Redskins crack the top 15 on the 'sports misery index'

Josh Luckenbaugh
April 09, 2019 - 1:24 pm
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Not that we needed the numbers to prove it, but Redskins fans are officially among the most miserable in sports. 

In its updated "sports misery index" released on Tuesday, ESPN ranked the Redskins 15th, up four spots from last season. The index is calculated based on five criteria: championships, playoff berths, playoff wins, heartbreakers and rival comparison. 

"The Redskins were once of the NFL's marquee franchises, as they won three Super Bowls between 1982 and 1991 and played in a fourth. But if you're a fan in your early 30s or younger, all you know is pain and misery, and you probably hate Daniel Snyder with a passion," writes the index's author T.J. Berka. "Since Joe Gibbs retired as coach after the 1992 season, the Redskins have only made the playoffs five times. They looked primed for a sixth this past season, but in typical Washington fashion, their top two quarterbacks got injured, with Alex Smith's career in jeopardy less than a year after the Redskins traded for him."

"It's not just a matter of rarely making the playoffs, though. The Redskins have only won two playoff games since Gibbs left, with one of those coming when Gibbs briefly returned to coaching. They haven't won a playoff game since 2005 and haven't advanced past the divisional round since their 1991 title. Worse yet, they've had to watch the Eagles and Giants celebrate Super Bowl championships this decade."

After last season's epic collapse and the relentless #FireBruceAllen Twitter campaign, it's not surprising at all to see the Redskins fan base at the top of the misery rankings. Only five NFL teams rank above them: the Bills (No. 3), Browns (No. 5), Jets (No. 6), Dolphins (No. 8) and Lions (No. 14). 

As for the other D.C. fan bases, the Nationals sit at No. 57 on the index, the Wizards No. 66 and the Stanley Cup champion Capitals No. 111. It's a bit surprising to see the Nats above the Wizards given how bad this season went for the Wizards, but perhaps the popular dismissal of Ernie Grunfeld played a part. 

And if you're somehow pessimistic about the Caps, you should definitely take a chill pill. 

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