With the Yankees and Phillies squaring off in this year’s October Classic, both are making a case to be named modern dynasties. The Yankees of course have been a dominant force in the American League over the past many seasons, while the Phillies could take their second championship in as many years. For this reason, this week I come up with my ten biggest dynasties in modern sports.
Dallas Cowboys (1992-1995)
One of the most recognizable and famed franchises in sports, the Boys’ best run came in the early 90’s. Over four seasons, the Boys in Blue were led by Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, won the Super Bowl three times, and the one season that they didn’t win, they still made it to the NFC Championship.
Laval Rouge et Or (2003-Present)
Over the past five years, if you decided to glance at the CIS football rankings, chances are Laval would be at the top. They’ve dominated the Quebec University Football League over this span, taking the Dunsmore Cup each time. In addition, they have won the national championship Vanier Cup three times over those years. At the time of publishing, they are ranked #1 in Canada.
Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1989)
Led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Showtime Lakers redefined the way basketball was played. Over this 10-year span, the Lakers made it to the NBA Championship eight times and ended up winning it five of those times. They claimed nine division titles and eight conference titles over their amazing span.
New York Islanders (1979-1982)
What happened? The Isles of the early 80’s were a force to be reckoned with, led by greats such as Mike Bossy, Bryan Tottier and Denis Potvin, as well as being coached by Al Arbour. They won all four Stanley Cups over this run, and in their four Stanley Cup series they recorded an amazing 16-2 record.
Oakland Athletics (1971-1975)
The boys from Oaktown won five straight division titles over their superior run, and picked up three consecutive World Series championships in the beginning of their dynasty. Led by Reggie Jackson, these A’s remain one of only two teams to win three straight October Classics.
Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-1979)
While a new dynasty may be brewing in Steeltown, the black and gold of the 70’s led by the mean Steel Curtain Defense won four consecutive Super Bowls in their prime.
Olympique Lyonnais (2002-2008)
The powerhouse of the French Ligue 1, Lyon won seven consecutive league championships over their amazing run, absolutely running over anyone who stepped in their way.
Boston Celtics (1957-1969)
Over this extraordinary thirteen-season run, the Celtics made it to the NBA Championship a whopping twelve times, and winning it all but one of those times. Led by hall-of-famers such as Bill Russell and Bob Cousy, the Celtics made themselves one of the most legendary teams in sports.
Edmonton Oilers (1983-1990)
Giving their home city its name “City of Champions,” the star-studded Oilers of the 80’s won five Stanley Cups. Aside from their winning ways, they were one of the most exciting teams to watch, with players such as Wayne Gretzky, Marc Messier, Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson.
Chicago Bulls (1991-1998)
The top team in sports has to go to Michael Jordan’s Bulls of the 90’s. While their six championships don’t add up to as many wins as others’, the Bulls played some of the more difficult teams on their way to glory. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson will go down in history as one of the best trios in sport.