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10 Opponent-Crushing Sporting Dynasties

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Back in the day, before drafts, salary caps and obscene paychecks, a team or nation could dominate the competition in ways that would make GameStop bow down out of respect. Following are some teams or countries that you know, and a few you may not. Just how a ‘dynasty’ is defined is up for debate, but for me 3 titles in 4 years does not count, nor would 4 titles over 6 years. For the record, I do not support any of the following teams.

10

Melbourne Demons

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Achievement: 5 VFL Premierships in 6 years (1955-1960)

Melbourne was stung into action following the painful loss in the 1954 Grand Final to Footscray. That Grand Final was to become the first of 7 in a row for the Demons of which they won 5. Coached by the ‘Red Fox’ Norm Smith and captained by Ron Barassi and John Beckwith, the Demons ushered in a faster, more disciplined game style that has become the trademark of modern football success. Melbourne FC celebrated its 150th birthday last year. How many professional teams worldwide lay claim to a history that long?

9

Yomiuri Giants

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Achievement: 9 Championships in a row (1965-1973)

Japan’s most successful, most famous and most hated team dominated the Japanese Professional Post-Season series during the country’s rise to prominence as a world economic power. Big hitter Shigeo Nagashima, first baseman Sadaharu Oh and Manager Tetsuharu Kawakami led the team with powerful offense and set records that are still looked upon in awe in the modern, slightly less corrupt version of the Japanese game.


8

Juventus FC

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Achievement: 9 Serie A Scudetto in 15 years (1971/72 – 1985/86)

Giovanni Trappatoni, the most successful club manager in Italian club history, managed the Old Lady from 1976 to 1986. During this era, players such as Gaetano Scirea and Antonio Cabrini won every major trophy in European Football, including a World Cup in 1982 with Italy. Guiseppe Furino captained the team for most of its dominant years and was a household name along with Dino Zoff, Michael Platini and Sergio Brio. The age of greatness culminated with the European Cup in 1985, a day that was both one of Juventus FC’s greatest and saddest.

7

St George Rugby League Football Club

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Achievement: 11 NSW Rugby Football League Premierships in a row (1956-1966)

In 1956, 62000 fans crammed into the SCG to see the Grand Final between Balmain and St George. The Dragons triumphed 18-12, heralding the first of their eleven Premierships on the trot. Coached by Ken Kearney between 1957-1962 and Norm Provan 1962-1965, St. George was unstoppable and became the greatest Rugby League club the world has ever seen. Eddie Lumsden, Reg Gasnier and Johnny Raper are among the legendary players who helped the team to its success. Undefeated in 1959 and amassing a win-loss record of 183 wins, 34 losses and 5 draws during its run of Premierships – an amazing achievement.

6

Montreal Canadiens

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Achievement: 5 Stanley Cups in a row (1956-1960)

Toe Blake became coach of the Canadiens in 1955, reunited with his former ‘Punch Line’ teammate Maurice Richard and won the Stanley Cup five consecutive times. Incredibly, Montreal had appeared in the previous five Stanley Cup Finals too, losing four of them. Dickey Moore set numerous scoring records and was paired up with Richards and his younger brother Henri Richard to become the most potent forward line of its generation. Jacques Plante established himself as one of hockey’s greatest goaltenders during the era.

5

Australia

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Achievement: 15 Davis Cup Championships (1950 – 1967)

Technically a team sport, Australia dominated Davis Cup tennis during this time, which spanned the tumultuous amateur to professional transition. Winning the tournament four times in a row on three occasions, most of the victories came over their great rivals – The United States. As opposed to the current game most of the titles were won on grass courts. The players who represented Australia read like a list of tennis royalty. Among them Frank Sedgman, Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Neale Fraser (above), Rod Laver, John Newcombe and Tony Roche.


4

Liverpool FC

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Achievement: 10 Division 1 Championships (1975-1990)

Liverpool would win a major title in nearly every year between 1975 and 1990. In addition to the 10 League Championships, the club also bought home 2 FA Cups, 1 UEFA Cup, 4 League Cups and 4 European Cups. Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish shared the managerial duties, with the latter pairing up with the great Ian Rush to become one of football’s most dynamic partnerships on the field. Other players immortalized during Liverpool’s run of greatness include Alan Hansen, Kevin Keegan, Graeme Souness and Bruce Grobelaar.

3

New York Yankees

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Achievement: 10 World Series’ Championships (1947 – 1962)

The world’s most famous baseball team has won more World Series titles than any other. The post-World War 2 period is considered it’s finest and the great players to pull on the pinstripes during this time are now American folklore. Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle were among the stars for the Yankees as they made the Fall Classic their own winning 10 of their 13 World Series appearances in this time. Manager Casey Stengel was skilled in front of the media became a legend in New York during his career entering the Hall Of Fame in 1966.


2

Boston Celtics

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Achievement: 11 NBA Championships (1957-1969)

Coach Red Auerbach proclaimed that “defense wins Championships” and who would argue with him, his Celtics winning title after title during his tenure. He won 9 championships and coached the team from 1951-1966. The Celtics were led on-court by Hall Of Famers Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Tommy Heinsohn. Russell averaged an amazing 15.1 points per game, 22.5 rebounds per game, and 4.3 assists per game over his career. The Lakers were often the Celtic’s victims in the Finals and 8 consecutive NBA championships (1959-1966) is the longest streak of championships in U.S. professional sports.

1

UCLA

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Achievement: 11 NCAA Championships (1964-1975)

College basketball has never seen a dynasty like it and never will again. The legendary John Wooden was the common factor in this run of titles and his coaching record of 671-161 (.807) is staggering. During his time, the sport became a massive industry and television commodity but Wooden remained a humble and polite family man. What makes this dynasty so remarkable is that UCLA players were never on long-term contracts and would only spend 3 or 4 years at the team. Wooden constantly refreshed the team with talented players, and what players they were. Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Bill Walton, Sidney Wicks, Henry Bibby – the list goes on. In modern times with college players leaving early for the NBA, it would be nearly impossible for any other school to emulate UCLAs feats.

Contributor: DentShop



  • gunn

    stgeorge are cool

  • Dan

    but also, why does the UCLA mens basketball team photo have tennis rackets in it?

    *comment held in moderation and edited for use of ‘first’*

  • Carrie lynn

    Very interesting even if you are not that fond of sports

  • HellcatHoney

    toe?

  • Englandexpects

    Whooooooo liverpool fc

  • genaroian_13

    COOL…

  • united

    Manchester United should be on here they have basically dominated the premiership.

  • jajdude

    Worldwide guns on the list, g – diplomatic licenses yo.

  • Tom

    Pretty sure Celtics should be #1. Not only were they unreal in the Bill Russell era, but also the Larry Bird era, and what’s more now the Boston Three Party (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen) era.

  • Felix

    I think Ferrari should get a mention at least. I mean they won every constructors trophey since 1999, bar 2005, 2006. That’s 8 championships in 10 years.

    Honurable mention maybe?

