You say tomato , I say tomato , dynasties are now a thing of the past in the world of professional team sports in North America
Well, over the weekend, the last of the remaining unbeaten teams fell to conference foes within the NBA and NFL . Safe to say, that for all of the relishing of seeing a truly dominant team in either sport now becomes a thing of the past , much like the respective hierarchies wish to try and suggest that dynasties are still possible within either league. Now while I admire the feats of such teams as the Chicago Bulls in their heyday , when Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were leading the franchise to six NBA titles in an eight-year span . Whereas , in the NFL , the league has not seen as back-to-back winner of the Superbowl in over a decade , when that feat was last achieved by the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005 .
Now dependent upon how one defines the term “dynasty” , as to whether or not it means prolonged dominance or simply being able establish one’s self as a perennial contender for a title. This all becomes subjective in the eyes of many and how they actually view the issue. The New York Yankees , long seen as baseball’s preeminent franchise with their numerous World Series’ titles and Hall of Famers , stands as a testament to team sports in North America . It could be said that from the late nineties until the early part of this decade , the franchise could be considered the last “ true dynasty” in any of the North American professional team sports.
Joe Torre , now a high-ranking executive within baseball’s hierarchy and seen in some circles as a possible heir-apparent to Bud Selig , once his tenure comes to an end in 2014. Unfortunately , I do not believe that sound intelligence will be brought into place when the MLB Board of Governors come to the decision as to whom should succeed the incumbent commissioner. Torre seems to be the obvious choice , but somehow the idiocy of the team owners and the members of the league hierarchy are likely to go with Rob Manfred , who in many ways will remain a ” carbon copy ” of Bud Selig in terms of the decision-making we have now witnessed the present commissioner . Joe Torre as we know was able to guide the New York Yankees to four World Series’ titles in six years , along with six appearances during that decade of unprecedented success during his tenure as the manager of the ball-club. That era, led to the rise in prominence of such players on those teams as Derek Jeter , Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettite and Jorge Posada . Of the quartet mentioned, only Jeter remains as a player on the Yankees’ current roster , with the team captain’s career now coming into their final years. Jeter, is no longer the player he was at the height of the franchise’s success . After an almost two-decade tenure with the franchise , it is easy to understand why he is one of the most beloved players in the Yankees’ history as well as within the game , itself .
Though the New York Yankees failed to make the postseason this year , they remained the omnipresent story within the game for some the right reasons , but most definitely also , for all of the wrong reasons and their haphazard handling of the ongoing Alex Rodriguez ” affair , and the very fact that the ball-club seemed once again seemed unwilling to conduct their own in-depth investigation into the allegations of the player’s use of a banned substance . Instead, that investigation, was left to the league hierarchy and the ongoing incompetence shown, in its handling of the procedural investigation and the evidence gathering involved . The longer this drama continues the less legitimacy the game of baseball has in terms of its relevance on the North American sporting landscape.
With Yankees’ failure , came the resurgence of the Boston Red Sox , with that franchise claiming their third World Series in the past ten years and the ball-club’s eighth overall . It is pretty much safe to say that while the Red Sox fans at present , may well lay claim to the bragging rights , another nineteen titles will go a long way in the organization seeking to be held in the same esteem their divisional rivals . Now one could allude to the fact that with the Red Sox having won a third World Series in the past decade , could they be perhaps referred to as a dominant franchise or even a perennial contender during that time-span ? While I do believe that the Boston Red Sox are a very well ran organization with perhaps at present the best managerial staff in baseball , I am not so sure that I am yet ready to call this team in its present form , dominant or even on their way to being called a dynasty ! Undoubtedly , their statistics during the run to this current World Series’ victory was considerably better than during 2004 and 2007 , the last time ball-club was victorious baseball’s showcase finale . What may truly determine greatness and the creation of what it deemed to be a dynasty , can determined and viewed by dominance of the best players on a great team. This season’s World Series’ MVP … David Ortiz has proven himself to be one of the best players in the Boston Red Sox’s history and perhaps the franchise’s most beloved of the past three decades.
This asinine idiocy that there is now parity in the NFL because there is now said to be a level playing field , is merely a creation get a dialogue going for the fans to simply debate as a water cooler topic . Parity in the NFL:, has now become a charade to hide behind and the fact that the introduction of free agency and the salary cap ($124.558 million) has altered the landscape to such an extent, whereby the game itself , as a product has become so diluted and wherein the coaching has become puerile and mediocre . A number of week eleven’s results , can be best described as inexplicable , with the Atlanta Falcons falling to divisional rivals the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 41-28 loss , in one the worst performances by the Falcons this season . All of this, from a team that prior to the start of this year, were viewed as a possible NFC championship contender . As of now, Matt Ryan , along with his bloated salary , and his teammates could not find their way out of a darkened room with the aid of a flashlight . This game constituted about as much importance on the day’s schedule , as one would be permitted to see, during a debate within the Senate , as the legislators in question discussed the federal deficit.
