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Best Teams in MLB/NFL/NBA/NHL History Did Not Win Championships

Whether it’s due to luck playing a role in who wins sports events or teams “choking” in the playoffs, none of the best teams in MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL history as judged by regular-season winning percentage won their respective league’s postseason competition, commonly known as the only championship that most sports fans care about.

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In 1906, the Chicago Cubs cruised to the National League pennant with a 116-36 record (.763 winning percentage). If a team had won at that rate with today’s 162-game schedule, it would complete its season with an incredible 124-38 mark. But the Cubs stumbled in the World Series, falling to their cross-town rivals, the Chicago White Sox, 4-2. The Cubs did rebound to win World Series titles in 1907 and 1908 before taking a long hiatus from doing so before their famous victory in 2016.

Although the 1972 Miami Dolphins did follow up on a 14-0 regular season with a run to a Super Bowl title, the 2007 New England Patriots went two better in the regular season by finishing their campaign with a 16-0 mark (1.000). However, they fell to the New York Giants, 17-14, in the Super Bowl. The Patriots would next lift the Lombardi Trophy following the 2014 campaign.

The Golden State Warriors had the best regular-season mark in NBA history during the 2015-16 season, posting an incredible 73-9 record (.890). However, the run to an NBA title fell just short when the team lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-3, in the NBA Finals. But the Warriors still have a lot to be proud of, having sandwiched this season with NBA titles in 2015 and 2017.

Lastly, the 1929-30 Boston Bruins completed their campaign with a 38-5-1 record (.875). The team dominated the American Division standings, finishing 30 points ahead of second-place Chicago. However, the Montreal Canadiens were too much for Boston in the 1930 Stanley Cup Finals, sweeping the Bruins, 2-0. Those setbacks marked Boston’s first time losing consecutive games all season. But the Bruins had won the Stanley Cup the previous year. Their next title would come in 1939.

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