Every storied professional sports team goes through peaks and valleys – but there are some that hit bottom.
The greatest North American example of hitting bottom is the Cleveland Browns.
A team that once had the great Jim Brown on its roster has been futile to the point they are almost a joke.
There are other examples of decline: the Cincinnati Reds. The team that once had Pete Rose and Johnny Bench has struggled in recent years.
The once-mighty Chicago Bulls haven’t been competitive for some time. Decline happens in varying degrees.
On Tuesday, the Boston Bruins fired coach Stanley Cup winning coach Claude Julien right before the trade deadline with the team battling for a playoff spot.
Julien had been the coach for a decade. The announcement was made while the state of Massachusetts was celebrating a Super Bowl championship.
To me, it was a bad decision with awful timing. I’m left to wonder: Are the Bruins going through a decline – or is Boston headed for bottom?