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Here’s Why You Should Root for The Houston Astros (Yes, the Astros)

The Houston Astros will forever be a part of Major League Baseball purgatory after cheating during the 2017 season.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

The Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a seven game series that year, but were slated by the baseball world for the means in which they did so.

Here’s what you need to know about this saga – this ugly, ugly, saga.

Last year, MLB investigators revealed that at the beginning of the 2017 season, the Astros used their video replay review room, an electronic system that every team has, to decode signs that opposing catchers would show their pitchers during at-bats.

Using their center-field camera feed, they were able to identify the meaning behind each sign, for example, one finger down by the catcher would indicate that a fastball is coming a batter, or two fingers down means that a slider is.

This information would get relayed to the Astros dugout during an at-bat, and by way of Houston personnel banging on trash cans, Astros batters would know what pitchers were coming so they could capitalize.

Even though sign-stealing has been part of baseball for years, the use of electronic systems to do so isn’t allowed. There was even a rumor that Jose Altuve was wearing a buzzer on his chest during his walk-off home-run against the Yankees in the 2019 ALCS, but that was never confirmed to be 100% true.

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Nonetheless, the trash-banging was proven to be true. That’s why the Astros fired manager A.J Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, and why the MLB took away several of Houston’s draft picks, along with fining the team $5 million dollars.

The aftermath response around the league was one accord, fuck the Astros. The Cincinnati Reds wore creative t-shirts that read “Trash-town”, an on-the-nose play on words with the Astros nickname “H-Town” and their goofy trash-banging routine for getting leverage.

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Fans got their boos in once allowed back into the stadiums, and their 2017 World Championship will have an asterisk next to it forever.

With this being said, as a die-hard Yankees fan, what I’m about to say will upset many people that I hold dear to my heart.

I want the Houston Astros to win the World Series in 2021.

Now, does the mere sight of Carlos Correa give me nausea? Yes. Could I count off my fingers the number of times that I’ve wished ill upon Jose Altuve? Yes. Have the Astros joined the Boston Red Sox in the exclusive club for teams Yankee fans hate the most? Hell yeah.

But guess what? The Yankees don’t matter right now. They’re watching the ALDS like I am, on the couch. I don’t have a second baseball team, and never will. So the Yankees absence from the postseason will always mean one of two things for me. I either will not watch the games, or I will watch as a baseball fan.

Now, whether it is my short attention span for watching Netflix, or my unwillingness to simply fall asleep at a reasonable time, I’ve found myself consistently tuning into the MLB postseason. By law, this puts me in baseball fan mode with the Yankees eliminated.

What are a few necessities for the neutral, unbiased sports fan in America? Drama and storylines. When you think of the choice words that the likes of a Carlos Correa might have for a salty baseball world that just saw his team win a World Series fair and square – that’s drama.

An outside view of the repercussions of outrage from Dodger fans for the next 5 months of the offseason, with the sentiment, “We scolded them for cheating and then practically let the same group of players beat us 4 years later …” Ouch, one helluva a story.

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Here’s an analogy. The Dark Knight makes for such a great film in large part thanks to the aura and demeanor of the Joker. Even as the antagonist, the Joker is the most dynamic character in the movie, standing for evil and not being sorry about it.

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Case in point, they cheated, became the villain, and did little to sell themselves as better than what the world made them out to be.

Get this though. After 2017, with the villain status pinned to their chest, the Astros won 100+ games in two of the next three seasons; reaching two American League Championship Series and one Fall Classic, but never winning the World Series itself. Nonetheless, they’ve proved that they can be a great team without cheating.

What would the Dark Knight be without the Joker? Just another movie? Maybe. What I know is that Major League Baseball’s postseason would be far less interesting if the Astros can’t overcome the 2-1 deficit they face in the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox.

So go ahead Houston – win the Fall Classic. Upset the established order, and turn everything into chaos.

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How Manchester United Should Line Up vs. Leicester City This Weekend

Manchester United have a critical stretch of matches coming up against tough opponents that include Atalanta, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. 

The good news for United is that forward Marcus Rashford, a cornerstone of the club’s recent resurgence into a formidable team, is returning from injury.