  • This list is awesome… Well informed… I hate every team mentioned… But that almost authenticates the list even further… Well done

  • tookyb

    I was pleased to see some Aussie teams got a mention, however I am astounded that the Australian Cricket team of the past decade did not get a look in. The Australian team has dominated both Test Cricket and One Day cricket at an international level over the past 10 years. For example, Australia holds the record for the most consecutive wins at Test Match level and has achieved this record twice. From October 1999-February 2001 they won 16 consecutive matches and they equalled this record by winning another 16 straight matches from December 2005-January 2008.

    The Australian Test team of the last decade also holds the record for most consecutive series victories. From October 2005 to June 2008 they won 9 series in a row. It should also be noted that Australia until very recently had not lost a Test series at home in 16 years.

    This great cricket team has also won the ICC Test Championship 7 times since it started – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    In one day cricket, Australia has won the ICC ODI Championship 5 times since it started – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. They have also won the past 3 One Day International World Cups, in 1999, 2003 and 2007.

    Surely more than a decade of dominance at an international level (rather than a national level like most teams on this list) merits a mention on this list, if not the number 1 spot. During this time Australia beat teams from England, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and West Indies. Admittedly they did also play minnows like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh but the number of good sides far outweighs the number of minnows. They also dominated at both levels of the game, Test and One Dayers. A much better effort than most teams on the list.

  • MinonBer

    cricket is not a sport

  • astraya

    It happens in amateur sport as well. Brighton Rugby Union club dominates Adelaide (South Australia) rugby. They were in every grand final from 1971 to 1986, and won all but two, winning in 1972-81 (10 years) and 1983-86 (4 years). They have since won 11 more times in 22 years, including six straight in 1992-97.

  • tookyb

    Cricket is not an amateur sport, they are all full time professionals.

    Also comment 11. from MinonBer was just from my partner trying to piss me off.

  • tookyb

    Woops I misread comment 12. I thought it was implying cricket was an amateur sport. Woops.

  • SnowKid32

    LMAO such ownage.

  • GForce

    Whats the deal with #1 UCLA. The paragraph talks about basketball but the photo has them all holding tennis rackets and wearing sweaters.

  • Nelia

    Love those Celtics :) Maybe someone wants to rethink the picture for number one? Am I the only one seeing a bunch of guys with tennis rackets representing the UCLA basketball team?

  • Tricia

    Nelia: I see it too. At first I was excited to see a tennis team at #1. :)

  • kidaaron09

    Surely Manchester United from 92-03. 8 Premier league titles in 11 years!

  • Jetty L

    If you’re a Manc, you’re a WANK!
    You’ll Never Walk Alone, LIVERPOOL!!!

  • Fivestring63

    Wondering why you have a tennis players for the UCLA basketball team??

    Some other winning streaks

    Even though the Celtics are on here beating the Lakers, the 1971-72 Lakers actually have the longest winning streak in NBA history with 33.

    Brandon High School Wrestling (Florida)- Lost their first meet last month since 1973. They had won 459 straight.

    Squash – 555 matches — 1981-1986 Jahangir Khan

    Wheelchair tennis – 354 or 355 matches* — 2003-present Esther Vergeer

    Beach Volleyball – 112 match wins, 19 tournament wins — 2007-2008 – Misty May and Kerri Walsh, United States

    College soccer (Women’s) 169 games — 1986 – 1990 North Carolina

    High school badminton – 504 games — 1973-2005 Miller Place High School

    And one for good measure , NCAA Basketball: California Institute of Technology: 207 games losing streak.

  • Ben

    I think FC Bayern Munich should get a mention. 3 European Cups in a row(1974-76). A record 21 German Championships. A record 14 German Cups. A record 6 German League Cups. 3 German Supercups. 2 Intercontinental Cups. 4 UEFA Champions League Cups. 1 European Cup Winners Cup. 1 UEFA Cup.

    I think that beat out Liverpool by a long shot.

  • wainboy

    im so glad to see all the australian entries, but i agree that cricket should be up there. Australia has dominated ICC and ODI cricket for 20 years and it’s reign is only just coming to an end.

  • Babhen

    Hey!! Am I the only one who miss Chicago Bulls? 72-10 that was something.

  • Jessy

    why is the basketball team holding tennis racquets?

  • Milos

    more science in the next lists pls. i havent even read this one.

  • Daithi

    No Manchester United??

  • k1w1taxi

    I agree with those that have said Ferrari, who in addition to the consecutive F1 titles totally dominated the Le Mans 24 hr race between 1958 and 1965 (only losing in 1959) or in the same race Porsche who won 10 times between 1976 and 1987 or Audi who have won every year since 2000 barring 2003. Or in the World Rally Championship where Citroen and Sebastian Loeb have won the last 5 drivers titles and Lancia who won 7 Manufacturers titles between 1983 and 1992.

    I also agree with the Aussie Cricket team, whose achievement is more meritorious when you consider that getting 16 results in a row either way is very hard given the chances of rain interruptions (the only teams likely to achieve that feat other than Oz are Zimbabwe and Bangladesh who can lose that many on the trot.

    A couple of nominations from our neck of the woods include the Auckland Provincial Rugby Team who have won 17 national titles since 1982 (17/25) and held the Ranfurly Shield from 1984 to 1993 (when the Mighty Waikato lifted it off them :D :D ) Or the Crusaders who have won 6/11 of the Super Rugby titles. Then there are the All Blacks who only ever lose at the Rugby World Cup:) well almost the total win record since 1905 runs at 70+%.

    Ben (22) but over What period? Also with regard Man U 10 Premierships since 1993 (one more than Juventus in the same period of 15 years),4 FA Cups, 1 League Cup, 7 Charity Shields, 2 Champions League cups and two Intercontinental cups including the Premiership, FA Champions League treble in 1999.

    Cheers
    Lee

  • downhighway61

    jajdude, you are by far my favorite commenter on here.

  • Bobo

    Well I see Arthur Ashe on the UCLA team and they seem to be dressed in tennis clothes… But that boo-boo no withstanding, a great list – well done.

  • Beanyboom

    Agree with most, but no mention of the New England Patriots from 2001-2008? It was a travesty they missed the playoff this year seeing as they beat Arizona by 40 points….

    Celtics could have been higher too..

    LFC4LYF YNWA

  • forwarddrew

    I’m disappointed that there is no mention of Glasgow Rangers 9-in-a-row of Scottish league championships. good list though.

  • Bigwig Rabbit

    Kelly Slater: 9 WCT Championships. Unprecedented.

  • ChicagoKitty

    Why would you mention Rangers instead of Celtic FC????? They won the 9-In-A-Row first and won the European Cup while doing it. All Rangers have done is destroy Manchester and made enimies with fans across Europe.

  • MT

    Great list. I don’t know about the non-US teams but UCLA, Celtics and Yankees are dead on.
    Also, although not a “team” sport, Joe Louis dominated boxing for 11 years as World Heavyweight Champ. A feat that will never be repeated.

    JF, you got the photo wrong (again) for #1 UCLA. Or are you just upset no NZ teams made the list and did that on purpose.

