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NBA: The Worst Loss in Every Franchise’s History

Blake Griffin Joined Seven Other Los Angeles Clippers In Double-Figure To Hand The Los Angeles Lakers Their Worst Loss In Franchise History

Blake Griffin Joined Seven Other Los Angeles Clippers In Double-Figure To Hand The Los Angeles Lakers Their Worst Loss In Franchise History

The Los Angeles Lakers were just stomped yesterday, whupped by 48 points at the hands of their co-tenants, the Los Angeles Clippers. It was the worst loss in Laker history.

That got Sports List of the Day crunching numbers. What’s every franchise’s (and team’s) worst loss?

There is the biggest beatdown of all time – a 68-point drubbing of the Miami Heat by the Cleveland Cavaliers (another connection between these two teams). Many of the below, in fact, are some of the biggest blowouts in NBA history.

Five franchises carry the shame of 60-point defeats, more than half have been beaten by at least 50 and everybody has taken it by at least 42. All these worst losses are listed below. Click on the date to check out the box score, courtesy my source,

Some notes: The top list covers every franchise’s greatest defeat. Some of these franchises have moved or changed their names, noted with asterisks. The corresponding current teams (and their greatest defeats) are noted in the second list. The Atlanta and Milwaukee Hawks both lost by 47. The winners are the home team except when the loser is noted in CAPS.

1. Miami Heat 68  148-80 Cleveland Cavaliers 12/17/1991
2. Portland Trail Blazers 65  124-59 Indiana Pacers 2/27/1998
3. Golden State Warriors 63  162-99 Los Angeles Lakers 3/19/1972
4. New York Knicks 62  162-100 Syracuse Nationals 12/25/1960
4. Sacramento Kings 62  153-91 Golden State Warriors 11/2/1991
6. Indiana Pacers 59  150-91 Golden State Warriors 3/19/1977
6. Detroit Pistons 59  143-84 Milwaukee Bucks 12/26/1978
8. Dallas Mavericks 58  139-81 Sacramento Kings 12/29/1992
9. New Orleans Jazz* 56  158-102 Milwaukee Bucks 3/14/1979
9. HOUSTON ROCKETS 56  136-80 Seattle SuperSonics 12/6/1986
9. Philadelphia 76ers 56  154-98 Sacramento Kings 1/2/1993
9. Philadelphia 76ers 56  149-93 Seattle SuperSonics 3/6/1993
13. Cleveland Cavaliers 55  112-57 Los Angeles Lakers 1/11/2011
14. Chicago Bulls 53  127-74 Minnesota Timberwolves 11/8/2001
15. Baltimore Bullets* 52  151-99 Milwaukee Bucks 1/10/1971
15. New Jersey Nets* 52  139-87 Houston Rockets 10/18/1978
15. BOSTON CELTICS 52  118-66 Detroit Pistons 1/31/2003
15. Seattle SuperSonics* 52  168-116 Denver Nuggets 3/16/2008
19. Los Angeles Clippers 50  154-104 Seattle SuperSonics 12/2/1988
19. Charlotte Hornets* 50  137-87 Milwaukee Bucks 1/10/2000
21. Vancouver Grizzlies* 49  111-62 San Antonio Spurs 11/8/1995
22. Denver Nuggets 48  143-95 Milwaukee Bucks 3/27/1980
22. Milwaukee Bucks 48  144-96 Utah Jazz 1/27/1990
22. MILWUAKEE BUCKS 48  152-104 Orlando Magic 2/20/1995
22. LOS ANGELES LAKERS 48  142-94 Los Angeles Clippers 3/6/2014
26. Atlanta Hawks 47  132-85 Philadelphia 76ers 12/8/1982
27. San Antonio Spurs 46  137-91 Phoenix Suns 4/15/1989
27. Toronto Raptors 46  125-79 New York Knicks 4/15/1996
29. Charlotte Bobcats 45  114-69 Oklahoma City Thunder 11/26/2012
30. Phoenix Suns 44  151-107 Seattle SuperSonics 4/2/1988
31. Orlando Magic 43  135-92 Golden State Warriors 11/16/2002
32. Minnesota Timberwolves 42  128-86 Orlando Magic 11/3/2010


