[dahy-nuh-stee; British also din-uh-stee]
noun, plural dynasties.
a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group
Dominance. A term used almost too often in sports to describe the performances of athletes and their teams. Only few teams can be considered truly dominant dynasties. Just a night ago, the sports world witnessed history once again as the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the third time in just six years. An amazing accomplishment that will be difficult to come close to for years to come. Some argue that the Stanley Cup is the most difficult trophy to win in all of sports and rightfully so. With the Blackhawks securing yet another cup, some have begun to question whether or not the Blackhawks should be considered a dynasty. This had me thinking … we see dynasties in sports occasionally, but which ones are truly the greatest. There are lots of choices to consider, but only a few really stand out. Everyone has their own opinion, here is my (totally unbiased) list of the top 5 sports dynasties of all time:
5. New York Yankees
As much as I hate to say it, The Yankees have one of the greatest franchises in all of sports. It is nearly impossible to argue with 26 World Series Championships lifetime. The Yankees have a long list of hall of famers from Babe Ruth to Joe DiMaggio to Lou Gehrig to Mariano Rivera to Derek Jeter. The Yankees have always been the most dominant franchise in Major League Baseball and that is why they must have a place on this list.
4. Chicago Bulls (1991-1998)
When you think about the Chicago Bulls, you will most likely think about one name…Michael Jordan. The 90’s Bulls were led by the NBA superstar, Michael Jordan, as he led them to six NBA championships in eight years. Arguably the greatest basketball player of all time leading arguably one of the greatest teams of all time. That makes it easy to place the Bulls on this list. The Bulls dominated the 1990’s and cemented it’s legacy as one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history.
I might possibly be a bit of a homer here, but the New England Patriots have to find a spot as one of the greatest dynasties ever. The Patriots dynasty begins with the signing of head coach Bill Belichick and the drafting of Quarterback Tom Brady. These two definitely go down as the greatest quarterback- head coach combination in the NFL. The Patriots dynasty may be looked at as only their first three Super Bowls, but it extends beyond just that. Their most recent Super Bowl comes into consideration of course because the main cast of characters still remain in New England. This dynasty continues with the Patriots other two Super Bowl appearances, as well as three other AFC Championship Game appearances. The Patriots have clearly been the most dominant team over the last 15 years and that is what makes their dynasty so impressive.
2. UCLA Bruins Basketball Team (1964- 75)
It is obvious to consider UCLA’s run at the top of college basketball as the most astonishing dynasties in NCAA history. The Bruins won 10 National Titles during this span and seven of them came in a row from 1967- 73. The team was also able to win a NCAA Men’s basketball record 88 games in a row. All this success under the leadership of head coach John Wooden. UCLA’s dynasty may never be touched, especially among NCAA basketball with many players playing one year and then declaring for the NBA draft.
1. Boston Celtics
Over 13 seasons, the Boston Celtics were able to win 11 NBA Championships along with one Finals appearance. The Celtics also won eght straight championships from 1959-66 during the run. The Celtics were able to conquer basketball glory with the leadership of head coach Red Auerbach and exciting players Tom Heinsohn and Bob Cousy. Boston’s dynasty began during their first 11 titles, but could also extend into the later parts of the 20th century, including players like Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish winning their titles. It could also include the early part of the 21st century when the Celtics new “Big 3 Era” came to Boston with the likes of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. The Boston Celtics 17 total championships are good enough to put them at the top of the dynasty food chain.