While Rashford has been recovering from shoulder surgery since early August, he admitted that the previous season took a toll on not only his body, but his mind. It’s no secret that the schedules European clubs involved in multiple competitions over the course of a year are brutal and the football world has been increasingly cognizant of the intersection between physical health and mental health. Rashford has acutely felt this toll, playing nearly 3,000 minutes for United last season while nursing nagging injuries and then joining an England team that made it all the way to the finals over the summer.

After a three-month sabbatical, Rashford seems both physically and mentally ready to go. The question now: how should Manchester United line-up this weekend against Leicester City with Rashy back in the mix?

Here are two likely options that the manager will run with.

A 4-2-3-1 Formation

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loves a 4-2-3-1 look, which grants him the luxury of playing two defensive midfielders behind his four creative attacking options. Although Rashford is comfortable at any spot along the front line, he’s been most productive playing on the left wing; last season, Rashford appeared in 31 matches playing on the left wing, while tallying 11 of his 21 goals and 8 of his 15 assists from that role. In Rashford’s absence, though, Paul Pogba proved to be adept in creating from this space as well, so Man U may use Rashford as a substitute while he eases back into the lineup. On the right side, Mason Greenwood should be given the nod over Jadon Sancho; Greenwood has proven to be more effective in that role so far and would give the team the best chance to score.

In this formation, here’s how Man U would line-up on Saturday vs Leicester City.

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A 4-3-3 Formation

Having conceded six goals over their last three matches to mediocre offensive outfits like Burnley, Crystal Palace and Brighton, Leicester City lacks the personnel or tactical discipline to handle a potent Man U attack. As such, Man U could look to play aggressively and push for goals against a suddenly leaky Leicester City defense.

Despite his run of good form on the left wing, Pogba should slide back into the midfield in this formation. In a 4-2-3-1, Bruno Fernandes plays as a false striker, protected by the defensive double pivot of Fred and Scott McTominay. Accordingly, in this set up, Pogba has the freedom to cut in from the left and pick out passes to runners in the attacking third. In a 4-3-3, not only would Bruno have to play as a more traditional midfielder, but the manager should only play one of Fred, Scott McTominay or Nemaja Matic in this look.  As a result, Martial, a traditional forward who can create more chances for himself, could slide into a starting role on the left, especially since he scored in United’s last match against Everton. Pogba would slide back into the midfield to play alongside Fernandes, who would both have license attack. Then, either Fred, McTominay, or Nemanja Matic, would play behind those two players.

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Even if a 4-3-3 undercuts some of Man U’s defensive stability, it’s the best option to fit as much offensive firepower onto the field as possible. Namely, it would allow Anthony Martial, a traditional forward who is more prone at scoring goals than Pogba, to start on the left wing. Having notched the lone goal against Everton in United’s last match, Martial deserves the starting nod. In this sense, United should line up in a 4-3-3 formation this weekend and ride the Frenchman’s momentum and go for goals against a team that offers plenty of such.

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Midnight Rave Flashes New Drip For Their Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

Designed by pop-culture enthusiast Shane Gonzales, fashion and clothing brand Midnight Rave has released an influx of hoodies, sweatpants, t-shirts, shorts, and more for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2021 season.

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The brand was originally brought to the forefront of nostalgic culture four years ago, pinned as a collaborative project between musician A$AP Rocky and Gonzales. Now it’s releasing its first-ever online collection, and the pieces are proving to be nothing short of hot commodities.

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The brand collaborated with artist Dying in Kyoto to create an anime character edition cotton hoodie that was designed specially by the artist for the brand. The punk rock look of the anime character fits in perfectly with the essence of the brand, and the color pattern also does a solid job of retaining that image as well.

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Oversized stylish t-shirts are one of my favorite styles of clothing to piece together with outfits. They can look fresh as stand-alone top accessories, but can also be worn under the likes of a jean jacket or cardigan. That’s why another one of my favorite pieces in this collection is this oversized- yellow t-shirt with the slogan “Don’t Smoke! Rave!” Not only is it a fire addition to the collection, but its slogan printed on the front is a casual reminder of what the brand stands for and how it wants to influence its followers, which is great to see.