The Monday night game between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium , in Charlotte North Carolina , as a resurgent Panthers’ team look to play themselves in contention within both the NFC South divisional contention, as well as a possible playoff berth for the postseason . New England, can essentially lock up the AFC East title with a win , this evening, after the New York Jets’ defeat, 37-14 at the hands of the Buffalo Bills . It is now safe to suggest , that the Jets’ mediocrity exhibited last season , has been as equally abysmal in 2013. Rex Ryan of the New York Jets, may well need to polish up his resume` should the team suffer a few more losses over the remainder of their schedule. Both GM John Idzik and team owner Woody Johnson’s patience must now be reaching its pinnacle , as this franchise has continued to under achieve over the past two seasons. Ryan’s own, laissez-faire attitude, has now been tempered by the very fact that he now faces a very uncertain future in the NFL .
The New England Patriots could rightly lay claim that they have been the best franchise in the NFL since 2001, during which that time their record during the regular and postseason , simply speaks for itself . A great deal of that success has come down to the ever-present head coach Bill Belichick and the team’s tenured quarterback Tom Brady , whose postseason experience and Superbowl appearances , now places him alongside many of the pantheons of the game, specifically those Superbowl winning quarterbacks with a Superbowl MVP also now part of their respective resumes` and feats of accomplishments. Five Superbowl appearances for the quarterback and three wins , and the zeal to add a fourth victory to his already impressive record is still atop of the player’s list of yet to be achieved personal goals .
A sole constant with regard to the New England Patriots’ success also , has been the organization’s acumen in drafting players who have gradually over time been able to contribute to the franchise’s success . Yet, with the recent charges leveled against the team’s former tight end Aaron Hernandez , his arraignment and indictment on a charge of first degree murder , one could attest to the fact that the franchise’s image has taken a monumental hit from an image and public relations’ standpoint . No amount of finger-pointing can avert the fact that the front office were well aware of Hernandez’s character issues , but they simply ignored it all to acquire the player as fourth round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft . It is unlikely, that Aaron Hernandez will ever again grace a football field as an athlete in the NFL. Now subject to the legal system within the state of Massachusetts , what was once a promising career in the league , has now become one , that no one wishes to be associated with , at all .
With the Indiana Pacers’ loss, suffered at the hands (110-97) of the Chicago Bulls , and the assertion by Paul George that the Bulls have been of little relevance in the subsequent years since the franchise’s last titular triumph in the NBA. One could assert that the Eastern Conference demands and deserves a rivalry within that environment , beyond that of the Miami Heat as the two-time defending champions versus everyone else within the conference. While some fans are trying to suggest that both the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks are still finding their way as the season is still in its infancy , I would suggest that those seeking to use that premise as a proxy , simply look at the respective records of both the Knicks and Nets , and their most recent performances as well their defensive and offensive prowess . There has simply been nothing to suggest that either of these two teams are currently capable of mounting a serious enough challenge to the defending champions , albeit , that the Heat themselves are also in a state of transition , with the recent off-season moves to improve the depth on the roster.
As if to further emphasize how overrated the New York Knicks just happened to be , along with their self-aggrandizing and delusional fans . In a weekend scheduled game , the team simply showed once again why they cannot be ever taken seriously as a legitimate threat to the Miami Heat. In a contest against the Atlanta Hawks , this alleged prodigiously talented Knicks’ roster were upstaged by their opponents on their home-court of Madison Square Garden , in New York City , New York . My question for Knicks’ fans , if your team simply cannot defend their home turf , then how the hell do you believe that the roster has what it takes to be deemed as an elite franchise within the conference ? A great deal of “hot air” tends to be blown by the vast majority of the franchise’s fans without their being barely any damn intelligence to back up their thought process entirely . The twenty-point loss , 110-90 to the Hawks was enough of a damning indictment for the team on the night . I don’t believe that there is much else that needs to be added at this juncture !
