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Since we last updated the sports misery index in April, the NBA and NHL both crowned first-time champions. The Toronto Raptors became the first team outside the United States to win an NBA title when they dethroned the Golden State Warriors, while the St. Louis Blues overcame a 50-plus-year drought by defeating the Boston Bruins to hoist the Stanley Cup.

It's that drought that inspired an amendment to the Sports Misery rankings. While the previous formula accounts for lack of championships, it didn't fully capture the misery of possessing a championship drought. Therefore, we've decided to assign a "misery bonus" to teams that have a championship drought of 25-plus years. The longer the drought, the bigger the bonus.Because of this, you're going to see some shuffling in the rankings. There are four new teams in the top 25, including one that rocketed into the top 15, and a topsy-turvy NHL campaign has lightened the hockey presence in this edition of the top 25.

Here are the rankings -- which include the four major U.S. pro leagues -- broken out by sport: NFL| MLB | NBA | NHL.

Teams 26-123 are at the bottom of the article.Positive points mean higher misery, while negative points mean less, just like golf. (Full explanation of the formula can be found in the box below).

~ ~   6. New York Jets, 23.38

Movement: Even

nyj.png?w=110&h=110&transparent=trueAnother entry in "The Patriots are ruining our lives" club, the Jets are on the cusp of the top 5 after another lost season that ended with their sworn enemy hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. That makes eight consecutive non-playoff seasons for New York, the third-worst drought in the NFL behind the Browns and the Buccaneers.

What's even more painful is that the Jets had Belichick as their coach for 24 hours in January 2000, only for him to leave and go to New England. The years since have seen disappointment, heartbreak, agony with an extremely embarrassing butt fumble as the cherry on top. The Jets are now more than 50 years removed from Joe Namath's guarantee and Super Bowl victory. They were aggressive this offseason, signing high-priced players, then firing the guy who acquired those players. That, plus their starting quarterback getting mono, is so Jets.

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~ ~ ~  Which  NFL  fan bases have it the worst right now ? It's a question that the Sports Misery Index tackled when it originally came out last September. As we get into the 2019 season, we're taking a look at which NFL fan bases currently have it the worst and which don't (cough, the Patriots, cough).The Index takes into account five factors: championships, playoff berths, playoff wins, heartbreaks and rival comparison, with recent events being weighted more heavily than events that took place decades ago. We've also added a misery bonus for teams that have gone 25-plus seasons without a championship, so this list might look a bit different than it did when the Index was last released in April. You can read more on the categories in the cross-sport story, but we'll identify how each NFL team rates in each category.

3. New York Jets

Total score: 23.38
All-sport rank: 6
Ranking by category: Championships, 4 (tie); Playoff berths, 4; Playoff wins, 17; Heartbreaks, 19; Rival comparison, 3

nyj.png?w=110&h=110&transparent=trueWhere they're especially miserable: The Jets have missed the playoffs eight consecutive seasons, the third-longest streak in the NFL, and haven't made the Super Bowl since Joe Namath's guarantee in Super Bowl III. Yeah, it's been 51 years since Broadway Joe shocked the Baltimore Colts, tacking on a misery bonus on top of an angst resume that was already full. Maybe that's why the Jets are a natural target for butt fumbles and firing GMs after spending hundreds of millions in free agency. And we haven't mentioned Bill Belichick yet.

Reasons for hope: Before being the butt of jokes (pun intended), Mark Sanchez led the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010. New York actually has brought in some talent lately, either through free agency (Le'Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley) or the draft (Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold).

Trend: It's been a pretty terrible decade for the Jets, even without considering how well the hated Patriots have done in comparison. But if Darnold can build on what he showed late in the 2018 season (he'll have to overcome mono first), perhaps there's a path to the postseason eventually.

rest of above article :

>    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/24367000/the-top-25-most-miserable-fan-bases-professional-sports

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