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Midnight Rave’s newest collection also includes multiple varieties of hats, socks, and watches as well. All items from the collection seem to be sold out at the moment, but be sure to check in with the brand’s website for when they return to stock.

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WhistlePig Teams Up With Los Magos Sotol To Create the Norte a Durango Bundle

Los Magos Sotol, a Mexican-born spirits brand, might be on the cusp of becoming the next household name after announcing a collaboration with WhistlePig to create what they’re calling the “Norte a Durango Bundle.”

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12 year aged Rye Whisky Sotol Barrel (left) with pot distilled whiskey that has been aged for 6 years (right)

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Featuring a 12-year old Sotol barreled aged whiskey, Sasquatch Sighting #7, and a pot-distilled whiskey that has been aged for 6-years in American oak barrels, the Norte a Durango Bundle will only release 2,000 bottles, making it extremely unique.

Recently, I had a pleasant conversation with the founder of Los Magos Sotol, Juan Pablo Carvajal, who raved about the origins of his company while sharing more details of the company’s collaboration with WhistlePig, and what the future has in store for his brand.

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Sotol, known as the hidden treasure of the Chihuahuan desert, has been enjoyed for centuries

Mr. Carvajal didn’t hesitate to share the background on what makes Los Magos Sotol unique and what it brings to this particular rye whiskey bundle.

“Sotol is very expressive of its land, like wine. That flavor profile is very flowery with a touch of sweetness, which translates very well into the finish of the rye whiskey, bringing the spiciness tone of it down a bit, and make it into something unique and not what you would expect from a rye whiskey. “

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The Story of Los Magos Sotol is seeped in the history of the extraordinary terrain of Northern Mexico

Discovered during Mexico’s colonial era, the Sotol plant was grown in the Chihuahuan desert located in Northern Mexico. Once distillation was introduced to the country, the natives started to distill the plant, thus creating the spirit known as Sotol.

Among many restrictions put in place to encourage a Euro-based marketplace, one eventually included Sotol becoming illegal to produce. Even though Sotol became legal again during the 1990s, its notoriety hasn’t become what it once was.

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According to Carvajal, what separates Los Magos Sotol from the likes of other spirits is the wild harvest that goes into its distillation.

“The wild harvest that we do includes taking out 40% of the mature plant, leaving 60%, which allows it to re-generate from a different way than the likes of the agave spirits.”

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After Carvajal’s team met with representatives of WhistlePig and gave them a sample of their Sotol, WhistlePig wanted to collaborate.

“They usually do a lot of finishes, but we sent them a 6-year-old aged Sotol, and they sent us 4 barrels of their rye whiskey. They put their whiskey into our barrels for nine months, and then we put Sotol into barrels. They introduced the first bottle iteration of the first Sotol, Rye whiskey batch, and now we’re bringing out a new second batch at the beginning of next year. “

Carvajal believes that the second batch, which could be ready in as little as eight months, has the chance to revolutionize the industry.

“For WhistlePig, it’s a finish. For us, it’s the beginning of a new experiment or a new label. Hopefully, in eight months, we’ll have a finished product that nobody has ever seen before in the entire world.”

As a pioneer in the revitalization of the Sotol industry, Juan Pablo Carvajal has high expectations for the future of this particular spirit.

“We want to think about a rich, powerful, and culturally powerful community that can grow from this because we’ve had a history of prohibition that almost killed this industry. The generations that kept it alive allows us to look into the future and build a stronger community that will be able to represent what we do here in the desert all around the world.”

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Work vs Play: Skate and Clothing Brand ICECREAM Reveals Its Fall 2021 Collection

Under the umbrella of Pharrell Williams and his ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ fashion brand, ICECREAM has officially released its apparel collection for the Fall of 2021.

The work vs. play motto of this new drop makes it more than just your everyday streetwear. You’ll be able to treat yourself to classic mid-90’s athletic skate pieces that include jersey t-shirts and nylon shorts with psychedelic designs, as well as a few more pragmatic styled pieces like flight jackets, flannel shirts with elbow patches, and cargo pants.

