The concept of sports is generally used as a means of competition to distinguish which team is better than its opposition. It is used to signify man’s quest to keep one-upping each other until there are no more teams to beat and that they have filled their ego enough that their head could disrupt air travel.
While most sports seasons show great competition, there are those who just go out one season and have the intuition to just annihilate every possible opponent and show just how much better they are than everyone else. I’m not talking your old-fashioned 13 win NFL season which is then followed up by some competitive post season games and then hopefully a championship. No, what we got here are team’s that just straight up said screw it and decided to kill your team, my team, and everyone else’s team.
So following those words of wisdom, we now bring you the eight best sports teams in history:
8) The 1990 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels: Kicking your alma mater’s ass all year.
Most people have never even heard of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, but back in 1990, this team was a team that could have won some games in the NBA. It featured future NBA stars in Larry Johnson and Stacey Augmon among other NCAA stars in Greg Anthony, Anderson Hunt, and George Ackles. The Runnin’ Rebels didn’t screw around in the Big West division and ran the table at 18-0.
Couple that with the nine other teams they beat and they became the first team in 12 seasons to post an undefeated record at 27-0. Not only did they beat up on their own crappy division opponents, but also schools in major conferences and proved that they deserved that number one seed when they destroyed a then number two ranked Arkansas team.
UNLV looked like it was racing its way to a national championship yet again and beat up on their first four opponents before encountering a Duke team that upset them in the Final Four 79-77. It is widely considered as one of the largest upsets in sports history and had they not lost probably would have gone on to beat Kansas for their second consecutive national championship, but I guess 34-1 will do.
7)The 2007 New England Patriots win every time except when it matters most.
The NFL is specifically made so things like this can’t happen. Football is at it’s best when it’s competitive, but the New England Patriots just didn’t really care. In the first few weeks of the season, the Patriots were caught spying on other teams and videotaping opponents defensive signals and were scrutinized by fans and other teams alike. Usually this could result in a lost season with speculations and criticism arising from every possible angle, but a team led by Tom Brady, Randy Moss, and Bill Belichik were not going to let that get in the way.
This juggernaut of a team had eight pro-bowler’s, averaged an NFL record 37 points per game, and won by an average margin of nearly three touchdowns per game. They didn’t score below 20 points in the regular season and posted their biggest blowout’s in a 52-7 win over the Washington Redskins and a 56-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. Yeah, this isn’t college football either, these are professional football players beating other professionals by 40 points and the 46 point win against Buffalo came on the road, so I’m sure dignity still hasn’t returned to upstate New York quite yet.
The Patriots skated their way through the regular season becoming the second team in NFL history to go undefeated and then going through the AFC playoffs before facing a New York Giants team they had beaten 38-35 in the regular season. A miracle pass and a last-minute Plaxico Burress touchdown later, the mighty Patriots had finally fallen 17-14 in the Super Bowl and there’s no doubt they would trade away a few of those blowout’s for a Super Bowl.
6) The 1998 Dallas Stars attempt to make hockey relevant.
Yeah, Dallas has a hockey team believe it or not and back in 1998, they were destroying teams that were actually located in cities that saw snow, instead of getting a year round suntan. Led by Mike Modano, Ed Belfour, Brett Hull, and Joe Nieuwendyk, the Stars posted one of the best records in NHL history at 51-19-12. They won the Pacific division by 24 points and did all of this in only their sixth year in the league. It’s hard enough for a six-year team to crack the postseason, the Stars were breaking records, kicking your local hockey team’s ass, and letting you know it.
The Stars didn’t exactly dominate in the postseason, but they got the job done. Sweeping the first round, taking six games in the second round, going seven games in the Conference finals, and then going six games with the Buffalo Sabres to secure their first Stanley Cup championship.
It’s ok if you’ve never heard of this, most people haven’t. Not because it’s the Dallas Stars, but because it’s hockey. Did the Stars make hockey relevant? Tell me who won the championship last year……that’s what I thought.
5) The 2000-’01 Miami Hurricanes are unstoppable.
We all remember the Hurricanes football team from the 1980’s. Loud, smash mouth football that would destroy you, put it in your face, and then shank you if you were unfortunate enough to actually stick around for the whole game. They won four championships in that time and were destined in 2001 after an 11-1 2000 campaign that saw them snubbed from the national championship.
