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The 25 Best Robert De Niro Movies, Ranked

Robert De Niro’s charisma, unpredictability, and way with words in films make him arguably the greatest actor of all time. From thrillers and dramas to romances and comedies, De Niro checks the box for just about every genre that there is in film-making.

To sit down and go through what might’ve been his best movies of all time is nothing sort of a privilege, so let’s get into it.

#25 ‘Angel Heart’

The mysterious thriller from 1987 involves a private investigator who is contracted by a man to track down a famous singer. This movie had a variety of genres tied to it and picked up a cult audience after its release. De Niro co-starred with Mickey Rourke, who plays private investigator Harry Angel, while the movie also features Lisa Bonet and Charlotte Rampling.

#24 ‘Casino’
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Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone having a tender moment as they lay on a bed in a scene from the film ‘Casino’, 1995.

The outstanding cast that includes Golden Globe award winners Sharon Stone and James Woods, along with Academy Award winner Joe Pesci is the main reason this movie made the list. Directed by Martin Scorcese, the 1995 movie tells the story of a low-level mobster being ordered to lead the “Tangiers Casino”.

#23 ‘The Untouchables’

The 1987 drama film is a thrilling gangster tale taking place in the heart of Chicago and its highly touted crime period. The cast includes Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, and Andy Garcia. The movie had many components similar to 1930s gangster films, which is what made it so compelling to audiences.

#22 ‘Marvin’s Room’

Produced and cast by De Niro, Marvin’s Room dives into the lives of two sisters, who haven’t seen each other for 20 years, while unraveling dire circumstances that allow their paths to be met once more. Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, and Diane Keaton help make up this star-studded cast in 1996, which catapults it above the traditional family drama flick.

#21 Meet The Parents

What can go wrong does go wrong for Greg Focker, played by actor Ben Stiller, in meeting his girlfriends’ parents for the first time. This was a change of pace comedy act for Robert De Niro, who plays the intimidating father, debuted on October 3rd of 2000, and was renowned for the great duo of Stiller and De Niro that was cracking everyone up in the early 2000s.

#20 ‘Once Upon A Time in America’
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Robert De Niro sitting with James Woods behind him in a scene from the film ‘Once Upon A Time In America’, 1984

Once Upon a Time in America features James Woods and Robert De Niro packing the punch once more in a flashback tale of a Jewish adolescent evolving into a Mafia gang boss. In what can be considered an acquired taste for viewers because of its length (the director’s cut is 250 minutes long), the film’s acting, directing, and writing complement one another perfectly and makes this movie more than worth a watch.

#19 ‘Wag The Dog’

Dustin Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, and Anne Heche star alongside De Niro in this 1997 drama that pins a spin doctor and Hollywood Producer together, with the intent to mask a Presidential sex scandal right before an election. The movie is a comedy that successfully entertains while never straying away from its political target.

#18 ‘Jackie Brown’

In what might be considered Quentin Tarantino’s best film, Jackie Brown makes the list on De Niro’s top movies with the plot of a flight attendant double-crossing two opposing parties amid a drug smuggling shin-dig. Pam Grier is the star of this 1997 movie, and her Foxy-Brown-like performance, along with the appearance of co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Forester, is a big reason why it made the list.

#17 ‘Greetings’

Greetings is one of those movies that a general audience could relate to when it was released on January 20th of 1970. It’s about three buddies with distinctively different personalities trying to navigate New York during the time period that included the Vietnam War and JFK’s assassination. A young Robert De Niro starred in this movie, as it was one of the first films that talked about life during the war.

#16 ‘Bang The Drum Slowly’
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Robert De Niro in Bang The Drum Slowly

The story of a heart-warming friendship brewed between two baseball teammates is brought to the forefront by De Niro, who plays catcher Bruce Pearson, and Michael Moriarty, who plays star pitcher Henry Wiggen. The film that came out in 1973 successfully lures genuine emotion out of America’s pastime for those that may not even follow baseball, so it scores big points for me.

#15 ‘Analyze This’
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The box office hit from 1999 took highlighted the troubling mental state of gangster Paul Vitti, played by Robert De Niro, and how he tries to keep his therapy sessions under wraps, which turns out to be quite difficult. We get to see one of the better humorous roles of De Niro in this movie, as he shares the limelight with Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, and Joe Viterelli.

#14 ‘Joker’

While Robert De Niro doesn’t make many appearances in this one, he’s spot on in every scene that he’s in. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Joker was the coming-of-age story of one of the movie world’s most popular “villains”, and it’s hard to imagine that De Niro didn’t have a hand in at least a few of the scenes that made this movie so good.

#13 ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

Bradley Cooper plays a man named Pat Solatano in Silver Linings Playbook, who moves home with his parents after losing his wife and job and but is given an ultimatum to win them back. De Niro isn’t the star in this film, but certainly finds some of his best footings in his father role to Pat.

#12 ‘Awakenings’

This life-affirming 1990 drama movie highlights the tale of a doctor doing revolutionary work with a group of canonic patients. It seems like whenever Robin Williams, who stars as Dr. Malcolm Sayer, isn’t doing comedic work, which is without his doubt his best work, he’s still doing some of his best acting to date. The duo of Williams and De Niro is solid as hell.

#11 ‘Midnight Run’
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Robert De Niro stands in the desert with Charles Grodin in a scene from the film ‘Midnight Run’, 1988.

Midnight Run debuted in 1988 and revolves around a bounty hunter, named Jack Walsh and played by De Niro, that is hired to find the accountant to a mob. It’s always those duos that you don’t think you’ll find entertaining, that are the best when you find out that they’re funny as hell. Classic buddy movie, well-deserved to be at 11.

#10 ‘The King of Comedy’
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It’s the man that you underestimate who comes back to get you. That’s what psychopath Rupert Pumpkin, played by De Niro, did to Jerry Langford, played by Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy. In this movie, Pumpkin effectively stalked the talk-show host while eventually kidnapping the man; all in an effort to try to land a guest appearance on his show. After watching this movie that was released on February 18th of 1983, you can see why Todd Phillips wanted De Niro to be a part of the 2019 Joker film, as they carry some of the same vibes. Well done.

#9 ‘Taxi Driver’
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odie Foster and Robert De Niro at diner table in a scene from the film ‘Taxi Driver’, 1976.

Getting into the nitty-gritty, we likely won’t see many more Robert De Niro comedies on this list moving forward. This drama intensified 1976 story pits an outcast turned danger-man Travis Bickle against the world, while he tries to fulfill his dreams of “fixing” New York City. Cybill Shepard co-stars in this movie that seems to have found the perfect man in De Niro for this deep dive into the human psyche.

#8 ‘The Deer Hunter’

The Deer Hunter is about a group of American steelworkers who go through a life-changing experience during the Vietnam War. Co-stars include Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, and John Savage spearhead this powerful lineup alongside Robert De Niro, as it was released at a point in time in 1979 when society was very much still feeling the effects of the Vietnam war.

#7 ‘Cape Fear’

The thrilling mystery that came out in 1991 features Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis, and Nick Nolte in roles with Robert De Niro, who stars as Max Cady. Cady is the main antagonist seeking revenge against an attorney that withheld information after 14 years, information that would’ve acquitted Max’s arrest on rape charges. You’ll be hard-pressed to beat a good old-fashioned revenge story for me, especially when one side isn’t aware, and that’s why I marvel at this 1962 Martin Scorcese remake.

6. ‘Brazil’

Brazil was that 1985 dark comedy that we didn’t know we needed in our lives until we got it. It told the story of a low-level bureaucrat, played by Jonathan Pryce, and his reoccurring dream that comes to life. Robert De Niro co-stars in this chaotic movie along with Kim Greist, and goes down as one of De Niro’s best movies, but not #1 on this list.

#5 ‘Heat’

While one of his greatest films, the fact that De Niro and Al Pacino are rarely seen in the same scene it’s an interesting aspect of this film. Nevertheless, Heat, which came out on December 15th, 1995, takes us through the adventures of a super criminal and lieutenant, each of whom is trying to foil the other’s plans. Whenever it’s hard to pick a character’s side while watching a movie, you know you got a good one on your hands.

#4 ‘The Irishman’
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano star in “The Irishman.” Source: Netflix

In one of De Niro’s most recent and best films, The Irishman is an elite gangster story that pins truck driver Frank Sheeran, played by De Niro, getting tangled with Russell Bufalino, played by Joe Pesci, and his Northeast crime family. It has the grand, and ambitious nature that we have become accustomed to with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro collaborations, and is a national treasure in many people’s eyes.

#3 ‘The Godfather Part II’
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NEW YORK – 1974: Robert De Niro performs a scene in The Godfather Part II directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1974 in New York, New York.

In what might be considered the sequel of all sequels, the Godfather Part II continues the mafia saga and is spearheaded by Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The movie is a part prequel and part sequel as it tells the story of a young Vito Corleone (the character made famous by Marlon Brando), played by Robert De Niro, coming to age in Sicily. In addition, Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, continues to grow the family business into California, Vegas, and Cuba. It is looked upon as the best movie in one of the greatest series of all time for its plot-heavy nature and fascinating tale.