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Highlighting the fresh collection for the upcoming months of autumn are two new denim pant silhouettes as well. Meant to offer a variety of options that complement style and utility while skating, the ‘Chocolate’ pair offers a slim leg pant fit, while ‘Strawberry’ is more of a straight leg pant fit.

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A couple of rising influencers featured in the ICECREAM Fall 2021 lookbook include Harlem-based rapper THOTO, who is signed to A$AP Rocky’s ‘A$AP WORLDWIDE’ record label, and New York fashion designer Dandy.

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The ICECREAM Fall 2021 collection will be available for purchase at the brand’s New York and Miami stores, as well as at their online store.

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There is a lot to be excited about when it comes to this particular ICECREAM FALL 2021 collection—my personal favorite piece from the collection itself happens to be the psychedelic shorts. Definitely stay tuned for more buzz in regards to this drop, as I wouldn’t be surprised if it did really well.

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Who Will Cam Newton Play For Next? Here are 5 Possible Landing Spots For Him

Cam Newton has gone from Superman to free agent after the New England Patriots cut ties with the dual-threat quarterback earlier this week. It’s hard to believe that six seasons ago, Newton racked up 45 total touchdowns, a 99.4 quarterback rating, and almost 4,000 passing yards, en route to winning the 2015 NFL MVP award.

Granted, he’s far from the player that he was during his MVP reign, Newton can still be a productive starting NFL quarterback. If you look at his stats from 2020, a 20:11 touchdown-to-turnover ratio in a new system, with official no pre-season, isn’t that bad.

The question is, what team will give him his next shot?

Here are five teams who should make a move for Cam Newton, including one extra special mention that you probably won’t expect.

5. San Francisco 49ers
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Although the Niners just selected Trey Lance with the 3rd overall pick, Lance is scheduled to miss some time after suffering a small finger fracture. Jimmy Garoppolo is a viable option to start Week 1 and would’ve been the favorite to beat Lance out for the starting job regardless. With that being said, Garrapolo has a history of the injury bug, and if something were to happen, the Niners would be stuck with an unproven rookie and Nate Sudfeld.

Also, within the context of “what have you done for me lately,” Garrapolo missed the majority of 2020 with a high ankle sprain, while Newton played in all but one game for the Pats last season. Picking up Cam Newton as your third quarterback would do more good than harm if you’re the San Francisco 49ers.

4. Miami Dolphins
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Bill Belichick’s former assistant and now Dolphins’ head coach Brian Flores would make all the press clippings in the world if he signed Cam Newton and cooked up some Wildcat looks for their Week 1 matchup against, you guessed, New England.

The move also makes sense because the Dolphins’ backup situation is not the prettiest, and Newton would add value to that roster slot from a talent perspective. Additionally, only a few quarterbacks have performed at Newton’s level from a dual-threat standpoint in recent years. Being that young Tua Tagovailoa has a similar play style, I love the idea of getting Newton’s experience and expertise around Tua this early in his career.

3. Dallas Cowboys
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After releasing Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci, the Cowboys have two quarterbacks in Cooper Rush and Dak Prescott. Not only would Cam complete their quarterback room, but in the event that he’d need to play, he’s surrounded by a terrific offense.

According to Pro Football Focus, Dallas’ offensive line ranks the 6th best in the league. You can’t lie; the idea of Cam lining up next to Ezekiel Elliot behind a dominant o-line is fun as hell, as the two players scored a combined 18 total touchdowns on the ground in 2020. I’m envisioning read-option galore if those two dudes ever share the same turf.

2. Houston Texans
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I really like this destination for Newton. I think the ineptitude of the Texans franchise will allow Cam Newton to play pressure-free football if he gets an opportunity. Plus, it’s not like the cloud over Deshaun Watson’s football career is going anywhere, so Newton likely won’t have to compete with Watson, who’s a great player, for a spot. Additionally, even though Tyrod Taylor is a good football player, he’s not better than Cam.

