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Clip Reel: Yes We Can

11/5/2008
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Pretty nice speech by Barack Obama last night, echoing the key theme of "Yes We Can." (Anyone see will.i.am talking to Anderson Cooper via hologram? Absolutely creepy.) Got us thinking: how far does hope run? As in, was Jeff Fisher watching that speech and saying "Mike Jones/Kevin Dyson be damned, I'm gonna go and get myself a Super Bowl!" We hope, because we love the Titans. We decided to turn Clip Reel over to a look at teams that have never won the biggest championship in their sport and what they can do to grab the ever-popular brass ring. We avoided college (too many teams) and, for the most part, the NHL. Everybody knows what ya gotta do to win the Cup: get one of these.

THE NFL:
The teams that have played in a Super Bowl but never won one: Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks. Additionally, these teams have never appeared in a Super Bowl: Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Detroit Lions; New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals.

Buffalo: Wait a minute!
Vikings: Just let this dude loose.
Bengals: Uh, not this year.
Titans: This could honestly be the year, but this play has its own Wikipedia entry? Sheesh!
Chargers: Might be time for a new head man.
Eagles: We like McNabb. We really do.
Panthers: This could be the year again, but seriously, is falling to Vinatieri like falling to Jordan?
Falcons: All about this dude right now.
Seahawks: "The Steelers' 12th man wears stripes."
Browns: Let's just remember, Brady Quinn never really won a big bowl game at ND.
Jaguars: Didn't it seem they were farther along last year?
Texans: Getting there?
Lions: Not getting there.
Saints: "The Girlfriend Curse!!!"
Cardinals: "Being in first in the NFC West is like beating a one-legged man at a can-kicking contest."

MLB:
Teams that haven't won the World Series: San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals.

Padres: Get something for Peavy!
Rays: This will happen sooner or later.
Rockies: This honestly might too.
Astros: What if they get Peavy? Does that 1-2 help them win the NL Central?
Brewers: They have the parts to do something.
Mariners: New GM might help!
Rangers: Uh, need some pitching.
Nationals: Hey, there's always Z.

And yes, we didn't forget about the Cubs. They gotta do something before Lou leaves, right?

NBA:
The teams who haven't climbed the mountain yet: Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats, Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Suns: Maybe, just maybe this could be the final run at it with this crew.
Mavericks: '06 may have been the best shot.
Cavaliers: Better get it before this becomes a problem.
Pacers: Eh, we do like Granger.
Nuggets: Melo did something remarkable at 'Cuse, so maybe?
Hawks: Contract year for Bibby! No, it'll never happen this season.
Jazz: They are so close.
Kings: They aren't really that close.
Magic: Dwight! Seriously, though, they need some guards.
Bobcats: Larry! Seriously, though, they need some guys who didn't excel in college.
Raptors: They could be close in a weak East. Calderon is underrated.
Hornets: Oh.so.close.
Timberwolves: Sorry, Fawkes.
Memphis: Chris Wallace? REALLY?
Thunder: Uh, it's their first year. Let's give them some time!