#2 ‘Raging Bull’
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American actor Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta in a scene from ‘Raging Bull’, directed by Martin Scorsese, 1980.

Based on a true story, Raging Bull features Robert De Niro starring as boxer Jake LaMotta, a man who is trying to climb the boxing ranks but is constantly battling self-inflicted demons outside of the ring. Joe Pesci plays Jake’s brother Joey, and Cathy Moriarty plays Vickie La Motta. Raging Bull is incredibly erratic in a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. One of my favs.

#1 ‘GoodFellas’
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Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, and Joe Pesci publicity portrait for the film ‘Goodfellas’, 1990.

Based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, Goodfellas debuted on September 19th of 1990 and tells the story of Henry Hill, who grows up in a mob and grinds to climb the ranks of the association. Ray Liotta plays a grown-up Henry Hill, while Joe Pesci plays Tommy DeVito, and Robert De Niro plays James Conway. The coming-of-age story has the perfect combination of drama and swag, and in my opinion, is the #1 Robert De Niro movie out ever made.

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10 NBA Teams With The Most Championships

The Milwaukee Bucks franchise, winners of the 2021 NBA Championship, are the epitome of how hard it is, and what it truly requires to win multiple NBA championships. When you think about the likes of Oscar Robertson, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, Ray Allen, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, you would think that they’re an organization with 10 or 15 banners hanging from it’s arena’s rafters.

Even though you could field an all-time starting five of Bucks players that would probably beat 90% of that of other franchises, winning takes having the right pieces at the right times, while their mere two NBA titles in franchise history is proof in that pudding.

Lets a look at the franchises with the most championships in NBA history, and a few of the players that helped them reach the pinnacle of the basketball world.

Boston Celtics: 17 NBA Championships
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 12: Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics celebrates in the final moments of the Celtics’ win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 12, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The Celtics are tied with the Lakers for the most NBA championships in league history. They’re one of the original four teams from the league’s inaugural season in 1949, and have always been located in the same city while sporting the same nickname.

Bill Russell led the franchise to eight consecutive NBA titles between 1959 and 1966. He largely considered the greatest winner in NBA history; having the most rings among any player.

The Celtics drafted small forward Larry Bird out of Indiana in 1978 and continued their winning ways during the 1980’s when Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish led them to three title runs during that decade, with the latter of the bunch coming in 1986.

22 years after their title in 86′, the Celtics were able to win one more in 2008. That Celtics team defeated the Los Angles Lakers in six games to win their 17th NBA Championship. That team was led by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.

Los Angeles Lakers: 17 NBA Championships
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 16: Magic Johnson #32 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with the Walter A. Brown championship trophy after winning Game 6 and series against the Philadelphia 76ers on May 16, 1980 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Of the two teams in Los Angeles, The Lakers are the more iconic franchise in the NBA. They won four of the first five NBA titles during the early 50’s in becoming the first dynasty that we’ve ever seen in professional basketball history. Those teams were led by legend George Mikan, Jim Pollard, and Vern Mikkelsen.

A notable win-streak of theirs was a 33 game unbeaten-run that they went on during 1972. Wilt Chamberlain, one of the greatest centers in NBA history, led that team along with Jerry West , Gail Goodrich and Elgin Baylor.

Their next dynasty came after they drafted a point guard from Michigan State named Magic Johnson in 1979. Throughout the 80’s, Johnson was accompanied by the likes of Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, James Worthy, Byron Scott and Michael Cooper, en route to winning five championships on a Lakers team coached by Pat Riley.

After going through a title drought during the 90’s, The Lakers returned to NBA supremacy in the early 2000’s. It all started with a trade that brought Orland Magic superstar center Shaquille O’Neal to the Los Angeles Lakers. O’Neal joined All-Star guard Kobe Bryant and head coach Phil Jackson to lead the lakers to three straight championships from the year 2000 to 2002.

After O’Neal joined the Miami Heat in 04′, it took Kobe a few years to win his first championship without the big man, but he got it done with back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.

Finally, a LeBron James-led Lakers squad honored the late Kobe Bryant in the best way they could’ve when they won the franchises 17th championship in 2020 over the Miami Heat. Anthony Davis was James’ running mate during last year’s title run and will look to help the Lakers tally more championships in the coming years.

Chicago Bulls: 6 NBA Championships
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SALT LAKE CITY, UNITED STATES: In this 14 June 1998 file photo, Michael Jordan (L) holds the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy and former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson holds the NBA champions Larry O’Brian trophy 14 June after winning game six of the NBA Finals with the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, UT. The Bulls won the game 87-86 to take their sixth NBA championship. Jackson left the Bulls following the 1998 season and 12 January reports indicate that Jordan plans to announce his retirement at a 13 January news conference in Chicago.

It’s hard to imagine life without the Chicago Bulls in the NBA, which is crazy because they were only good during one decade, the 90’s. Coached by Phil Jackson and led by NBA great Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, B.J Armstrong and Horace Grant, the Bulls won their first championship in franchise history during 1991, and three straight from 1991, until 1993.

Form 1996 to 1998, they were able to win three consecutive championships once more. The carried the same core of Jordan and Pippen.but added pieces like Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc and Steve Kerr.

Their next closest shot at a championship probably came in 2012, when MVP Derrick Rose led them to having the best record in the Eastern Conference heading into the playoffs. During game 1 of the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers, Rose tore his ACL in the dying minutes. Chicago would get eliminated by the Sixers in six games that year.

Golden State Warriors: 6 NBA Championships
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OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: Fans holding what’s called a “hustle head” card board cut out of Andre Igoudala #9 and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in front of the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center during the the Golden State Warriors Victory Parade and Rally on June 19, 2015 in Oakland, California.

The Warriors resided in the city of brotherly love from 1951 to 1962, and were crowned NBA champions for the first time in 1956. Neil Johnston and Paul Arizin led those teams and are a few of the greatest players in franchise history.

During the early 90’s, “Run TMC” a play-on with 80’s Hip-Hop group “Run DMC” was the nickname for the trio of Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway, and Mitch Richmond. Although they never won a championship together, they’re one of the most iconic trios in NBA history, and one of my favorite NBA teams ever.

Finally, a new era of bay-area dominance was brewed in 2015 when the 67-win Warriors, led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala defeated LeBron James and the Cavaliers to win the organization’s 4th NBA championship. That same year, they put up the 2nd best winning streak of all-time when they won 28 straight games.

Over 11 seasons, Curry has won two MVP’s, three championships and has been t0o seven All-Star games. Paired with Klay Thompson, they are considered the greatest shooting backcourt that the game has ever seen, garnering the nickname, “Splash Bros.”

The year after his Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, superstar Kevin Durant decided to join Golden State, and would help them win two more championships in 2017 and 2018.

San Antonio Spurs: 5 NBA Championships
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SAN ANTONIO, TX – JUNE 15: Manu Ginobili #20, Tony Parker #9, Patty Mills #8 and Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs celebrate on the bench in the closing minutes of Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.

During the late 90’s, the Spurs were formidable competition for the rest of the league with teams that were led by David Robinson, Avery Johnson, and arguably the greatest power forward of all-time in Tim Duncan. That team, coached by Gregg Popovich, would win their franchises first championship in 1999.

Their true domination started during the early 2000’s though, when they won the NBA Finals in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Those teams were led by Popovich, Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli. After a seven-year title drought, San Antonio got another chance to add to their trophy case, and did so in defeating the Miami Heat and their “Big 3” of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, while avenging their gut-wrenching loss to Miami in 2013.

Philadelphia 76ers: 3 NBA Championships
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INGLEWOOD, CA – JUNE 1982: Julius Eving #6 of the Philadelphia 76ers lays the ball up over Kurt Rambis #31 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #33 of the Los Angeles Lakers during an 1982 NBA Finals basketball game at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

The Philadelphia 76ers were once known as the Syracuse Nationals, and posted winning seasons in 11 out of their first 14 campaigns. After losing the 1950 and 1954 finals to the Minneapolis Lakers, the Nats broke through in 1955 in beating the Fort Wayne Pistons in seven games to win their first championship. Earl Lloyd and Dolph Schayes were key cogs in that championship team.

The Nats would undergo a name change 12 years later, making them the Philadelphia 76ers on August 6th of 1963. They’d win their first championship four seasons later, as Hal Greer, Wilt Chamberlain, and Billy Cunningham beat Rick Barry and the San Francisco Warriors for the franchises 2nd title.

In 1982, the Sixers made a trade that would lead to their next and latest triumph. They got Moses Malone from the Houston Rockets in what is now considered one of the more lob-sided trades in NBA history. Malone would join Julius Erving, who they acquired from the Nets in 1976, Bobby Jones, Maurice Cheeks and Andrew Toney on a Sixers team, coached by Billy Cunningham, that would sweep the Lakers in 1983 in the NBA Finals.

