Monday, February 02, 2009

Set To Make History

Sports Illustrated gave a rundown of the Top 10 things to look forward to during the 2009 MLB season and reason #2 was milestones. One of the milestones that could be broken this year is the record of 16 straight losing seasons set by the Philadelphia Phillies from 1933-48. Well, guess who's knocking on infamy's door...the Pittsburgh Pirates. If I were a betting man I'd break open my son's piggy bank on this happening. The Buccos chance at a winning season in '09 is negative 83%, and to break even with a .500 record the odds are still stacked against them...losing is inevitable.

The Pirates have not had a winning campaign since 1992, when some douchebag named Barry Lamar Bonds left town. They're record over that time (1992-2008): 1122-1401, for a .445% winning percentage. Back in 1999 they came close to sea level with an 80-81 record, but unfortunately an unnecessary rain make-up game was never played as game 162, and the Pirates couldn't even reach .500.

If you're still reading, by now you have figured out that Pennsylvania has had some real craptastic teams in its history. Personally, I'm rooting for the Pirates to break through to the winning side by some miracle (maybe they can steal some of the Steelers mojo), because it just seems proper that both PA teams share this undignified distinction.

12 comments:

Kevin McGuire said...

I heard Pennsylvania may be placing these new signs at the state borders.

GM-Carson said...

That's a beautiful sign Kevin. Thanks for sharing. I'd hang that at the end of my driveway.

1st the Phils, now the Steelers. Gotta hold out hope that the Sixers, Flyers, and Penguins can get their acts together and follow up with championship runs.

Bob D said...

Good sign, add a BB and Hockey championship there and all 4 corner will be covered.

But why does Kevin have a pic of the Phanatic streaking next to his name?

Kevin McGuire said...

Perhaps it is because I have a crush on the Phanatic!

Actually it is a picture of him at a Lehigh IronPigs game last season. I just think it is funny.

Corey said...

no love for the philadelphia soul?

Bill said...

No offense to the Pirates side of this site but this is another dubious distinction that I would love for the Phillies to shake off. 1964 was topped by the hated Mets, why not have our cross state rivals take this honor!

http://www.phightinphils.com

GM-Carson said...

The Pirates suck too much to be considered rivals.

Didn't the Arena League fold?

Kevin McGuire said...

The Arena LEague didn't "fold", they are taking a year off to reorganize.

Bob D said...

There are other teams in Philly, some with success: Philadelphia Barrage -Field Lacrosse Major League Lacrosse(won 2004, 2006, 2007)

Philadelphia Wings Indoor Lacrosse National Lacrosse League(won 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001)

Philadelphia MLS team Soccer Major League Soccer Men's and Women's team to start 2010

Philadelphia KiXX Indoor soccer National Indoor Soccer League(won 2001-02, 2006-07)

Philadelphia Freedom Tennis World TeamTennis(won 2001, 2006)

GM-Carson said...

Wow, the city of champions.

Bob D said...

Don't forget the Champions of the WSBGMS Fanatasy Baseball League, who ever that may be.

LynnieMac said...

Didn't the Phantoms win the Calder Cup not that long ago (I'm too tired to do research). I never see that mentioned anywhere.