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.
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20 St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have been MLB's model of consistency for several years. In a sport where crazy things happen and teams can often go from worst to first and vice versa in the span of a season, the Cardinals always seem to find themselves near the top of the standings. In 2016 we'd like to see the Cardinals take a step back and see someone else - perhaps the Pirates or the Cubs - take over the NL Central Division crown.
19 San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers had just about the worst offseason of any team in pro sports last year. Several players retired or decided to leave and Jim Harbaugh, who had turned the 49ers into Super Bowl contenders was let go in favor of promoting Jim Tomsula. It's safe to say the experiment didn't work, as Tomsula was let go and now the team has hired Chip Kelly, a coach who may now be the second most hated in the NFL behind Bill Belichick. The onus should be on GM Trent Baalke and it'd be nice to see egg on their face by year's end.
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
This past offseason the Marlins added Barry Bonds as their new hitting coach. If the home run king can help turn the Marlins bats around and play nice with the media, he could find himself back in their good graces, potentially improving the alleged steroid user's shot at getting voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. We don't want that to happen, so we'll be cheering against the Marlins this year.
16 San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have been in San Diego for 55 years, but now it looks like there's a pretty good chance the team will be moving to Los Angeles. Long-time fans of the team are rightfully upset with owner Dean Spanos and don't want to see the team relocate. They won't want to watch their team turn into a winner outside of San Diego and neither do we. The Chargers have until 2017 to decide whether they want to join the Rams in L.A, but there's no way they can go back to San Diego and expect to be embraced.
15 Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have done a pretty job of failing so far in the 2015-16 season as the currently hold the second worst record in the NBA. However, with Kobe Bryant retiring at season's end, the team will have a ton of cap space and will likely throw a boatload of money at high profile free agents, like Kevin Durant or DeMar DeRozan, in hopes of turning their team around. The Lakers shouldn't be rewarded for the failure on the court, so we'd like to see it result in a failure off the court as well.
14 Cleveland Cavaliers
There's something about seeing every NBA Finals end without the Cavaliers winning a championship that just seems right. We all love to watch LeBron James and company get so close, yet still fail to capture that elusive title. Let's hope that continues in 2016. Besides, if the Cavaliers do end up winning, then there isn't much reason for LeBron to stay in Cleveland and he could end up bolting town again. No one wants that to happen.
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.
Prokhorov recently fired both general manager Billy King and head coach Lionel Hollins and the team has no foreseeable future. Yet, despite all of that, Prokhorov has said, "I’m sure next season, we’ll be, I hope, championship contender." The Nets won't be a championship contender anytime soon and it looks like it's going to take at least another year of failure for Prokhorov to figure that out.
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.
This was followed shortly by Kings' general manager Dean Lombardi's insufferable "whoa is me" rant in which he complained about how badly Richards' problems affected him, while showing no sympathy for Richards. All in all, there are many reasons to root against the Kings this year.
11 Washington Nationals
The Nationals were supposed to be World Series contenders by now, but that hasn't happened and star pitcher Stephen Strasburg is just one season removed from free agency. They attempted to improve their roster last summer by trading for Jonathan Papelbon,who proceeded to get into a fight with his teammate,and stripped Drew Storen of his closer role for no real reason, before trading him last week. This offseason, the Nationals tried to improve their World Series chances by signing noted bigot Daniel Murphy. Any failure they have in 2016 will be well deserved.
10 Colorado Avalanche
The Avalanche remain in playoff contention despite posting a losing record so far in 2015-16 due to a lack of depth in the NHL's Western Conference. The Avalanche and head coach Patrick Roy continue to insist on fighting a losing battle against analytics. The team needs to find themselves a new coach or convince Roy to change his style in order to get back to their winning ways, and the only way that will ever change is if the team continues to lose.
9 Arizona Coyotes
The Coyotes currently sit in second place in the NHL's awful Pacific Division, but for their sake we don't want that to last. If the Coyotes are ever going to survive in Phoenix they need to - aside from move the team out of Glendale and back to Scottsdale - add a young superstar that will bring in fans and get people excited about the Coyotes. Who better to do that than Arizona native and potential first overall pick Auston Matthews? So, let's hope a plummet down the standings is in store for the Coyotes in 2016.
8 New York Yankees
The desire to see the Yankees fail hasn't been as strong in recent years as it has been in the past due their lack of dominance in the AL East, but the Evil Empire must have taken notice of the lack of hatred towards them. This offseason they traded for Aroldis Chapman after news of his domestic abuse of his girlfriend came to light and several other teams called off deals for the closer. It’s always been easy to root against the Yankees, but that is especially true in 2016.
7 Boston Red Sox
Much like the Yankees, the Red Sox have typically been easy to root against. They try to throw money at their problems and hope it results in a World Series winner. Last offseason they gave disastrous contracts to Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval and it didn't work out. This offseason they threw a seven year, $217 million contract at David Price. They've essentially become something they claimed they weren't. They have in fact become a lot like the Yankees.
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.
Predators general manager David Poile defended the signing, comparing it to their past signings of players with alcohol abuse and referring to Ribeiro as a "family man". We can't rightfully cheer for Ribeiro or Poole and we'd rather see the Predators fail this year.
5 Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are doing a pretty good job already, having been knocked out of the postseason by the Seattle Seahawks. Still, the next NFL season will be here before we know it, so let's hope the Vikings have plenty more losses in them for 2016. The team and much of the NFL media are desperately trying to make a redemption story out of running back Adrian Peterson, the same man who assaulted his own son with a tree branch on multiple occasions and showed no remorse for his actions. They don't deserve any success.
4 Los Angeles Rams
Stan Kroenke purchased the St. Louis Rams in 2010 and promised that he would not relocate the team. The team has had strong support from their fan base, despite continuing to field a losing lineup, and Missouri governor Jay Nixon has put together a task force with a proposal to build a brand new $1.1 billion stadium on the St. Louis riverfront. Kroenke has ignored all of that and made no attempt to keep the team in St. Louis. Instead, he'll be moving the team to Los Angeles next season. Fans in St. Louis don't deserve to lose the Rams and Stan Kroenke doesn't deserve a winning football team.
3 New England Patriots
They're the New England Patriots. They steal other teams' playbooks, they deflate footballs, and their starting quarterback is a friend of Donald Trump. Do we really need any other reason to want to see the Patriots fail this year? The Patriots are going for their fifth Super Bowl, which means a win would mean another offseason hearing all about the greatness of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and co. Nobody wants that.
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.
There are many survivors of rape who can't stand the thought of Patrick Kane being allowed to continue his NHL career and are disgusted with the way both the NHL and the Blackhawks handled the situation - they basically said they didn't care.
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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