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Bucs, Rays fans among the most miserable in major pro sports, according to ESPN

Buccaneers fans are the 15th-most miserable of the 123 NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL fanbases in ESPN's sports misery index.
A Bucs fan reacts during the team's season-ending loss to the Falcons Sunday in Tampa. [BRONTE WITTPENN | Times]
Published Jan. 1
Updated Jan. 1

Bucs fans, think you've got it bad?

You do, according to ESPN's ranking of the most miserable fan bases in sports.

Bucs fans are the 15th-most miserable of the 123 NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL fanbases in ESPN's sports misery index. Only the Browns, Bills, Jets, Bears and Lions fare worse among NFL teams.

ESPN considered championships, playoff berths, playoff wins, heartbreaks and how a fanbase's rivals fared in coming up with its rankings.

Bucs fans got dinged for the 26-game losing streak at the franchise's outset, as well as for the Buccaneers going the past 11 seasons without a playoff berth and 16 without a postseason win.

Meanwhile, each of their NFC South rivals (Saints, Panthers and Falcons) have made Super Bowl appearances at some point during the past decade.

"The Warren Sapp-Derrick Brooks era in the late '90s-early 2000s is the only thing keeping the Bucs from being higher on the list," T.J. Berka writes, "as most of their 42 seasons have been terrible."

Rays fans don't fare much better in the rankings, placing 18th.

Though they have experienced some recent success on the field, winning 90 games this past season, their AL East rivals have fared considerably better.

"The Rays' success came with a huge grain of salt, as they were never seriously in the playoff hunt due to the dominance of the Red Sox and Yankees," Berka writes."Winning 90 games doesn't seem so cool when one of their primary rivals has won four championships since 2004 and the other is the most decorated franchise in the sport."

As you might expect, the Lightning fared much better, ranking 104th. They are the 20th-happiest fanbase overall, and fifth-happiest in the NHL.

The most miserable fan base? The NBA's Sacramento Kings.

"Name a trigger for misery," Berka writes, "and a Kings fan can relate."

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