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Just Win, Baby

December 22, 1996

Al Davis is still proclaiming his Raiders as the "winningest franchise in sports." But are they? A look since at the best records in the major sports since 1970 (the year of the AFL-NFL merger):

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Team Sport W-L-T Pct Titles Miami Dolphins NFL 264-141-2 .651 2 Lakers NBA 1,386-773-0 .642 6 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1,176-601-306 .638 8 Boston Celtics NBA 1,347-807-0 .625 5 Oakland/L.A. Raiders NFL 251-150-6 .624 3 Boston Bruins NHL 1,161-652-269 .622 1 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 245-161-1 .603 4

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The Seven Worst Franchises Since 1970:

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Team Sport W-L-T Pct Titles Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL 99-223-1 .307 0 Buff./S.D./L.A. Clippers NBA 788-1,370-0 .365 0 Atlanta Falcons NFL 163-240-4 .400 0 New Jersey Devils NHL 590-937-243 .402 1 New Orleans Saints NFL 165-238-4 .405 0 Dallas Mavericks NBA 550-786-0 .412 0 Sacramento Kings NBA 901-1,267-0 .416 0

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--HOUSTON MITCHELL

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