The last time the Pirates had a winning season...

- Jerome Bettis was a junior at Notre Dame.

- Sidney Crosby was 5 years old.

- Gas was $1.15 per gallon.

- The Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins and Anaheim Mighty Ducks did not exist.

The Pirates below .500 streak of 16 seasons ties the Phillies (1933-48) for the longest losing streak ANY American pro sports teams.

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