  • LordCalvert

    i’m just gonna say, Tiger Freakin Woods. the man is a dynasty unto himself. been in the top 10 golfers in the world for 615 straight weeks. that’s almost 12 years. i call that consistency. even though he missed the 2nd half of last season due to a knee injury, he still amassed enough points to remain comfortably at no. 1 on the world rankings.

    plus he’s on track to become the first athlete BILLIONAIRE for crying out loud!

  • bucslim

    Pretty sure the UCLA Picture is of the tennis team not the basketball team. Of course the rackets are a dead give away, but the guy on the far left in the front row is tennis great Arthur Ashe. And Ashe did attend UCLA.

    I like Lord Calvert’s idea about Tiger Woods, but Jack Nicholas still holds the record for most majors.

  • thirtytwo

    Boooooooooooooooooooooo Liverpool. Hope Everton murder them today!!

  • d

    The photo may show the tennis team, but UCLA’s basketball team is definitely the correct choice for greatest dynasty in the history of sports.

    They won 11 national championships in 12 years and would have won another one had they not uncharacteristically blown a 7-point lead in overtime in the 1974 semi-final game. Many people think they might have won a few more had coach John Wooden not retired after the 1974-75 season.

    They had winning streaks of 88, 47 and 41 games. They had four undefeated seasons. They were the winningest team of the 60s AND the 70s. Remarkably, they lost only 27 games during the entire decade of the 70s. The 1972 team decimated its opponents by an average of 32 points per game.

    I remember seeing John Wooden interviewed immediately after UCLA won the 1971 championship. The announcer said something like, “Well, it’s been an incredible streak, Coach Wooden, but your entire team is graduating.” Wooden, always the soft-spoken gentleman, said, “Well, we had a pretty good freshman team this year.”

    What an understatement. UCLA’s freshman team, lead by Bill Walton, had gone undefeated that season. Walton’s varsity team went undefeated the next two seasons and blew a 7-point lead in overtime to cost themselves another championship.

    I’ll stop now. I probably lost all of you by the second paragraph.

  • ringtailroxy

    what is with the b-o-r-i-n-g sports lists lately? nothing against those whom enjoy sports…

    and in the spirit that LV covers & represents all ideas equally…i appreciate that. but how about the wierd/wonderful/mysterious lists?

    rtr

  • PJMurphy

    Have to disagree with the Montreal NHL dynasty. It wasn’t all that impressive, considering that there were only six teams in the league at the time.

    A better example would be the Oilers dynasty in the 80’s. With 21 teams in the league, Edmonton took the Cup 5 years out of seven between ’83 and ’90.

    Before that, the New York Islanders took 4 straight, and before THAT, Montreal did the same. All were years with many more teams than six in the NHL

  • RandomPrecision

    the picture for UCLA is wrong…
    good choices though, well done.

  • Chris

    So…The Yankees have to be #1 simply because they have one ONE QUARTER of the World Series Championships to be played in the history of baseball (according to Wikipedia). There is not another team that dominates a sport like that and there may never be one (except the Yankees becoming even more dominating). Also what is with the picture for #1, I’m pretty sure all those “basketball players” are holding tennis rackets.

  • Chris

    Won* sorry

  • kaya

    The Habs have also won a Stanley Cup in every decade…so far (if they don’t win the Cup in 2009 though, that streak’s over) and while it’s not quite as impressive as 150 years, this is their 100th season as a hockey team. They were playing hockey and winning Stanley Cup’s before the NHL even existed. They have dominated the NHL winning 24 Stanley Cups in 100 years, with the Toronto Maple Leafs in second place with only 13 since 1917. The Detroit Red Wings only have 11 since 1926.

  • Busta Mantee

    What about the West Indies cricket team of 1976(?)-1995?

    19 years of world domination with no series lost. No other team could stand against them.

  • DarrenFletcher

    Manchester United?

  • Tim

    Too Australian?

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    WHAT ABOUT THE STEELERS!

  • I remember the UCLA basketball dynasty, though I was but a young thing, because I watched it on t.v. with my dad. In fact, that’s how I got addicted to basketball.
    I understand, now, that the recuiting practices might not have been quite proper, and that the players may have received “bonuses” along the way, which is why heavily endowed schools like UCLA could capture and retain great players.
    I know nothing about the recuiting practices of the overseas teams, but I’d bet there was something not quite plumb about them, either.

  • willbear

    I agree with PJMurphy, impressive as Montreal is there wasn’t a whole lot of competion then. I would have much rather seen the Oilers in there.

  • tito29

    Have you ever even watched sports? all your stats for the american sports are not even close to being accurate. Ive been a devoted everyday reader of this site for almost two years and i have never been disgusted like this. Awful plain awful.

  • 54. tito29: Your pain may be real, but your timeline is off. LV just celebrated it’s “first birthday”!

  • downhighway61

    Tito, segue, you’re both wrong. Or right, depending on how you look at it. Listverse’s birthday was in the beginning of July.

  • Darren

    harlem globetrotters, anyone…..?

  • Mom424

    I think this is a great list; all of these accomplishments are noteworthy if not well known in North America. That’s a good thing; 3/4’s of the world is NOT in North America.

    Baloney on putting in the Oilers over the Canadiens. If you’re Canadian, even a young ‘un has heard of and realizes the importance of Rocket Richard, Jacques Plante et al.

    Dentshop: I’m assuming Juventus FC did not win the European Cup that year?

  • bosoxrule148927

    I’m loving the sports lists. GO CELTICS!!!!

  • 56. downhighway61: You’re right, but I used the modifier “just”, which is, in most cases, equal to “recently”.
    So what I said was LV recently celebrated etc.

  • bosoxrule148927

    Darren: The Globetrotters are not a dynasty. That’s like if a professional team kept playing a high school team. Obviously they are going to have a long winning streak. When they actually did face a good player in 1995, they lost to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s team. Kareem put up 34 points on them, and oh yeah, HE WAS 48!

  • Kiribub

    32. Beanyboom

    Agree with most, but no mention of the New England Patriots from 2001-2008?

    Agreed. They’re also the current favorites to win the 2010 SuperBowl. That, to me, is indicative of a dynasty.

  • bosoxrule148927

    “I agree with PJMurphy, impressive as Montreal is there wasn’t a whole lot of competion then. I would have much rather seen the Oilers in there.”

    I have to agree, the Oilers winning 4 out of 5 in ’84 to ’88 and the Islanders four in a row from 1980 to 1983 are more impressive than the Canadiens 5 in a row from ’56 to ’60. When the Canadiens did that, there were 6 teams in the league, when the Oilers and Islanders had their runs, there were 21 teams. And I’m not just saying this because I’m a diehard Bruins fan.

  • 7raul7

    Real Madrid… % champions consecutive leagues. Need i say more ?

  • 7raul7

    5 times* srry…

  • ViewARandomList…

    go niners

  • Corey

    To those who mentioned the New England Patriots – are you kidding me?!

