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There's no real general forum for sports, so I'm throwing this in here.

The Top 25 Most Hated Teams of All-Time (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

1. 1986 Miami Hurricanes football
2. 1988-89 Detroit Pistons
3. 1992 Dallas Cowboys
4. 1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers
5. 1978 New York Yankees
6. 2007 New England Patriots
7. 1993-94 New York Knicks
8. 1976 Oakland Raiders
9. 1989-90 UNLV Rebels basketball
10. 1998-99 Manchester United
11. 1990 Miami Hurricanes football
12. 1991-92 Duke Blue Devils basketball
13. 1986 New York Mets
14. 1972 Soviet Union Olympic basketball
15. 2005 USC Trojans football
16. 1974 Oakland A's
17. 1993 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
18. 1976 East German Olympic women's swimming
19. 1919 Chicago White Sox
20. 2004 US Olympic basketball
21. 2000-01 Portland Trail Blazers
22. 2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs
23. 1983-84 Georgetown Hoyas basketball
24. 1909 Detroit Tigers
25. 2010-11 Miami Heat


Some big WTFs and, of course, notable omissions. What stood out to all of you?

For me, the biggest WTF are the Pistons. So Sports Illustrated is going to tell me that the Bad Boy Pistons are the single most hated professional sports team of all-time?! Really?! I can see Laker, Celtic, and Bulls fans being pretty pissed by the Bad Boys but, WTF? Were the Bad Boys strutting around? Self-congratulating? Divas? Criminals? All "no"s; they played physical and they would beat the best. I absolutely hate basketball, hate it, but I am damn proud of those Bad Boy teams. They snuffed out Showtime, ended the Celtics, and held Jordan's Bulls down until the NBA changed the rules to get him to win. All the things I hate about basketball - the focus on superstars, the lack of physicality, the diva mentality - were all things the Bad Boys weren't. Bill Laimbeer is my favorite basketball player ever. So actually being physical and daring to be a team instead of a bunch of superstar hangers-on, that's hateable?? I don't get it. Now, what is "hateable" is the way Isaiah was kept off of the original Dream Team, because Jordan is a whiny prick who holds grudges.

I've also never understood Patriot hate, but then I'm a Tom Brady fan (GO BLUE) so maybe I'm not in that group anyways. I love that the 91-92 Duke team (The Fab Five deserved better) and 2005 USC assholes playing for undeserving So-Cal surfer jackasses were on the list. I loathe USC and loathed the 2005 media hype (THIS IS THE GREATEST TEAM OF ALL-TIME AND WOULD CRUSH EVERY OTHER GREAT TEAM IN HISTORY) that I became a Texas and Vince Young fan solely for pieing the Douchey Leinarts in the face in the Rose Bowl.

Biggest omission for me are the 1994-95 New Jersey Devils. Y'know, the team that killed hockey. Trapping, blocking, they didn't play hockey so much as turn the ice rink into a giant pasta strainer with impossibly small holes. That's hateable.

(edited by BoromirMark on 28.7.10 1353)


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I find lists like these to be ridiculously stupid given the subjectivity of the criteria but it's fun to reminisce about some of those teams. Except for that 91-92 Duke team, my list would be entirely different (and made up solely of Boston, Ohio State and Colorado Avs teams... oh and the 97 Nebraska team).

Didn't realize the Bad Boys were THAT despised - guess I should be happy.

I like #25, though. Nice.


(edited by Reverend J Shaft on 28.7.10 1420)
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.43
    Originally posted by BoromirMark
    20. 2004 US Olympic basketball

This seems... unnecessary. Or at the very least, it seems like they garnered a different type of hate than the other villains on this list. They were disappointing at worst, I'd say. If anything, the hate should be reserved for poor team management and the NBA superstars who declined to play on the team.

No Laker teams at all? Not even one? I find that highly suspect.

I still don't completely get the seemingly universal hatred for the new Miami Heat, but I refuse to believe they are suddenly one of the most 25 hated teams of all time. That's classic "prisoner of the moment" syndrome.

