It's worth noting that Ed Hochuli had nothing to do with the formatting, but, nonetheless, the San Diego Chargers are involved in another playoff positioning issue. In spite of their mediocre 8-8 record that was good enough to win the AFC West title, the Chargers are playing host to the Indianapolis Colts, who finished 12-4 and earned a wild-card spot. In light of this perplexing situation, we present to you the worst five teams to make the playoffs across sports:
1. 1952-53 Baltimore Bullets (16-54)
That's not a misprint. The '52-53 Bullets were 38 games under .500 ... and still made the playoffs. And you thought the Eastern Conference of recent years was abominable. The 10-team NBA was split into two five-team conferences in the '52-53 season, and the top four in each advanced to the postseason. The Bullets finished fourth in the East, beating out the 12-57 Philadelphia Warriors, before getting swept by the Knicks in two games in the first round.
2. 2005 San Diego Padres (82-80)
Looking as if they might be the first team in Major League Baseball history to win a division without finishing .500 or better, the Padres finally earned their 81st win on Sept. 30. The '05 NL West champions still have the 'record' for owning the worst winning percentage for a division champion in a non-strike season. Meanwhile, in the NL East, three teams finished with a better record but failed to reach the playoffs. True to form, the Cardinals swept the Padres in three games in the Division Series.
3. 1969 Houston Oilers (6-6-2)
In 1969, Houston had a winning problem. Despite starting 3-1, the Oilers won just twice in the last nine games -- and even had back-to-back ties -- but still reached the AFL playoffs despite a .500 record. Starting quarterback Pete Beathard tossed 21 interceptions and just 10 touchdowns, had a 55.6 quarterback rating and completed just 48.6 percent of his passes. In the playoffs, the Oilers were nipped in the first round by Oakland ... 56-7.
4. 1991-92 Hartford Whalers (26-41-13)
The Whalers are apropos for this because they were a perennial doormat that every so often had a respectable regular season only to flame out in the playoffs. This was a true feat, though, to finish fourth in the Adams Division only to be summarily dismissed by the top-ranked Canadiens (4-3) in seven games.
5. 1985-86 Chicago Bulls (30-52)
Boasting a roster of a young Michael Jordan, who was in his second season, and an aging George Gervin, the Windy City ballers managed to finish fourth in the Central Division. Even with those big names, Chicago's 30-52 mark remains the worst record to make the NBA postseason since the league expanded to eight playoff teams per conference. The Bulls were swept by Boston in three games in the first round of the playoffs ... but Jordan did put on one of his most memorable postseason performances ever, scoring 63 points in Game 2 and averaging 43.7 points per game in the series.