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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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

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The New 'Special One' Returns (Again) To Real Madrid

Soccer fans across the globe question what Zidane will be able to accomplish this time with a Madrid side that has faced many issues this season.

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On March 11, Spanish club Real Madrid announced that they would be firing former manager Santiago Solari and replace him with Zinedine Zidane immediately. This marks a second reign of leadership the Frenchman will have with the club as coach (he managed Real Madrid from the 2016-2018 seasons which resulted in nine trophies). Zidane left in May of 2018 just days after he helped secure a third consecutive Champions League title. This was the last time football fans and supporters ever saw Real Madrid on top of Europe. Since then, things have gone South for the Spanish giants.

The defending champions have been knocked out of both the Copa Del Rey and Champions League competitions. The La Liga club is also 12 points behind league leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona (which only adds more pain). Saying things have fallen apart at Real Madrid is an understatement. I can't think of many moments in which the team was this low. Real Madrid is one of (if not) the biggest soccer club in the world. They are more than a club. It's an iconic, brand-name powerhouse which has always had a long history of success.

So, seeing them lose over and over again is a weird thing to witness as a football fan. In my opinion, I think Zidane will alleviate some of Madrid's issues to a certain degree. I am almost 100 percent sure he will be able to fix the chemistry issues in the locker room. Players on the team have mentioned how much they enjoy playing for Zidane. He brings out the best in the squad and every player is content with their involvement on the field. Now I'm not going to be unrealistic and say Zidane is going to win Champions League for Real Madrid next season, but you never know.

The key thing to watch in the off-season is how much money Real Madrid is willing to spend. They have historically always been big spenders in the transfer window periods. To me, that is the crucial component of whether or not things will turn around for the club. Money (and lots of it) most of the time equals success in sports. Team President Florentino Perez has to open up his checkbook and allow Zidane to go all-out to get whatever he needs to change things at Real Madrid. If this happens, I have no doubts in my mind that Los Blancos will eventually return to being on top of the world.

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