    1) Countless teams have won 3 or 4 championships in 6 or 7 years in the U.S. alone. The Patriots are on par with the San Antonio Spurs for those years, so you’d have to include them both. It would be ridiculous to put the Patriots on this list and leave off teams with more impressive resumes like the L.A. Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Red Wings, etc.

    2) The Patriots humiliated themselves last year in the Superbowl, and their cheating scandal has tainted their supposed “dynasty”.

  • bosoxrule148927

    How about the US Basketball team winning 13 gold medals in the 17 times the event has been held. One of those times they didn’t win they were boycotting the games. The US career record in the Olympics is 122-5 and the average margin of victory is 28 points. They have medaled every single time they have competed.

  • bosoxrule148927

    “2) The Patriots humiliated themselves last year in the Superbowl, and their cheating scandal has tainted their supposed “dynasty”.”

    Only haters and people who do not know anything about American football think their dynasty is at all tainted.

  • Chris

    #1 should have been a simple choice. Out of the 104 World Series played, the Yankees have won 26 of them. That means that the other 29 teams in the MLB have won a total of 78 World Series. That means that each team has won an average of a little more than 2 World Series each. The Cardinals (#2 in World Series wins) have won 10. No other team has even appeared in 26 World Series, let alone win 26. The numbers/evidence clearly point to the Yankees as being the most opponent-crushing sporting dynasties.

  • bosoxrule148927

    Chris: The Yankees have won exactly 25% of World Championships, the Celtics have won 27.4% of NBA Championships. Celtics>Yankees.

  • Kiribub

    “2) The Patriots humiliated themselves last year in the Superbowl, and their cheating scandal has tainted their supposed “dynasty”.”

    Agreed.

    A. Folks who say the Patriots “choked” or, to quote here,”humiliated themselves” are suggesting the Giants aren’t responsible for their victory. Ridiculous.

    B. “Cheating.” Hmmmm. I’d love someone to find a quote where Roger Goodell uses that term. Furthermore, folks who know the rule that was broken realize it wasn’t the filming that was illegal, it was the placement of the camera.

  • Nemiga

    This is a really good list (Y)

  • bosoxrule148927

    Kiribub: I 100% agree. There are cameras on the sidelines that show the coaches all the time that we see while watching the game. If the Patriots really gained a competitive edge from taping, why does the NFL allow cameras to show the coaches at all during games?

  • The Tantalizer

    UM… WHAT ABOUT TEAM CANADA? 5 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN A ROW… MAYBE IM THE ONLY ONE WHO REMEMBERS THAT CUZ IM CANADIAN

  • bosoxrule148927

    Another thing, if the Pats really were winning games because of this video taping, why would they place their cameraman right on the sideline for everyone to see?

  • Chris

    bosoxrule: On the other hand, the Yankees have won 26 World Series, while the Celtics have won 17 NBA Championships. Yankees>Celtics.

    This looks like this might turn into a Boston vs. New York argument judging by your name (bosoxrule) because I happen to be a die hard Yankee fan. lol

  • bosoxrule148927

    Another amazing thing about the Celtics, from 1957-1986 they won 16 of the 30 NBA Championships.

  • Chris

    Actually, kiribub, Goodell used a phrase that was awfully similar to cheating. He said they violated league rules. Even worse, they got caught taping THE JETS. Why would you tape the Jets, at least tape a good team (and I’m a Jets fan).

    Here’s the source from ESPN.com: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3014677

  • bosoxrule148927

    Chris: Bring it on.

    Celtics have only lost 3 of their 20 finals appearances, Yankees have lost 13 of their 39.

  • bosoxrule148927

    Chris: The violation of league rules was WHERE they taped. If he was taping in the coaches box, there would be no issue. The Pats caught the Jets taping in an illegal spot just 8 months earlier, but chose not to involve the league. Mangini and the Jets confirmed this.

  • Kiribub

    Hi Chris-
    “I’m a Jets fan”

    Here’s to Rex Ryan. I think he’ll be very good for your club. Your guys need to establish some stability at QB, though.

    /Roots for the Patriots
    //Could never bring myself to “boo” another team.

  • bosoxrule148927

    Well in Week 17 I was the biggest Jets fan in the world.

  • luce

    Liverpool all the wayyyyy!

    Red till I die :)

  • YogiBarrister

    Cool list, although there are too many American teams on it :) How about the New Zealand All Blacks, shouldn’t they be on here.
    Are the Melbourne Demons an Australian rules football team or what we Americans call soccer?

  • Kiribub

    bosoxrule148927

    Well in Week 17 I was the biggest Jets fan in the world.

    I was keeping my fingers crossed as well. Ah well. :)

  • Jacob

    What about the San Diego Sockers?

  • infallibleangel

    You should remodel this forum so that one can specifically reply to others’ comments.

  • Cyn

    88. infallibleangel –
    this is not a forum. it is a website that allows public commenting. and yes, there is a distinct difference in appearance and capabilities.
    you are welcome to comment, although i’d hope you’d checked out the FAQ prior to doing so.
    also..if you are interested in that depth of interactivity..like in a social website..would you be willing to consider a subscription service or do you know of any corporate sponsorships?
    the depth of interactivity you’ve requested takes a different type of platform that requires much more oversight and monitering, let alone setting the thing up in the first place.
    so i think J’s done quite well given the constraints of this blog format. ofc..i would love to see this site grow and generate enough revenue to upgrade to the kinda capacity you’re suggesting too.
    all it takes is time and money ;)

  • CoryVictorious

    How about the USSR olympic ice hockey team between 1960-1980. 4 olympic gold medals in a row (sandwiched between two US golds) and possibly the most dominant team in hockey at the time. Look at the scores of the games they won during that time period.

  • munro

    how about the IIHF Canadian world juniors. they took the IIHF world junior championship ’09 for the 5th time in five years. it was a magnificent show once again as they slaughtered each team. even scoring in the last five seconds of the third period of the semi final game against russian to go into overtime and eventually score another incredible goal. you should check them out at the end of this year. they’re amazing.

  • lightningclash

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!

  • bosoxrule148927

    “How about the USSR olympic ice hockey team between 1960-1980. 4 olympic gold medals in a row (sandwiched between two US golds) and possibly the most dominant team in hockey at the time. Look at the scores of the games they won during that time period.”

    There is no way it would get the nod over US basketball. 19 gold medals out of 26 opportunities. This is men’s and women’s. Also they have medaled in every year they have participated in the games.

  • undernot

    What about the U.S. Women’s Olympic Softball team? They won the gold at three Olympics in a row, and in the 2004 Olympics held their opponents to 1 run in 7 games. They are the reason softball is being removed from the Olympics, they dominated too much.

  • bosoxrule148927

    undernot: True, 34-5 record, 3 golds in 4 games, outscoring opponents 175-21.

  • Barrett

    “What makes this dynasty so remarkable is that UCLA players were never on long-term contracts and would only spend 3 or 4 years at the team. Wooden constantly refreshed the team with talented players, and what players they were.”

