Maple Leafs, Browns, Cubs, Canucks On List Of Sport’s Longest Active Title Droughts 

PHOTO: The Sharks and Bulldogs celebrate during their preliminary final victories. (AAP/Getty)

By Jon Healy

September 26, 2016

This year’s AFL and NRL grand finals could play host to two drought-breaking victories.

The Western Bulldogs and Cronulla Sharkswill contest the last match of the year in their respective codes on the weekend with the chance to end decades of heartache for their fans.

The Bulldogs, or Footscray Football Club, have not only gone decades without winning a flag, but have only reached one other season decider since taking out the title in 1954.

In that 1961 fixture, Footscray jumped out to an early lead, but kicked just 2.4 (16) in the second half while Hawthorn booted 67 points to hammer them by 43.

They had one shot, one opportunity, one moment, to seize everything they ever wanted … and they let it slip.

Cronulla, meanwhile, has been in the top flight rugby league competition since 1967 and never won it all, missing out in the 1973, 1978 (via a replay) and 1997 (Super League) grand finals.

So, can one or both of these teams shake the monkey off their backs and get off this list of some of sport’s most title-hungry teams?

Chicago Cubs — No World Series win since 1908

Cubs fans look on during the 2008 MLB playoffs

Long-suffering fans … The Cubs faithful look on during another loss during the 2008 playoffs.(Getty Images: Jamie Squire)

Baseball might do superstition better than any other sport, and the Curse of the Billy Goat is one of its best.

The last time the Cubs reached the World Series, in 1945, Billy Sianis tried to get into game four to watch his team go around against Detroit at Wrigley Field.

Unfortunately, Sianis had with him a goat — he was the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern — and security refused to let the animal in because you cannot bring random animals to sporting events, especially those that have a reputation for eating everything in sight.

The story goes, Sianis appealed Cubs owner PK Wrigley, who also denied the goat entry, prompting Sianis to exclaim: “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more.” And win they have not.

But, with the Cubs currently boasting the most wins in the MLB, and the Sharks and Bulldogs heading to deciders, 2016 could be the year for a hard rain to fall on some sporting droughts.

Toronto Maple Leafs — No Stanley Cup win since 1967

Toronto Maple Leafs dejected against Buffalo

PHOTO: Toronto has not returned to the finals since its last title. (Getty Images: Bruce Bennett)

Think about Toronto as the NHL’s South Sydney Rabbitohs.

This hockey-mad city saw its Maple Leafs lift the Stanley Cup 13 times, but not once since 1967.

Once again, they have not even stumbled into the finals once in the interim.

Although, maybe that is for the best considering when the Vancouver Canucks, who have never won the title, lost their third finals in 2011 the city was almost burned to the ground.

Cleveland Browns — No title since 1964

Robert Griffin III's injury troubles sum up the luck of the Browns in the NFL

PHOTO: Robert Griffin III’s injury troubles sum up the luck of the Browns in the NFL (Getty Images: Jason Miller)

Mercifully, LeBron James and the Cavaliers quenched the city of Cleveland’s thirst for a trophy by winning the 2016 NBA title, but football (and any other sporting) success still alludes ‘The Land’.

The Browns won an NFL title in 1964 but have not won or even reached the last game of the season in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).

With a miserable name like the Browns, voted by fans as an homage to former heavyweight boxing champion and Cleveland native Joe ‘The Brown Bomber’ Louis, making fun of this sorry lot is almost too easy.

Unfortunately, while some other teams on this list seem to have some upside and hope in the not too distant future, the Browns appear destined to be terrible for a while yet, having recently signed injury-prone quarter-back Robert Griffin III, who instantly got injured.

Liverpool — No League title since 1990

Gerrard skulks off after woeful Liverpool farewell

PHOTO: The Reds have won other trophies in the interim, but are still looking for another Premier League title.(Getty Images: Dave Thompson)

Some context is required to justify Liverpool’s spot on this list.

The streak is nowhere near as long as the others, but the Premier League is so top heavy that there really is no excuse for one of England’s most storied clubs to miss out for as long as the Reds have.

Of the 26 titles available since Liverpool’s last league win, which was its 11th in 18 seasons, 21 have gone to the other members of the ‘Big Four’ – Manchester United (13), Chelsea (4) and Arsenal (4).

