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7 of the Most Depressing Streaks of Futility

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For the first time in 20 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates will finish with more wins than losses! The last time that happened, “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men stood atop the Billboard charts, Silence of the Lambs had won the Oscar for Best Picture, and Barry Bonds still looked like this.

Here are some of the worst season-by-season losing streaks in the wide wide world of sports.

1. Philadelphia Phillies (16 straight)

The baseball gods have not been kind to Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 38 percent of their games from 1918 to 1931. In 1932, they eked out just enough Ws to call it a winning season, promptly starting another marathon losing streak the next year. It lasted 16 years. If it weren’t for the 1932 club, the Phillies would have set a dismal record of 31 straight losing seasons. Ouch.

2. Vancouver Canucks (15 straight)

The Canucks failed to breach the .500 mark from 1976 to 1991. But that didn’t keep them from making a run at Lord Stanley’s cup. In 1982, despite finishing three games below, the Canucks still slipped into the playoffs and made it into the Stanley Cup Finals. The magic died there—the Islanders swept them away.

3. Sacramento Kings (15 straight)

Back in the day, the Kings were Kansas City’s basketball team. That’s where their paltry 15-year-long losing streak began. Two years into that slump, the Kings picked up their things and moved to California. They wouldn’t finish as winners until 1999—a year shortened by a lockout.  

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (14 straight)

Most expansion football teams don’t start out as victors, but the Bucs outdid themselves. Despite a terrible inaugural 1976 season—where they finished 0-14—Tampa actually managed a few winning seasons. But it didn’t last. From 1983 to 1996, they failed to break .500, solidifying their beloved nickname as the “Yucks.”

5. Ottawa Rough Riders (17 straight at or below .500)

Founded in 1876, the professional Canadian Football team was one of the oldest and proudest sports organizations this side of the Atlantic. Then the '80s happened. For 17 straight years, the Riders finished at .500 or below, forcing them to fold in 1996.

6. Prairie View A&M Panthers Football (31 straight)

The Division I-AA school piled on 31 consecutive losing seasons from 1976 to 2006. Panthers’ fans would especially love to forget the '90s, when the team lost 80 straight games. Lately, though, things have been looking up. In 2009, Prairie View won the SWAC championship.

7. Oregon State Beavers Football (28 straight)

From 1971 to 1998, the Beavers could not rack up more than five wins per year, managing the worst season-by-season losing streak in Division I-A football. But they’ve turned it around since, making 10 bowl appearances.

Do you support a lovable loser? Share your favorite stories of woe below!

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5 Things We Know About Stranger Things Season 2
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Stranger Things seemed to come out of nowhere to become one of television's standout new series in 2016. Netflix's sometimes scary, sometimes funny, and always exciting homage to '80s pop culture was a binge-worthy phenomenon when it debuted in July 2016. Of course, the streaming giant wasn't going to wait long to bring more Stranger Things to audiences, and a second season was announced a little over a month after its debut—and Netflix just announced that we'll be getting it a few days earlier than expected. Here are five key things we know about the show's sophomore season, which kicks off on October 27.


The first season of Stranger Things consisted of eight hour-long episodes, which proved to be a solid length for the story Matt and Ross Duffer wanted to tell. While season two won't increase in length dramatically, we will be getting at least one extra hour when the show returns in 2017 with nine episodes. Not much is known about any of these episodes, but we do know the titles:

"The Boy Who Came Back To Life"
"The Pumpkin Patch"
"The Palace"
"The Storm"
"The Pollywog"
"The Secret Cabin"
"The Brain"
"The Lost Brother"

There's a lot of speculation about what each title means and, as usual with Stranger Things, there's probably a reason for each one.


Stranger Things fans should gear up for plenty of new developments in season two, but that doesn't mean your favorite characters aren't returning. A November 4 photo sent out by the show's Twitter account revealed most of the kids from the first season will be back in 2017, including the enigmatic Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown (the #elevenisback hashtag used by series regular Finn Wolfhard should really drive the point home):


A year will have passed between the first and second seasons of the show, allowing the Duffer brothers to catch up with a familiar cast of characters that has matured since we last saw them. With the story taking place in 1984, the brothers are looking at the pop culture zeitgeist at the time for inspiration—most notably the darker tone of blockbusters like Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

"I actually really love Temple of Doom, I love that it gets a little darker and weirder from Raiders, I like that it feels very different than Raiders did," Matt Duffer told IGN. "Even though it was probably slammed at the time—obviously now people look back on it fondly, but it messed up a lot of kids, and I love that about that film—that it really traumatized some children. Not saying that we want to traumatize children, just that we want to get a little darker and weirder."


When you watch something like The Americans season two, it's almost impossible to catch on unless you've seen the previous episodes. Stranger Things season two will differ from the modern TV approach by being more of a sequel than a continuation of the first year. That means a more self-contained plot that doesn't leave viewers hanging at the end of nine episodes.

"There are lingering questions, but the idea with Season 2 is there's a new tension and the goal is can the characters resolve that tension by the end," Ross Duffer told IGN. "So it's going to be its own sort of complete little movie, very much in the way that Season 1 is."

Don't worry about the two seasons of Stranger Things being too similar or too different from the original, though, because when speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the influences on the show, Matt Duffer said, "I guess a lot of this is James Cameron. But he’s brilliant. And I think one of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original. So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.”


Everything about the new Stranger Things episodes will be kept secret until they finally debut later this year, but we do know one thing about the premiere: It won't take place entirely in the familiar town of Hawkins, Indiana. “We will venture a little bit outside of Hawkins,” Matt Duffer told Entertainment Weekly. “I will say the opening scene [of the premiere] does not take place in Hawkins.”

So, should we take "a little bit outside" as literally as it sounds? You certainly can, but in that same interview, the brothers also said they're both eager to explore the Upside Down, the alternate dimension from the first season. Whether the season kicks off just a few miles away, or a few worlds away, you'll get your answer when Stranger Things's second season debuts next month.

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Everything That’s Leaving Netflix in October
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Netflix subscribers are already counting down the days until the premiere of the new season of Stranger Things. But, as always, in order to make room for the near-90 new titles making their way to the streaming site, some of your favorite titles—including all of 30 Rock, The Wonder Years, and Malcolm in the Middle—must go. Here’s everything that’s leaving Netflix in October ... binge ‘em while you can!

October 1

30 Rock (Seasons 1-7)

A Love in Times of Selfies

Across the Universe

Barton Fink


Big Daddy


Cradle 2 the Grave

Crafting a Nation

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Daddy’s Little Girls

Dark Was the Night

David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates (Season 1)

Day of the Kamikaze

Death Beach

Dowry Law

Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief

Friday Night Lights (Seasons 1-5)

Happy Feet

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison




Love Actually

Malcolm in the Middle (Seasons 1-7)

Max Dugan Returns


Million Dollar Baby

Mortal Combat

Mr. 3000

Mulholland Dr.

My Father the Hero

My Name Is Earl (Seasons 1-4)

One Tree Hill (Seasons 1-9)


Picture This

Prison Break (Seasons 1-4)

The Bernie Mac Show (Seasons 1-5)

The Shining

The Wonder Years (Seasons 1-6)


October 19

The Cleveland Show (Seasons 1-4)

October 21

Bones (Seasons 5-11)

October 27

Lie to Me (Seasons 2-3)

Louie (Seasons 1-5)

Hot Transylvania 2

October 29

Family Guy (Seasons 9-14)


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