In my opinion, the Texans have arguably the worst quarterback situation in the NFL based on the simple fact that their best option, one of the best talents in the league in Watson, has off-the-field issues and doesn’t want to be there. This seemingly poor culture won’t lead to too many wins, as USA Today Sports projected Houston would go 1-16. Neither side has anything to lose, and at the very least, Cam is filling more seats in NRG Stadium than Tyrod Taylor.

1. Major League Rugby: New England FreeJacks
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Hear me out here. The New England FreeJacks are a professional rugby team co-owned by Patrick Chung and Nate Ebner, two former Patriots. Like the Texans, they’re a team that wasn’t very good last year in Major League Rugby and don’t have much to lose by taking a chance on Newton. From Cam’s perspective, we’ve seen many athletes make successful transitions from football to rugby, including Perry Baker, who had a short NFL stint before becoming the best 7’s rugby player in the world. Cam is an elite and physical runner with natural ball skills, making him an absolute nightmare on the rugby field. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a similar breakout introduction to the sport from Cam like Perry Baker had if he gave it a shot. Maybe being cut is a sign that it’s time for a change, a brute, padless, and beer-chugging change that would undoubtedly put American rugby on the map for many NFL fans.

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Which NFL Team Has The Most Super Bowl Wins?

If you’re an avid football fan, you might have asked yourself at some point: which NFL team has the most Super Bowl wins? After all, some teams have had more success on the gridiron than others; and championship runs can be hard to come by. When it comes to most Super Bowl wins, the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for the most in history, each hoisting the Lombardi Trophy six times.

Point to the classic single-elimination format of the playoffs as a reason why so many different teams have won NFL Super Bowls, thus, why we haven’t seen dynasties the rate at which we’ve seen in the likes of the NBA or NHL.

After the Super Bowl era started in 1966, we’ve seen a total of 20 different teams win the big game; combined with endless chip-and-dip get-togethers. I had the pleasure of listing the 10 teams with the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history.

New England Patriots: 6 Super Bowl Wins
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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. The Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-17.

Super Bowl titles:

2001 (XXVI), 20-17 vs. St. Louis Rams

2003 (XXXVIII), 32-29 vs. Carolina Panthers

2004 (XXXIX), 24-21 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

2014 (XLIX), 28-24 vs. Seattle Seahawks

2016 (LI), 34-28 vs. Atlanta Falcons

2018 (LIII), 13-3 vs. Los Angeles Rams

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 head coach Bill Belichick and a young Tom Brady.

That year, however, the Patriots shocked the world in defeating 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 en route to a 16-0 record in the regular season.

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.

Pittsburgh Steelers: 6 Super Bowl Wins
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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.

Super Bowl titles:

  • 1974 (IX), 16-6 vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • 1975 (X), 21-17 vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • 1978 (XIII), 35-31 vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • 1979 (XIV), 31-19 vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • 2005 (XL), 21-10 vs. Seattle Seahawks
  • 2008 (XLIII), 27-23 vs. Arizona Cardinals

As the 7th oldest franchise in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 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 during 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 Hall 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. 

San Francisco 49ers: 5 Super Bowl Wins
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29 JAN 1995: SAN FRANCISCO LINEBACKER KEN NORTON JR. CELEBRATES AFTER THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS VERSUS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS IN SUPER BOWL XXIX AT JOE ROBBIE STADIUM IN MIAMI, FLORIDA. THE 49ERS DEFEATED THE CHARGERS 49-26

Super Bowl titles:

1981 (XVI), 26-21 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

1984 (XIX), 38-16 vs. Miami Dolphins

1988 (XXIII), 20-16 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

1989 (XXIV) 55-10 vs. Denver Broncos

1994 (XXIX) 49-26 vs. San Diego Chargers

The San Francisco 49ers have featured some of the most legendary players to play in the National Football league. Cornerback Ronnie Lott, 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 1981 when they won their first Super Bowl, and 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 most memorable plays in NFL history.

Dallas Cowboys: 5 Super Bowl wins
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30 Jan 1994: Dallas Cowboys defensive linemen Leon Lett (right) and Jimmie Jones celebrate after Super Bowl XXVIII against the Buffalo Bills at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Cowboys won the game, 30-13.

