The Chicago Cubs have by far the longest active championship drought in North American professional sports. The last time they claimed the title was in 1908, defeating the Detroit Tigers in five games. The Cubs have appered in the World Series seven times since then, most recently in 1945. Whether it be the curse of the billy goat, the black cat running across the field in 1969, or the notorious Steve Bartman incident, the Cubs have experienced more than their fair share of bad luck. There is hope that the dought may end soon, however, as the Cubs are the closest they have been since 2003 when they last appeared in the NLCS. Their 2015 roster is loaded with young talent. This could finally be the Cubs' year.
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Arizona Cardinals: 68 Years
The Arizona Cardinals' last title came in 1947 when they were the Chicago Cardinals, who got their start in 1920 as one of the founding members of the NFL. The franchise moved to St. Louis in 1960 and stayed there until 1987 when they moved to the Valley of the Sun and became what they are known as today, the Arizona Cardinals. During their current drought they have had some success, most notably in 2009 when they were defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII. The current Arizona Cardinals team has a great chance to end that drought with a stout defense and an explosive offense highlighted by a resurgent quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
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Cleveland Indians: 67 Years
The city of Cleveland as a whole is in the midst of a long professional sports championship drought. The last time a pro sports franchise from the city won a championship was in 1964 when the Cleveland Browns took the NFL crown. However, the title for longest active drought in the city of Cleveland belongs to the Cleveland Indians, who last won the World Series in 1948. They last appeared in the postseason in 2007, but there may be a glimmer of hope on the horizon with talents such as 2014 Cy young winner Corey Kluber and emerging star shortstop Francisco Lindor.
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Sacramento Kings: 64 Years
The Kings last won a championship in 1951 as the Rochester Royals. The franchise moved to Sacramento in 1985 and experienced some success in the late 1990s and early 2000s led by Chris Webber, Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovich. The past decade has been a downward spiral for the club, but recent changes could yield positive results. The team hired coach George Karl last winter and brought in former star Vlade Divac as the new vice president of basketball operations in hopes of turning the franchise around.
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Detroit Lions: 58 Years
The Detroit Lions last won a championship in 1957 by defeating the Cleveland Browns 59-14 in the NFL championship game. Since then the team has only won one playoff game, which took place in 1991. Even with the great Barry Sanders at running back, the Lions could not reach the top. The current roster features talented players such as QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson but has not been able to translate that talent into wins so far this season.
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Atlanta Hawks: 57 years
The Hawks last won a title in 1958 as the St. Louis Hawks. Since moving to Atlanta in 1968 the team has experienced little success. Dominique Wilkins provided fans with some excitement in the '80s and '90s but never made a serious title run. Last season the Hawks broke their single-season franchise record with 60 wins, giving fans some hope that their drought could end soon.
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Philadelphia Eagles: 55 Years
The Philadelphia Eagles last won a championship in 1960. Despite the long drought the franchise has had some success, reaching the playoffs 20 times since winning its last title. Head coach Chip Kelly has brought some excempent to the franchise, as well as some success, but with inconsistent results the last couple of seasons it remains to be seen if the team will be able to reach the promised land soon.
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Texas Rangers: 55 Years
The Texas Rangers started out as the Washington Senators before moving to Arlington, Texas prior to the 1972 season. The team has reached the World series Twice during the 54 seasons of the franchise’s existence (2010, 2011). The 2015 season provided some positive signs for the franchise's future outlook. Despite being decimated with injuries the Rangers were able to win the AL West. The team was elimated in the ALDS by the Toronto Blue Jays, but a healthy Rangers team could be a serious contender in 2016.
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Tennessee Titans: 54 Years
The Titans begain their franchise life in 1960 as the Houston Oilers, one of the charter members of the AFL. The Oilers won the first two AFL championships, but through the 1970 AFL-NFL merger and the franchise's move to Tennessee in 1997, the team hasn't win a title since then. The Titans made a run to Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999, but fell just short on a final drive against the St. Louis Rams. A new franchise quarterback in rookie Marcus Mariota could be a reason for optimism for Titans fans.
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Houston Astros: 54 Years
The Astros were established as a franchise in 1962 asthe Houston Colt .45s. They changed their name to the Astros following the 1964 when they moved to the Astrodome. The franchise has not been able to produce a championship during its 54 year history but did make a World Series appearence in 2005. The club could be on the verge of ending its drought after an impressive 2015 season that produced a wild card berth. Despite being bounced in the ALDS by the Kansas City Royals, the Astros have a young and talented roster that could contend for years to come.