10 Longest Win Droughts in Sports

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Futility is a word that can signify many things, but in pro sports it carries all new connotations. Many a proud franchise has gone through a championship drought, while its fan base remains blindly loyal and yearning for the next parade down Main Street. Some droughts are brief but no less painful for the teams and paying customers, but some ignominious streaks have become legendary in their length. Just ask any rabid Toronto Maple Leafs fan (their team just misses being top 10) what was the last year the Leafs won the cup and 1967 comes blurting out, as if programmed.

10. Tennessee Titans, NFL (53 years)

10. Tennessee Titans, NFL (53 years) — The last time the Titans won a pro football championship, they were known as the Houston Oilers and they beat the San Diego Chargers 10-3 in the old American Football League championship game in 1961. The Oilers/Titans have been to the playoffs numerous times between the AFL and NFL since, even getting to the Super Bowl (Tennessee Oilers) in 1999 where they succumbed to the St. Louis Rams 23-16. But a team also known for the Music City Miracle (the vaunted return by Kevin Dyson won the Wild Card game against Buffalo in 2000) has given its fans nothing else to crow about in 53 long years.  Sure, just getting to the playoffs 21 times between championships is impressive considering how few teams make it, but fans don’t care about appearances– they want the title. A 7-9 finish in 2013 hardly inspires confidence in breaking the skid in 2014.

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