Was starting to get a little down about the Miami Dolphins going 43 seasons without a Super Bowl title but then it hit me.
South Florida could be stuck like the Arizona Cardinals or the Lions or the Eagles. The clownish Cleveland Browns have won NFL titles more recently than those franchises.
By comparison, the Dolphins haven’t waited long at all. Why, there are 27 franchises in America’s major professional sports that have gone longer between championships.
Memorize this list and be prepared to recite it, loudly, the next time somebody tells you the Dolphins never win anything. (Note: this list does not include three years for the Browns when the franchise was dormant or else they’d be lower.)
Longest active title droughts in U.S. pro leagues
Arizona Cardinals, NFL 69 years
Cleveland Indians, MLB 68 years
Sacramento Kings, NBA 65 years
Detroit Lions, NFL 59 years
Atlanta Hawks, NBA 58 years
Texas Rangers, MLB 56 years
Philadelphia Eagles, NFL 56 years
Houston Astros, MLB 55 years
Tennessee Titans, NFL 55 years
Los Angeles Chargers, NFL 53 years
Buffalo Bills, NFL 51 years
Minnesota Vikings, NFL 51 years
Atlanta Falcons, NFL 51 years
Cincinnati Bengals, NFL 49 years
Cleveland Browns, NFL 48 years
Milwaukee Brewers, MLB 48 years
San Diego Padres, MLB 48 years
Washington Nationals, MLB 48 years
Phoenix Suns, NBA 48 years
Los Angeles Clippers, NBA 48 years
Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL 48 years
St. Louis Blues, NHL 48 years
New York Jets, NFL 48 years
Kansas City Chiefs, NFL 47 years
Milwaukee Bucks, NBA 45 years
Buffalo Sabres, NHL 45 years
Vancouver Canucks, NHL 45 years
Off that list, there are only a handful of teams capable of winning a title this year. Let’s say the Indians, the Astros, the Nationals, the Chiefs and maybe the Arizona Cardinals.
Chances are the Dolphins will stay outside the 25 worst active droughts, but there are a couple other reasons to keep that chin up.
First, Miami made the playoffs last year.
Second, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, so absolutely anything goes.