Sure, Liverpool has been usurped by Manchester City in the awesome foursome but that only happened relatively recently and as the drought extends it is becoming increasingly difficult for Reds fans to keep saying their team is a major player in the league.

Source: Cronulla, Western Bulldogs looking to get off list of sport’s longest active title droughts – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


UK holiday families are prime terror targets | Latest News | Breaking UK News & World News Headlines | Daily Star

Professor Anthony Glees said UK tourists were now prime targets for Islamic extremists. He added north Africa and the Middle East were set to become virtual no-fly zones for westerners.
Unless holidaymakers can afford to jet long-haul to the Caribbean or Australia, most winter sun destinations were now out of bounds, the professor warned.
Julie Wenn SWNS: LONG WAIT: Julie Wenn holds up sign for her daughter
He predicted the risk would remain for 20 years. Prof Glees said: “Unless you view risk like Bear Grylls you should avoid flying to places like North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and other countries with an extremist Islamic presence.
“That’s now much of the world. I’m afraid that means for those who can’t afford the Caribbean any chance of getting away for winter sun is lost.
“It could potentially last for a generation.’’
 Middle East GETTY: NO FLY ZONE: North Africa and the Middle East may be off limits for westerners.
His warning came as air accident investigators confirmed a loud noise was recorded on one of the black boxes from the Metrojet, which crashed 23 minutes after leaving Sharm el-Sheikh on October 31, killing all 224 people on board.
Delays A member of the investigation team said they were now “90% sure” the Airbus 321 – bound for St Petersburg in Russia – was brought down by a bomb.
US agencies picked up intelligence in the days before the disaster suggesting a “big event” was planned for the Sinai peninsula where Sharm-el-Sheikh is located.
After the crash, US spies intercepted boastful exchanges between the same jihadis who were celebrating the tragedy.
Pilots in Britain and the US had been warned about the risk of attack from terrorists while flying in the Sinai peninsula.
Downed Plane in Sinai AFP/GETTY: TRAGEDY: Inspection of the wreckage of the Russian passenger jet

“Unless you view risk like Bear Grylls you should avoid flying to places like North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and other countries with an extremist Islamic presence”

Professor Anthony Glees

Isis has claimed responsibility, but had been unwilling to say how the aircraft had been downed.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: “If this turns out to be a device planted by an Isil operative or by somebody inspired by Isil then clearly we will have to look again at the level of security we expect to see in airports in areas where Isil is active.

“That may mean additional costs. It may mean additional delays at airports as people check in.’’

Mr Hammond told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show the incident could open up the renewed cooperation between the West and Russia over how to tackle Islamic State.

He said Brit tourists waiting to leave Sharm-el-Sheikh could face delays of “two or three days”.

Around 2,600 were yesterday still stuck at the Red Sea resort.

Holidaymakers returning to the UK described chaos with people trampled as they rushed for planes.

They also claimed that swamped security staff carried out only cursory check

Source: UK holiday families are prime terror targets | Latest News | Breaking UK News & World News Headlines | Daily Star

Last Moments Of Boy Racers Caught On Camera

Monday 12th October 2015

This devastating video shows the final moments of two young men as they filmed themselves speeding – a joyride that would end in tragedy.

(WARNING: Video may be distressing)

Driver Kyle Careford, 20, and his friend Michael Owen, 21, had both taken a cocktail of drugs before speeding at 90mph through  the Sussex countryside.

The video – released by Sussex Police – captures them chatting and egging each other on as the car breaks the speed limit and overtakes other cars on the road. At the end of the video, the picture freezes as the car hits a wall and overturns.

Both men died instantly in the impact. Michael was a father of a five-year-old girl named Lily-Rose.

Kyle didn’t have a licence and both men’s families have asked for the video to be released as a warning to young drivers to take more care on the road.

Michael’s mother Kat said after the inquest: “We bring our children up teaching them right from wrong. We guide them and give them our advice and hope they listen, but once they are adults we hope they make the right choices.

“I really don’t know why the boys chose to do what they did, but I blame them both for the decisions they made on this night.

“If all this stops one person from making the same mistake, then some good has come from showing this video.”

Zac Hemming, Kyle’s brother, said: “This footage or anything of its kind should never be recorded, let alone watched.

“However, despite the pain of it being broadcast by the media, we as a family just hope and pray that this will connect with at least one person out there, young or old, so that no-one ever has to experience the unthinkable pain of losing someone so close and dearly loved.

“May we now please let the boys rest in peace?”