18 years later, they came within three wins of lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy once more, when a skinny guard from Georgetown named Allen Iverson led Philly to having the best record in the Eastern Conference and an NBA Finals appearance in 2001. They lost in five games to Kobe, Shaq, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Detroit Pistons: 3 NBA Championships
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AUBURN HILLS, UNITED STATES: Chauncey Billups of the Detroit Pistons holds the MVP trophy after beating the Los Angeles Lakers in game five of the NBA Finals to win the championship 15 June, 2004 at The Palace in Auburn Hills, MI. The Pistons won the game 100-87 to win the best-of-seven game series 4-1.

The late 1980’s and early 1990’s Detroit Pistons basketball teams had a reputation for a hardcore bully-ball play style that optimized basketball during that era. While Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, and Bill Laimbeer, might’ve been the brutes of the league, they were also kings of the crop when they won back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. Their heated rivalries with the Bulls and Celtics during that era was great for basketball. Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Daly coached those Pistons teams.

Their latest championship came during 2004. That year, the Pistons acquired Rasheed Wallace from the Atlanta Hawks midseason, and would end the year winning 16 of their last 19 games. Accompanied by Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, TayShaun Prince and Ben Wallace, the Pistons would end the Lakers dynasty in 04′, defeating LA in five games.

Miami Heat: 3 NBA Championships
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MIAMI, FL – MAY 30: LeBron James #6 and Chris Bosh #1 and Toney Douglas #0 of the Miami Heat celebrate after defeating the Indiana Pacers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 30, 2014 in Miami, Florida.

When the Miami Heat drafted Dwayne Wade out of Marquette in the 2003 NBA Draft, they found themselves a franchise cornerstone for the next 12 years. By the time 2004 rolled around ,the heat were a young playoff team, but were missing one more piece to take them to the next level. At the time, Shaquille O’Neal was not happy in Los Angeles, and longed for the possibility of joining forces with an up-and-coming D-Wade. In 2006, it all came together when Wade and O’Neal led Miami to their franchise’s first NBA title.

Six years later, another NBA superstar fancied the idea of joining forces with Wade and the Heat. On July 8th of 2010, LeBron James did, and created a super team led by himself, Wade and Chris Bosh. That Miami Heat “Big 3” would win back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.

For me, their most memorable title run came against the Spurs in 2012, when the Heat rallied from being down 3-2 in the series to win in seven games for LeBron’s first NBA championship.

Houston Rockets: 2 NBA Championships
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10 Jun 1994: Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets (center) goes up for two during the NBA finals game against the New York Knicks.

During the NBA’s Jordan-less years of 1994 and 1995, the Houston Rockets were able to capitalize on the league’s best player opting to go play baseball. In 94′ the Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwon, Kenny Smith, Robert Horry, Vernon Maxwell and Sam Cassell, matched up against Patrick Ewing’s Knicks , beating New York in seven games.

The next year, Olajuwon and company swept Penny Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal, and the Orland Magic in route to their franchise’s second championship.

New York Knicks: 2 NBA Championships
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UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1975: Walt Frazier #10 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball during an NBA basketball game circa 1975 at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Frazier played for the Knicks from 1967-77.

I’m sure the Knicks would’ve liked to have the likes of Walt Frazier and Willis Reed, while going up Hakeem Olajuwon and those Houston Rocket teams during the mid 90’s.

Unfortunately for those Knicks teams, Reed was before their time, but was the MVP of the 1970 NBA Finals. That series saw New York defeating the Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain led Los Angeles Lakers in seven games for their first NBA championship. Walt Frazier, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and Dave DeBusschere were other key players for the Knicks during the early 70’s. The Knicks would win for a second time in 1974, beating that same Lakers team, this time in five games.

Those mid 90’s battles against Houston is the closest that New York has gotten to another championship.

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Which U.S Professional Sports Team Has the Most Championships?

What’s better than being crowned the best at what you do? I’ll tell you. Doing it again, and again, and again. Some American sports franchises have had to struggle for decades to win a single championship, while others have triumphed multiple times. Of all the teams in American sports history, the New York Yankees have won the most championships, with 27 World Series titles.

Major League Baseball: New York Yankees (27 World Series Titles)
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26 Oct 1996: Closer John Wetteland of the New York Yankees celebrates with teammates after Game Six of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium in New York City, New York. The Yankees won the game, 3-2.

The Yanks have built a culture that expects to compete for the World Series every season. After their first title in 1923, the Yankees had three notable dynasty teams that would help win 26 more championships. From 1936-1939, the Yankees when won four consecutive titles, and from 1949-1954, they won five in a row. Those teams were managed by Joe McCarthy and Casey Stengel and were led by legends like Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, and Yogi Berra.

The next dynasty came during the late ’90s, when they won World Series titles in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000. Those teams were managed by Joe Torre, and led by Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, and Bernie Williams.

In 2009, Jeter, C.C Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, and Mark Teixeira helped New York beat the Philadelphia Phillies for their 27th title, a series that I was glued to the television for as a 13-year old Yankees fan.

If you ask me, their most impressive championship came in 1996, when they beat the defending champion Atlanta Braves. Atlanta went up 2-0 in the series but the Yankees battled back and won four straight.

National Hockey League: Montreal Canadiens (25 Stanley Cup Championships
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1991: Montreal Candiens head coach Pat Burns looks on from the bench during an NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers circa 1991 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Montreal Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup in 1919, and have been around longer than the NHL itself. Much of Montreal’s success points to its dominance in the 1950s, 1960’s and 1970s. They won six Stanley Cups between 1950-160, including four consecutive from 1956-1960. Those teams were coached primarily by Joe Blake and featured players like Jean Bèliveau, Henri Richard, and Claude Provost.

During the 1960s, they won the cup in 1965, 1966, 1968, and 1969 as Richard, Serge Savard, Jacques Lemaire, J.C Tremblay, and Yvan Cournoyer highlighted those teams.

Finally, their most recent dynasty began in 1971, as they’d go on to win six Stanley Cups during the ’70s, including four straight. Larry Robinson, Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, and Bob Gainey were key players during that era. 

National Basketball Association: Los Angeles Lakers ( 17 NBA Championships)
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Center for the Los Angeles Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks at the Los Angeles Lakers 1988 Championship Parade

One of the most historic and successful franchises in all of sports are the Los Angles Lakers. George Mikan, who is considered the NBA’s first dominant big man led helped LA win four of the first five NBA titles, marking the first professional basketball dynasty we’ve ever seen. Those teams also featured Jim Pollard and Vern Mikkelsen.

In 1972, NBA logo icon Jerry West, along with Gail Goodrich, Elgin Baylor and Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain, led the Lakers to an NBA record 33 -game winning streak and won the championship that same year. In 1979, they drafted Magic Johnson and would soon find its most successful run of form to date. Along with Kareem-Abdul Jabbar and James Worthy, Magic led the “Showtime” Lakers to five championships during the 1980’s.

During the early 2000’s, head coach Phil Jackson, center Shaquille O’Neal and shooting guard Kobe Bryant started a new era in Lakers dominance when they won three consecutive titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003. After O’Neal was traded to the Orlando Magic in 2004, Bryant became the alpha dog and led the Lakers to back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.

NBA: Boston Celtics (17 NBA Championships)
Larry Bird and Kevin McHale high-five during the 1986 NBA Finals

Presumably inspired by the dominant run of the Lakers, the Boston Celtics reigned supreme during the latter years of the 1950’s and throughout the 1960’s in the NBA. Led by Bill Russell, , John Havlicek, Sam Jones, Bob Cousy, K.C Jones and Ed Macauley, the Celtics won eight consecutive NBA championships in 1959 and and 1966. Russell, who served as player-coach from 1966 to 1969, would win five MVP’s and set the record for most rebounds in a game with 49.

In 1978, Boston drafted arguably the most popular Celtic of all-time in Larry Bird. Bird, along with Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Danny Ainge and Dennis Johnson, led Boston to title runs in 1981, 1984 and 1986, while stirring up a heated rivalry with Magic Johnson and “The Showtime Lakers.”

Celtics fans waited over 20 years for their next championships, which came in 2008. Head coach Doc Rivers, and a “Big Three” of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen defeated Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in six games that year.

National Hockey League: Toronto Maple Leafs (13 Stanley Cups)
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TORONTO, ON – MAY 7: Mats Sundin #13, Bryan Berard #34, Dmitri Yushkevich #36 and Lonny Bohonos #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1999 Quarter Finals of the NHL playoff game action at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canad

Like the Celtics-Lakers in the NBA, the Maple Leafs-Canadiens are one of the most historic rivalries in the NHL. Toronto were crowned with their first Stanley Cup in 1918, while their most recent Stanley Cup succession 1967.

In between that time, they had two dominant stretches, one coming in the late 40’s when they won three straight titles, while the other came during the early 60’s, when they won the whole thing in 1962, 1963, and 1964. Mats Sundin is the all-time leading goal-scorer for the franchise.

National Hockey League: Detroit Red Wings (11 Stanley Cups)
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Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings stands next to the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl with Bill Daly, deputy commisioner of the NHL (R) after the Red Wings, after the Red Wings defeated the Stars 4-1 in game six of the Western Conference Finals of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 19, 2008 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

The Canadiens, Maple Leafs, and Detroit Red Wings are a few of the original six teams that made up the NHL between 1942-1967.

The Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup in 1936, and won four consecutive titles between the years 1950-1960. Right winger Gordie Howe, who is considered by some as the greatest NHL player of all-time, partnered with star-studded goalie Terry Sawchuk to help Detroit dominate the 50’s.

In 2008, they would face-off against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. That Red Wings team won that series in six games, was anchored by defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, and lead on the attack by Henrik Zutterberg , who was the 2008 Stanley Cup MVP.

Major League Baseball: St. Louis Cardinals (11 Championships)
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Trevor Rosenthal #26, catcher Yadier Molina #4 and David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after the Cardinals defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.

When the St. Louis Cardinals won their first championship in 1886, they were actually known as the St. Louis Browns. They became the Cardinals in 1900, and had to wait 26 years until their first World Series Championship triumph in 1926, beating a New York Yankees team led by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Right-fielder Billy Southworth, Shortstop Tommy Thevenow, First Baseman Jim Bottomley, and starting pitcher Pete Alexander anchored that team to help defeat the Evil Empire.

The last Cardinals championship came in 2011 when they defeated the Texas Rangers. Lance Berkman, Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter and World Series MVP David Freese played huge roles in that series. 

Major League Baseball: Boston Red Sox (9 World Series Championships
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The Boston Red Sox celebrate after winning game four of the 2004 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2004 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Red Sox defeated the Cardinals 3-0 to win their first World Series in 86 years

From 1903-1918, the Boston Red Sox were a dominant baseball franchise. They won five World Series championships during those years. Those squads were led by The Great Bambino, aka Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, and Cy Young. Their most notable championship run happened during 2004; which is the year they broke their 86-year drought without a World Series. That year, they came back and won from a 3-0 series deficit against arch-rival New York Yankees in the American League Championship series, becoming the first baseball team in the history of the game to do so. Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, and Pedro Martinez came up huge for Boston during that title run.

They’d go on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series that year, but beating my beloved Yankees in seven game is what made that postseason run extra special for the Red Sox.

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Major League Baseball: Oakland Athletics ( 9 World Series Championships)
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Pitcher Dave Stewart #34 of the Oakland Athletics delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees in the 1990 season at Oakland Alameda County Stadium in Oakland, California.

Between the years 1903 and 1954, the Oakland Athletics franchise were residing in the city of brotherly love, and were formally known as the Philadelphia Athletics. They won their first World Series in 1910, and would go on to win titles in two out of the next three seasons during the early 1910’s. The organization has seen an influx of some of the greatest players that the game has ever seen, including Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Mark McGwire, and Tony La Rusa.

The franchises most recent championship came in 1989, when Oakland swept the San Francisco Giants. Henderson, the all-time leader in walks, runs, stolen bases and leadoff home-runs in baseball, was featured on that 1989 championship team, and might be the greatest A’ of all-time.

Starting pitcher Dave Stewart won World Series MVP in 1989 after pitching a complete game shoutout in game 1. In 2005, en-route to winning 103 games, Oakland went on the 5th longest streak in MLB history while winning 20 games in a row.

Major League Baseball: San Francisco Giants (8 World Series Championships)
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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) raises the 2014 championship banner in left field after mounting a horse on his way to deliver the banner to center centerfield before their home opener against the Colorado Rockies

The Giants were based in New York from 1903-1957, and won their first of five World Series championships as the New York Giants in 1905. Right-hander Christy Mathewson pitched three games during the World Series against the Philadelphia Athletics that year, and did not allow one single run in 27 innings of action. 11 years later, they set the MLB record for most consecutive wins with 26. The Giants most recent World Series championship was a seven-game thriller against the Kansas City Royals in 2014, marking their third title during a 5-year stretch. Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner was electric and won MVP of the series, joining the company of baseball’s elite after clutch performances in Games 1, 5, and 7 on short rest. Bumgarner has a career 0.25 ERA in World Series games, good for the greatest mark in the history of baseball.

Major League Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers (7 World Series Championships) 
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Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers holds the Commissioners Trophy after the teams 3-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Six to win the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas

The Dodgers played in Brooklyn under seven different nicknames before they became the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958. Their first title was won in 1955 in seven games over the New York Yankees, as the team was carried by Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, Johnny Podres, and Carl Furilo. Additionally, 2nd baseman Jackie Robinson is notorious for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, becoming the first African-American to play in the big leagues in 1947. Additionally, without the the emergence of veteran Negro-league superstars Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson during that time, the young Jackie Robinson might’ve never had his shine.

LA’s latest World Series championship came in 2020, in a series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. All-Star center-fielder Mookie Betts was named MVP of the series. 

National Basketball Association: Chicago Bulls (6 NBA Championships)
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Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls celebrates after game six of the NBA Final against the Utah Jazz at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 90-86..

The Chicago Bulls dominated during the 1990’s as their success rested on the laurels of arguably the greatest to ever do it in Michael Jordan. Jordan had Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, and B.J Armstrong, to help win the Bulls their first championship in 1991, but they didn’t stop there.

The Bulls won again in 1992, and 1993. After Jordan took a hiatus from basketball during 1993 and 1994, Chicago three-peated again in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Toni Kukoc, Dennis Rodman, and Ron Harper were key additions that supported the star-studded duo of Jordan and Pippen during the late 90’s.

I’d say their most impressive finals performance was the 1997 series against Utah. The Jazz, led by John Stockton and Karl Malone, came back from a 2-0 series deficit to force a game 5. That game is remembered as the famous “flu game”; the game in which Jordan was visibly sick and had to be helped off the court by teammates going into timeouts. Nevertheless, Jordan dropped 38 points in a Chicago victory as the Bulls would go on to win the Finals in six games. 

National Basketball Association: Golden State Warriors (6 NBA Championships)
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Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and MVP Andre Iguodala celebrate after their team defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 to win the 2015 NBA Finals on June 16, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Warriors played in Philadelphia from 1951-1962, and won their first championship as the Philadelphia Warriors in 1956. Neil Johnston and Paul Arizin led those teams and are a few of the greatest players in franchise history. During the early 90’s, “Run TMC” a play-on with 80’s Hip-Hop group “Run DMC” was the nickname for the trio of Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway, and Mitch Richmond. Although they never won a championship together, they’re one of the most iconic trios in NBA history, and one of my favorite NBA teams ever.

Finally, a new era of bay-area dominance was brewed in 2015 when the 67-win Warriors, led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala defeated LeBron James and the Cavaliers to win the organization’s 4th NBA championship. That same year, they put up the 2nd best winning streak of all-time when they won 28 straight games.

The emerging backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson quickly became known as “The Splash Bros”. With the addition of Kevin Durant two seasons later, Golden State would go on to win two more championships, back-to-back in 2017 and

National Hockey League: Chicago Blackhawks (6 NHL Championships)
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The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after teammate Patrick Kane #88 scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 and win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Blackhawks have only won the Stanley Cup six times, but they’ve been dominant over the past 10 years with three Stanley Cups over that time-frame. Their first championship came in 1934 when they beat the Detroit Red Wings, clinching the series during a double-overtime victory in game 4. Their latest championship came in 2015 when they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. Stan Mikita is probably known as Mr. Blackhawk, and is arguably the greatest Chicago Blackhawks player of all-time. Patrick Kane might be 2nd on the list of all-time greatest Blackhawks, and had that classic game-winning OT goal against the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup in 2010, which broke my heart as a semi-Flyer fan that only shows up for the playoffs.

National Hockey League: Boston Bruins (6 Stanley Cup Wins)
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Rich Peverley #49 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his third period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 23, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Boston Bruins won their first Stanley Cup all the way back in 1929 when they swept the New York Rangers in a best-of-three series. Wingers Harry Oliver and Dit Clapper, along with centers Bill Carson and Dutch Gainor scored goals for the Bruins in that series, while 25 -year old goalie Tiny Thompson allowed zero goals in 120 minutes of play. They won their most recent championship when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games during 2011. Brad Marchand , Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder were monsters on the attack in that series and really carried the team. As for other notable Bruins, Defenseman Bobby Orr is not only a great Bruin, but is considered one of the greatest hockey players in NHL history. Fellow Defenseman Eddie Shore, along with centers Patrice Bergeron and Phil Esposito are other great players in Boston’s history on the ice.

National Football League: New England Patriots (6 Super Bowls)
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New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady embraces Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft (R) after winning 03 Super Bowl XXXVI 03 February, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Over the last two decades, the New England Patriots have been incredibly dominant and vastly hated by opposing fans. At the start of 2002 though, The Patriots had zero Super Bowl Championships and were underdogs, even with Bill Belichick and a young Tom Brady . That year though, the Patriots shocked the world and defeated the heavily favored St. Louis Rams, aka, “The Greatest Show of Turf” in Super Bowl XXXVI. Their victory against Kurt Warner and Co. would spark the greatest dynasty run that the NFL has ever seen. They managed a combined record of 28-4 during the seasons they won back-to-back Super Bowls in 2003 and 2004, while going 17 straight seasons with ten wins or more from 2003, to 2019. Even though they lost the 2007 Super Bowl to the New York Giants, they steamrolled the league in route to a 16-0 record. Their latest Super Bowl triumph came in 2018 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but their most impressive Super Bowl win has to be that 25-point comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in 2016.

