The Misery Rankings - Redskins not No. 1!
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):
|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?|
|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.|
| January 7, 2011; 12:33 PM ET
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