    Uh, UCLA is a college. NCAA players aren’t on contracts. Obviously, the max you can play is 4 years (disregarding medical redshirts, etc.). Wooden refreshing the team? Well, new people come in every year, and then play for 4 years (unless the opt for the NBA draft). So obviously there are new players. There are differences between the NBA and NCAA.

  • SocialButterfly

    Wow segue (post #60) You sure do enjoy arguing the technicalities. . . I don’t post much on the main site anymore but just from reading a sampling of your comments on recent lists it seems to me personally that you really enjoy proving your authority on any subject even if you have to rely on those minute points.

    Is there anything you haven’t see, done, experienced or accomplished better than anyone else?

  • matt

    100

  • matt

    ^^ fail

  • lifeschool

    97: SocialButterfly – yeah Segue, lighten up. :)

  • astraya

    segue: It grieves me to disagree with you, but neither “just” not “recently” encompasses a span of over 18 months.

    To those nominating individuals: this is a list about “teams” or “nations” – please read the introduction. No doubt those you name are worthy, but they just don’t belong here. Consider making a list and submitting it. And BTW Tiger Woods loses more often than he wins.

  • Mortivore

    @33 Beanyboom: He didn’t put the Patriots on there because they’re soulstealers and babyeaters. >.>

  • Mortivore

    …Just realizing this, but it totally cut off half of my comment.

    Jist of it was, great list, but a twelve year old could convince me anything about sports. I’m sports illiterate. ^-^

  • dudemeister

    k heres my list

    1. Eagles
    2. Phillies
    3. Sixers
    4. Flyers
    5. Brian Westbrook

  • nepratini

    85: Yogibarrister
    The Melbourne Demons are an Australian football team not a soccer team. We call it soccer here in Australia aswell.

  • Matt123

    Cool List. Found the info on soccer & Aussie football interesting. When I saw the title, I just knew the Skankees
    would be there. Aghhh! (It’s tough being a Mets fan.)

  • Joseph52

    Chicago Bulls, 6 NBA championships in eight years in the 1990s, including a 72-10 season during that run.

  • k1w1taxi

    nepratini (105) UUHH actually it is football in Aussie as well. The Codes governing body is Football Australia. The A-League is promoted as Football not soccer All the teams are Football Clubs not soccer clubs.

    Cheers
    Lee

  • k1w1taxi

    Barret (96) I think you will find that was the gist of the original point. It is so much easier to create a dynasty in pro sports due to the ability to sign players to long term contracts. This therefore makes UCLA’s achievement even greater given the instability in team makeup of the time frame involved.

  • k1w1taxi

    Yogibarrister (85) Yes they should! As mentioned in my earlier post their historical win rate is around 70%, somewhat better than the crappy 26% of the worlds most overpaid and overrated sports team :). In fact the ABs have a better than 50% win rate against EVERY country they have played since 1905. There are currently only two teams in World Rugby that do not automatically step on to the field against the ABs thinking they will probably lose, South Africa and Australia. England probably think that as well but then that’s just because they’re too stupid to know the truth.

    Also a plea to those suggesting other teams that should be on the list how about some reasons (stats). eg Jacob (87)

    Cheers
    Lee

  • phat jon

    this list eats it

  • evilk8

    Go the All Blacks! (bite me aussie!)

  • RobertSean

    detroit red wings!

  • Barrett

    Agreed, k1w1taxi

  • Corey

    I’m not a Patriots hater and I know everything about American football. I simply am not impressed by a team completely stacked with talent who could easily win every game, but still felt they needed to break the league rules for an advantage. In regards to this list, I’m not impressed by the Patriots’ 3 championships… That’s FAR from a real dynasty!

    I will agree that the U.S. Olympic basketball team should be on here. Probably number 1. But I guess if you did that, you’d have to include other Olympic sports, and the U.S. would occupy more spots on this list… and non-Americans would bitch.

  • Wally

    Barrett (96) – Many outside the US wouldnt understand the difference between college ball and pro ball, so it was worth noting. Has anyone ever challenged Woodens record for “refreshing” teams? Nope so enough said.

    Tim (50) – Too Australian? Deservedly so. Australia is one of the greatest sporting nations in the world. Happy Australia Day all!

    Tito29 (54) – You are a clod. Point out which statistics are wrong.

    Read the prologue people, New England do not get close. As for the “Awful Blacks”, how many Rugby World Cups have they won? One, back in the amateur days. Winning the big one makes you a dynasty team, so therefore the All Blacks – while great, are not good enough for this list.

  • evilk8

    Wally by name – Wally by nature.

  • anthony p

    Wally by head stone if he keeps that up, Shall i point out that in both the last world cup and the one in south africas the matches were heavily controversial and dont feed me the “dont be such a sore loser line” because i quite happily admit when a team losses because they didnt play better then the other side. like someone said early they hold a 70% win rate over nearly 100 years of international rugby.

  • stone

    why are all the american teams 1st 2nd and 3rd i mean shuldnt the tennis team be higher because they won the most out of them all
    what about the patriots they dominated the nfl for a while which is alot better than all of them
    also laos from france have dominated for many years now winning most of the french ligue since 2000

  • Wally

    anthony p, I already admitted they are a great team, one of the worlds most famous. However they do not deserve a spot on this list, simply because they dont have the Webb Ellis trophies to back it up. Plenty of Tri-Nations, Bledisloe etc but not the big one. Had the World Cup been played for the last 60 years, I am sure the All Blacks would have the notches on their belts, but alas no. As for the controversial losses, thats history now, and this isnt a list for teams that coulda, shoulda, woulda… ;-)

  • Brian

    I’m sorry to anyone who thinks the Patriots are a dynasty. I would rank the Steelers, 49ers, Packers, and Cowboys above them. But the one team in American Football that always gets forgotten are the Cleveland Browns from 46-55. During that span they went 105-17-4 (83.33%), had a perfect 15-0 season in 1948 (24 years Before the Miami Dolphins’ perfect season), and went to 10 straight championship games winning 7. The team’s QB Otto Graham also played one year of professional basketball leading the Rochester Royals to the title. So for those who think Brady is God just remember Otto Graham. Two sports, 11 years, 11 championship appearances, 8 titles.

  • Meeep

    to those suggesting the pats are a dynasty now…when was their last SB title?

    you can MAYBE include 01-04…but that ship has sailed…pats didnt cheat per se…but they are definitely no longer a dynasty (if they ever were)

    and the bulls being left off this list is awful…i expected top 5 when i opened it…bulls EASILY win 8 in a row if jordan doesnt retire…and they SHOULD have been to another NBA final without jordan if not for a phantom foul on pippen in the closing seconds. they crushed teams like it was no ones business. 72-10 speaks for itself.

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    First of all look at how many superbowls the Steelers have. Ya! still not impressed? Wait till sunday. And you guys know why the patriots suck? CAUSE THEY ARE NOT THE STEELERS!

  • Poojer

    This list lost all credibility when you left off the 1980’s Edmonton Oilers 5 cups from 83 to 90 not to mention 6 nhl hall of famers on the same team Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Coffey, Anderson and Fuhr

  • livid

    WHY IS A TENNIS TEAM IN FOR THE BASKETBALL TEAM AT #[email protected]#!