I will say this for Mikhail Prokhorov , GM Billy King and the entire Brooklyn Nets’ organization . The trappings of wealth and ostentatious-ness has done nothing to hide the exuberance of the franchise even after entertaining and the of acquiring an aging trio of Kevin Garnett , Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to bolster what is said to the team’s best chance to win an NBA title in several years . To my mind, the best indicator of how well this team is likely to succeed will be totally predicated upon the health and durability of both Brook Lopez and Deron Williams . Beyond that , everything else is secondary , and as to this asinine notion that Joe Johnson is still a player capable of being a “game changer” , is akin to suggesting that Miley Cyrus’ sudden change in her musical repertoire, makes her more credible , as a musical artist. Joe Johnson has not been the focal point of anything tangible by way of his career in several years and it seems somewhat comedic in the fact as the Nets’ highest paid player on the roster and amongst the highest salaried players in the NBA , his productivity this season has bordered on being anemic .
Enthralled as I always am, to read a commentator’s account as to why a team such as the Brooklyn Nets should be looked upon as a force to be reckoned with , when there has been no real “body of work” in terms of that team in recent seasons having acquit itself at the highest levels possible . Clearly , it is simply a case of wishful thinking on the part of analysts such as Chris Broussard , Tim Legler , Jalen Rose and even the somewhat ” impudent” Bill Simmons , when they describe a team in such glowing terms , as being championship caliber. The Nets’ franchise has not been a championship capable outfit, since the last of their repeat appearances in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 , as coached by none other than Byron Scott .
In an age, where money in the world of sports can in some cases, determine a great deal of success for a professional sports’ franchise. It should be noted, that Mikhail Prokhorov as the owner of the Brooklyn Nets , might just be the wealthiest team owner not just in the NBA , but quite possibly in all of four major professional team sports in North America. With an estimated wealth , exceeding $12.5 billion , perhaps only the Seattle Seahawks’ owner , Paul Allen is the only other individual with the type of personal fortune by comparison . Herein lies the caveat, concerning the fortunes of the Brooklyn Nets , while the front office chases after success , while splurging on players’ salaries , the franchise itself has become unprofitable , losing an estimated $100 million in the past three years alone , even with having moved into their palatial edifice known as the Barclays Center , in Brooklyn, New York,.
In having the league’s highest team payroll , which now exceeds $100 million , the expectations are not only high for the Nets this season ,but with a rookie head coach , by way of Jason Kidd and where the only other assistant on his staff with any of NBA coaching experience is one of the franchise’s former head coaches in Lawrence Frank , it is becoming increasingly easy to understand one of the reasons behind the team’s failure this season. Kidd’s inexperience and what appears to be his ego of wanting to “go it alone” by way displaying his coaching acumen, has not only backfired , but it has shown the numerous flaws on the team team as borne out in their record (3-6) and standing within their division (Atlantic Division) and the Eastern Conference .
The Nets’ most recent game , saw the team post another loss , this time to the Portland Trailblazers , where the contest itself was not even remotely close by any stretch of the imagination. Defensively and from an offensive standpoint , the issues of the Brooklyn Nets will continue to remain a work in progress . However, the question , I must now ask, how much longer can Mikhail Prokhorov’s and that of GM Billy King’s patience withstand this sort of ineptitude , while the franchise itself, seeks to turn a profit ?
Since 1999, the Los Angeles Lakers , Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs are the only NBA franchises to have won multiple NBA titles, during the aforementioned time-span. The Heat having won its third last season , trails the tally of four won by the Spurs and the five won by the Lakers’ , with Phil Jackson at the helm for the quintuple of rings, adding to the franchise’s sixteen titles in total . .
For San Antonio, who are off to another successful start (9-1) to an NBA year, during which they will seek to establish another NBA record for the most consecutive NBA postseason appearances (15) in league history. All of this, has been accomplished under head coach Gregg Popovich , as the NBA’s longest tenured head coach . Such as has been the strength of his relationship with the Spurs’ front office , in particular with team owner Peter Holt and GM RC Buford , that it would be hard to envisage anyone else coaching the franchise at this juncture. Yet, at some time in the future Popovich is likely to call it a day, with perhaps the reins being handed over to one of his coaching assistants .
The San Antonio Spurs have never been considered one of the NBA’s glamor teams , merely one of the best ran organizations in all of professional sports . Yet, the franchise’s impressive record during Gregg Popovich’s reign, makes them one of the most revered and liked sports’ teams in North America. David Robinson , current Hall of Fame inductee, alongside Tim Duncan set the franchise on its current path with the Spurs’ first of their four triumphs in the NBA Finals. The initial title , would then see the retirement of Robinson , who remains in close contact with the organization , while his philanthropic efforts have been rewarded with civic awards from the city of San Antonio , as well as statewide and nationally. Duncan , has simply, carried the torch, while he , Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli have extended the franchise’s proud , impressive record of longevity and success. It would be easy to suggest, that the Spurs’ perennial appearances in the postseason makes them a dynasty . Yet for all of the acclaim afforded the San Antonio Spurs, it has been the changes within the NBA and the landscape of professional sports that makes this issue now subjective , rather than objective.
