ESPN.comThe best and worst of Detroit over the past 25 years:
Overall winning percentage: .488 (21st)
Best year: 1997 (.571 combined winning percentage)
Pistons (54-28), Red Wings (94 points), Lions (9-7), Tigers (79-83).
The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, the Pistons and Lions made the playoffs and the Tigers were a surprising 79-83.
Worst year: 2001
Detroit's franchises have all suffered through major ups and downs in the last 25 years, and while all four were never in a downturn at the same time, it was a rough 2001:
Best moment: Hey, it's not called Hockeytown for nothing.
In 1996, the Red Wings compiled 131 points, the second-most in NHL history, but shockingly lost in the playoffs. That made the run the next season to the Stanley Cup title -- Detroit's first since 1955 -- all the sweeter. The Wings swept the Flyers for the Cup.
Worst moment: Losing the Cup Finals in '95 hurt; Bird's steal from Isiah hurt; the Tigers' wretched display over the past decade has hurt. But does the name Marty Mornhinweg ring a bell? The Lions' coach made one of the worst decisions in coaching history when he elected to kick the ball at the start of an overtime. Detroit lost.
Best team: 2002 Red Wings
The Pistons, Tigers and Red Wings have all won championships in the ESPN era, but the 2002 Wings, which scored 116 points and went 16-7 in the playoffs to capture the Stanley Cup, featured a slew of All-Stars and future Hall Famers: Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Sergei Fedorov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Luc Robitaille, Igor Larionov and Dominik Hasek.
Worst team: 2003 Tigers
Detroit fans know a lot about losing. The '86 Red Wings were a miserable 17-57-6. The '80 Pistons, coached for a spell by Dick Vitale, went 16-66. The Lions went 2-14 in 1979 and 2001.
But it's hard to top the 2003 Tigers -- one of the teams ever, of any city. The Tigers just avoided an all-time record by losing 119 games. They started 1-17. They scored 591 runs and allowed 928. They did, however, win five of their last six to avoid the '62 Mets' mark of 120 losses.
Best individual season: Barry Sanders, 1997
Willie Hernandez was an MVP closer in '84, Isiah Thomas was an annual All-Star, Sergei Fedorov was the NHL MVP in '94, but Barry Sanders in 1997 was a one-man wrecking crew: he rushed for 2,053 yards, averaging a remarkable 6.1 yards per carry, scored 14 TDs and led the Lions into the playoffs.