Re: Greatest franchise in the history of sports
posted at 11/17/2010 12:08 PM EST
In Response to Re: Greatest franchise in the history of sports
[QUOTE]It is hard enough comparing eras in sports let alone franchises in different sports. Validity has to come into question. The NBA did not come into existence until 1946, generations after baseball or Hockey. Since 1946 both the Celtics and the Yankees have won seventeen championships, while the Canadians have won nineteen. However, since most hockey talent has always come from Canada, there seems to be an advantage for Canadian teams. Certainly teams with money to spend tend to win. They are all great franchises and deserve their following.
Posted by TeamUmbutu[/QUOTE]
I *hate* the Canadiens because they ruined my brief foray into hockey by reverse sweeping the Bruins and then coming back from down 3-1 in a series before the strike (left a permanent bad taste in my mouth for Bruins' choking culture). Nonetheless, their success rate is absurd and respectable.
Same goes for the Yankees, who won in a smaller league but still won. Also, their money advantage isn't just location-based. They've done a good job building a global brand that foreign talent want to join. Their new stadium, while quieter and infinitely less intimidating, is a goldmine and an architectural joy. And now they're getting smarter by signing guys like Teixeira instead of Giambi et al.
I'd say the Celtics and Lakers are lumped together. When you've won more than half of your league's championships, it's really nitpicking to compare the two. Their wins and losses are within 50 of each other (or something absurd like that). Virtually the same number of all stars. Virtually the same number of Hall of Famers. I might not like the Lakers, but I can respect their success insofar as Lakers fans can not be immature pr*cks about ours. The Lakers do have a more global brand, but the NBA's early foundation was laid by the Celtics before the Lakers really took off.
Football is tough. The Cowboys although despised have a brilliant stadium in a football-crazy state, but they still only have 3 championships. I'd say the NFL is a toss-up between the 49ers and the Steelers.
But comparing between sports is almost impossible. Comparing between eras across sports is asinine.