FINAL STANDINGS, PAST YEARS

We've noticed that high-performing Losers are subject to the same historical pressures as other mighty empires. Nothing is permanent. So we've arranged the preceding Years, 1-28, in Eras, in the table below.

Smith Era1 2 3
Hart Era4 5 6 7 8
Beland Era9 10 11 12
Beary Era13
Dopart Era14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Doyle Era21 22 23 24
Frankovich Era25 26 27 28?

Some of these Eras are clear. Chuck Smith dominated in Years 1-3, but slipped to #6 in Year 4, and hasn't risen above 4th since. David Genser interrupted Jennifer Hart's Era in Year 5, but didn't repeat, and tailed off starting in Year 9. Russ Beland similarly ruled Years 9-12, despite stinking up the place in Year 10.

Then came Beary. He was Top-Grossing Loser in Year 13 and not again, but that was an astonishing Year, 179 blots of ink (since eclipsed), 45 ahead of the fading Russ Beland, and he finished with 119 in Year 14, so we accorded him a short Era, like Trump's.

Kevin Dopart has the longest Era, an unbroken arc in Years 14-20, finally giving way to Danielle Nowlin and Chris Doyle in Year 21. But Danielle never repeated, and Chris roared along until he, like Caligula, was taken down by Jesse Frankovich and three others in Year 25.

It appears now, at the dawn of Year 29, that the Frankovich Era may have entered its death spiral, as Duncan Stevens finished way out in front in Year 28. However, Jesse may storm back this Year. If he does that, the Frankovich Era will have continued; and if not, likely the Stevens Era will have begun in Year 28.