||Who should follow the Clippers on the Perennial Loser list of the past two decades?
I narrowed my list of candidates down to 10: The Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Bucs, Montreal Expos, Washington Capitals, Sacramento Kings, Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis-Arizona Cardinals; Detroit Lions; and New Jersey Nets.
Given that their franchise has been devoid of star power and anything remotely approaching an extended playoff run over the years, I'm pencilling the Cardinals in behind the Clips at No. 2 (figuratively and literally), with the Nets right on their heels at No. 3. At least the Nets had that fun season when Micheal Ray Richardson stayed off the smack and helped them beat the defending champion Sixers in '84; they're also lighting it up so far this season. I can't remember a high-caliber Cardinals season that didn't involve Rod
Tidwell. When you're referring to the Good Old Days, and Jim Hart and Terry Metcalf are prominently involved, that's practically a cry for help.
Here's the rest of my list: 4) Whalers-Hurricanes; 5) Expos; 6) Seahawks; 7) Caps; 8) Kings; 9) Bucs; 10) Cavs.