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Dynasties spark fan fever

Darius Livingston, Sports Editor

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All sports teams share one common goal: to become a dynasty.

A dynasty can be defined as a team that dominates its sport or league for an extraordinary length of time. The definition of dynasty by academics implies a single leader over the bulk of that period; a great example of a dynasty is John Wooden’s UCLA men’s basketball team who led UCLA to win an unprecedented 10 championships from 1964 to 1975.

College basketball is arguably the most exciting sport to watch, with its “one and done” bracket playoff style, a low-seeded team is able to turn its Cinderella story of the ugly underdog into a dominant force throughout the tournament.

Powerhouse dynasties such as Duke’s men’s basketball team and UConn’s women’s team have controlled college basketball for the past decade. The women Huskies hold the all-time record of most wins in a row: 90. Duke has had its fair share of wins as well, winning two out of the last five NCAA tournaments.

The New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals can also be considered dynasties. People worldwide will always remember legends who helped build dynasties like Babe Ruth, who is a 12 time home-run champion.

Some people were quick to call the San Francisco Giants a dynasty after they won three World Series championships in five years: these people are clearly Giant fans.

“In sports terms a dynasty is supposed to be a series of championships which the Giants have done,” Giants fan Anna Knezovich said. “Three World Series titles within five years is a type of sequence that is considered a dynasty. The Giants deserve to be honored for that achievement.”

Team dynasties do not have a spectacular season every single year. For example, the Los Angeles Lakers missed the playoffs this year for only the fourth time in over 20 years.

“I remember the Lakers and Celtics being good when I was little,” varsity basketball player Patrick Bonzo said. “I can still recall the games where Shaq and Kobe would drop 30 points each!”

Throughout most of the mid-late 1900s and spilling into the 21st century, the Lakers have been a powerhouse in the NBA. As a matter of fact, the only team that has more championships is the Boston Celtics who are struggling as of late.

In hockey, the Detroit Red Wings can also be recognized as a dynasty. Their success started since its founding in 1926, since then they have achieved 11 Stanley Cups.

For America’s sport, football, fans admire the historic runs of the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.

One thing that all of these teams have in common are four or more championship rings. The New England Patriots have been dominant since the turn of the millenia, winning four championships behind quarterback Tom Brady, who was one game from winning another championship in 2008, but ultimately came up short in their Super Bowl loss to the Giants, which led to a 16-1 season.

Football fans appreciate a great rivalry just as much as they appreciate a great dynasty.

A famous rivalry known as “The Battle of the Bay” involves the physical matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders. Even though the 49ers moved 40 miles south of San Francisco to Santa Clara resulting in the Raiders being closer to the Bay than the 49ers, their rivalry has intensified over the last several years due to numerous fights between die hard fans. Literally.

Sport fans will always appreciate a dynasty, whether a team is successful for a decade or a lifetime. Nothing is more enjoyable than witnessing a team fight to the top, conquering all matches, and staying there as a team tries to reach up from below and snatch the crown.

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