Well, 2016 has arrived. It's a brand new year and there are many sporting events to look forward to in the next twelve months. The Super Bowl is right around the corner, Major League Baseball teams open up spring training in a little more than a month, the NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs will both be here before we know it, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are less than eight months away.
It's sure to be an exciting year and a new year represents a clean slate for many teams. They can put all of the failures of the past year behind them and look forward to many of the new challenges ahead in 2016. There are many exciting teams to get behind and cheer to success this year. The Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars are two teams shining in the NHL that plenty of people will be rooting for. Many would also like to see the Chicago Cubs or the young upstart Houston Astros have some MLB success. We're not here to talk about who we should be cheering for though.
As much as we want to see some teams win this year, there are other teams that we can't help but root against. Whether it be a team constructed of players who are less than ideal human beings, a team with an owner who is easy to dislike, a team that needs to fail for the greater long term success of their franchise, or a team that we’re just tired of seeing be victorious, there are plenty of different reasons why we'll be cheering against these teams in 2016.
20 St. Louis Cardinals
19 San Francisco 49ers
18 Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys have still kept Greg Hardy under contract, even though he was charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend and teammates have come out to say he was a distraction to the team. Jerry Jones has always been an enabler of troubling behavior. It was fun to see the Cowboys fail in 2015, but 2016 calls for a different kind of fun. Instead of Dallas stinking all year, it'd be more fun for them to be in the playoff picture, only to fall on the last week of the season.
17 Miami Marlins
16 San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers
15 Los Angeles Lakers
14 Cleveland Cavaliers
13 Brooklyn Nets
Nets' owner Mikhail Prokhorov has no idea how to build a winning basketball team. Since he purchased the team in 2010, the Nets have traded away a bunch of draft picks for aging veterans, including Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Joe Johnson and all they have to show for it is one second round playoff appearance. All that remains now is Johnson and a team with the third worst record in the NBA with no first round draft pick in 2016 and a lack of picks moving forward.
12 Los Angeles Kings
The Kings have picked up two Stanley Cup victories since 2012 and they are currently first in the Pacific Division. They're also a team that's easy to hate. There was their decision to let Slava Voynov practice last season, after he had been suspended for domestic violence. Then this past offseason, the Kings were basically allowed circumvent the salary cap. The team tried to void the contract of Mike Richards due to problems with substance abuse and then reached a settlement with him after he filed a grievance that he stood a good chance to win, given that the team violated the league's drug policy.
11 Washington Nationals
10 Colorado Avalanche
9 Arizona Coyotes
8 New York Yankees
7 Boston Red Sox
6 Nashville Predators
Normally, the Predators are team we'd be cheering for, but not this year. The Predators re-signed centre Mike Ribeiro last summer to a two year, $7 million contract after the disturbing details came to light of the civil lawsuit against him and his wife for an alleged sexual assault of his former nanny when she was 18 years old.
5 Minnesota Vikings
4 Los Angeles Rams
3 New England Patriots
2 Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup three times in six years and they sit near the top of the Western Conference standings again in 2015-16 while winger Patrick Kane leads the league in scoring. There's a pretty good chance that he'll win the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP, but that doesn't mean he deserves to be made a hero. This past summer, Kane was accused of rape and although the prosecution chose not to file charges due to the fact that they felt they couldn't prove his guilt, that doesn't mean he isn't.
1 Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are one of the most dominant basketball teams we’ve seen in years. The defending champions began the season 24-0 and are threatening the Bulls' 72 win record. Reigning MVP Steph Curry is a loveable superstar and there really isn't much to dislike about the Warriors. That's what will make their failure so enjoyable. The desire to see the Warriors fail in 2016 isn't born out of hatred, but rather the desire to see another team pull off the ultimate upset. A first round playoff loss for the Warriors would be a huge story in the NBA and something that we'd love to see.
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