The 4 Teams Who Have Never Reached A Super Bowl

The 4 Teams Who Have Never Reached A Super Bowl

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With Super Bowl 50 right around the corner, I thought, what better way to celebrate than talking about the four teams who have never made it there? Well, here it is, my breakdown of these Super Bowl appearance-less franchises.

Cleveland Browns

Let me start out by saying I'm a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan. Every Sunday during football season, I'm glued to the TV or radio, intently watching and listening (and yelling) as my Brownies inevitably let me down. Above is a picture of me back in my not-so-super bowl cut years, sporting the whole Browns get-up.

Week after week, year after year, it doesn't matter who the coach or the quarterback(s) is, the Browns will still lose. I have come to terms with this. The Browns are horrible, but I wanted to write about a few of the most horrible moments in Cleveland Browns history. None of which include a Super Bowl appearance.

The Cleveland Browns joined the NFL in 1950 and won the NFL Championship in that same year. The Browns won a total of four NFL Championships through the 50's and 60's. Ah, the glory days. This is the peak of the Browns' success, as they haven't made it to a Championship or a Super Bowl since. Fast forward to the 80's in which two of the Browns' most famous losses occurred: "the drive" and "the fumble." Both were in the AFC Championship game and both against the Denver Broncos (curse you, John Elway). The worst part? These heartbreak losses happened in back-to-back seasons in 1987 and 1988 *cue Drake's "Back to Back"* I wasn't even alive for these games, but I still cringe when I see the highlights.

Since 1999, when the Browns were re-established as an expansion team, they had an overall record of 87-185, just a tad under .500. The Browns' last playoff appearance was in 2002, which ended in a loss to Pittsburgh in the Wild Card. Man, do I strongly dislike the Steelers. The Browns' last winning season was in 2007. WHY AM I STILL A FAN? I don't know. Since '99, the Browns have had a record-setting 24 starting quarterbacks. Cleveland: where quarterbacks go to die. After a 3-13 season this year, a head coaching change and going into the offseason with no idea who the starting QB will be next season, there's only one thing to say: There's always next year.

Detroit Lions

The Browns and Lions can sympathize with each other, as both are historically bad NFL teams. The Lions joined the NFL in 1930 and won four NFL Championships, the last one coming in 1957. The Lions are approaching a 60-year championship drought, though. Now that's rough. The 1990's gave hope to Detroit as the Lions made the playoffs five times in the decade. Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders was mainly responsible for Detroit's success in this era, and is arguably the best player to suit up for the Lions. However, Sanders was still unable to lead the Lions to a Super Bowl.

After Sanders retired, things only got worse for the Lions. Detroit went 0-16 in the 2008 regular season, but hey, they were 4-0 in the preseason. That's something to cheer about, right? Half of the dedicated fans in attendance that year wore paper bags over their heads. Classic. However, in recent years, the Lions haven't been all that bad. The Lions have made it to the playoffs in 2011 and 2014, and have the franchise's leading passer, Matthew Stafford, still on the roster. The franchise's leading receiver, Calvin Johnson, just announced his retirement on Sunday. That will be a big spot for the Lions to fill next season. Keep your head up, Detroit, at least, you've hosted a couple Super Bowls.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are still a relatively new team in the NFL. They joined in 1995, the same year as this year's Super Bowl contender, the Carolina Panthers. The Jaguars haven't had quite the success as the Panthers, though. Early on, Jacksonville was actually pretty decent with Tom Coughlin as head coach. The Jags made the playoffs for four consecutive years through 1996 to 1999. In 1999, the Jaguars finished the regular season 14-2 but lost to the Titans in the AFC Championship. Since '99, Jacksonville has only made the playoffs twice, in 2005 and 2007. The Jaguars have been average at best since their last playoff appearance.

In 2012, the Jags finished 2-14 and still didn't get the first pick in the draft the following season. Ouch. Jacksonville concluded this season with a record of 5-11. I blame the recent struggles on the godawful uniforms Jacksonville wears. They look like French's mustard bottles. Jacksonville is a nice city with a beach, so at least they have that going for them.

