Like It Or Not, They Are A Dynasty

But Where Do Pats Rank On The All-Time List?

Chris Ello
February 08, 2019 - 7:14 am

The television show, most popular in the 1980's, centered around a demanding and controlling oil tycoon, who was one of the great characters in TV history, and his snarky, sneaky, sometimes popular but always controversial ex-wife.

The football team, most popular now, centers around a demanding and controlling head coach, and one of the great players in football history, his snarky, sneaky, sometimes popular but always controversial quarterback.

I never saw "Dynasty." But I've seen plenty of the "The Dynasty."

Frankly, it's a word that's tossed around a bit too loosely these days. I mean, every time a team wins a championship in any sport, it's among the first questions asked: "are they a dynasty?" But in reality, the great ones, like Joan Collins' famous portrayal of Alexis Carrington on ABC for a decade or so simply don't come around all that often.

Unless, that is, you're Tom Brady and you've been playing a role called the GOAT for nearly two decades yourself now.

Yes, folks, like it or not, the New England Patriots, recent winners of their sixth Super Bowl, are a true dynasty. But where do they rank on the all-time list? Let's examine one blog writer's opinion.

5. Montreal Canadiens, NHL (1956-1979). Over a 24 year span, the amazing Canadiens won 15 Stanley Cups. They took 9 of 14 in the late 1950's and 60's. Then won six of nine in the 70's. Overall, Montreal has won a record 24 Cups, but they haven't won one since 1993. They'd be even higher on this list were it not for the fact that the NHL had only six teams until the mid-60's.

4. New England Patriots, NFL (2001-current). They're number four for now, but who knows how much higher they could go? The Pats won three of four Super Bowls last decade, and three of the last five this decade. The constant of course is that demanding coach Bill Belichick and the great Tom Brady at quarterback. There's never been anything quite like this duo in the history of sports. Appearing in nine Super Bowls in 18 seasons in amazing. Qualifying for each of the last eight AFC Championship games is astounding. Remember: football is supposed to be the sport with the most parody.

3. Chicago Bulls, NBA (1991-1998). The Bulls, with Michael Jordan, took six titles in eight years and may very well have won eight in a row were it not for Jordan's infamous attempt to play Major League Baseball during the 1994 and '95 seasons (when Houston took two championships). The Bulls were a perfect 6-0 in Finals play and during those seasons, they won 24 consecutive playoff series -- only two of which were extended to a seventh and deciding game. Fun to watch, but almost impossible to beat, their run included a then-record 72-win season in 1996. And anything that includes Jordan has to be included.

2. New York Yankees, MLB (1949-1964 or 1996-2000). Each of the two runs were spectacular. During the first one, the Bronx Bombers qualified for 12 World Series in 14 years, and won nine of them. That's insane. The second run was four title in five years, and included a 125-win season, plus layers and layers of playoff series victories. Only a two-run rally scratched out against Hall of Fame reliever Mariano Rivera by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 kept it from being five championships in six seasons. In pro sports, the Yankees, with 27 World titles overall, are the Gold Standard.

1. UCLA Bruins, NCAA (1964-1975). John Wooden's great college basketball teams practically invented the word "dynasty." Almost nothing compares (except, perhaps, to the recent dominance of the UConn women). But UCLA won 10 championships in 12 years, which included a run of 38 consecutive victories in the NCAA Tournament. With players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor) and Bill Walton, and dozens of others, UCLA once won 88 games in a row. The stretch included seven straight championships at one point, and all of it ended in Wooden's final game, a 1975 championship game victory over Kentucky in the San Diego Sports Arena.

Let's see any oil tycoon or domineering ex-wife top that.