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Ranking reveals best (and worst) sports teams of 2018

The Golden State Warriors may have secured dynasty status with their third NBA title in four years, but that didn’t make them the best team of 2018. 

Other championship teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Villanova Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide, were in the conversation but fell short of that honor, as well. 

Based on a ranking by FiveThirtyEight, the best team across (almost) all sports in 2018 was none other than the 108-win, World Series champion Boston Red Sox. 

SEE ALSO: Super Bowl LIII odds for each NFL playoff team revealed

Somewhat surprisingly, 2018’s No. 2 team also hailed from the MLB – the Houston Astros, who fell to the Red Sox in this year’s ALCS, came in just behind the champs.

Baseball’s banner year didn’t stop there. FiveThirtyEight also ranked the worst teams of the past 12 months, and that undesirable title was taken by the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore’s season was even more dismal than those of the New York Jets, Phoenix Suns and Miami Marlins. 

You can check out the full ranking of the best – and “crummiest” – teams of 2018 over at FiveThirtyEight

Related: See what will (probably) happen in sports in 2019: 


Predicting 2019 in sports

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College Football Championship winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: -225
Chances via FiveThirtyEight: 51%

(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Super Bowl LIII winner: New Orleans Saints

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 2/1
Chances via FiveThirtyEight: 32%

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament winner: Duke Blue Devils

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 23/10

(Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Masters winner: Jordan Spieth

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 9/1

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Masters winner: Tiger Woods

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 9/1

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Stanley Cup winner: Tampa Bay Lightning

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 5/1

(Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)’n

NBA Finals winner: Golden State Warriors

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 10/17
Chances via FiveThirtyEight: 53%

(Ray Chavez/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

WNBA Finals winner: Seattle Storm

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 2/1

(Photo by Joshua Huston/NBAE via Getty Images)

World Series winner: Boston Red Sox

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 6/1

(Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)



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