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The best and worst of Denver's pro teams over the past 25 years:

Overall winning percentage: .516 (9th)

Best year: 1997

Just counting the years since the Rockies and Avalanche arrived, 1997 takes the cake -- after all, it was the season the Broncos finally won the Super Bowl, after four losses. The Avalanche (who had won the Stanley Cup in 1996) scored 107 points and reached the conference finals and the Rockies were 83-79. The Nuggets were a dreadful 21-61.

Worst year: 1994

The Broncos were 7-9, the Rockies were 53-64 in a strike year and the Avalanche weren't good yet (34-42-8). Only the Nuggets provided some positive results, finishing eighth in the Western Conference but upsetting No. 1 seed Seattle in the first round of the playoffs.

Best moment: The Avalanche won the city's first major pro title in 1996, but the big one was when the Broncos beat the Packers 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII the following season.

Worst moment: The Broncos jumped to a 10-0 lead over the Redskins in Super Bowl XXII, but then saw Washington destroy them with a record-setting 35-point second quarter. Final score: 42-10.

Best team: 2001 Avalanche (52-16-10-4, 118 points)

Denver's 1998 Super Bowl champs went 14-2, but the Avalanche get the nod. Only two teams have finished with more points in the last 15 years and the squad featured a slew of future Hall of Famers, including Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Ray Bourque and Patrick Roy. Colorado beat New Jersey in seven games to capture their second Cup.

Worst team: 1998 Nuggets (11-71)

The Nuggets lost their first 12 games and went downhill from there as they became one of the worst teams in NBA history. At one point they lost 23 straight games and were 2-38. They were outscored by more than 10 points per game on average.

Best individual season: Terrell Davis, 1998

Denver has had five MVP winners during the ESPN era -- John Elway in 1987, Larry Walker in 1997, Terrell Davis in 1998, Joe Sakic in 2001 and Peter Forsberg in 2003. It's had two Conn Smythe playoffs MVPs in Sakic (1996) and Patrick Roy (2001). It's had an NBA scoring champion (Alex English) and four batting champions (thank you, Coors Field). Lots of big stars in other words, but our vote goes to Terrell Davis in 1998, who rushed for over 2,008 yards and 21 TDs in the regular season and 199, 167 and 102 in three playoff wins.








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