100 seasons of futility

October 26th, 2008 · No Comments

I’m currently watching Game 3 of the World Series of the Phillies vs. the Rays, and they keep touting this stat of “100 season of futility” referring to the fact that in 25 years, the four Philadelphia sports teams (Eagles, Flyers, 76ers, and Phillies) have not won a national championship since the 76ers did it in 1983.  I’ve put together a chart which lists, side by side, each of the teams’ records along with a color code for how far they advanced in the playoffs if they made it in that year.

If you’re counting the 2004 NHL lockout year as a “season of futility”, then indeed we are at 100.  If you don’t, well, you’ve got 99 problem and the NHL lockout ain’t one.

*Pause for groan over the Jay-Z lyrics reference.*

The years refer to when the championship for that game was played.  So, the 2005 Eagles stat refers to the 2004 regular season and Super Bowl XXXIX, where they lost to the New England Patriots 24-21.

No Playoffs Playoffs Division
Conference Championship Current Season

Year Eagles Flyers 76ers Phillies
1983 3-6 49-23-8 65-17 90-72
1984 5-11 44-26-10 52-30 81-81
1985 6-9-1 53-20-7 58-24 75-87
1986 7-9 53-23-4 54-28 86-75
1987 5-10-1 46-26-8 45-37 80-82
1988 7-8 38-33-9 36-46 65-96
1989 10-6 36-36-8 46-36 67-95
1990 11-5 30-39-11 53-29 77-85
1991 10-6 33-37-10 44-38 78-84
1992 10-6 32-37-11 35-47 70-92
1993 11-5 36-37-11 26-56 97-65
1994 8-8 35-39-10 25-57 54-61
1995 7-9 28-16-4 24-58 69-75
1996 10-6 45-24-13 18-64 67-95
1997 10-6 45-24-13 22-60 68-94
1998 6-9-1 42-29-11 31-51 75-87
1999 3-13 37-26-19 28-22 77-85
2000 5-11 45-22-12-3 49-33 65-97
2001 11-5 43-25-11-3 56-26 86-76
2002 11-5 42-27-10-3 43-39 80-81
2003 12-4 45-20-13-4 48-34 86-76
2004 12-4 40-21-15-6 33-49 86-76
2005 13-3 Lockout 43-39 88-74
2006 6-10 45-26-11 38-44 85-77
2007 10-6 22-48-12 35-47 89-73
2008 8-8 42-29-11 40-42 92-70

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