26. Milwaukee Hawks* 47  99-52 Minneapolis Lakers 12/16/1951
27. Utah Jazz 46  150-104 Golden State Warriors 1/15/1986
27. Utah Jazz 46  130-84 Los Angeles Lakers 3/5/1986
27. Utah Jazz 46  113-67 Los Angeles Lakers 2/4/2000
29. New Orleans Hornets 45  119-74 Oklahoma City Thunder 2/27/2013
29. Memphis Grizzlies 45  111-66 Chicago Bulls 1/13/2007
30. Washington Wizards 44  111-67 New Jersey Nets 1/16/2002
30. Brooklyn Nets 44  124-80 Portland Trail Blazers 2/26/2014
32. Oklahoma City Thunder 42  129-87 Minnesota Timberwolves 1/7/2009
33. New Orleans Pelicans 32  108-76 Los Angeles Clippers 3/1/2014

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NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL Principal Team Owners

The Green Bay Packers Have Been Owned By the Green Bay Packers Football Corporation (now the public Green Bay Packers, Inc.) for Almost 100 Years

The Green Bay Packers Have Been Owned By the Green Bay Packers Football Corporation (now the public Green Bay Packers, Inc.) for Almost 100 Years

Here are all your major North American sports (football (NFL), baseball (MLB), basketball (NBA) and hockey (NHL)) team owners – courtesy the wikipedia entries for each.

I’ve calculated the duration of current ownership for every team and sorted by those teams who have been owned the longest by their current owner(s).

The Green Bay Packers have been owned by the Green Bay Football Corporation (known today as the public company, Green Bay Packers, Inc.) for 91 years – the longest held of any major team in North America.

In fact, the Packers have been owned by GBPI longer than the NBA (1946-47) has been in existence.

Same for the NHL’s New York Rangers (88 years, Madison Square Garden Company) and Toronto Maple Leafs (83 years, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment).

The Busses have owned the Los Angeles Lakers for 35 years, longest in the NBA.

The Steinbrenners have owned the New York Yankees for 41 years, longest in MLB.

The Packers, NY Rangers, Maple Leafs, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions and Chicago Blackhawks have had the same owners for at least 50 years.


Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers, Inc. 1923 91
Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson 1960 54
Tennessee Titans Bud Adams 1960 54
Detroit Lions William Clay Ford, Sr. 1964 50
Arizona Cardinals Bill Bidwill 1972 42
Chicago Bears Virginia Halas McCaskey 1983 31
Denver Broncos Pat Bowlen 1984 30
San Diego Chargers Alex Spanos 1984 30
New Orleans Saints Tom Benson 1985 29
Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney 1988 26
Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones 1989 25
Cincinnati Bengals Mike Brown 1991 23
Carolina Panthers Jerry Richardson 1993 21
New England Patriots Robert Kraft 1994 20
Philadelphia Eagles Jeffrey Lurie 1994 20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Malcolm Glazer 1995 19
Indianapolis Colts Jim Irsay 1997 17
Seattle Seahawks Paul Allen 1997 17
Washington Redskins Dan Snyder 1999 15
New York Jets Robert Wood Johnson IV 2000 14
Houston Texans Robert C. McNair 2002 12
Atlanta Falcons Arthur Blank 2004 10
Baltimore Ravens Steve Bisciotti 2004 10
Minnesota Vikings Zygi Wilf 2005 9
New York Giants John Mara (50%) 2005 9
  Steve Tisch (50%)   9
Kansas City Chiefs Clark Hunt 2006 8
Miami Dolphins Stephen M. Ross 2008 6
San Francisco 49ers Jed York 2009 5
St. Louis Rams Stan Kroenke 2010 4
Oakland Raiders Carol and Mark Davis 2011 3
Cleveland Browns Jimmy Haslam 2012 2
Jacksonville Jaguars Shahid Khan 2012 2



New York Yankees Hal Steinbrenner 1973 41
Chicago White Sox Jerry Reinsdorf 1981 33
Philadelphia Phillies David Montgomery 1981 33
Minnesota Twins Jim Pohlad 1984 30
Colorado Rockies Charlie Monfort 1992 22
Detroit Tigers Mike Ilitch 1992 22
San Francisco Giants Bill Neukom 1992 22
Seattle Mariners Nintendo 1992 22
Baltimore Orioles Peter Angelos 1993 21
Arizona Diamondbacks Ken Kendrick 1995 19
St. Louis Cardinals William DeWitt, Jr. 1995 19
Tampa Bay Rays Stuart Sternberg 1995 19
Pittsburgh Pirates Robert Nutting 1996 18
Cleveland Indians Larry Dolan 1999 15
Kansas City Royals David Glass 2000 14
Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Communications 2000 14
Boston Red Sox John W. Henry 2002 12
Miami Marlins Jeffrey Loria 2002 12
New York Mets Fred Wilpon 2002 12
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Arturo Moreno 2003 11
Cincinnati Reds Robert Castellini 2005 9
Milwaukee Brewers Mark Attanasio 2005 9
Oakland Athletics Lewis Wolff 2005 9
Washington Nationals Lerner Enterprises 2006 8
Atlanta Braves Liberty Media 2007 7
Chicago Cubs Thomas S. Ricketts 2009 5
Texas Rangers Nolan Ryan 2010 4
Houston Astros Jim Crane 2011 3
Los Angeles Dodgers Mark Walter 2012 2
San Diego Padres Ron Fowler 2012 2



