Dynasty? They may be Giants… but a dynasty they ain’t…

 

Dynasty

 

They may be Giants… but a dynasty they ain’t…

I am going to state this as simplistically, and, in as few words as I can… the San Francisco Giants are not agiants dynasty!

 Don’t believe me? Want proof?

The definition of dynasty is earmarked by some very simple, but crucial, criteria…

1. The team must be the single leader over the bulk of a specific time frame.
2. The time frame should be an extraordinary stretch of time…close to, or preferably more than, a decade, or, 10 years in length.
 

Armed with that criteria… It can be unequivocally stated that the most widely accepted sports dynasties are those with the majority of their championships over a very long period of time, with few, if any, interruptions, and, preferably consecutively for classification in a category that can be labeled a true dynasty, or, if, you would… a Slam Dunk True Dynasty.

Simply, there have only been only a handful of true dynasties in what we Americans call the four major sports… Baseball, Football, Basketball and Hockey. There have also been a few near dynasties… for the sake of argument I will call them mini-dynasties or sub-dynasties… but all told there are no more than 15, or so, true dynasties.

The true dynasties…

Basketball…

Professional…

celticsThe Boston Celtics are a Slam Dunk True Dynasty… The Celtics from 1956 to 1986 had 16 NBA titles in 30 years… 26 winning seasons, 20 division titles, 18 conference titles… but… the real reason they are true dynasty is because from 1957 to 1966 they won 11 championships in 13 years, including eight in a row from 1959 to 1966.

Grudgingly, the Chicago Bulls sneak in as a true dynasty, too… led by Michael Jordan from 1991 to 1998 they won six NBA titles in eight seasons with only 1994 and 1995 keeping from being in the Slam Dunk True Dynasty class.

 

College/Amateur…

ucla ringOnce upon a time UCLA was the Boston Celtics of Men’s College basketball… from 1964 to 1975 they won 10 national championships in 12 seasons… 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975. Among those championships were 7 straight from 1967 to 1973, four undefeated seasons, and a then (and, for the men’s side of the game still) NCAA record 88 consecutive wins. They are a Slam Dunk True Dynasty.

Baseball…

Professional…

New York Yankees in 8 years won 7 AL pennants and 6 World Series championships, including 4 straight in worldchampionships271936, 1937, 1938 1939 and then in 1941 and 1943 marking their first appearance as a Slam Dunk True Dynasty.

They took a short break from 1943 until 1947, when, they won the World Series once again… then, after finishing 3rd in 1948, the team, for the next 16 years, achieved a run that has been unparalleled in baseball history and ranks as one of the best of the Slam Dunk True Dynasties…

From 1949 through 1964 the Yankees won 14 AL pennants and 9 World Series, including 5 straight, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953 and then in 1956, 1958, 1961 and 1962.

Football…

Football is the one sport where it is really, really, really tough to find a true dynasty, but ,by relaxing the time period criteria just a tad, there are two teams in the pros, and one college team, that stand above all the others…

Professional…

packer ringThe Green Bay Packers of the 1960s won 5 championships in 7 years, including Super Bowls I and II… a Slam Dunk True Dynasty.

The Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s are also a Slam Dunk True Dynasty… during that period the team won 6 straight division titles, 7 total, and, 4 Super Bowl titles in 6 years (’74, ’75, ’78, ’79). No other team in the Super Bowl era has ever achieved that rate of dominance.

College/Amateur…

Before listing the only team that is a Slam Dunk True Dynasty in college football… due to the fact the college game is without any true playoff structure or a real championship game, whereby, a team can actually win a title, any declared national champion is obviously a subjective, and often controversial, accomplishment.

Given that qualification, there is still one team that stands out from the rest and deserves to be called a Slam Dunk Tue Dynasty… the Pittsburgh Panthers (the University of Pittsburgh) in a span of 14 years, from 1925 through1938, won 9 championships… 1925, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938.

Hockey…

Professional…

If, the Yankees and the Celtics, with 27 and 17 championships respectively, epitomize excellence in their respective sports, then, the Montreal Canadians, with 24 Stanley Cups… aka championships… are the same in their sport… professional hockey.

There are two distinct periods that the Canadiens were dominate and at times practically unbeatable…

canadiens champsFrom 1951 to 1960, the Canadiens reached the Stanley Cup finals each year, winning 6 championships, including a record five consecutive titles from 1956 to 1960.