National Football League: Pittsburgh Steelers (6 Super Bowls) 
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TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 01: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy as Mike Tomlin and Dan Rooney look on after defeating the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Cardinals 27-23

As the 7th oldest franchise in the NFL, The Pittsburgh Steelers are known as one of the most historic teams in not just football, but in professional sports. Steelers fans had to wait 42 years until the team won their first Super Bowl in 1975.

After that however, they were able to win four Super Bowls in the next six seasons while putting together arguably the best football team that has ever been assembled. The team was coached by Chuck Noll, and featured numerous halls of famers including quarterback Terry Bradshaw, cornerback Mel Blount, linebackers Jack Ham and Jack Lambert and defensive tackle “Mean” Joe Greene.

Their most recent Super Bowl victory came at the expense of the Arizona Cardinals in 2009, and was capped off by a game-winning touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes . 

National Basketball Association: San Antonio Spurs (5 NBA Championships)
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Manu Ginobili #20, Tony Parker #9, Patty Mills #8 and Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs celebrate on the bench in the closing minutes of Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals

After the Spurs drafted Tim Duncan in 1997, they became the epitome of winning, class and consistency in the NBA throughout the 2000’s. They won the 1999 NBA Finals under Head coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich, and with a team led by Duncan, David Robinson, and Avery Johnson.

Their true domination started during the early 2000’s though, when they won the NBA Finals in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Those teams were led by Pop, Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli. After a seven-year title drought, San Antonio got another chance to add to their trophy case, and did so in defeating the Miami Heat and their “Big 3” of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, while avenging their gut-wrenching loss to Miami in 2013.

National Football League: San Francisco 49ers (5 Super Bowl Championships)
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San Francisco 49ers Joe Montana in celebration against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 24 at the Louisiana Superdome.

The San Francisco 49ers have featured some of the most legendary players to play for their franchise. Cornerback Ronnie Lot, quarterbacks Steve Young and Joe Montana, and wide receivers Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens are some of the greatest niners of all-time. The pinnacle of their success as a franchise started in the 1981 when they won their first Super Bowl, while their latest Super Bowl win came in 1994. Head coach George Seifert won 98 games and led the franchise to two SuperBowls between 1989 and 1996, while Bill Walsh won 92 games and three Super Bowls between 1979 and 1988. For me, their most memorable championship was Super Bowl XXIII in 1989 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Joe Montana threw a game-winning back touchdown pass to receiver John Taylor in that game, and is one of the greatest plays in NFL history.

National Football League: Dallas Cowboys (5 Super Bowl Championships)
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman signals touchdown 31 Jan during the fourth quarter Super Bowl XXVII. Aikman and the Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills to win the game 52-17.

Famously known around the NFL as “America’s Team”, the Dallas Cowboys won their first Super Bowl in 1972 against the Miami Dolphins. Bob Lily’s sack on Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese is one of the greatest plays in Cowboys history and helped clinch Dallas’ first ever Super Bowl championship. Their latest Super Bowl win came at the expense of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1996, and capped off Dallas winning three Super Bowls in four seasons during the 90’s. Quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman anchored all of the Cowboys Super Bowl triumphs. Other notable Cowboys include Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Jason Witten, and of-course their famous president, general manager, and owner since 1989, Jerry Jones. Wade Phillips, Bill Parcels, and Jimmy Johnson are a few notable coaches in Dallas Cowboys history as well.

Culture Music

Hip-Hop Legend Nas Announces Partnership With Escobar Cigars

The Hip-Hop industry was gifted with the emergence of a lyrical genius during the 1990s; a man who goes by the name of Nasir Jones, aka, “Nas”. Nas was one of many hip-hop legends whose careers began in the 90s, but the Queensbridge native was truly one of a kind. He began his career by dropping one of the greatest albums of all time, Illmatic, and hasn’t slowed down since.

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Nas is already recognized as a hip-hop legend for his countless albums and hit singles, some of which are highlighted by his first full-length album, the aforementioned Illmatic. His albums It was Written and Stillmatic each hit #1 on the R&B charts during 1996 and 2001.

It Was Written featured the likes of Lauryn Hill, Mobb Deep, Dr. Dre, and Foxy Brown, which epitomizes the rapper’s knack for collaboration with other elite artists. Major crossover singles including “Nas Is Coming” and “If I Ruled the World” helped that album go double platinum during the mid-1990s.

In addition to being one of the greatest artists of all time, Nas is also widely renowned for his business acumen. The legendary rapper is now adding to his list of entrepreneurial accomplishments.

Today, premium Nicaraguan cigar maker Escobar Cigars is announcing an exciting new partnership with Nas, who will serve as the brand’s co-owner and equity partner. ​​

Nas is thrilled to combine his passion for cigars by partnering with Escobar and helping to take them to the next level with its redesigned website and updated product packaging, making it the ultimate cigar smoking experience. As Nas states in his song, Nas Is Good on his newly released fourteenth album Kings Disease II, “It’s Escobar season.” 

If you are wondering how to get in on the action of trying out Escobar, you can check out their natural & Maduro sampler boxes priced at $67.25. 

We got the opportunity to ask Nas about this deal and what it means to him, and here’s what he had to say:

“When the team at Escobar Cigars initially approached me, I was immediately drawn to the brand by the exceptional quality of their product, from the craftsmanship to the enjoyable smoking experience. Of course, the name instantly stood out to me as well since Escobar is an alias I’ve been going by throughout my career. It was full circle to hear that the name was inspired partially by my persona and entrepreneurial spirit, so a match was made in heaven. Working with the team has been a great experience, and I’m looking forward to innovating the cigar space and adding my personal touch to the brand.”

Be on the lookout for the latest updates from Nas and Escobar.  

Culture Music

Get to Know Rapper Lil Duke in ONE37pm’s ‘For The Record’

When asked by ONE37pm’s Sean Millea who his idol was growing up, Platinum recording artist Lil Duke pivoted from the likely premise of the question, referencing how his upbringing shaped the way he viewed the world; an outlook that was different than most.

“We knew about big rappers, but we didn’t idolize them. Our idols were in the hood, the people who were able to make it out.”

As known by now, video creator Jason Morena is a filmmaker for Gary Vaynerchuk and has been spearheading the creation of Pilot episodes for ONE37pm.

On the inaugural episode of For the Record, ONE37pm chopped it up with Lil Duke, getting an inside look at him grinding in the studio, and thus, what goes into the production of his work and where he draws some of his inspiration from.

Seeing Lil Duke going through the recording process for one of his upcoming songs is pretty cool. The rapper records each verse individually and listens to the playback from the previous one to transition into the next part of the song. You can really see how a rapper can get into their flow with this type of recording structure, and it was super dope to witness it behind the scenes.

In this industry, it’s all about what you have coming up and less about what you did in the past. Lil Duke is cognizant of this, and while admitting he doesn’t need his next project to be perfect, he wants to make something that people will like.

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It’s the lane I’m in. People can’t wait to see what I do next. I’m not trying to make it perfect, because, no one’s perfect. But I’m trying to make it the way that they love it.

Lil Duke threw some jokingly fun shade at GaryVee; referencing a supposedly scheduled interview that didn’t fall through. After all the fun and games, the rapper has nothing but love for Mr. Vaynerchuk.

“That’s crazy Gary. I still love you though.”

Check out the full episode of For the Record below and make sure you add Lil Duke to all your playlists.

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3 TikTok Athletes Show Off Their Best Fits For Shooting Hoops To Crazy Stunts

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First up is TikTok content creator wes_pres. The 21-year-old Houston native knows a thing or two about athletic wear as a professional parkour athlete and stuntman. Mobility is important when it comes to any athletic activity, and Wes shows off his stunt moves while rocking a striped Supply and Demand t-shirt, matching shorts, and Champion sneakers. All three are great pickups that you can mix and match with various pieces in your closet.


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Entrepreneurs Grind

The Sky’s the Limit for Air Force Veteran and Entrepreneur Glenn Gonzales

I was lucky to listen to entrepreneur Glenn Gonzales tell his United States Air Force Academy story last month, learning about his journey of becoming a fighter pilot and the mentality that he adopted to succeed as a CEO.

His company, Jet It, is disrupting the private aviation industry while finding unprecedented success. In the past year, Jet It has been the focus of Harvard and Yale business school case studies and earned numerous world records in aviation.

According to Gonzales, it all stems from his time playing point guard at The Air Force Academy and his childhood passion for flying.

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Glenn Gonzales while in Kindergarten

“As far as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to fly,” he said. “It didn’t matter if I had a cape or a pillow sheet tied around my neck. I wanted to fly and believed that I could fly. “

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Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler starred for the Houston Cougars from 1982-1984

Basketball was a big part of Gonzales’ life growing up. In our conversation, he recalls his fascination with the 1982 Houston Cougars. That squad was nicknamed “Phi Slama Jama” and was led by Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.