Los Angeles Lakers Jim and Jeanie Buss, along with siblings in family trust 1979 35
Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling 1981 33
Indiana Pacers Herbert Simon 1983 31
Chicago Bulls Jerry Reinsdorf 1985 29
Milwaukee Bucks Herb Kohl 1985 29
Utah Jazz Greg Miller 1985 29
Portland Trail Blazers Paul Allen 1988 26
Orlando Magic RDV Sports, Inc. (Richard DeVos, Chairman) 1991 23
Houston Rockets Leslie Alexander 1993 21
San Antonio Spurs Peter Holt 1993 21
Miami Heat Micky Arison 1995 19
Minnesota Timberwolves Glen Taylor 1995 19
New York Knicks James L. Dolan 1997 17
Toronto Raptors Richard Peddie 1998 16
Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban 2000 14
Denver Nuggets Stan Kroenke 2000 14
Boston Celtics H. Irving Grousbeck, Wycliffe Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca 2003 11
Atlanta Hawks Michael Gearon Jr 2004 10
Phoenix Suns Robert Sarver 2004 10
Cleveland Cavaliers Dan Gilbert, Gary Gilbert, Dan Katzman, Usher Raymond, Gordon Gund 2005 9
Oklahoma City Thunder Clayton Bennett 2006 8
Brooklyn Nets Mikhail Prokhorov, Bruce Ratner 2010 4
Charlotte Bobcats Michael Jordan 2010 4
Golden State Warriors Peter Guber, Joe Lacob 2010 4
Washington Wizards Ted Leonsis 2010 4
Detroit Pistons Tom Gores 2011 3
Philadelphia 76ers Joshua Harris, Adam Aron 2011 3
Memphis Grizzlies Robert J. Pera 2012 2
New Orleans Pelicans Tom Benson 2012 2
Sacramento Kings Vivek Ranadivé 2013 1



New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Co. (James L. Dolan) 1926 88
Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment 1931 83
Chicago Blackhawks Wirtz Corporation 1954 60
Philadelphia Flyers Ed Snider 1967 47
Boston Bruins Jeremy Jacobs 1975 39
Calgary Flames N. Murray Edwards 1980 34
Detroit Red Wings Mike Ilitch 1982 32
Carolina Hurricanes Peter Karmanos, Jr. 1994 20
Los Angeles Kings Philip Anschutz and Edward P. Roski 1995 19
Pittsburgh Penguins Ronald Burkle and Mario Lemieux 1999 15
Washington Capitals Ted Leonsis 1999 15
Colorado Avalanche Stan Kroenke 2000 14
Columbus Blue Jackets John P. McConnell 2000 14
New York Islanders Charles Wang 2000 14
San Jose Sharks Sharks Sports and Entertainment 2002 12
Ottawa Senators Eugene Melnyk 2003 11
New Jersey Devils Joshua Harris and David Blitzer 2004 10
Vancouver Canucks Francesco Aquilini 2004 10
Anaheim Ducks Henry Samueli 2005 9
Nashville Predators Thomas Cigarran 2007 7
Edmonton Oilers Daryl Katz 2008 6
Minnesota Wild Craig Leipold 2008 6
Florida Panthers Cliff Viner 2009 5
Montreal Canadiens Molson Family 2009 5
Tampa Bay Lightning Jeffrey Vinik 2010 4
Buffalo Sabres Terrence Pegula 2011 3
Dallas Stars Tom Gaglardi 2011 3
Winnipeg Jets Mark Chipman 2011 3
St. Louis Blues Tom Stillman 2012 2
Phoenix Coyotes George Gosbee 2013 1


MLB: Minor League Baseball Affiliates (AAA, AA, A) of Every Team

The Official Minor League Baseball Logo

The Official Minor League Baseball Logo

Quick. Name your team’s minor league clubs. Ah, got you (or maybe you got them).

Here are all 30 major league baseball teams’ minor league affiliates for AAA (Triple-A: highest level) to A (Class A: lowest level other than the rookie league). There’s also Adv A (Class A-Advanced) in between Class- and Double-A, and SS-A (Class A-Short Season) for late-finishing college players and catch-alls not ready for the higher levels.

