Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

With the Buffalo Bills clinching a postseason berth for the first time in 17 years, the Seattle Mariners now hold a distinct honor. Of course, it’s not one any team wishes to hold. But the Mariners now own the longest major-league playoff drought of any North American sports franchise.

After a historic 116-win season in 2001, Seattle would fall to the Yankees in the ALCS, 4-1. And like the Bills, the Mariners have never won a championship.

2017 would see Seattle take a step backwards from their 86-76 campaign a year ago. Instead, they would finish 78-84 and well out of playoff contention. And while they still possess a handful of good pieces, pitching depth (and in general) remains an issue. We’re not sure—at this point, anyway—that they have enough to end that drought this coming season.

Meanwhile, congratulations to the Buffalo Bills are in order. They sure tried their darnedest to miss the postseason this time around. And while Tyrod Taylor doesn’t make everybody happy, he’s levels ahead of Nathan Peterman. Let’s jut hope LeSean McCoy can go for them next weekend.

Oh, and our condolences to the Mariners. There’s always next year!

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