Dynasties in professional sports, are now thing of the past , and even if some fans and analyst are now trying to suggest that Miami Heat’s current dominance of the NBA makes them a dynasty . I believe it has more to do with the marvel-ment of witnessing the prowess of LeBron James at his very best , as he dominates the game , with his physical prowess on the court and the individual accomplishments of a ten-year career , at this juncture ! Quite possibly , in the next eight years , it might well be appropriate to suggest there has been another dynasty within professional sports by way of the Miami Heat , were the franchise able to win another four or possibly five NBA titles in the allotted time-frame mentioned .
The NHL revels its own merriment , having, still not fully recovered from their self-induced stupidity of a labor stoppage. While there now seems to be a growing resonance within the game , hockey is not at the point, where it needs to be , by way of its television viewership , or in terms of attendance , or commercial sponsors. Granted, the game has now has several superstars, with Steven Stamkos , Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby leading the charge. Yet what the NHL is most definitely in need of is a truly dominant team that gets the fans excited and where their play resonates throughout the sport. It is one thing to for Barry Melrose to wax on lyrically about the “ big hits seen during a game or his own wish for the Detroit Red Wings , Montreal Canadiens , New York Islanders or New York Rangers back at their very best . The game has evolved, free agency and money dictates a player’s desire and destination as to his playing career. The Stanley Cup is the pinnacle of the sport, but given the infrequency of the NHL not having a repeat champion within the sport in a number of years . For now, the fans will have to bear the brand and product as it is now exhibited on the ice.
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At this juncture do you believe it a prerequisite, that professional team sports are in need of either a dynamic or dominant team ? Or is it, simply an urban legend created, in terms of a dialogue for discussion amongst analysts and fans alike ? By all means, do leave a comment as to your thoughts on the matter .
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(1) Hall of Fame inductees , Michael Jordan and teammate Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls. The duo reached the pinnacle within NBA history in guiding the franchise to six NBA titles during an eight year span , during which those teams were perhaps the most dominant in all of professional team sports during their reign . Neither the NFL , NHL or MLB has seen that type of dominant reign within their respective sports over the past two decades. AP Photo / John Raoux ….
(2) Tom Brady and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots are seen here celebrating the first (SB XXXVI) of the franchise’s three Superbowl victories during the past decade . The duo have made six Superbowl appearances having won three with two of those defeats , being suffered at the hands of NFC foes the New York Giants . Brady leads all active quarterbacks in terms of postseason appearances and Superbowl victories. The player and coach are seeking a fourth Lombardi Trophy to join only Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw of Pittsburgh Steelers r to have won a quartet of victories for the NFL’s biggest postseason showcase event , the Superbowl . Getty Images North America / Chris Hodges ….
(3) Derek Jeter and Joe Torre are seen here celebrating the New York Yankees’ triumph over the Boston Red Sox in a regular season game in September 1996 . Jeter had the winning RBI single that guaranteed the victory for the team. AP Photo / Jason Jennings ….
(4) New York Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson is seen here alongside Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony . The team this season is off the a horrendous start and they are struggling on both sides of the ball , during which they have dropped to the bottom of their division and the lower rungs of the Eastern Conference . Getty Images / Elsa Martinez ….
(5) Brooklyn Nets’ head coach Jason Kidd , is seen here with members of the team’s starting lineup . From left to right they are Joe Johnson , Paul Pierce , Kevin Garnett , Kidd , center and point guard Deron Williams . Hoping to play themselves into contention this season the Nets are struggling , with their inexperienced head coach being unable to provide a real explanation for the team’s ongoing woes . AP Photo / Chris Jacobson ….
(6) David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs is seen here alongside teammate Tim Duncan during the 1999 NBA season . San Antonio would go on to the first of four NBA Finals’ triumphs, in meeting the New York Knicks , where they would go on to defeat the Knicks in a rather lopsided series 4-1 . AP Photo / Marcus James …..
(7) LeBron James of the Miami Heat , who has slowly been carving out an NBA career that when it is all said and done , might go down as one the greatest in NBA history . James has notched a number of career firsts along the way in his already impressive resume` . Yet it has been the driving force and zeal in wanting to emulate his hero Michael Jordan , that may well see the player quite possibly surpass a number of Jordan’s feats within the game . Getty Images North America / Robin Mason ……
(8) Seen as the likely saviors of the NHL , the game’s most high profiled players from left to right , Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins , Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Alex Ovechkin of Washington Capitals . As the game’s attendance slowly regains momentum the financial woes still remain for a number of teams around the NHL . Getty Images / Chris Curtis …..
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