City of Losers

torontoMy city is a city of losers. At least when it comes to our primary professional sports teams. We suck.

Our Maple Leafs of the NHL are 27-28-13, which puts us 11th in the conference and well outside the playoffs.

Our Raptors of the NBA are 23-42, which puts us 14th in the conference and well outside the playoffs.

Our Blue Jays of MLB were 86-76, which put us 4th in the division and well outside the playoffs.

Our Argos of the CFL were 4-14, which put us 3rd in the division and well outside the playoffs.

Our Bills of the NFL were 7-9, which put us 4th in the division and well outside the playoffs.

There is little hope for any of the above. In fact, I'm willing to bet all miss the playoffs again next season.

Welcome to Loserville.


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James Edgar

wow you're a little bitter today eh?

March 12, 2009 @ 4:02 PM

PPP

TFC is going to be great this year so cheer up!

March 12, 2009 @ 4:10 PM

Toronto Mike

I think the Raptors losing streak has put me over the edge. I actually had high hopes for them.

I think it's time for an anti-Bryan Colangelo entry.

March 12, 2009 @ 4:16 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

At the very least, the only team on that list with a winning record was the Toronto Blue Jays, they were 10 games over .500 and in any other division in baseball probably make a very strong run at the wildcard last year.

March 12, 2009 @ 4:54 PM

Andrew

Don't blame the Jays. When you buy teams like Boston and New York it is tough to compete.

March 12, 2009 @ 5:41 PM

Toronto Mike

We can't beat the Rays, either.

March 12, 2009 @ 5:42 PM

Mississauga Mike

I was curious to see how the OTL points impact the standards so I threw this together (aside from partially inflating the point totals, it really doesn't); I'd be most interested in how many of the losses are OT versus Shootout, the Leafs 27-28 record is so deceiving.

And with that...

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1. Boston: 43 - 25 -----> 86 points
2. New Jersey: 43 - 23 -----> 86 points
3. Washington: 41 - 27 -----> 82 points
4. Philadelphia: 36 - 29 -----> 72 points
5. Montreal: 36 - 31 -----> 72 points
6. Pittsburgh: 36 - 32 -----> 72 points
7. Carolina: 36 - 33 -----> 72 points
8. Florida: 34 - 33 -----> 68 points
9. NY Rangers: 34 - 33 -----> 68 points
10. Buffalo: 33 - 34 -----> 66 points
11. Toronto: 27 - 41 -----> 54 points
12. Ottawa: 27 - 39 -----> 54 points
13. Atlanta: 26 - 41 -----> 52 points
15. NY Islanders: 22 - 45 -----> 44 points
14. Tampa Bay: 21 - 46 -----> 42 points

2. Detroit: 44 - 23 -----> 88 points
1. San Jose: 43 - 22 -----> 86 points
3. Calgary: 39 - 28 -----> 78 points
4. Chicago: 37 - 28 -----> 74 points
5. Vancouver: 34 - 32 -----> 68 points
6. Columbus: 34 - 33 -----> 68 points
8. Nashville: 33 - 34 -----> 66 points
7. Edmonton: 32 - 34 -----> 64 points
9. Minnesota: 32 - 34 -----> 64 points
11. Anaheim: 32 - 36 -----> 64 points
10. Dallas: 31 - 36 -----> 62 points
12. St. Louis: 30 - 36 -----> 60 points
13. Los Angeles: 29 - 37 -----> 58 points
15. Colorado: 29 - 38 -----> 58 points
14. Phoenix: 28 - 39 -----> 56 points

March 12, 2009 @ 6:11 PM

Mississauga Mike

I meant to say "STANDINGS", those point totals reflect wins only (and no points for OTL or Shootout losses).

March 12, 2009 @ 6:13 PM

Jill

You've been bitten by the by the same "Bitter Bug" that bit Argie. Seek treatment fast!

March 12, 2009 @ 9:08 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

Mississauga Mike, I hate those pity points too, they should ditch them and if you go to OT make an OT four on four win worth points, if you have to go to the shootout take away the third point and the winner only gets two but the loser gets nothing either way. Why reward losing with a point like they do now?

March 12, 2009 @ 10:06 PM

elvis

You put the Bills on this list and not TFC? How does a team from Buffalo rank higher than a team from Toronto in the only North American league that is currently expanding? Hell, even the Rock should be higher than the Bills. I think it's time for a new water bottle dude.

March 12, 2009 @ 10:46 PM

Toronto Mike

I was waiting for someone to notice the Toronto Bills on this list.

I could have thrown TFC up there. They suck, too.

March 12, 2009 @ 10:49 PM

elvis

TFC will be the only playoff team of '09 (other than the Argos who can finish last and still qualify so that doesn't really count).

March 12, 2009 @ 10:59 PM

Toronto Mike

Don't forget my Marlies!

March 12, 2009 @ 11:05 PM

Mississauga Mike

Agree about the overtime situation; on PTI (talkshow on ESPN) they took a jab at the Sharks a few weeks back for claiming to being undefeated at home (but having a handful of OT losses) and just how misleading the whole thing is. Sometimes teams are called .500 when they clearly aren't (Toronto?).

In a realistic future, they would remove overtime loss points and only reward a point for losing if it occurred in a shootout, but even so after 3 or 4 seasons of it being in the game teams should be prepared for this. Then again, just checked the stats and the Leafs have gone to ELEVEN shootouts this year! So under my system they would still receive alot of those shootout loss points they currently have.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm?fetchKey=20092ALLAAAAll&sort=shootoutTeamSummary.shootoutGamesWon&viewName=shootoutTeamSummary

March 12, 2009 @ 11:14 PM

James Edgar

No points for a shootout loss.If they HAVE to have a winner and no ties ,No tie points. I hate those extra point things!

March 13, 2009 @ 9:30 AM

Mississauga Mike

It's kind of ironic how Bettman's motivation was to have a clear winner for each game by bringing in the shootout, but at the same time by awarding points for losing in said shootouts it can potentially confuse people unfamiliar with the league.

NBA, MLB, 99% of the time NFL the teams have a number of wins and losses. They don't have wins, losses, overtime losses, shootout losses, it's far more definitive in the other leagues.

March 13, 2009 @ 10:24 AM

CQ

Maybe it all starts with the educational system. After its previous 10 years' record, our Varsity Blues football team just won 2 more games(!) this past season.

March 13, 2009 @ 11:15 AM

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