Super Bowl titles:

1971 (VI), 24-3 vs. Miami Dolphins

1977 (XII),27-10 vs. Denver Broncos

1992 (XXVII), 52-17 vs. Buffalo Bills

1993 (XXVIII),30-13 vs. Buffalo Bills

1995 (XXX), 27-17 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1996 and capped off Dallas winning three Super Bowls in four seasons during the ’90s. 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 Parcells, and Jimmy Johnson are a few notable coaches in Dallas Cowboys history as well.

Green Bay Packers: 4 Super Bowls
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26 Jan 1997: Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Packers won the game, 35-21

Super Bowl titles:

1966 (I), 35-10 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

1967 (II), 33-14 vs. Oakland Raiders

1996 (XXXI),35-21 vs. New England Patriots

2010 (XLV), 31-25 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

In terms of Super Bowl victories, the Green Bay Packers have four to their name.

However, they’ve won nine pre-Super Bowl NFL titles, more than any other team, that included two runs of three straight NFL titles during the early 1930s and mid-1960s. Hall of fame head coaches Earl Lambeau and Vince Lombardi were the two men at the helm during those eras in helping the Pack win 11 NFL championships. The Packers won the first official Super Bowl during the 1966-1967 season, and then again in 1967. Quarterback Bart Starr was the MVP in both of those victories.

Soon-to-be Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers and current Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre spearheaded the Packers’ next two Super Bowl runs in 1997, and 2011. Rodgers ended up being Favre’s successor and will likely be considered the best quarterback in franchise history when it’s all said and done. Sorry Brett that’s my hot take.

New York Giants: 4 Super Bowl Wins
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25 Jan 1987: Wide receiver Phil McConkey of the New York Giants celebrates making a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during Superbowl XXI at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Giants won the game 39-20.

Super Bowl titles:

1986 (XXI), 39-20 vs. Denver Broncos

1990 (XXV),20-19 vs. Buffalo Bills

2007 (XLII), 17-14 vs. New England Patriots

2011 (XLVI), 21-17 vs. New England Patriots

If the New England Patriots were Superman, then the New York Giants were its kryptonite. The Giants famously beat the 16-0 Patriots in 2008 to win their franchise’s third Super Bowl, a game that quarterback Eli Manning would win MVP. Four years later, not only would the same teams meet again, but the Giants would win by the same margin, and Eli would once more win the MVP. Those Giants teams were also led by Michael Strahan, Antonio Pierce, Justin Tuck, Plaxico Burress, and Jeremey Shockey. Wide receiver David Tyree is responsible for the famous helmet catch during the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XLII that extended the Giant’s game-winning drive.

The Giants’ first Super Bowl win came during 1987 in a victory over the Denver Broncos. The team was led by Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells, and quarterback Phill Simms, who won the MVP award.

Denver Broncos: 3 Super Bowl Wins
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31 Jan 1988: Denver Broncos wide receivers Ricky Nattiel, Mark Jackson, and Vance Johnson (l to r) celebrate during Super Bowl XXII against the Washington Redskins at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. The Redskins won the game, 42-10.

Super Bowl titles:

1997 (XXXII), 31-24 vs. Green Bay Packers

1998 (XXXII), 34-19 vs. Atlanta Falcons

2015 (50), 24-10 vs. Carolina Panthers

The Denver Broncos are next on the list with three Super Bowl wins during the Super Bowl era, including back-to-back triumphs in 1998 and 1999. Those Broncos teams were absolutely loaded with Hall of Fame talent that including quarterback John Elway, running back Terrell Davis, wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, and tight-end Shannon Sharpe.

In 2016, the Broncos would be on top of the pro football mountain once more after they’d defeated the Carolina Panthers for their franchise’s third Super Bowl. The Broncos were led by one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning, and Linebacker Von Miller, who won MVP of Super Bowl 50 in 2016.

Washington Football team: 3 Super Bowl Wins
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26 Jan 1992: Quarterback Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins celebrates during Super Bowl XXVI against the Buffalo Bills at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Reskins won the game, 37-24. Rypien was named the game”s MVP.

