These Sports Franchises Desperately Need a Championship

The Chicago Cubs ended their championship drought | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
The face of Anthony Rizzo (R) says it all | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Chicago Cubs will find a way to screw things up; the Chicago Cubs can’t win the World Series; the Chicago Cubs are cursed. After over 100 years of faltering under the bright lights, this narrative surrounded one of Major League Baseball‘s most storied franchises. However, following the excitement of another October classic, it’s safe to assume we can finally discuss this story in the past tense.

The Chicago Cubs organization has experienced plenty of great moments over the years, yet none compare to the joy of defeating the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series and, in the process, ending the club’s 108-year championship drought. As far as momentous occasions go, this one immediately climbs to the top of the list. Of course, while the Cubs and their fans celebrate being on the right side of history, other sports franchises now find themselves taking Chicago’s place.

By winning the World Series for the first time since 1908, the Cubs no longer have the longest championship drought in pro sports. Unfortunately for these seven franchises, time hasn’t been so generous.

7. Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills need to end their championship drought | Brett Carlsen/Getty Images
It’s not easy being a Buffalo Bills fan | Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Championship drought: 50 years

From 199093, the Buffalo Bills made four consecutive trips to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, instead of basking in the joy of a confetti shower, the franchise found itself on the losing end each and every time. To make matters worse, not only has the organization not won a championship since 1965 (when it was playing in the AFL), it also hasn’t reached the postseason since 2000. As if the weather in Buffalo wasn’t depressing enough.

6. San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers need to end their championship drought | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Philip Rivers feels San Diego’s frustration | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Championship drought: 52 years

Like the Buffalo Bills, the last time the San Diego Chargers tasted championship glory was during their AFL days, when they defeated the Boston Patriots 51-10. Since then, it’s been 52 years without even a whiff of a title. Well, unless you count advancing to the Super Bowl during the 1994 NFL season. Of course, considering this squad endured a 49-26 shellacking at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, it’s probably best if the people of San Diego try to forget this ever happened.

5. (tie) Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles need to end their championship drought | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Brandon Graham knows Philly fans are starving for a Super Bowl | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Championship drought: 55 years

The Philadelphia Eagles won a championship back in 1960, but the organization has never won a Super Bowl. Ever. The franchise has reached the big game multiple times, yet it’s always managed to come up short. This is a touchy subject for Eagles fans, and we’d rather not talk about it. Seriously, just drop it. It’s what’s best for everyone.

5. (tie) Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings need to end their championship drought | Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
The Minnesota Vikings can’t catch a break | Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Championship drought: 55 years

The Minnesota Vikings joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960 and played their first official game during the 1961 season. While this franchise has managed to advance to the big game (four times, to be exact), it’s never once experienced the sweet taste of victory. After the team’s impressive start to the 2016 season, we thought that drought may finally near its end. Unfortunately, given the Sam Bradford and company’s recent slide, perhaps we spoke too soon.

5. (tie) Houston Astros

The Houston Astros need to end their championship drought | Bob Levey/Getty Images
The Astros are breaking bats, not title droughts | Bob Levey/Getty Images

Championship drought: 55 years

Although the city of Houston has had a Major League Baseball team since 1962 (when the club was called the Houston Colt .45s), it has never seen its team win the whole thing. The Astros made it to the World Series back in 2005; unfortunately, they were swept in four games by the Chicago White Sox. Man, the city of Chicago really does have all the luck these days.

2. Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions need to end their championship drought | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Matthew Stafford’s body language speaks for all of Detroit | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Championship drought: 58 years

The Detroit Lions organization has experienced its fair share of disappointment over the years. In fact, “disappointment” is putting it lightly. This franchise, and its fans, have suffered. Big time. Yet, in 1957, the Lions found themselves on the opposite end of the spectrum, winning the title over the Cleveland Browns by the score of 59-14. Wow, now we actually feel bad for the Browns. Didn’t see that one coming.

1. Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians need to end their championship drought | Elsa/Getty Images
The Cleveland Indians fall short of a championship once again | Elsa/Getty Images

Championship drought: 68 years

When the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs met in the 2016 World Series, sports fans knew that one championship drought would finally end. As it turns out, despite what seemed like an insurmountable lead, things did not work out in Cleveland’s favor. The Indians now own the longest championship drought in pro sports at 68 years. What’s it they say? There’s always next year.

Statistics courtesy of Sports-Reference and Business Insider.