Then in a 15 year span… 1965 through 1979… the Canadiens appeared in 11 Stanley Cup finals winning 10, including 4 championships in 5 straight Cup finals, 1964–69 (1965, 1966, 1968, and 1969), and, 4 consecutive championships between 1975 through 1979.

The Edmonton Oilers had a run of 5 championships in 7 years… 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990. Which allows them to just sneak in as a Slam Dunk True Dynasty.

College/Amateur…

International amateurs… From 1963 through 1990 the Soviet Union hockey teams dominated international play as they won almost every world championship competition and Olympic games tournaments through that time period… 22 International Gold medals… 1954, 1956, 1963,1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968,, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, plus 7 silver medals, 4 bronze and 1 DNP.

And, then, added 7 Olympic golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze from the 9 Olympic games from 1956 through 1988… Slam Dunk True Dynasty.

College… The Michigan Wolverines… aka the University of Michigan… from 1948 through1957 appeared in 10 NCAA tournaments winning 6 championships and placing second once… Slam Dunk true Dynasty.

There also have been true dynasties in other sports the most notable, or amazing, being…

NCAA Lacrosse…

Hobart College… aka the Statesmen… won 13 national titles from 1980-1993, including 12 straight titles fromterrapins 1980-1991.

The University of Maryland… aka the Terrapins… won eight national titles from 1992–2001, including 7 consecutive titles from 1995–2001 while also recording 4 undefeated seasons

 NCAA Wrestling…

The University of Iowa… the Hawkeyes… have 23 total NCAA championships with 11 NCAA championships in 12 years from 1975 to 1986; 9 NCAA championships in 10 years and then 3 consecutive national championships from 2008–2010.
 
Oklahoma State University has 34 NCAA championships in wrestling which is most national championships in one sport by any school. Their record includes 16 NCAA titles in 21 years from 1928 to 1949; 8 NCAA titles in 10 years from 1954 to 1964 and four straight titles from 2003 through 2006.

 NCAA Soccer…

unc-w-soccer-poster-800wNorth Carolina… Tarheels… women’s soccer team won 22 national championships in 34 years from 1979 through 2012, including 9 straight NCAA Tournament Championships from 1986-1994… the women Tarheels also have won 704 games and lost or tied only 78 games which is a 90% win percentage.

(Fellow writer and regular 7Poundbag contributor Earl (EJ) Brewster can add an addendum, if, he wishes for the International/Pro soccer league dynasties.)

Near Slam Dunk Dynasties… mini-dynasties or sub-dynasties…

Basketball…

Pro…

Minneapolis Lakers won 5 championships between 1949 and 1954.

College/Amateur…

University of Connecticut women’s basketball from 2000 to 2014 won 8 NCAA championships in 15 seasons, including 3 consecutive championships from 2002–2004, four undefeated seasons in 2002, 2009, 2010, and 2014, and a NCAA all-time record 90 consecutive wins from November 16, 2008 to December 30, 2010.

University of Tennessee Lady Vols from 1987 to 1998 won 6 national championships in 12 seasons, including 3 consecutive championships from 1996–1998, 1 undefeated season setting the most wins ever with 39, and an over-all record of 314–38 (.877).

Baseball…

Pro…

The Boston Red Sox won 4 World Series in 7 years from 1912 through 1918.

The New York Yankees from 1996 through 2003 were in the postseason MLB tournament 8 times, won their division 7 times, with 6 AL pennants and 4 World Series championships in 8 years… sorry, not a Slam Dunk True Dynasty but pretty damn good or a near dynasty team.

Hockey…

Pro…

The Toronto Maples Leafs between 1946 through 1951 won 4 Stanley Cups in a 5 span… 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951.

The New York Islanders won 4 straight Cups from 1979 through 1983.

 Football…

Pro…

The Dallas Cowboys during a 7 years stretch… 1991–1997… became the first NFL team to win 3 Super Bowls in 4 years (1992, 1993, and 1995).

What a true dynasty looks like...
What a true dynasty looks like…

Remember the declaration…  “They may be Giants… but a dynasty they ain’t…”… at the beginning of this article? 

One more time… I am going to state this as simplistically, and, in as few words as I can… the San Francisco Giants are not a dynasty!

A good team with a very nice run, for the last 5 or 6 years, but, they are not dominant and they are not a dynasty… on any level.

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  1. The Braves with their 14 straight division titles would have been called a Dynasty IF they had won more than the 1 World Series title.

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