Memo to major league teams gunning for a championship: At all costs, avoid setting the alltime regular season record for wins in your sport.
With the Cleveland Cavaliers’ defeat of the 73-win Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals Sunday night, all four of North America’s major sports share an unlikely bond: the teams that hold the record for most regular-season victories have won zero championships.
Be it this year’s Warriors, the 1906 Chicago Cubs and 2001 Seattle Mariners, the 1996 Detroit Red Wings or the 2007 New England Patriots, the record for wins brought glory that truly was fleeting.
What are the most devastating postseason failures for teams with sterling regular season credentials?
Here are the “top” 15.