The rant all week has had to do with how the Seahawks are the worst playoff team ever. Certainly they will enter Saturday’s match with the New Orleans Saints with the poorest record (7-9) of any NFL playoff team in history. But with a winning percentage of .437, the Seahawks have it all over the following five, the worst teams to disgrace any postseason.
1987-88 San Antonio Spurs (31-51, .378): This outfit featured Frank Brickowski, who had two stints with the Sonics (1984-86, 1995-96); Jon Sunvold, a No. 1 draft pick who had already played for the Sonics, and two ex-Huskies, Peter Gudmundsson and Phil Zevenbergen. The Spurs allowed 118.5 points per game, and to put that in perspective, consider that the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, with a 9-72 record, allowed 116.2. The Lakers put them out of their misery in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in a 3-0 sweep.
1985-86 Chicago Bulls (30-52, .366): Coached by Stan Albeck, these Bulls actually had two future Hall of Famers on their roster — 13-year, fading veteran George Gervin and second-year phenom Michael Jordan. The Bulls also had former Seattle U. star Jawaan Oldham, who once famously flunked a trivia test he was part of, and Quintin Dailey, who infamously ate hot dogs on a bench during a game. The Boston Celtics ousted the Bulls 3-0 in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
1949-50 Sheybogan Red Skins (22-40, .354): Hailing from Sheybogan, WI., the Red Skins lasted just one year, folding after a forgettable campaign. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Indianapolis Olympians 2-1. The most impressive win of the 1949-50 season came on Jan. 5, 1950, when the Red Skins defeated George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers 85-82 in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 3,800 fans at the Sheboygan Municipal Auditorium and Armory. Four future Hall of Famers were on the floor for Minneapolis that night: Mikan (who scored 42 points), Jim Pollard, Vern Mikkelsen and Slater Martin. The Sheboygan franchise folded in 1952.
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs (21-49-10, .325): The Maple Leafs, outscored during the regular season by 345 goals to 273, snuck into the NHL postseason by beating out the 19-48-13 Minnesota North Stars on the last weekend of the regular season. They actually won two games in their division semifinal with the Detroit Red Wings before losing the series 4-2. Best player was eye-chart All-Star Ed Olczyk, who tallied 42 goals.
1952-53 Baltimore Bullets (16-54, .228): Back in the day, four of the five teams in the NBA’s Eastern Division qualified for the playoffs, which is why Baltimore reached the postseason. Six Bullet wins came at the expense of the equally horrid Philadelphia Warriors, who went 12-57. The Bullets lost twice in the playoffs to the Knicks, dispatching them from the postseason. Three notables about these Bullets: they were coached by Claire Bee, who later gained fame by writing the Chip Hilton sports series; their best player was Don Barksdale, who had, in 1947 with UCLA, become the first African American named consensus All-America, and who, in 1948, had become the first African American to play with the U.S. Olympic team; they folded Nov. 27, 1954, and are the last NBA team to do so.