Forget the Madden Curse, The Super Bowl Curse Ruins Your Franchise

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We all know about the devastation leveled on the preeminent player that graces the cover of EA Sports Madden NFL, but one player facing a bad year is nothing compared to watching an entire franchise plummet into the abyss that is "The Super Bowl Curse."

A city might earn hundreds of millions in economic revenue, but it can cost the NFL franchise a year of futility to host the Super Bowl.

Don't believe me? Let's look at the Saints. A team that went 13-3 last year, sent through a gauntlet of offseason tumult and started this season 0-4. Fought to 5-5, got hammered by a backup quarterback at home to fall to 5-6. They faced a daunting schedule to finish out and host the Super Bowl but miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

After the Colts stumbled to an 0-13 start, I got thinking, "Wow, one of the NFL's most consistent franchises chose a bad year to face plant into futility..." No team had won more games in a decade than the Colts did between 2000-2009. They were coming off a season where they had tied the NFL record for most consecutive playoff appearances, were looking to own that record and host the world's largest single-day sporting event. And then Manning can't play and the goose egg showed up in the win column for 13 straight week. Still not convinced? 

The Cowboys were happy to show off Jerry's World to the planet in 2010. What they didn't account for was Tony Romo's clavicle snapping, going from an 11-5 record in 2009 to collapsing into a 6-10 season as they watched the Green Bay Packers turn the 6th seed into a Lombardi Trophy on their giant big screen. 

Need more? Miami has hosted it's fair share of Super Bowls and received some cruel punishment because of it. 2006 the Dolphins were 6-10, hosted the big game and paid for it with a 1-15 season in 2007. The solution? How about a big time turnaround for the franchise with Tony Sparano. In 2008, the team rebounded to an 11-5 record, shocked the NFL by winning the AFC East. Sure they were ousted in the first round of the playoffs, but when 2009 opened up, this team was looking to build on '08 success and once again host the Super Bowl. They went 7-9 that year. Haven't made the playoffs since 2008.

And it's not just recent history either. The 1980 New Orleans Saints were up for the task of host the Super Bowl. They were coming off an 8-8 campaign in 1979, then promptly went 1-15 in 1980 and still hold the second longest losing streak in NFL history at 15 games. 

Below is a list of every Super Bowl, the host team and how they faired. Turns out, in 46 years of this game, only 21 teams that hosted the Super Bowl ended the same season with a .500 record or above. Only 10 teams made the playoffs, the last being the Buccaneers in 2000. Only 2 have played in the Super Bowl and ONE team in NFL history has hosted and won the game. That'd be the 1984 San Francisco 49ers when the game was held at Stanford. 

So Jets fans, you think THIS year is bad. Wait until your team is officially the Super Bowl host franchise. (Giants will likely be the exception to the rule. They usually are.) 


 

SUPER BOWL NFL SEASON HOST CITY HOST TEAM RECORD PLAYOFFS?
I 1966 LOS ANGELES RAMS 8-6  
II 1967 MIAMI DOLPHINS 4-10  
III 1968 MIAMI DOLPHINS 5-8-1  
IV 1969 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 5-9  
V 1970 MIAMI DOLPHINS 10-4 WILDCARD- LOST IN 1ST ROUND
VI 1971 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 4-8-2  
VII 1972 LOS ANGELES RAMS 6-7-1  
VIII 1973 HOUSTON OILERS 1-13  
IX 1974 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 5-9  
X 1975 MIAMI DOLPHINS 10-4  
XI 1976 PASADENA RAMS 10-3-1 WESTERN DIVISION WINNER, LOST IN NFC CHAMPIONSHIP TO MINNESOTA
XII 1977 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 3-11  
XIII 1978 MIAMI DOLPHINS 11-5 WILDCARD- LOST IN 1ST ROUND
XIV 1979 PASADENA RAMS 9-7 WESTERN DIVISION WINNER, LOST IN SUPER BOWL TO STEELERS 31-19
XV 1980 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 1-15  
XVI 1981 PONTIAC LIONS 8-8  
XVII 1982 PASADENA RAIDERS 8-1 LOST IN SECOND ROUND TO JETS 17-14
      RAMS 2-7 **STRIKE SHORTENED SEASON 
XVIII 1983 TAMPA BAY BUCS 2-14  
XIX 1984 STANFORD 49ERS 15-1 DESTROYED MIAMI IN SUPER BOWL 38-16
XX 1985 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 5-11  
XXI 1986 PASADENA RAIDERS 8-8  
      RAMS 10-6 WILDCARD-LOST IN FIRST ROUND
XXII 1987 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 8-7  
XXIII 1988 MIAMI DOLPHINS 6-10  
XIV 1989 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 9-7  
XV 1990 TAMPA BAY BUCS 6-10  
XVI 1991 MINNEAPOLIS VIKINGS 8-8  
XVII 1992 PASADENA RAIDERS 7-9  
      RAMS 6-10  
XVIII 1993 ATLANTA FALCONS 6-10  
XXIX 1994 MIAMI DOLPHINS 10-6 WON DIVISION- LOST IN SECOND ROUND TO SAN DIEGO WHO WAS DESTROYED BY 49ERS IN SUPER BOWL
XXX 1995 PHOENIX CARDINALS 4-12  
XXXI 1996 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 3-13  
XXXII 1997 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 4-12  
XXXIII 1998 MIAMI DOLPHINS 10-6 WILDCARD- LOST IN 2ND ROUND TO DENVER
XXXIV 1999 ATLANTA FALCONS 5-11  
XXXV 2000 TAMPA BAY BUCS 10-6 5 SEED, LOST IN 1ST ROUND
XXXVI 2001 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 7-9  
XXXVII 2002 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 8-8  
XXXVIII 2003 HOUSTON TEXANS 5-11  
XXXIX 2004 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 9-7  
XL 2005 DETROIT LIONS 5-11  
XLI 2006 MIAMI DOLPHINS 6-10  
XLII 2007 PHOENIX CARDINALS 8-8  
XLIII 2008 TAMPA BAY BUCS 9-7  
XLIV 2009 MIAMI DOLPHINS 7-9  
XLV 2010 DALLAS COWBOYS 6-10  
XLVI 2011 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 2-14  
XLVII 2012 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS ???  

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