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The New York Yankees and New Jersey Devils Are Truly Excellent Franchises

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 06:  Captain Derek Jeter #2 (L) of the New York Yankees speaks on behalf of his team during the New York Yankees World Series Victory Celebration at City Hall on November 6, 2009 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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JerseySenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2009

Sports Illustrated released its list of the top 25 franchises of the decade. The only local teams on the list? My New York Yankees and my New Jersey Devils.

The Devs ranked 19th, and were one of only two NHL teams to crack the top 25 (the Red Wings grabbed the number six spot). Considering they won two Cups, made it to one other final, and made the playoffs every year, the honor is certainly deserved.

The Yanks ranked fifth, and the top baseball team, that's right, ahead of the Red Sox. Fact is, the Yankees were the best baseball team of the decade, posting the most wins and tying the aforementioned Sox for most titles, also appearing in two other finals. They also missed the playoffs just once (the Red Sox missed it four times) and won eight division titles (just one for Boston). So although my boy Kige Ramsey thinks the Red Sox were the team of the decade, SI got it right: 'twas the Yankees indeed.

The bulk of the teams were college teams, for the record.

Congrats to my teams!

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