    Holy F-ing Christ! I Can’t Go On!

  • Tig

    HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY AND CHINESE NEW YEAR ALL!!!!
    YAY
    YAY
    YAY

  • Andrew

    What about Manchester United since the inception of the premier league (1992-93) to present. In that time they’ve won the League 10/16 times, not to mention in 1995 & 1998 they were only a point away from winning, which would have gave them nine championships in a row. In that time they also have won the Champions League 2 times, the FA cup 4 times, the League cup twice, the Intercontinental cup, and the FIFA club world Cup. In that time they also won the Treble, the only team to ever win the true treble in one of the three toughest leagues in the world.

  • Spart

    Port Adelaide Football Club.

    From 1953, Port Adelaide played in every grand final for the rest of the decade and won a record six premierships in a row from 1954–1959.

  • Sorry for the image mixup – I have only just been able to get to the computer so it has taken me far too long to correct it! It has been a hard day – forgive me :)

  • Signe

    Didn’t the Sovjet Union use to win everything in the olympic games back in the 70s?

  • Nejikun

    Australian cricket team: 15 years of virtual supremacy. nothing more need be said.

  • scotjock81

    disappointed not to see my team glasgow celtic first team ever to win 9 domestic championships winning the new european cup for the first time the first british team to do so in 67 but the most amazing thing about that lisbon lion team is that they where all born bred and lived within 20 miles of the stadium a feat that will NEVER happen again with all the money in football as the other side say big jock know thats why we won 9 in a row he knew alright that he had the best team in the world. Biased yes but the figures speak for themselves GREATEST TEAM EVER! Imho

  • mcsquida

    Kudos to DentShop for putting a worldwide spin on this list. When I saw the title of the list I was pretty sure I was going to read about 9 US teams and one token foreign team.

    Sure there’s a lot of other sporting dynasties, but I think this is a pretty damn good list.

  • Muttley

    United #7 – get a life! Liverpool is THE most successful club in Europe – we have more national and international “silverware” than any other football club – and that includes AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid!

    tookyb #12 – you forgot to mention that the Australian Cricket Team is ranked #1 in Test Cricket; #1 in One Day Internationals and #2 in the Twenty/20 format!

    However – the list might have also mentioned (and this REALLY hurts me to say it) Glasgow Rangers had a run of 10 consecutive Scottish Premier League titles in the 70’s as well as a cumulative total of (I think) 51 Scottish Premier League titles altogether. I guess, as a Glasgow Celtic supporter I shall just have to take comfort in the fact that though we have only 42 Premier League Titles (10 less than Rangers) but MORE Scottish FA Cup wins, more Double & Triple Crowns than Rangers and are the ONLY ‘Champions League Winning Team from Scotland’.

    Up the Bhoys!

  • Lalalilo

    Who cares about league championships in Football. A much more impressive feat is winning the European Cup/Champions league and this list lacks two teams who are more deserving than Juve and Liverpool and that is Real Madrid who absolutely dominated the first editions of the EC and the Hungarian Golden 11 who was undefeated for 3 years in international football nad absolutely dominated like no other team in football ever has.

    But the one fun thing about this list is that it is diverse and shows a lot of sports which is pretty impressive.

  • miller

    It’s interesting to think that these all happened in the past and we have yet to see these types of feats repeated. In a way these sports organizations learn that a dominating force like the teams have accomplished do not breed a profitable fan base. They have learned to control dominance with guidelines in player management and salary caps. Is this a bad thing or good thing? I don’t know. Good in some ways bad in others, but one thing is for sure these types of dominating feats in sports may never happen again.

  • How can you not have to Chicago Bulls Bynasty on there???? Jordan, Pippen, Kerr, Kuckoch(SP?), Rodman…come on! The fantastic 5! Chicago Bulls of the 1989 to 1998 lead by Michael Jordan. (6 NBA championships in 8 seasons 2 sets of three consecutive championships(91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98) They also won 6 division titles in 8 seasons and hold the best ever single regular season games won record in NBA history (72-10) during the 95/96 season. Or the USA Dream Team [12 Olympic gold medals, 1 silver and one bronze medal, 109-2 record (1936-2000)]…And what with all the soccer teams…soccer is the worst sport ever…

    NFL – Cleveland Browns of the 1940s and 1950s (10 consecutive championship game appearances from 1946 to 1955: 4 AAFC titles, 3 NFL championships)

    College FOOTBALL – Oklahoma 1948-1958 (National championships in 1950, 1955 & 1956. Eleven straight conference championships. Overall record of 106-9-2. Winning streaks of 31 and 47 games. A 100 game span with a record of 93-5-2.

    NHRA – John Force from 1990 to 2006 14 of 14 driving titles in 17 seasons

    MLB – New York Yankees from 1995 to 2007 (13 consecutive postseason appearances including 10 division titles, 6 AL pennants, 4 championships, and 3 wild card berths in 13 years

    WRESTLING
    Oklahoma State University
    The Oklahoma State University wrestling team is among the most storied programs in all of college athletics. OSU’s 34 team titles are the most ever collected by a school in one sport. The Cowboys won eleven titles from 1928 to 1940, and ten more from 1954 to 1968) Strings of consecutive titles include:

    * Back-to-back titles in 1948-49, 1958-59, 1961-1962, and 1989-90
    * Three straight titles during 1933-35 and 1954-56
    * Four straight titles during 1928-31 and 2003-06
    * Seven straight titles during 1937-46 (no tournament was held
    from 1943 to 1945)

    The Cowboys have also produced 133 individual national champions, including the sport’s first-ever four-time champion, Pat Smith.

    Sources: [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynasty_(sports)]Wikipedia[/url]

  • psychosurfer

    Am I the only one here who likes Motor sports?
    Where is the almighty Michael Shumacher, the living legend Valentino Rossi, or the unbeatable perfection of Sebastian Loeb???

    I liked Fivestring63´s list better.

  • gatineau

    The New England Patriots in the Tom Brady era should be in the list and if not, than surely in the notable mentions. And why is the Montreal Canadiens in at number 6, they should be #3 because of the Richard bros. Nobody will break Henri Richard’s record with 11 stanley cup wins in their NHL career ever.

    I can see why the UCLA basketball team is on the list but its pretty easy when they’re in the worst division. If there should be any mention of an NCAA team on the list, than there should be the Miami University Hurricanes from 2000-2005. Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, Frank Gore, Najeh Davenport, and that’s only the running backs.

  • gatineau

    Oh! and youre forgetting Real Madrid and Manchester United also.

  • bosoxrule148927

    I’m one of the biggest Patriots fans, and I can objectively say that the Pats should not be on this list. They are a dynasty in terms of the NFL in the Super Bowl era, but not really a dynasty compared to these other teams. Bulls should be on there, but I disagree with people saying that they would have won 8 in a row easily if Jordan didn’t spend two years playing baseball. Jordan’s skills were diminishing and his father had just been murdered, he needed that break. And gatineau, there is no way the Hurricanes should be on there from 2000-2005, one championship in that span does not make a dynasty, doesn’t matter the great players they had. If you are going to talk about college football dynasties, the only ones that come to mind are Notre Dame’s 4 championships in 7 years from 1943-1949, Alabama’s 4 championships in 7 years from 1973-1979, and the less-popular one Minnesota’s 5 championships in 8 years from 1934-1941. You can make a better case for Miami from 1987-1991 than 2000-2005.