Houston Texans

I saved the best for last, literally, as the Texans haven't been all that bad. The city's former team, the Oilers, never reached the Super Bowl, either. The Oilers were in the NFL for 26 years (1970-1996). This means the city of Houston has been Super Bowl-less for 45 years. The Texans joined the NFL in 2002 and is still the baby of the League. The Texans had only one winning season in their first nine seasons in the NFL, but have been a serious contender since 2011.

The Texans have gone on to the playoffs three times in 2011, 2012, and this year, 2015. This year's Wildcard game against the Kansas City Chiefs didn't go too well for Houston, though. The Chiefs shut out the Texans 30-0 in which Brian Hoyer threw four interceptions. Hoyer is a former Browns QB, so I'd expect nothing less. In all seriousness, the Texans' future is the brightest of these four teams. J.J. Watt is the best defensive player in the league, and DeAndre Hopkins can put up big numbers as a receiver. A quarterback is the only piece missing for this Texans team to be a Super Bowl contender.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Andy Ruiz Jr. May Not Look Like The Typical Boxer, But It Doesn't Make His Victory Any Less Deserved

Andy Ruiz Jr. just proved that dreams can come true.

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On June 1, boxing fans witnessed something special as Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua via TKO after going seven rounds in the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. (33-1) was a heavy underdog (+1100) heading into the match-up with Joshua (22-1) but ultimately flipped the script to hand the British fighter his first professional loss ever. Surely the fight will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Some members of the media and fans have been quick to label the fight as a 'fluke' and 'rigged' which in the end is no surprise to me. That always happens in the sports world. Many did not believe we would get this result yet failed to remember the one rule of sports -- expect the unexpected. Over the past week, I've been coming to the defense of Ruiz Jr. in the wake of others choosing to call him a joke.

I was shocked and surprised to hear two of my favorite sports analysts, Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe, make fun of Ruiz Jr. and frame him as just a guy that looked like 'Butterbean.' When I viewed their tweets on social media it honestly made me upset. Sure, Ruiz Jr. may not have fit the mold of what a professional boxer should look like, but they simply should not have just judged a book by its cover.

Personally, I thought it was disrespectful for Smith and Sharpe to throw shade at Ruiz Jr. in the way they did. I felt like they should have done a better job of acknowledging the winner considering the result of the match. Yet choosing to bash someone because of their physical composition appeared like a low blow. The very foundation of sports allows people of all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and backgrounds to compete -- that's why most people follow them in the first place.

Smith was open behind his reasoning for his tweets in which I'd like to shed some light on. Smith was upset about how boxing time after time contains elements of corruption with fans having to wait years until promoters schedule big fights. He along with other followers of the sport were looking forward to the highly anticipated yet potential future match-up between Joshua and fellow heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Smith believes that by Ruiz Jr. beating Joshua it essentially diminished the chances of that fight ever happening with the same amount of buildup, but that still doesn't provide any excuse for mocking the new heavyweight champ.

Ruiz Jr. was there for a reason and ultimately seized the opportunity that was right in front of him -- that's not his fault for getting the job done. Just because someone doesn't look like the part doesn't mean they don't possess the same qualities and characteristics as their counterparts. The following pair of videos display the amount of talent Ruiz Jr. does have in the ring. Even fellow boxer Canelo Alvarez and former UFC lightweight/featherweight champion Conor McGregor acknowledge that and have come out to say something on their behalf.

Unfortunately, I don't expect much to change because most will stand their ground and continue to behave the same way. All I'm saying is I did not enjoy some of the top figures within sports media stereotyping Ruiz Jr. based on his looks. I would think that we would be better than that and recognize that anyone can accomplish something great in this world. It all just starts with a simple dream.

I understand and respect other people's takes on this subject, maybe I'm looking into things deeper than what they are, but it struck a chord with me and I felt the need to say something about it.

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