Many franchises don’t lend their names to their minor league teams – there are some, like the Mississippi Braves and the Staten Island Yankees but most have monikers of their own – and colorful ones.

If you’re looking for unique sports-team names, this is the place. How about the Aberdeen IronBirds, Portland Sea Dogs, Louisville Bats, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Modesto Nuts and Inland Empire 66ers. You could go on forever. Just take a look.

Click on any of the minor league clubs below and get their rosters and stats, including pros sent down to brush up their skills or recover from injury and upcoming prospects.

Arizona Diamondbacks AAA Reno Aces Reno Nevada
  AA Mobile Bay Bears Mobile Alabama
  Adv A Visalia Rawhide Visalia California
  A South Bend Silver Hawks South Bend Indiana
  SS-A Hillsboro Hops Hillsboro Oregon
Atlanta Braves AAA Gwinnett Braves Lawrenceville Georgia
  AA Mississippi Braves Jackson Mississippi
  Adv A Lynchburg Hillcats Lynchburg Virginia
  A Rome Braves Rome Georgia
  SS-A None    
Baltimore Orioles AAA Norfolk Tides Norfolk Virginia
  AA Bowie Baysox Bowie Maryland
  Adv A Frederick Keys Frederick Marlyand
  A Delmarva Shorebirds Salisbury Maryland
  SS-A Aberdeen IronBirds Aberdeen Maryland
Boston Red Sox AAA Pawtucket Red Sox Pawtucket Rhode Island
  AA Portland Sea Dogs Portland Maine
  Adv A Salem Red Sox Salem Virginia
  A Greenville Drive Greenville South Carolina
  SS-A Lowell Spinners Lowell Massachusetts
Chicago Cubs AAA Iowa Cubs Des Moines Iowa
  AA Tennessee Smokies Knoxville Tennessee
  Adv A Daytona Cubs Daytona Florida
  A Kane County Cougars Geneva Illinois
  SS-A Boise Hawks Boise Idaho
Chicago White Sox AAA Charlotte Knights Charlotte North Carolina
  AA Birmingham Barons Birmingham Alabama
  Adv A Winston-Salem Dash Winston-Salem North Carolina
  A Kannapolis Intimidators Kannapolis North Carolina
  SS-A None    
Cincinnati Reds AAA Louisville Bats Louisville Kentucky
  AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos Pensacola Florida
  Adv A Bakersfield Blaze Bakersfield California
  A Dayton Dragons Dayton Ohio
  SS-A None    
Cleveland Indians AAA Columbus Clippers Columbus Ohio
  AA Akron Aeros Akron Ohio
  Adv A Carolina Mudcats Zebulon North Carolina
  A Lake County Captains Eastlake Ohio
  SS-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers Niles Ohio
Colorado Rockies AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox Colorado Springs Colorado
  AA Tulsa Drillers Tulsa Oklahoma
  Adv A Modesto Nuts Modesto California
  A Asheville Tourists Asheville North Carolina
  SS-A Tri-City Dust Devils Pasco Washington
Detroit Tigers AAA Toledo Mud Hens Toledo Ohio
  AA Erie SeaWolves Erie Pennsylvania
  Adv A Lakeland Flying Tigers Lakeland Florida
  A West Michigan Whitecaps Grand Rapids Michigan
  SS-A Connecticut Tigers Norwich Connecticut
Houston Astros AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks Oklahoma City Oklahoma
  AA Corpus Christi Hooks Corpus Christi Texas
  Adv A Lancaster JetHawks Lancaster California
  A Quad Cities Davenport Iowa
  SS-A Tri-City ValleyCats Troy New York
Kansas City Royals AAA Omaha Storm Chasers Omaha Nebraska
  AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals Springdale Arkansas
  Adv A Wilmington Blue Rocks Wilmington Delaware
  A Lexington Legends Lexington Kentucky
  SS-A None    
Los Angeles Angels AAA Salt Lake Bees Salt Lake City Utah
  AA Arkansas Travelers Little Rock Arkansas
  Adv A Inland Empire 66ers San Bernadino California
  A Burlington Bees Burlington Iowa
  SS-A None    
Los Angeles Dodgers AAA Albuquerque Isotopes Albuquerque New Mexico
  AA Chattanooga Lookouts Chattanooga Tennessee
  Adv A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Rancho Cucamonga California
  A Great Lakes Loons Midland Michigan
  SS-A None    
Miami Marlins AAA New Orleans Zephyrs New Orleans Louisiana
  AA Jacksonville Suns Jacksonville Florida
