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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

The Misery Rankings - Redskins not No. 1!

By Jason Woodmansee

Yeah, well that stunk. 6-10? Constant drama? Rex Grossman? No doubt, Redskins fans are miserable. But how miserable are Redskins fans compared to the rest of the league? It’s not as bad as you think.

To come up with the misery index, I used a formula.

2010 performance to expectations - Super Bowl Victories - Playoff wins in the last 10 years + drama

Basically, how disappointing was this season versus what people expected? How much drama (or embarrassment) did the team cause the fans? Does past glory make it any better? Were there any playoff wins in recent memory? I used the ESPN power rankings to calculate how the team performed to expectations, and you can see the whole calculation here on this spreadsheet.

So, here are my 2010 Misery Rankings (through the Redskins):

Rank Team Comments 
1 Vikings
The Vikings were supposed to go to the Super Bowl. Instead they got Brett Favre and his sexting, a fired coach, a couple weeks of Randy Moss, and a broken stadium.
2 Bengals
The Bengals didn’t compete at all this year, and Carson Palmer may have been kidnapped and replaced with an evil twin. Plus, any team with T.O. gets extra points for unnecessary drama.
3 Cowboys
The Cowboys thought they could have a home game for the Super Bowl. Instead, they tanked. The only reason they’re not number one is that they don’t have Wade Phillips anymore.
4 49ers
A weak team, in a weak division, with a crazy coach - and no quarterbacks.
5 Cardinals
Same problem as the 49ers - how do you suck when you have such an easy division schedule? And how bad must Matt Leinart be to get cut by this team?
6 Texans Looked like world beaters after the first two weeks, but the complete lack of defense killed them.
7 Broncos
They now realize that they’re back to square one in the post-Shanahan days, and no good coach wants the job.
8 Dolphins
Seemed to be on the way up, but now Parcells has gone and the rest of the coaching staff will soon follow.
9 Redskins
See, there are eight teams worse off. That’s something, right?

The happiest fans after this season? 

28 Rams
They were 1-15 last year and nearly won the division. They have a franchise QB. Must be nice.
29 Eagles
Plus, Philly also got Cliff Lee back. If they win the Super Bowl, all of our moral superiority goes out the window. Dah.
30 Buccaneers
Even though they didn’t make the playoffs, they played way above their heads and are the youngest team in the league. They are the Bizarro Redskins.
31 Patriots
It must be great to be a Patriots fan. I’d have to punch myself in the face for being insufferable every so often, but still.
32 Steelers The Steelers ended up at the bottom because the Roethlisberger suspension lowered everyone’s expectations. And they have been consistently good for the last 10 years, and they have six Super Bowls, and so on and so on.

By Jason Woodmansee  | January 7, 2011; 12:33 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Woodmansee, Redskins  | Tags:  Jason Woodmansee, Redskins  
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Ok, how do you dock the Giants for falling apart against Philly but nothing about the embarrassing 59-28 loss we suffered. I believe that should cost 4 points and tie us with Dallas

Posted by: Demegorgon | January 7, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Demegorgon its easy. The Giants were at one point first in our division and were expected to win the division and compete with the big boys in the NFC. The Redskins d was one of the worst all season going against one of the most high powered explosive offenses in the league.

Posted by: heatseeker690069 | January 8, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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