The Best Franchise Of the Past 25 Years Is...

Paul SwaneySenior Analyst IApril 16, 2009

EDMONTON, AB - April 25: Jason Williams #29, Kris Draper #33, Steve Yzerman #19, Niklas Kronwall #55 and Mathieu Schneider #23 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrate a goal by Schneider to tie up the game at 3-3 during third period action against the Edmonton Oilers in game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 25, 2006 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  (Photo by Tim Smith/Getty Images)

I recently had a debate with a friend about the best professional sports franchise in the past 25 years.

Rather than make my case for one team over another, I propose a community suggestion box of sorts.

So, now I’m accepting nominations. Please leave a comment of the teams who should be under consideration. Results will turn into an article with a poll.

I'll get you started: My nomination is the Detroit Red Wings.

Their resume includes playoff berths every year since 1991 (with the exception of the strike season of 2005). They've won eight consecutive division titles and four Stanley Cups since 1997.

Who's your pick for the franchise of the past quarter century?