They started the season giving Joe Paterno and Penn State their worst home loss in history 33-7, snapped #14 Florida State’s 56 game home winning streak 49-27, defeated #14 Syracuse 59-0, beat up #12 Washington 65-7 the week after, and capped off the season with their closest game of the season in a 26-24 win on the road at #14 Virginia Tech.
They were the unanimous number one and faced a number four Nebraska team that was widely considered undeserving. The Hurricanes proved their point once more by rocketing out to a 31-0 lead at halftime in the National championship before ending the game with a 37-14 win to secure their fifth championship.
Eleven players from the team were selected in the NFL draft the following year and more players would go in draft’s later on continuing the legacy of the U.
4) The 1971 Los Angeles Lakers just didn’t feel like losing.
It’s a feat to win ten games in a row to the NBA, 20 games seems like a myth, and 33 games just seems impossible…well not if you’re the Los Angeles Lakers. A record that still stands today is the 33 game winning streak by the Lakers and I can guarantee it’s going to be a record that will stand for many years to come.
Led by veterans in Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, and Elgin Baylor, the Lakers could kick any team’s ass in the NBA back then and right now. LeBron James and the Cavs at 40-11 at the moment would have nothing on a trio like that. None of them were the leading scorers either, Gail Goodrich led the team with 25.9 points per game, while West was at 25.8 points and nine assists per game. Chamberlain led the team with an absurd 19 rebounds per game and at this moment was around his 4,253 woman.
The Lakers scored 121 points per game and went 12-3 in the postseason, including a 4-1 series win over the New York Knicks to cap off a 69-13 regular season. The record would be the best for the next 25 years before a little team from Chicago decided that 69 wins was not enough.
Speaking of which…
3) 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan? C’mon, they can’t win that many games….can they?
Ok, let’s get this straight, you want to assemble a team with a multiple-MVP in Michael Jordan, the ultimate sidekick in Scottie Pippen, one of the greatest defenders and rebounders of our time in Dennis Rodman, and arguably the greatest coach in NBA history in Phil Jackson and put them on the same team? Sounds fair enough, let’s see what happens.
This team was just plain unstoppable. It was just one of those years where everything clicked and the Bulls just said, “forget it, let’s just win every game.” They almost did, losing 10 out of 82 games I must say is somewhat impressive. Jordan won an MVP scoring 30 points per game and if not for a letdown in the end of the season when Chicago decided to relax and lose two of their last three games, this team could’ve had single digit losses, a feat that has never accomplished and most likely never will.
Chicago went 15-1 in the Eastern conference postseason before defeating the Seattle Sonics in the NBA finals 4-2 for their fifth championship. Teams flirt with 60 wins every year and you’ll see a team occasionally hit 65, but an accomplishment like 72 wins is something that will never be matched unless the Lakers decide to go back in time and pay Jordan future money rather than the $3 million he was making a year in 1995.
It’s a stretch.
2)The 1985 Chicago Bears are going to give you the business and sing about it.
That video should explain everything about this team.
A Mike Ditka coached, Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, and William Perry led team, the 1985 Chicago Bears were a team that was not to be f%#%ed with. It appeared that a perfect season was in the Bears future until irony at it’s best showed up and they were defeated by the Miami Dolphins when they were going for a 13-0 record. If you didn’t know, the Dolphins are the only team to have an undefeated season and go on to win the Super Bowl, so it looks like they were really fighting for something, even though they knew the Bears would still win the championship in the end.
And they did and they won their Super Bowl by 36 points after outscoring their first two playoff opponents by a score of 45-0.
Like I said, don’t f#$# with the Super Bowl shuffle.
1) Money? Yeah, we got a lot of it. The 1998 New York Yankees have always had a thing for winning.
When a team wins 92 games, that’s usually considered a very successful regular season. When you finish 22 games behind your division leader, it sounds like you had an awful season. Wouldn’t it be something if a team finished with 92 wins and was still 22 games behind their division leader? Well. you’d be the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees made your life a living hell.
The Yankees finished the season at 114-48 and posted a then record for best record in a season in MLB. This was classic Yankees baseball and it featured a cast that included Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, and Chuck Knoblauch, while David Cone, Orlando Hernandez, Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera pitched their asses off.
They swept the division series against Texas, won in six games against Cleveland, and capped it off with a four game sweep over a San Diego Padres that probably would have felt better by just staying home.
They also finished 51 games ahead of Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Apologies to my Tampa fan base, I just felt like pointing that out.