Cardinals now have longest title drought in North American sports

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The Chicago Cubs won the World Series on Wednesday night, ending 108 years of futility — and leaving the Cardinals as the team with the longest championship drought in North American sports.

The Chicago Cardinals won the NFL championship in 1947, and that franchise — which has moved to St. Louis and then to Arizona — hasn’t won a championship since. No other franchise in the four major pro sports league has gone as long without a title.

The franchise with the next-longest drought is the Cleveland Indians, who lost to the Cubs last night. The Indians last won a title in 1948. The NBA’s Sacramento Kings, who last won a title in 1951 as the Rochester Royals, have the third-longest drought.

The fourth-longest drought belongs to the Detroit Lions, who won the NFL championship in 1957. Other NFL teams in the Top 10 longest droughts in North American sports are the Eagles (who last won the NFL championship in 1960), the Titans (who won the AFL Championship in 1961, when they were the Houston Oilers) and the Chargers (who won the AFL Championship in 1963).

18 responses to “Cardinals now have longest title drought in North American sports

  1. Okay Arizona, you’re up!
    Probably not this year, not looking too good for next either. Time for a new QB.

  2. Too bad Kurt Warner isn’t walking through those doors again. Window may have closed for Palmer’s Cardinals. Too bad he choked and melted down last year, that was a good team. “Maybe it was just the humidity, not enough humidity, altitude — whatever it was. I don’t know” why you sucked so bad Palmer you nitwit.

    Perhaps plan C is to tel the Cardinals you are going to retire and force them to trade you to another team?

  3. That list is flawed: it includes the Chargers as #10, and references their 1963 AFL Championship as their last. The 1963 AFL Championship was an actual championship because there was no Super Bowl yet (it having first been played following the 1966-67 season), so it was for them the highest accomplishment they could possibly achieve, there was no mechanism for them to contend any further.

    However, the Minnesota Vikings have _never_ accomplished this. Yes, yes, we know their fans love to prattle on about their “NFL Championship” for 1969-70, but of course that is entirely sophistry as the Super Bowl had by then been played for several years already and was established as the sport’s championship game; it was only called “NFL” because the already agreed-upon NFL/AFL merger didn’t go into final effect until the following season. In point of fact, what they actually won was effectively the NFC championship, which means nothing for lists like this.

    Anyway, so there it is, the Vikings have never won an actual title. As they were established in 1961, two years BEFORE the Chargers’ legit 1963 AFL title, this list is factually errant.

  4. God needs the devil. The Beatles needed The Rolling Stones…and Arizona is the NFL’s Katie Couric.

  5. f1restarter says:
    Nov 3, 2016 7:59 AM

    Someday the Minnesota Vikings will own this dubious title.
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    Doubt it. You have to have won a Championship at some point to even make the list. That isn’t happening any time soon.

  6. weepingjebus says:
    Nov 3, 2016 9:24 AM

    Congrats to the Cubs! And the Indians played their hearts out. Hell of a series.
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    Game 7 was an instant classic. Although they never led, the Indians never quit & kept battling….congrats.
    Go Cubs Go!!!

  7. fuhq says:
    Nov 3, 2016 10:39 AM
    weepingjebus says:
    Nov 3, 2016 9:24 AM

    Congrats to the Cubs! And the Indians played their hearts out. Hell of a series.
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    Game 7 was an instant classic. Although they never led, the Indians never quit & kept battling….congrats.
    Go Cubs Go!!!

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    Allen trying to strike out Zobrist with a 2nd back door slider, which he seemed to expect and was up a bit more. I knew it was coming.

    Should have stayed up and which is harder to hit for almost every lefty (Tino Martinez an exception to the rule) but the ball would have been put in play and no K.

  8. Now that Theo has GM’d the Sox and Cubs to a title, maybe he should consider moving over to football and see what he can do with the Cards.

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