by Ross Friedman
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1 : a succession of rulers of the same line of descent
What do we hear about sports dynasties? We often
speak of Jordan's Bulls. It is now being mentioned
that this current Yankee team is baseball's first
dynasty since the Athletics won three straight World
Series titles in the early '70s.
However, there is one problem with this. We have been
defining dynasties in sports incorrectly. Cheapening
them every chance we get. Jordan's Bulls were not a
dynasty. Neither were Reggie's A's. Gretzky's Oilers
and Lombardi's Packers? Not even close.
Granted these were all great teams. But in no way
were any of them dynasties. Let's look at the
Webster's definition of a dynasty. A succession of
rulers under the same line of decent. In this case
the players are the rulers and the team is the line of
Well, Jordan's Bulls were not a succession of rulers.
Jordan ruled. Gretzky ruled. Reggie ruled. In my
never humble opinion, there are only four true
dynasties in the history of North American sports.
One is the Boston Celtics (although they currently
seem well removed from that time). Next there is the
Montreal Canadians. In college there is the Fighting
Irish of Notre Dame. Finally there is the greatest
dynasty of North American sports, the New York
The New York Yankee dynasty is not a dynasty from
three straight World Series wins. It's not a dynasty
because they have won four of the last five
championships. The Yankees are a dynasty because they
have won 26 championships over the past 78 seasons.
They are a dynasty because they have won their
championships with a range of players from Babe Ruth
to Derek Jeter, with names such as Gehrig, DiMaggio,
Mantle, Berra, and Reggie in between.
However, now every time we hear the word dynasty, the
true dynasties are cheapened. Three championships
does not automatically give a team dynasty status as
so many people now believe. People use the word
because they are trying to make their team something
A true dynasty takes much longer than that and spans
many years and generations. The Athletics and
Cardinals are second in World Series victories at nine
each. If either of them can win twice their
"fare-share" of World Series, and the Yankees win no
more, it will take them 250 years to catch up. That's
a long time.
To truly be a dynasty, a child, father, and
grandfather should all be able to have grown up watch
the team they love (or hate) win championships.
Baseball has one dynasty. It has been a succession of
hall of fame players winning championships in the
great pinstriped decent.
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