“I was a great athlete, solid student, and a decent basketball player,” he said. “I had two goals. I wanted to play Division I basketball, and I wanted to fly airplanes. In attending the Air Force Academy, I had the opportunity to do both.”

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Glenn Gonzales after graduating from Eisenhower High School in Houston, Texas

After graduating high school, he decided that he wanted to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. But the process wasn’t all smooth sailing.

“I remember meeting with the optometrist during my Air Force Academy admission physical,” said Gonzales. “In evaluating my eyes, the doctor stated that I passed, but that I’ll never fly an airplane because I didn’t have natural 20/20 vision.”

During that time, the Air Force had a surplus of pilots, and in order to manage their staffing and reduce the pool of eligible pilots, the Air Force required candidates to be naturally 20/20.

Since Gonzales received attention from other schools for his basketball talents, he could’ve easily chosen a different path. But, instead, he stuck to the vision that he had.

“My mentality was that I’d study things around aviation, prove myself, and I would earn the opportunity to fly regardless of what my vision was,” he said. “That was why I chose the Air Force Academy. “

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Glenn Gonzales in uniform at the Air Force Academy / Gonzales playing defense for the Air Force Academy

When Gonzales was ready to graduate and enter pilot school, the Air Force needs’ changed, as did the vision requirement rule, giving him entry into training. But once he was ready to start pilot training, Gonzales had to overcome another hurdle.

“Shortly after graduating, when I started flying, I was under the instruction of an individual, and I wasn’t doing very well,” he said. “Once I switched to taking classes with a new instructor, things immediately fell into place.”

He came to find that the change of pace in his performance wasn’t by coincidence.

“One day, my new instructor told me that my old instructor commented that he didn’t think I could learn,” said Gonzales. “Looking back on it, I question if the instruction that I received was influenced by this bias.”

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Glenn Gonzales in uniform as a Senior Flight Commander

In spite of his original instructor, Gonzales would go on to become a distinguished graduate, win instructor pilot of the year, ahead of 140 other instructor pilots in his first year following pilot training, fly the single-seat F15C, win flight commander of the year, and wingman of the year. He also earned Top Gun honors, given to the pilot identified as the best of the best in deploying aircraft as a weapon.

As a Senior Flight Commander leaving the United States Air Force Academy, Gonzales felt that he was equipped with the tools to take on anything that would stand in his way.

“When you walk out of the academy, you feel like you could run through a brick wall,” he said. “I actually felt like I was mentally and physically tough enough to run through a brick wall. “

After pilot training, Gonzales spent several years in graduate school between his time at Embry-Riddle University and the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He obtained a Masters of Aeronautical Sciences degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA in International Business at South Carolina all while raising a family.

“Having that constant pursuit of excellence and trying to be 10 times better, every time I stepped into a room, it prepared me to do those things and created the space that we are in with Jet It now,” revealed Gonzales.”

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Glenn Gonzales leading a corporate meeting

Before forming Jet It, Gonzales provided transportation solutions as the Regional Sales Manager within the Eastern United States for Honda Aircraft Company. In this role, Gonzales developed and executed a sales, communication, and marketing business plan to sell Honda’s first venture into aviation, the $5M+ HondaJet. 

It was another hurdle that Gonzales faced which ultimately propelled his career further. In his sales position at Honda Aircraft, he had plenty of prospects who loved the innovative HondaJet Elite. However, many could not justify the purchase price and ongoing expense of solely owning a business jet. So, Gonzales knew he had to remove the barriers to entry for private aviation. As a result, he took a leap of faith and jumped into the world of entrepreneurship.

In 2018, he started Jet It with his former Honda Aircraft sales executive colleague and longtime friend, Vishal Hiremath.

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Glenn Gonzales and Vishal Hiremath

The company Jet It utilizes advanced technology and the collective flight expertise of its team to ensure comfort and convenience in the flying experience of its customers. In addition, the pair launched a sister brand in Europe called JetClub, run by Vishal. Like the U.S. operation, it allows share purchasers to use the aircraft for a certain number of days, instead of the industry norm of a certain number of hours, which is groundbreaking for the industry. 

“Traditionally, you would spend $6,000, $7,000, or more to have access to a private jet of this caliber,” said Gonzales. A Jet It shareowner receives a six-passenger aircraft for $1,600 an hour, which is unheard of in all aviation. That is one of the many things driving people in our direction. The price that meets the need, with a high level of service.”

Just last week, Gonzales and Hiremath won the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for the southeast region of the U.S. In its 35th year, E & Y continues to honor unstoppable entrepreneurial creators and disrupters.

Gonzales and Hiremath are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 National Awards. The Strategic Growth Forum, a gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies, will be host to the announcement of the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner on Nov. 13 in California.

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Glenn Gonzales takes a selfie with 99-year old Tuskegee Airman Colonel Charles E. McGee

Moving forward, the sky’s the limit for Gonzales and Jet It in terms of disrupting the aviation industry.

“Our investments into electric aircraft will change how people fly locally; flights like L.A. to Vegas, or Paris to Lyon,” he said. “We are all looking for more autonomy and efficiency in how we travel. If we can avoid it, we would all rather take a private jet versus a bus or commercial aircraft.”

Plus, they’re aspiring to expand their business internationally, which would put them in a league of their own.

“There are several aviation companies that fly to other countries, but none that have a true defined international presence in multiple countries,” said Gonzales. “In the next 12-18 months, we will bring the Caribbean, India and Singapore online. In subsequent years we will look to bring on South America. “

As cool as they come, Gonzales doesn’t feel the pressure that most would in his position and equates his current role to one that he thrived in during his early days on the hardwood.

“This is kind of like being a point guard again in basketball,” he said. “I like to dish the rock and create opportunities. But, the most fascinating thing about being an entrepreneur is that I have the opportunity to do that day in and day out.”

To Gonzales, “Believing in your own dreams and asking yourself, ‘why not you?’ is the best investment you can always make.”

Entrepreneurs Grind

How Jason Saltzman’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship Has Come Full Circle

Between the skyline of skyscrapers in New York City, and majesty of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Jason Saltzman and his family didn’t miss a scenic beat when they made their move from the Big Apple to Boulder, Colorado this past week.

As an ever-thinking entrepreneur and founder of the co-working space Alley, Saltzman has reasons for the move that runs deeper than what just appeared on the surface. 

“When I started my first entrepreneurial journey, I loved NYC because you could connect with so many great people. As I grew, that changed because I had already established such a great network of connections. My livelihood became more about the needs of myself and my partner. That big assessment brings a reality into your life; whether you’re going to go for it or not.” 

Tyler Schmitt, host of One37pm’s “Huh?!” had an unbelievable conversation with Saltzman; unveiling one of the why’s behind his big move, motives behind his entrepreneurial endeavors, and what he finds himself doing today. 

“Going for it”, could be considered Saltzman’s motto ever since his high school days; when his entrepreneurial seeds were planted. During that time, self-start ups were not popular, and were often frowned upon by those dedicated to the status quo of working a nine-to-five gig.

Jason recalls what his first experience bringing home money as a teenager was like. 

“I remember bringing home my first check and my parents thought that I was a drug dealer. Back then, the thought was that if you wanted to be successful, you had to be a doctor or lawyer. I liked the social aspect of school, but I did not like people telling me what I needed to learn.” 

Jason Saltzman

I did not like people telling me what I needed to learn.

More often than not, your family, teachers and friends might question what you do more than anyone else, and rightfully so. At the same time, there is a fine line between not letting loved ones down, and having the conviction to get done what needs to be done for the sake of the career that you want.

Saltzman doubled down on himself, and shifted his perspective from being upset that his mother doubted him, to using it as motivation to succeed on his own path.

“ So I would say that my moms lack of faith motivated me, the lack of trust in me. I was fueled by the passion of doubt, used those chips, and stacked them in my backpack. The biggest naysayers in my life added the most fuel to my fire.” / Jason Saltzman

Saltzman took that fire with him through six years of studying fine arts and marketing at Briarcliffe College and the Fashion Institute of Technology. After school, he founded the New Horizon Debt Settlement group; his first true entrepreneurial endeavor that involved assisting Americans in debt settlement. 

Ally, his latest business start-up based in New York City, is a co-working space that opens its doors to entrepreneurs and other content creators in the community for collaboration and mentorship. Between 2010-2012, the company’s culture thrived on a vibrant and party-like atmosphere. With the landscapes starting to shift though, Saltzman realized that they needed to find ways to make more money. / Jason Saltzman

Once Alley started making money from big organizations that wanted to connect with its community, the company became more corporate focused in trying to bridge the gap between small companies that didn’t have many resources, and large companies that didn’t know how to utilize every one of their resources in the best way.

It turned out that the corporate realm was a little bit out of Saltzman’s lane, which led to a major decision that he made for himself and for his company. 

“ That world wasn’t really for me, so I fired myself. I hired a CEO, Noel Tassey, who spoke the start-up and corporate languages. “

While admitting it was a tough decision, Saltzman was able to shift his perspective and look at his firing from a growth standpoint.