  Adv A Jupiter Hammerheads Jupiter Florida
  A Greensboro Grasshoppers Greensboro North Carolina
  SS-A Batavia Muckdogs Batavia New York
Milwaukee Brewers AAA Nashville Sounds Nashville Tennessee
  AA Huntsville Stars Huntsville Alabama
  Adv A Brevard County Manatees Melbourne Florida
  A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Appleton Wisconsin
  SS-A None    
Minnesota Twins AAA Rochester Red Wings Rochester New York
  AA New Britain Rock Cats New Britain Connecticut
  Adv A Fort Myers Miracle Fort Myers Florida
  A Cedar Rapids Kernels Cedar Rapids Iowa
  SS-A None    
New York Mets AAA Las Vegas 51s Las Vegas Nevada
  AA Binghamton Mets Binghamton New York
  Adv A St. Lucie Mets Port St. Lucie Florida
  A Savannah Sand Gnats Savannah Georgia
  SS-A Brooklyn Cyclones Brooklyn New York
New York Yankees AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Scranton, Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania
  AA Trenton Thunder Trenton New Jersey
  Adv A Tampa Yankees Tampa Florida
  A Charleston RiverDogs Charleston South Carolina
  SS-A Staten Island Yankees Staten Island New York
Oakland Athletics AAA Sacramento River Cats Sacramento California
  AA Midland RockHounds Midland Texas
  Adv A Stockton Ports Stockton California
  A Beloit Snappers Beloit Wisconsin
  SS-A Vermont Lake Monsters Burlington Vermont
Philadelphia Phillies AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs Allentown Pennsylvania
  AA Reading Fightin Phils Reading Pennsylvania
  Adv A Clearwater Threshers Clearwater Florida
  A Lakewood Blue Claws Lakewood New Jersey
  SS-A Williamsport Crosscutters Williamsport Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Pirates AAA Indianapolis Indians Indianapolis Indiana
  AA Altoona Curve Altoona Pennsylvania
  Adv A Bradenton Marauders Bradenton Florida
  A West Virginia Power Charleston West Virginia
  SS-A Jamestown Jammers Jamestown New York
San Diego Padres AAA Tucson Padres Tucson Arizona
  AA San Antonio Missions San Antonio Texas
  Adv A Lake Elsinore Storm Lake Elsinore California
  A Fort Wayne TinCaps Fort Wayne Indiana
  SS-A Eugene Emeralds Eugene Oregon
San Francisco Giants AAA Fresno Grizzlies Fresno California
  AA Richmond Flying Squirrels Richmond Virginia
  Adv A San Jose Giants San Jose California
  A Augusta Greenjackets Augusta Georgia
  SS-A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Salem Oregon
Seattle Mariners AAA Tacoma Rainiers Tacoma Washington
  AA Jackson Generals Jackson Tennessee
  Adv A High Desert Mavericks Adelanto California
  A Clinton LumberKings Clinton Iowa
  SS-A Everett AquaSox Everett Washington
St. Louis Cardinals AAA Memphis Redbirds Memphis Tennessee
  AA Springfield Cardinals Springfield Missouri
  Adv A Palm Beach Cardinals Palm Beach Florida
  A Peoria Chiefs Peoria Illinois
  SS-A State College Spikes State College Pennsylvania
Tampa Bay Rays AAA Durham Bulls Durham North Carolina
  AA Montgomery Biscuits Montgomery Alabama
  Adv A Charlotte Stone Crabs Port Charlotte Florida
  A Bowling Green Hot Rods Bowling Green Kentucky
  SS-A Hudson Valley Renegades Wappingers Falls New York
Texas Rangers AAA Round Rock Express Round Rock Texas
  AA Frisco RoughRiders Frisco Texas
  Adv A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Myrtle Beach South Carolina
  A Hickory Crawdads Hickory North Carolina
  SS-A Spokane Indians Spokane Washington
Toronto Blue Jays AAA Buffalo Bisons Buffalo New York
  AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats Manchester New Hampshire
  Adv A Dunedin Blue Jays Dunedin Florida
  A Lansing Lugnuts Lansing Michigan
  SS-A Vancouver Canadians Vancouver British Columbia
Washington Nationals AAA Syracuse Chiefs Syracuse New York
  AA Harrisburg Senators Harrisburg Pennsylvania
  Adv A Potomac Nationals Woodbridge Virginia
  A Hagerstown Suns Hagerstown Maryland
  SS-A Auburn Doubledays Auburn New York



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