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    Originally posted by BoromirMark
    For me, the biggest WTF are the Pistons. So Sports Illustrated is going to tell me that the Bad Boy Pistons are the single most hated professional sports team of all-time?! Really?! I can see Laker, Celtic, and Bulls fans being pretty pissed by the Bad Boys but, WTF? Were the Bad Boys strutting around? Self-congratulating? Divas? Criminals? All "no"s; they played physical and they would beat the best. I absolutely hate basketball, hate it, but I am damn proud of those Bad Boy teams. They snuffed out Showtime, ended the Celtics, and held Jordan's Bulls down until the NBA changed the rules to get him to win. All the things I hate about basketball - the focus on superstars, the lack of physicality, the diva mentality - were all things the Bad Boys weren't. Bill Laimbeer is my favorite basketball player ever. So actually being physical and daring to be a team instead of a bunch of superstar hangers-on, that's hateable?? I don't get it. Now, what is "hateable" is the way Isaiah was kept off of the original Dream Team, because Jordan is a whiny prick who holds grudges. (edited by BoromirMark on 28.7.10 1353)


Speaking as a Seattle SuperSonic fan (or someone who's team had no real "beef" with the "Bad Boy" era Pistons) I *HATED* that team. Hated them for much of the same reasons you hated the '94-'95 Devils. They were the pre-cursor to the '94-'95 Knicks who thankfully made the list. Wasn't a Lakers fan because my team actually had beef with them and could't root for either of them when they played against each other in the Finals. I thought they were jerks and hated Laimbeer especially. Hindsight of me ending up not liking Jordan after he had won a few, I still don't think I could go back now and appreciate their play because most of that team (other than Joe Dumars) ended up becoming even bigger jerks after their playing days were over (Thomas and Rodman especially). I think you underestimate the hatred a lot of people had for them (and probably a lot of it because of the love for Michael Jordan and their standing in his way for a few years).

As a Kentucky fan, glad to see that '91-'92 Duke squad make the list. Screw you Laettner!

And a biased omission: As a Seahawks fan, I would have liked to have seen *any* Elway-era Broncos team on there.

(edited by DrewDewce on 28.7.10 1334)


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6. 2007 New England Patriots

Why would this even be on the list?



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    Originally posted by RecklessEric

    6. 2007 New England Patriots

    Why would this even be on the list?
Here's a couple of examples. (Check out the times of the last couple TDs that Brady was still on the field for.) Plus, y'know, Spygate.

I'd call it a no-brainer for this list.



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My most hated teams of all time are the early 00s Duke basketball team and the 99-98 Bulls. None have come close to competing with those two collections of assholes since.

    Originally posted by RecklessEric

    6. 2007 New England Patriots

    Why would this even be on the list?


Because they almost went 19-0?



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    4. 1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers


they must be hated, to be on a jury of the damned with Lizzie Borden and Richard Nixon.



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    Originally posted by BoromirMark
    10. 1998-99 Manchester United


I have no earthly idea how ManU ends up on a list of US sports teams and Olympic teams that played the USA. Much less what the '98-'99 team did to set them apart from any other version of the club.

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Possibly some people remember the Bad Boys for walking off the court rather than congratulate the Bulls after they were finally beaten (John 'Spider' Salley aside) - that's the sort of punk move that could leave a lasting impression.

I'm kind of surprised the '85 Bears didn't make the list, for all their boasting, and lack of winning more titles when they probably should have. Sort of hatred in the way Howard Cosell used to win both "Favorite Sportscaster" and "Most Hated Sportscaster" in the same poll back in the day.


Edit: Never mind, the entire list was cooked up by SI, it's just some editors looking for attention.

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Since I know nothing about soccer really:

    Originally posted by Wikipedia

    The 1998–99 season was the most successful in the history of Manchester United. United won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, becoming the first English club to achieve the feat of winning the domestic league and cup as well as the European Cup in the same season. En route to winning the three trophies, United went undefeated from their Boxing Day fixture in December 1998 to the end of the campaign in May 1999, a run of 33 matches in all competitions.

    United gained a reputation for not conceding defeat even in what seemed the most hopeless of circumstances, winning and drawing several matches with late goals after falling behind early on.