“I see all too often that people get stuck in an algorithm of sticking to that 2-year plan or building clout just for their LinkedIn. You have to let the universe kick you in the ass for a little while, and you have to let yourself fail. If you’re not embracing failure, you’re not doing it right. If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not doing it right.”

Jason Saltzman

If you’re not embracing failure, you’re not doing it right. If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not doing it right.

Between the start of the global pandemic and now, Saltzman has had his eyes set on another opportunity to create more value for others.

“ The pandemic gave us all an opportunity to pause. In the midst of that, I was getting plagued with a lot of need with help. Friends and family who couldn’t pay their bills, and who knew that I started out in the debt business, would call me day-in and day-out. That’s when I realized, this is the help that I can provide for the people around me, and this could be my staple in life.” 

Now, after being against the notion of being told what to learn growing up, it’s a full circle moment that Saltzman is now an adjunct professor at Florida International University.

“I’m curious about the youth; Are you able to get kicked in the face? Are you soft? Or are you hard and ready to solve some real fucking problems? Through my experience at FIU, I’m learning from the generation about who they are, so that I can insert value into their lives.” 

When asked if Saltzman could summarize the mindset of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, he offered an extremely coherent analogy.

“The mindset you have to have is that you’re a fucking scientist. You’re going into the lab, you’re putting pieces together, and your formula will not work right away. You have to have that longevity mindset like a scientist. But in the process, you’ll learn so many different things.”

Jason Saltzman

You have to have that longevity mindset like a scientist

Style What To Buy

The 25 Best Sweaters For Men

As we move past the dog days of summer, it’s almost time to start ditching tank-tops in favor of light and comfortable long-sleeve alternatives.

Here are a few of your best sweater options to look for during the latter months of 2021.

1. Amazon’s Essentials Crewneck Sweater
#1 Forest Green Crewneck Sweater / Amazon

The slim nature of this crewneck makes it a candidate for your go-to closet grab in the clutch. The easy-to-slip-on sweater is made with 100% cotton and is banded with ribbon around the edges, sleeves, and collar. The shirt’s reputation is to run true to size and is perfect for wearing during the cooler stages of summertime and the early fall.

Buy Now. $10.23-$21.90
2. Wool Blended Cardigan Sweater V Neck Knitted Buttons Cardigan with Pockets
Kallspin Men’s Cashmere Wool Blended Cardigan Sweater / Amazon

The multi-faceted shirt made up of the latter, wool, viscose, polyester, and nylon goes for a great price that outdoes many of its counterparts. It gives off an easy-going vibe, and it’s so light that you might feel like you’re not even wearing much of anything. It’s machine washable, versatile with different style combinations, and certainly acceptable in the modern-day fashion landscape.

Buy Now, $35.99 – $39.99
3. Chaps Men’s Classic Fit Cotton Crewneck Sweater
Chaps Men’s Classic Fit Cotton Crewneck Sweater / Amazon

This long sleeve cotton crewneck fits normally but gives you enough breathing room around the arms and torso for a comfortable feel. This crewneck is only made up of materials that have been re-used and recycled, is styled to wear at the office, but also on a chill weekend.

Buy Now, $9.87 – $36.58
4. Nautica Men’s Classic Fit Navtech Soft V-Neck Sweater
Nautica Men’s Classic Fit Navtech Soft V-Neck Sweater / Amazon

Need a cop that’s simple but serious for your cruise vacation dinner plans? Peep this classy v-neck that’s ribboned all around with a solid professional feel to it. The J-class logo is also the main feature of this 60% cotton and 40% polyester comfortable sweater.

Buy Now, $22.58 – $74.12
5. Wrangler Authentics Men’s Sweater Fleece Quarter-Zip
Wrangler Authentics Men’s Sweater Fleece Quarter-Zip / Amazon

This 100% polyester retro quarter-zip is perfect to wear while relaxing in front of that summer evening bonfire. Whether you’re out with your friends or doing family activities, you can’t go wrong with this impressive combination of comfort, style, and warmth.

Buy Now, $19.99 – $42.74
6. Cable Knit Crewneck Sweater
Cableknit crewneck sweater / Naadam

The fancy lining of this super-soft Australian sweater is what makes it a favorite casual choice for last-minute dinner plans. Even though the only sizes that are left are XS’s, it’s on sale for $75 bucks off its normal price. They should re-stock the other sizes shorty, in which case it’d still have the same sale price.

Buy Now, $75
7. Cozy Waffle Mock-Neck Sweater
Cozy Waffle Mock-Neck Sweater / Banana Republic Factory

This semi-fitted, carefully crafted, eco-friendly button-up is 60% cotton, 27% recycled polyester, 10% acrylic, and 3% spandex. Ribboned on the edges, around the wrists, and collar, it makes for a nice look on a cool summer night. Only available in XS right now, but the value makes it worthy of keeping an eye on.

Buy Now, $29.98
8. Men Cut And Sew Sweater Men Cut And Sew Sweater
Men Cut And Sew Sweater

It is hard not to fall in love with the touchy 100% acrylic material on this casual pullover. It’s a regular fit with fabric that features a minor stretch all-around. The roundness of the collar is the finishing touch for you to rock this laid-back piece on a group-friend movie night.

Buy Now, $26.00
9. The No-Sweat Sweater I Uniform
The No-Sweat Sweater Uniform / Everlane

The duo of COOLMAX EcoMade recycled polyester and traditional cotton work together to keep you feeling sharp in this sweater and not sweaty. This specific shirt is also supported by a year-long guarantee in the unlikely occurrence that it loses some shade, gets damaged, or shrinks in size; showing how confident the developers are in their collection. Not a horrible alternative to wear during sleep to prevent overnight sweating.

Buy Now, $65
10. Watson Cashmere Crewneck Sweater in Navy/Pine Stripe
Watson Cashmere Crewneck Sweater / Marine Layer

From one of the better quality sweater brands you’ll find, this piece from the cashmere collection is a standard fit, light-weighted, and has the primary objective of keeping you warm during those outdoor fright-fests in October.

Buy Now, $135
11. Supima Sweater Blazer
SUPIMA Sweater Blazer / Banana Republic

Go get your pretty boy swag on. standard fit sweater blazer has “cool, calm, and collected” written all over it. The cotton fabric is soft and subtle like a sweater but has the sharp and stylish look of a blazer with two-button closure and front pockets as well.

Buy Now, $129.00
12. Washable Cotton Cashmere Half-Zip Sweater
Washable Cotton Cashmere Half-Zip Sweater / Bonobos

Definitely ideal for casual wear or for wearing over a nice dress shirt. Profound contrast on sleeves and collar. Relatively easy to care for as well, so get ready to impress your boss and your future significant other.

Buy Now, $129
13. Crest Sweatshirt
Cresst Sweatshirt / Gymshark

Rest day the crest way is the motto for this comfy wear-anywhere sweatshirt. It’s got a slim fit with raglan sleeves and fits securely around the neck. The soft, reliable, and versatile look can easily make for a wardrobe favorite for when you’re pumping weights or simply out-and-about in life.

Buy Now, $30.00
14. Men’s Streetwear Solid Colored Cardigan Long Sleeve Regular Sweater Cardigans Stand Collar Black Wine Light gray
Streetwear Solid Colored Long Sleeve Cardigan /

For 50% off, snag this spiffy cardigan with a zipped-up open front. While it serves as a terrific option to sport when the weather is cooler, you can take advantage of the sale now and enjoy it during the latter months of the year.

Buy Now, $24.99
15. Ericdress Standard Color Block Casual Loose Style Men’s Sweater
Ericdress Standard Color Block Casual Loose Style Men’s Sweater / Ericdress

Loosey-goosey is the motto for this dressy sweater. Causal for your fall and winter banquets, but also solid brunch go-to attire. Grab it for 45% off.

Buy Now, $28.96
16. Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Cricket Sweater
Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Cricket Sweater / Ralph Lauren

This bad-boy cashmere and cotton sweater has Ivy League written all over it. Furthermore, 25% of the sale price for this top will go towards an international network of cancer charities.

Buy Now, $298
17. Slim Fit Basic Tops Knitted Thermal Turtleneck Pullover Sweater
Slim Fit Basic Tops Knitted Thermal Turtleneck Pullover Sweater / Amazon

This lightweight, modernistic turtleneck is suited for cold weather and casual wear. Breathable, comfortable, with a pullover closure type, this sweater’s makeup is 95% cotton and 5% spandex. Gotta rock that gold chain with this piece bruh.

Buy Now, $19.99
18. Merino Half-Zip Sweater
Merino Half-Zip Sweater /

Originally $118, this is one of the better sweater price deals that you’ll find from this list. The Merino half-zip sweater is simplistic and straight to the point with its sharp fold and low-cut collar. Customers have the option to choose a slim, or standard fit for this sweater that is made up of 100% Merino wool.