Super Bowl titles:

1982 (XVII), 27-17 vs. Miami Dolphins

1987 (XXII), 42-10 vs. Denver Broncos

1991 (XXVI), 37-21 vs. Buffalo Bills

The Washington Football Team were crowned the Super Bowl champions in 1983, 1988, and 1992. Head coach Joe Gibbs coached those squads and has won more games than any other coach in the Washington Football team’s history.

Oddly enough, each of those teams was led by different quarterbacks: Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien. Other notable players include running back John Riggins, cornerback Darrell Green, and wide-receiver Art Monk.

Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders: 3 Super Bowl Wins
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22 Jan 1984: The Los Angeles Raiders celebrate after Super Bowl XVIII against the Washington Redskins at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Raiders won the game, 38-9.

Super Bowl titles:

1976 (XI), 32-14 vs. Minnesota Vikings

1980 (XV), 27-10 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

1983 (XVIII), 38-9 vs. Washington Redskins

During the Super Bowl era, the Raiders reigned supreme in the NFL for the first time in 1977. That team had an all-world front office in coaching staff led by General manager Al Davis and Head Coach John Madden. Wide Receiver Fred Biletnikoff won Super Bowl MVP and highlighted a team that was also led by offensive linemen Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, and quarterback Ken Stabler.

Their latest Super Bowl success would happen in 1984. While the franchise would be under the same ownership in Al Davis, Tom Flores took over the head coaching helm from John Madden. Those teams had a mean defense anchored by defensive ends Howie Long and Greg Townsend who would combine for 23.5 sacks during that season.

Indianapolis Colts: 2 Super Bowl Wins
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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – FEBRUARY 04: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates winning the Super Bowl XLI qith a score of 29-17 over the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Super Bowl titles:

1970 (V), 16-13 vs. Dallas Cowboys

2006 (XLI), 29-17 vs. Chicago Bears

Rounding out this list are the Indianapolis Colts, having won two Super Bowls in franchise history, as well as two pre-Super Bowl era NFL championships. The first came in a three-point victory over the Dallas Cowboys in 1971, while their latest Super Bowl win would come 36 years later in a 12-point victory over the Chicago Bears. Known as the Baltimore Colts in 1971, the Colts were a team that was led by linebacker Chuck Howley, tight-end John Mackey, and quarterback Johnny Unitas.

Quarterback Peyton Manning led his Colts to a 29-17 Super Bowl win over the Bears in 2007, while winning the game’s MVP award as well. He was helped by wide receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, tight-end Dallas Clark, offensive lineman Jeff Saturday, and head coach Tony Dungy.

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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’
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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.

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#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”.

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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/dgoDvnebHRw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed#23 ‘The Untouchables’ “,”buttonTextWATCH NOW ON AMAZON PRIME”,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.amazon.com\/Untouchables-Kevin-Costner\/dp\/B00AHGT52Q\/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1\u0026amp;keywords=UNTOUCHABLES\u0026amp;qid=1630089624\u0026amp;s=instant-video\u0026amp;sr=1-1</div>
#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/G7HkBDNZV7s” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen><\/iframe>”,”hed#18 ‘Jackie Brown’ “,”buttonTextWATCH NOW ON AMAZON PRIME”,”buttonUrlhttps:\/\/www.amazon.com\/Jackie-Brown-Pam-Grier\/dp\/B008Y6VOHU\/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1\u0026amp;keywords=JACKIE+BROWN\u0026amp;qid=1630089765\u0026amp;s=instant-video\u0026amp;sr=1-1-spons\u0026amp;psc=1\u0026amp;spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFaRTJXOFZEQzExWjMmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTEwNDU1NjUzM0s2QU0zTFdIRktUJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA0OTQxODJIMU41ODVaWVhSTUwmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl</div>
#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#12 ‘Awakenings’
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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#8 ‘The Deer Hunter’
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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.

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#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.

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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.

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#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.

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#4 ‘The Irishman’
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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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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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)
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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.

Yuck, next.

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.