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Of recent memory, you'd think some of the Roman-era Chelsea teams would be on the list before Man U.

but, I hate Man U, so I don't mind them being on the list.

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I guess you can't really HATE the San Antonio Spurs, but I still would have put one of those teams on the list for the sheer boredom and monotony with which they played basketball. I would have sheer joy whenever any team beat the Spurs in the playoffs and make basketball fun to watch again.

I don't like the UNLV Running Rebels being on the list at all. Nobody hated Tark the Shark, and while you might not like Johnson or Greg Anthony, I don't know if people downright hated them, so I think Duke deserved a higher spot.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.93
    Originally posted by odessasteps

    Of recent memory, you'd think some of the Roman-era Chelsea teams would be on the list before Man U.

    but, I hate Man U, so I don't mind them being on the list.

    /Toffee
Manoo hate has been flourishing for decades based on their long-standing tradition of winning stuff whilst being complete toss-pots. Chelsea hate is a much more recent phenomenon so hasn't really had a chance to take hold, and deep down most of us know if an Abramovich came along and threw squillions at our club we wouldn't complain.

If they wanted a token soccer team for the list though, I'd have thought the 1982 vintage West Germans would have taken some beating.
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1993 Notre Dame? A team that was led by a back-up QB that beat Bowden's best team. Only reason that team should be hated was because they were successful the year Rudy was released.
The Hoyas of the early/mid 80's were far more hated than the UNLV teams of the late 80's/early 90's.
Also, no Barry Switzer teams?
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Also, no Barry Switzer teams?

I think that justifies Miami at #1. Oklahoma was the face the three times Miami kicked their teeth in. And Oklahoma had THE BOZ! Heh - Miami had Luther Campbell. Another case of there you are, Boomer Sooner

If you want to find Switzer's affront to football, look at his Super Bowl ring. That's like a caveman taking credit for air conditioning

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Why are the '76 Raiders on that list?

As a lifelong Raiders fan who thought Ken Stabler, Fred Biletnikoff, Ted Hendricks, and the gang were all super heroes I can't personally fathom the hate. John Madden was a likeable coach. Al Davis was still sane. Otis Sistrunk was repping the University of Mars. They had to mean any number of Cowboys or Steelers teams.



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    Originally posted by Rudoublesedoublel
    Why are the '76 Raiders on that list?

    As a lifelong Raiders fan who thought Ken Stabler, Fred Biletnikoff, Ted Hendricks, and the gang were all super heroes I can't personally fathom the hate. John Madden was a likeable coach. Al Davis was still sane. Otis Sistrunk was repping the University of Mars. They had to mean any number of Cowboys or Steelers teams.

I wasn't around back then, so I'm just making an educated guess here, but perhaps it's the combination of winning the Super Bowl, being nearly undefeated, and having the feared Jack Tatum on their roster? Sometimes it doesn't take much for a team to be hated. Dominating success + a little bit of team swagger = heated/jealous rival fans.

If I had to venture another guess, maybe it's because of the Raiders fans? A lot of teams are hated almost solely because of how loud or cocky or annoying their fans are. I know that's one of the main reasons why I don't think I can ever cheer for a Dook *basketball* team but have cheered for Dook *football* teams on more than one occasion.

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The Raiders of that era had a reputation for being a very dirty team, kind of like the Flyers in hockey. My Dad still complains about them. B^)
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#3 got the right team, but not the right year. In 1992, the Cowboys were just coming into their renaissance period behind Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson. (Heck, they were the 3rd consecutive NFC East team to beat Buffalo in a Super Bowl that year.)

It was the arrogance following that championship season (and into a consecutive one, beating up the Bills again) that made the 90's Cowboys so hated.

I'm with up-above posters...by 1995, we were all sick to death of Dallas, and how Jerry Jones became the NFL's first real "celebrity" owner.

(Not to mention up here in GB, all the damn times the Packers' postseason runs crashed-and-burned at Texas Stadium.)







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Diehard NASCAR fans would probably throw JOE GIBBS Racing on that list since they were one of the first (if not, THE first) to adopt Toyota when they debuted, right?



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