Buy Now, $58
19. ASOS DESIGN heavyweight cable knit roll neck sweater in ice gray
ASOS DESIGN heavyweight cable knit roll neck sweater in ice gray /

On sale for $70 off, this icy grey dove-like turtleneck sweater has simply too pretty of a pattern and color combination to not make this list. It’s true to size, has ribbed trims, and makes for a regular fit.

Buy Now, $16.65
20. Muscle fit Ribbed Sweater in Tan Twist
ASOS DESIGN muscle fit ribbed sweater in tan twist /

Now’s your chance to show off your best guns! The muscle fit sweater is ribbed at the cuffs and edges, is 100% Acrylic, and is meant to be a close-cut fit on the body.

Buy Now, $9.60
21. Men’s Poderosa Pine-Roll Neck Sweater
Men’s Poderosa Pine-Roll Neck Sweater / Patagonia

Put together with a blend of organic cotton and thermolite polyester, this sweater is certainly tailored for warmth and softness. A great option to throw on when you want to look presentable but also comfortable say if you might be running some errands or what have you. Originally $119, you can chop 49 bucks off that price if you wanted to cop today.

Buy Now, $70.99
22. Italian Merino Waffle-Knit Sweater
Italian Merino Waffle-Knit Sweater / Banana Republic

The waffle knit of this sweater is similar to that of a thermal knit, adding an extra level of coziness and texture. Made up of 100% extra-fine Merino wool, there is an extra 50% off applied to this item at the checkout through the button link below.

Buy Now, $59.99
23. Men’s Timberline Sweater
Men’s Timberline Sweater / Carbon2Cobalt

The inner-wear of this sweater jacket is lined with a poly sherpa fabric that wraps your body in a skin-pleasing feeling. The front of this 100% cotton piece is featured with a full zipper and two-top buttons that finalizes this dynamic appearance.

Buy Now, $129.99
24.. Men’s High-Neck Infantry Sweater
Men’s High-Neck Infantry Sweater /

A history lesson comes with this sweater that is inspired by the high-neck attire worn by U.S soldiers during the Korean Conflict in the 1950s. As you can imagine, it’s designed to combat brutal winds with its two-button collar roll-ups and hearty rib knit to make it easy to venture around. Good luck to whoever tries to mess with someone wearing this bad-ass collectible.

Buy Now, $44.99
25. Men’s Aran Shawl Neck Merino Wool Sweater
Men’s Aran Shawl Neck Merino Wool Sweater /

Save 20 dollars on this trendy 100% Soft Merino Wool sweater. The V-neck Shawl collar is the main attraction when it comes to this design and is a great pick-up to wear during the fall and holiday season.

Buy Now, $89.90

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Sports Strength

Everything You Need To Know About Rugby Positions

To me, there’s a misconceived notion among anyone new to rugby; it’s that the game involves a bunch of players mindlessly running around while trying to rip each other’s heads off. 

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While the latter might be true 99% of the time, rugby is far from a sport without structure, part of which hinges on the role of whoever is on the field.

Before we get to that, let’s address that there are multiple types of rugby.

Green and Gold Rugby

The most popular rugby league is Rugby Union, featuring 15 players on the field for each team. Rugby League, a less popular but faster-paced brand of the game, features 13 players on the field per team. Finally, sevens rugby is arguably the most exciting and digestible form of the game for alienated fans. It features seven players on the field per team.

Regardless of the type of rugby you ever find yourself associated with, the positions will always have the same names; they’ll just be minimized, say if you are playing 7 on 7 instead of 15 on 15. Whether it’s a 15’s, 13’s, or 7’s field that you’re stepping on, each team will be split up into the following two groups, backs and forwards.

The Backs
7 Bamboos Rugby

This group of players specializes in passing, kicking, playmaking, open-field tackling, and scoring. They make up the smaller players on a rugby team and rely on their ability to score tries using their speed and dynamic ball-handling skills. 

Backs will generally have special plays that they’ll run during a game, which will help them break down a defense. In practice, they can either develop plays that only adhere to backs or incorporate the other group of players, known as the forwards, in certain plays.

The Forwards
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These are the big boys and girls and are responsible for controlling the game’s pace with manpower and brute strength. The forwards are key in maintaining possession of the ball with ball carries and their effectiveness in “breakdowns,”; where they prevent the other team from trying to steal the ball. 

Line-outs and scrums are two areas in the game of rugby that forwards specialize in. They will likely dedicate hours upon hours in practice, away from the backs, to work on their lineout and scrum structure.

Even though backs are expected to do certain things collectively, there are seven positions within the backs group that each has different responsibilities. 

Scrum Half / Half-back (#9)

The scrum-halves are usually the smallest players on a rugby team, but they carry one of the larger loads of responsibilities during a game. They act as a moderator between the forwards and backs to help dictate the pace of the game. They make passes from breakdowns, scrums, and lineouts out to either the forwards and backs. Scrum-halves need to pass in either direction, have a great vision to see the field, the endurance to arrive at every breakdown, and the ball-handling skills as they will be handling the ball a majority of the time during a match.

South African Faf de Klerk is considered one of the best scrum-halves in today’s game.

Fly-Half / Outside half (#10)
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Dan Carter of New Zealand

The fly-half is the most dynamic playmaker on a rugby team. They are in charge of making sure everyone on the offense knows what play is being run and, like a scrum-half, have a say in whether the forwards or the backs will receive the ball during phase play. They should have great chemistry with their scrum-half to ensure the offense runs smoothly. Fly-halves need to have excellent decision-making skills, passing and kicking. They also need to be great tacklers as they will have a target on their back when on defense.

New Zealanders Beauden Barrett and Dan Carter are a few of the best fly-halves ever to play the position.

Center (#’s 12 and 13)

Centers are typically the strongest runners on a rugby team. When a center gets the ball from the fly-half, they’ll hope to break through defenses with a hardcore ground-and-pound running style. They should also be the best tacklers on the team and strong in rucks, largely considered the heart and soul of a rugby team.

Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi are two of the best centers in the world right now.

Wing (#’s 11 and 14)

Wings are your speedsters on the outside, the fastest players on the field. Their primary objectives are to score tries, chase and field kicks, make their tackles on the outside flank, and put pressure on a defense in any way that they can use their wheels. They also need to have great footwork. Each team will have two wings on the field at once.

South African Cheslin Kolbe and Fijian Semi Radradra are two of the most dynamic wings in the world.

Full-back (15)

The full-back works with the two wings to form what is known as the backline. Additionally, since they are the final safeguard on defense, they need to be great tacklers who communicate directions to forwards and backs to put them in positions to stop an offense. Fullbacks need to always join in on the attack, alongside centers and wings, to add another wrinkle in the offense, so they need plenty of endurance. Fielding kicks, setting up teammates, and being light and quick on their feet are things the full-back needs to do. 

Scottish superstar Stuart Hogg is a top-tier player at the full-back position.

Loosehead and Tighthead Prop (1 and 3)

Props occupy the toughest and most physically punishing positions in rugby. The only difference between the two types is that Loose-head props have their heads in between the opposition while in the scrum, as Tight-head props have their heads in between their hooker, a position we’ll get to later. They are constantly taking short-line balls to draw in multiple defenders who will create attacking space for the backs. They contribute to the rugby scrum by supporting the hooker’s body weight. This allows the hooker to locate the ball once it is placed into the scrum by the scrum-half. They are expected to have the agility to get to rucks and the power to dominate in rucks.

Englishman Mako Vunipola is a great pop to watch in the game today.

Hooker (2)

The hooker is a pillar in the forward pack. They spearhead the timing of the scrum and are responsible for winning possession of the ball once it is in the scrum. In lineouts, they need the crucial skill of throwing the ball accurately so that the team’s lineout jumper can receive it. This also ensures that the other team can’t steal it. In the open field, the hooker will look to carry short balls and control possession in rucks, so they need to have similar props.

Malcolm Marx is a 25-year old South African that has already established himself as one of the best hookers in the world.

Lock and Second Row (4 and 5)

These guys are the heart and soul of the scrum and are the ones who receive the ball in the lineout from the hooker. They need to be strong when binding with the props; otherwise, they will allow the other team to take possession of the ball; the same goes for their lineout jumping. They should be tall and powerful players with the open-field responsibilities of props and hookers. 

Englishmen Maro Itoje and South African Eben Etzebeth are the epitomai of great lock and second-row players.

Blind-side Flanker/ Open-side Flanker (6 and 7)
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England Captain Chris Robshaw

The flankers are unique forwards who find themselves in the center of the action more often than not. The blind-side flanker is known to be physical and powerful, while the openside flanker should be more agile. Nonetheless, both need to have quality endurance, average speed, brute strength, dynamic carrying skills and should be capable of passing. 

Englishman Chris Robshaw is among the upper echelon of elite flankers.

The Eight-man (8)

The eight-man is a part of the tandem known as the back row, including the two flankers. This is the only player among the forwards who can pick the ball up once it is won in the scrum. Therefore, the eight-man needs to be a very effective runner with the ball who can make plays and be an effective ball-carrier and tackler.

Even at the age of 33, South African Duane Vermeulen is still among the great 8-men in the game today.