  • Krav

    FC Bayern Munich has won the most titles in the Bundesliga history. 21 German championships ’32, ’69, ’72, ’73, ’74, ’80, ’81, ’85, ’86, ’87, ’89, ’90, ’94, ’97, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’03, ’05, ’06, ’08.

    14 German Cups titles ’57, ’66, ’67, ’69, ’71, ’82, ’84, ’86, ’98, ’00, ’03, ’05, ’06, ’08

    6 League Cups ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’04, ’07

    3 Supercups ’83, ’87, ’90

    2 World club cups ’76, ’01

    Champions League ’01

    European Cup ’74, ’75, ’76

    UEFA Cup winners Cup ’67

    UEFA Cup ’96

  • Krav

    The Chicago Bears are a dominant force in the NFL. League Championships (9)
    NFL Championships (8)
    1921, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963
    Super Bowl Championships (1)
    1985 (XX)

    Conference Championships (4)
    NFL Western: 1956, 1963
    NFC: 1985, 2006

    Division Championships (17)
    NFL Western: 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946
    NFC Central: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2001
    NFC North: 2005, 2006

    Playoff Appearances (24)
    NFL: 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1956, 1963, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2006

    26 Hall of Famers – Most in NFL. 13 retired numbers – Most in NFL

  • bosoxrule148927

    Krav, Packers>Bears and to say the Bears are a dominate force is wrong.

    Packers 12 League Championships>Bears 9 League Championships

    Packers 3 Super Bowls>Bears 1 Super Bowl

    Packers 8 Conference Championships>Bears 4 Conference Championships

    The only thing the Bears have is more Division Titles and more Hall of Famers, while the Packers aren’t far behind with 21 Hall of Famers and 13 Division Titles. Packers have been in the playoffs 24 times, just like the Bears. And retired numbers is irrelevant since the team decides whose number to retire, they could retire 50 numbers if they wanted to. I hate both since both have beaten my beloved Patriots in the Super Bowl however.

  • YogiBarrister

    Longball #137, excellent post! I would have guessed Iowa with Dan Gable was the most dominant wrestling program.
    The Cleveland Browns absolutely should be mentioned. I live in the Bay Area and it drives me crazy when 49ers fans say Joe Montana is the best QB in history, by virtue of his four Super Bowl rings. Uhm, what about Otto Graham? He led his team to the championship game every single year of his career, winning seven of them. In fact, he was so great, he’s arguably the most important QB in 49ers history as well. If it wasn’t for him, it’s unlikely those two AAFC teams would have been absorbed into the NFL in the first place. Otto Graham, without question, the greatest QB in history, and the most underrated figure in American sports.

  • Kylo

    Anthony P=sore loser and bad speller. How does a team losses?

  • sarahenity

    Too bad Melbournes 150th year was absolutely woeful… I sat there at every home game completely shocked at how terrible they were.

    Sigh. Hopefully a better year this year…

  • k1w1taxi

    Wally (116)
    As for the “Awful Blacks”, how many Rugby World Cups have they won? One, back in the amateur days. Winning the big one makes you a dynasty team, so therefore the All Blacks – while great, are not good enough for this list.

    So what country do you live in that gives you the right to call the All Blacks Awful? What ever country it is I can tell you that you have a sub 50% win rate against them. Because every country in the world does!

    If winning the world cup is all that counts we throw away completely the preceding 83+ years of Test Rugby? No other competition counts except the World Cup? Goodbye Juventus from this list, Goodbye Liverpool. National premierships can’t be big enough to count. So the only Football (in the International sense) team that could be on this list is the 1958 -1970 Brazil with 3 WC from 4 tournaments. Oops according to the intro three from 4 does not count so no Football team qualifies at all from anywhere or any competition.

    Cheers
    Lee

  • Wally

    Lee (K1w1taxi)

    Quit while you are only down by a few points. I live in Japan, however I am an Australian. So this gives me the right, protected by the Australian Constitution that I should, nay – must, hava a crack at all New Zealand sporting teams regardless of their ability.

    Your argument however holds no water. Do the All Blacks play in a club competition?

    No they dont. Therefore they cannot win club competitions. Do Juventus play in World Cups?

    No they dont, so again they cannot win that title. You can only win the competition you play in.

    I never said the All Blacks history pre-World Cup should be disregarded, I am not sure where you got that from.

  • k1w1taxi

    Wally (149)
    I guess it was this bit
    how many Rugby World Cups have they won? One, back in the amateur days. Winning the big one makes you a dynasty team, so therefore the All Blacks – while great, are not good enough for this list.

    Liverpool and Juventus are both eligible for a higher form of the game than their respective premierships neither of them having dominated in Europe. In fact Real Madrid may be the only team to qualify on that criteria (I don’t know RM Euro record and don’t overly care). Bayern Munich’s hat Trick not being quite enough to qualify them.

    As for your *Constitutional Right* you’ll soon lose that once we officially make you the West Island :) Which will happen just after your Cricket and League Teams get up to standard :p

    Cheers
    Lee

  • astraya

    k1w1taxi: Umm, who won the recent cricket series Aus v NZ? (3-0, wasn’t it?) Aus RL is also way stronger than NZ. It’s just that we don’t win the World Cup!

  • Slightly

    I saw a few comments about Canada’s World Junior team, and it is rightly justified:

    The IIHF World Junior Under 20 Championship has been held for 33 years

    Canada has won the Gold medal at the event 15 times, the Silver 6 times and Bronze 4 that means only 8 years that they have not won a medal in the tounrament. (the next most Gold medals was by the Soviet Union with 8, or 11 if you count the Russian gold as well)

    The team has won Gold 5 times in a row twice (1993-1997 and 2004-2009)(also currently Champions and can potentially win a 6th Gold medal at the 2010 tournament) during which they posted records of 31-1-3 in the 90’s and 30-1 since 04′ as well as having an impressive 167-46-23 record for the entirety of the tournament. They have gone undefeated at 11 tournaments.

    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_national_junior_hockey_team

  • Slightly

    Did I forget to mention they were disqualified from the 1987 tournament for a bench brawl?

    and one last point they have outscored there opponenents 1171-588

  • spark

    Olympiakos FC in Greece.
    11 championships in the last 12 seasons in soccer

  • k1w1taxi

    astraya (151) Ah but what happened when you met a Real Cricket team? We just softened you up for the Seth Efricans :)

    As for the league, like Wally first stated about the All Blacks It doesn’t count if you can’t win the big ones. :D

    Cheers
    Lee

  • astraya

    k1w1taxi: Losing 2-1 to an acknowledged strong team while you are rebuilding does not necessarily break a “dynasty”. If we look back in 2-3 years’ time, the recent Aus v SAf series may just be a blip, like Federer losing to Nadal occasionally, or it may really be the beginning of Australia’s slide to hmmm 2nd or 3rd place.

