoffs, Over .500, and Under .500 Streaks (Updated: April 2010)

This is the list of the USA's longest streaks among major professional sports teams (the top 5 leagues). Over and under .500 is considered to be when there are more/fewer wins than losses (so draws are counted as half of each), and for the NHL OT losses are counted the same as regular losses.

Playoff Streaks

1 Detroit Red Wings NHL 19
2 San Antonio Spurs NBA 13
2 New Jersey Devils NHL 13
4 Dallas Mavericks NBA 10
5 New England Revolution MLS 8
5 Indianapolis Colts NFL 8
7 Denver Nuggets NBA 7
8 San Jose Sharks NHL 6
9 Chicago Fire MLS 5
9 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA 5
9 Los Angeles Lakers NBA 5
12 Chivas USA MLS 4
12 Houston Dynamo MLS 4
12 Orlando Magic NBA 4
12 Utah Jazz NBA 4
12 San Diego Chargers NFL 4
12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4
18 Boston Red Sox MLB 3
18 Los Angeles Angels MLB 3
18 Philadelphia Phillies MLB 3
18 Atlanta Hawks NBA 3
18 Boston Celtics NBA 3
18 Boston Bruins NHL 3
18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3
18 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3
18 Washington Capitals NHL 3
27 Los Angeles Dodgers MLB 2
27 Columbus Crew MLS 2
27 Real Salt Lake MLS 2
27 Chicago Bulls NBA 2
27 Miami Heat NBA 2
27 Portland Trailblazers NBA 2
27 Arizona Cardinals NFL 2
27 Baltimore Ravens NFL 2
27 Minnesota Vikings NFL 2
27 Philadelphia Eagles NFL 2
27 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2
27 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2
39 Colorado Rockies MLB 1
39 Minnesota Twins MLB 1
39 New York Yankees MLB 1
39 Saint Louis Cardinals MLB 1
39 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS 1
39 Seattle Sounders FC MLS 1
39 Charlotte Bobcats NBA 1
39 Milwaukee Bucks NBA 1
39 Oklahoma City NBA 1
39 Phoenix Suns NBA 1
39 Cincinnati Bengals NFL 1
39 Dallas Cowboys NFL 1
39 Green Bay Packers NFL 1
39 New England Patriots NFL 1
39 New Orleans Saints NFL 1
39 New York Jets NFL 1
39 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1
39 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1
39 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1
39 Nashville Predators NHL 1
39 Ottawa Senators NHL 1
39 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 1

The big news is that the Detroit Pistons' 8 year streak is now over. Revs now tied for 5th longest current playoff streak in American sports, and the Fire are tied for 9th. The Red Wings looked like they were going to blow it for a while there, but they ended up qualifying comfortably.


Over .500 Streaks

1 Detroit Red Wings NHL 18
1 New Jersey Devils NHL 18
3 New York Yankees MLB 17
4 San Antonio Spurs NBA 13
5 Boston Red Sox MLB 12
6 Dallas Mavericks NBA 10
7 New England Patriots NFL 9
8 Indianapolis Colts NFL 8
9 Philadelphia Phillies MLB 7
9 Denver Nuggets NBA 7
11 Los Angeles Angels MLB 6
11 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA 6
11 Phoenix Suns NBA 6
11 San Jose Sharks NHL 6
15 New England Revolution MLS 5
15 Los Angeles Lakers NBA 5
15 Dallas Cowboys NFL 5
18 Los Angeles Dodgers MLB 4
18 Chivas USA MLS 4
18 Houston Dynamo MLS 4
18 Houston Rockets NBA 4
18 Utah Jazz NBA 4
18 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4
24 Chicago Cubs MLB 3
24 Boston Celtics NBA 3
24 Orlando Magic NBA 3
24 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 3
24 Washington Capitals NHL 3
29 Florida Marlins MLB 2
29 Minnesota Twins MLB 2
29 Saint Louis Cardinals MLB 2
29 Tampa Bay Rays MLB 2
29 Chicago Fire MLS 2
29 Columbus Crew MLS 2
29 Atlanta Hawks NBA 2
29 Miami Heat NBA 2
29 Portland Trailblazers NBA 2
29 Arizona Cardinals NFL 2
29 Atlanta Falcons NFL 2
29 Baltimore Ravens NFL 2
29 Minnesota Vikings NFL 2
29 New York Jets NFL 2
29 Philadelphia Eagles NFL 2
29 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2
29 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2
46 Atlanta Braves MLB 1
46 Colorado Rockies MLB 1
46 Detroit Tigers MLB 1
46 San Francisco Giants MLB 1
46 Seattle Mariners MLB 1
46 Texas Rangers MLB 1
46 DC United MLS 1
46 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS 1
46 Seattle Sounders FC MLS 1
46 Charlotte Bobcats NBA 1
46 Milwaukee Bucks NBA 1
46 Oklahoma City Thunder NBA 1
46 Cincinnati Bengals NFL 1
46 Green Bay Packers NFL 1
46 Houston Texans NFL 1
46 New Orleans Saints NFL 1
46 San Diego Chargers NFL 1
46 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1
46 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1
46 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1
46 Nashville Predators NHL 1
46 Ottawa Senators NHL 1
46 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 1