    Be consistent: you can’t argue against Wally on the one hand and use his argument against me on the other, even if you follow it with a smiley face.
    Either: the All Blacks and Kangaroos are both great teams due to their overall records, despite their World Cup records
    Or: the All Blacks and Kangaroos are both crap teams despite their overall records, because of their World Cup records.
    Take your pick.

  • k1w1taxi

    astraya,

    Actually I have no problem ranking Aussie as the No1 RL Team in the world. Sometimes (about 20%) we get lucky. So we have to make the most of it when we do. Next meeting we will lose by 40 points guaranteed.

    As for the cricket I have to believe we softened you up for SA,or else I have to believe we are as rubbish as Zimbabwe and Bangladesh – Oh Hang on we are. But our new coach will change that(PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE). However I do believe that the Aussie team is on the slippery slope and in reality is already down to the third best country. Is it a blip? I suspect not. Major changes are required especially at the top (Ponting must go as captain). If that happens it should be a relatively short rebuilding phase, otherwise you might end up like us, we have been rebuilding since the losses of Wright, Hadlee and Coney. :(

    Cheers
    Lee

  • Gabi319

    I wasn’t going to mention it because I assumed this was pro-teams…until #1 UCLA. What about NCAA Football? Particularly USC…one of only five teams to have 15 consecutive bowl game appearances and consistently in the top 10 (meh of BCS rankings but we gotta accept what we got until a viable solution can be produced).

    If you want to include non-team sports…I don’t have statistics on hand but can’t deny that Russia’s got a lock on gymnastics.

  • camo

    k1w1taxi (157)

    I am Aussie and I agree that our Cricket team has started it’s slide back down world rankings, albeit after ruling the world for 15 years in both forms of the game (test & ODI); and that 3rd is a fair summation of where we are at, behind Sth Africa and India… (England are dreaming if they think they are up there, and after all, their best player (KP) is a Sth African, somewhat of a tradition in English cricket). The Australian Cricket XI should be on the list.

    I also agree with you re: Rugby League, Aussie is the best team in the world going around, even though we inexplicably lost the World Cup to NZ. As for RU, well of course the Blacks are the best team in the world. They are feared and (very well) respected by every Aussie I know, and for anybody to call them the Awful Blacks is a blight. My missus is a Kiwi, and the house gets a special buzz every year come Bledisloe time. Also, if the Wallabies are out of the World Cup, I get on the All Blacks without hesitation… just wish you guys could win another soon (if we can’t).

    I have a question though, k1w1, do you ever thank your lucky stars that there is AFL (Australian Football), which poaches a vast chunk of men who play contact sport? AFL is the prime sport in 5 of the 7 Aussie states and territories (WA, SA, Vic, Tas & NT). (RL is also responsible for taking a lot of the rugby players from Qld and NSW). Thus, RU is the 3rd line winter contact sport for men in Australia. I wonder if we would be up there with the mighty All Blacks if AFL didn’t exist?

  • k1w1taxi

    Ahh yes but the ARU are doing a mighty fine job raiding the NRL ranks these days. Such outstanding successes as Wendell, Mat Rogers, Lote (though I only include him because I don’t think the RU guys know how to use Lote properly, I fear what Dingo Deans might extract from him.)

    Cheers
    Lee

  • yc

    really boring list sorry but that just my opinion;) jfrater would be really cool if you made a list of most spectaculare identities of sports, or something in tha direction.

    a list of when differnent sports where invented.

    the best chairs, sofas, tables. man i could go on:P

    this site rocks i keep coming back every day. its like an adiction:)

  • otinflewer

    the mentioned feats are to say the least worth being on the list.
    just to add i think, the australian cricket team from 1999 to 2008 and india winning the eight hockey olympics and seven in a row….

  • Spart

    160. K1w1taxi

    Lee – wft? I sat in the stadium in ’03 and watched Johnny Wilkinson kick the most inevitable field goal in history, because Rogers didnt have a pion of brain matter.

    I must say that Sailor and Walker were jut as useless, and Gasnier is destined to be a disaster.

    Lote on the other hand may yet prove to be something, but then he being coached by the best..

  • Riktheriver

    Lalalilo- I hear what your saying about the Hungarian national team but the greatest national team of all time are Brazil between 58-70. Three out of four world cups (probably the greatest honour in sport) and im English and i would admit that if Pele had not been literally kicked out the world cup who is to say they wouldnt have won it in 66.

  • k1w1taxi

    Spart (164) That’s pretty much what I was getting at :) I certainly wouldn’t let the ARU plan my investment strategy :) That’s a hell of a lot of development money wasted on those players.

    Cheers
    Lee

  • FinnMcCool

    University of California Golden Bears Rugby: 24 of the past 29 US Collegiate championships (currently ranked number 1).

  • guy

    i am sure it has been said a few times already but the new zealand all blacks team is dominate on the world rugby stage.

  • Willis1690

    What about Glasgow Rangers FC? 52 league titles and 110 in total, making them the most sucessful football team in history.

  • Peter M

    Rangers Football Club won 9 league titles in a row between the late eighties and early ninties and have won more trophies and their domestic league more times than any other football/soccer team in the history of the game. Surely they must get a look in?

  • Gab

    GO HABS! ;)

  • eric cantona

    peter m. celtic done the very same thing a little earlier. they should both be on this list.

    real madrid? wiith puskas and di stefano up front.?

    is it just me or did they win the european cup five times in a row, and liverpool have won it five times in total?

    another shambolic sports list

  • MK

    Where are the Iowa Hawkeye’s Wrestling team. 23 national championships in 35 years including 9 in a row.

  • tucker

    Lance Armstrong cycling, Willie Mosconi pool 526 high run on March 19, 1954. His record still stands today in the year 2010, …

  • I have a suspicion that the author of this list is an “Aussie”, maybe ??

  • G Plus Ownage

    May I just say what a comfort to find someone that really knows what they are discussing on the net. You certainly realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people should look at this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised you aren’t more popular because you surely possess the gift.

  • peter8172

    1954 Cleveland Indians……..111 – 43 .721 pct. Its too bad that they didn’t win the World Series against The Old New York Giants. That was the World Series in which Willie Mays made “The Catch”

  • lutroyboy

    Minor correction…..UCLA only won 10 NCAA titles in that span. They did not win their 11th title until 1995. The Bruins won in 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73 (7 in a row!!!!) and then in 75. The Texas Western (now UTEP) Miners beat Kentucky in 1966s final and NC State beat Marquette in the 1974 final. Either way it was still an incredibly dominant run

  • Graham

    UCLA players only played for 3 or 4 years?? Well DUH they can’t play any longer than that what are you thinking

  • dan

    United won 13 premier league titles between 93-2011. Not to mention the f.a cups, league cups and champions leagues as well. They should at least out rank liverpool on this list.

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