Only one of the top 15 teams from a year ago fell off: the Calgary Flames. They had to work hard to miss out, losing their last four straight to finish 40-42.


Under .500 Streaks

1 Pittsburgh Pirates MLB 17
2 Baltimore Orioles MLB 12
3 Cincinnati Reds MLB 9
3 New York Knicks NBA 9
3 Detroit Lions NFL 9
6 Oakland Raiders NFL 7
7 Kansas City Royals MLB 6
8 Minnesota Timberwolves NBA 5
8 Buffalo Bills NFL 5
8 New York Islanders NHL 5
11 Washington Nationals MLB 4
11 Indiana Pacers NBA 4
11 Los Angeles Clippers NBA 4
11 Memphis Grizzlies NBA 4
11 Sacramento Kings NBA 4
11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4
17 Oakland Athletics MLB 3
17 Toronto FC MLS 3
17 New Jersey Nets NBA 3
17 Kansas City Chiefs NFL 3
17 Saint Louis Rams NFL 3
17 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 3
17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 3
24 San Diego Padres MLB 2
24 FC Dallas MLS 2
24 New York Red Bulls MLS 2
24 San Jose Earthquakes MLS 2
24 Detroit Pistons NBA 2
24 Golden State Warriors NBA 2
24 Toronto Raptors NBA 2
24 Washington Wizards NBA 2
24 Cleveland Browns NFL 2
24 Jacksonville Jaguars NFL 2
24 Seattle Seahawks NFL 2
24 Dallas Stars NHL 2
24 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2
24 Minnesota Wild NHL 2
38 Arizona Diamondbacks MLB 1
38 Chicago White Sox MLB 1
38 Cleveland Indians MLB 1
38 Houston Astros MLB 1
38 Milwaukee Brewers MLB 1
38 New York Mets MLB 1
38 Kansas City MLS 1
38 Real Salt Lake MLS 1
38 New Orleans Hornets NBA 1
38 Philadelphia 76ers NBA 1
38 Chicago Bears NFL 1
38 Miami Dolphins NFL 1
38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL 1
38 Washington Redskins NFL 1
38 Anaheim Ducks NHL 1
38 Boston Bruins NHL 1
38 Calgary Flames NHL 1
38 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 1
38 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1
38 Florida Panthers NHL 1
38 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1
38 New York Rangers NHL 1
38 Saint Louis Blues NHL 1

The 49ers, Bobcats, Bucks, and Coyotes all ended streaks of 5 or 6 years.

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Comments on "Playoffs, Over .500, and Under .500 Streaks (Updated: April 2010)"

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:34 AM, April 16, 2010) : 

Ever try this for foreign sports leagues?

Last season below .500:
Arsenal - 1994/95
Chelsea - 1994/95 (.500 in 95/96)
ManU - 1989/90
Liverpool - 1953/54 (streak began while in Division 2)

Bayern Munich - 1991/92

Real Madrid - 1947/48 (.500 in 76/77)
Barcelona - 1941/42

Inter - 1998/99
AC Milan - 1997/98
Juventus - 1961/62 (ignoring the forfeited years)

 

Blogger scaryice said ... (11:38 PM, April 16, 2010) : 

No, but thanks for posting those. I knew there would be some ridiculously long ones. I actually thought AC Milan, Bayern, and Inter would be longer.

I'd imagine it'd be hard to rack up a huge losing streak with relegation.

 

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