The 10 Most Dominant Dynasties in Sports History
Throughout sports history there have been teams who are a cut above the rest of the competition.
Whether it be talent, coaching or just plain luck, there have been a few teams that have set themselves apart.
These groups of individuals were more than just teams, they developed into something bigger. They became dynasties.
While some of these dynasties only lasted a few years, there were others that stayed around for over a decade. Whatever the length, these teams had one thing in common: they were dominant.
Here is a list of the top 10 dynasties in sports history.
10. New York Islanders (1979-1982)
The New York Islanders begin the list at No. 10. The Islanders are the last professional sports team to win four straight titles and are one of the greatest hockey dynasties of all time.
They were led by Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy on the front line, Denis Potvin on defense and Billy Smith in goal.
While the domination was not as long as some of the other teams, there is a chance the Islanders will be the last team to ever win four titles in a row.
They only lost two Stanley Cup Finals games over that four year span and were coached by the great Al Arbour.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-1979)
Next on the list are the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are the only NFL team to make the list.
With a salary cap and a single elimination playoff system, the NFL is clearly the hardest of all professional sports to field a dynasty, but just over 30 years ago the Steel City had the greatest dynasty in NFL history.
The Steelers were led by quarterback Terry Bradshaw and wide receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth. Running back Franco Harris also played a large part in the Steelers' dominance.
While the offense was great, the key to the Steelers success was the "Steel Curtain" defense. Pittsburgh has always been known for their defense and these teams were no different.
Led by "Mean" Joe Greene, the Steelers won four Super Bowls over a six year period, twice defeating the Dallas Cowboys.
8. Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1989)
One of the greatest dynasties in NBA history was the Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s.
These Lakers teams were led by one of the greatest players of all time in Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Up front big man Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who we will hear more about later, was also one of the most dominant players in NBA history.
James Worthy completed the trio and head coach Pat Riley was the catalyst behind this team winning five championships in 10 seasons to go along with eight finals appearances.
They will forever be known as the "Showtime" Lakers and are one of the greatest NBA dynasties of all time.
7. University of Connecticut Women's Basketball (2000-2010)
There is no question who the most dominant dynasty in sports is right now. None other than the Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team.
Led by head coach Geno Auriemma, Connecticut has won six NCAA Championships over the past 11 seasons and is currently on a 78-game winning streak spanning two full seasons.
Some great names have come through the doors like Maya Moore, Tina Charles, Diana Taurasi, Swin Cash, and the list goes on.
They won three consecutive titles from 2002-2004 and have had three undefeated seasons along the way.
6. Montreal Canadiens (1956-1960)
The Montreal Canadiens of the late 1950s are the greatest hockey dynasty of all time. They have the longest consecutive streak of NHL Championships of all time as well.
The team during that five-year run featured 10 future Hall of Famers, including goalie Jacques Plante, Maurice and Henry Richard, Jean Beliveau and Bernie Geoffrion.
During their five-year domination they defeated some of hockey's best in the Stanley Cup, including Detroit, Boston, and Toronto.
The Canadiens were coached during this time by Hector "Toe" Blake.
5. Chicago Bulls (1991-1998)
The next NBA team to make the list is the Chicago Bulls of the 1990s. Over an eight year span the Bulls won six NBA Championships and if Michael Jordan had not left the game for two years, chances are it would have been eight straight.
The Bulls were led by the greatest of all time Michael Jordan, his sidekick on the floor Scottie Pippen, and legendary head coach Phil Jackson on the sidelines.
The Bulls simply dominated the competition for nearly a decade winning an NBA record 72 games during the 1995-1996 season.
4. New York Yankees (1947-1962)
The Yankees have had their fair share of great teams over their illustrious history, but the one dynasty that sticks out is the teams throughout the 1950's.
Over this 16 year span the Yankees won 10 World Series titles and made 13 appearances in the Fall Classic.
The catalyst behind each and every championship was one of the greatest catchers of all time, Yogi Berra. Berra won a ring for every finger during his time with the Yankees.
The dynasty was also separated between two offensive stars, Joe DiMaggio at the beginning and Mickey Mantle at the end.
Manager Casey Stengel was there for seven of the titles, including five straight from 1949-1953.
3. University of North Carolina Women's Soccer (1982-2000)
The North Carolina women's soccer team is without question one of the greatest dynasties in sports history.
From 1982-2000 they won an astounding 16 NCAA Championships. No other team has ever dominated over a 19-year period quite like the Tar Heels of North Carolina.
They had many standouts during that period, but the biggest name of them all was Mia Hamm. The Tar Heels were 94-1 in the games Hamm played in over her career and she was a three-time All-American and three-time ACC Player of the Year.
The man behind it all is head coach Anson Dorrance who has a career record of 625-28-20, including a 101-game unbeaten streak, and has coached 20 National Players of the Year.
2. Boston Celtics (1957-1969)
Led by the cigar smoking Red Auerbach, the Boston Celtics of the 1960s were the most dominant professional sports franchise of all time.
Amassing 11 NBA Championships in 13 seasons, what the Celtics did may never be matched at the professional level.
On the court they were led by Hall of Famers Bill Russell in the middle and Bob Cousy on the perimeter. John Havlicek also played a vital role in those championship teams.
From 1959-1966, the Celtics won eight straight NBA Championships, allowing Auerbach to light up a few more cigars.
1. UCLA Basketball (1964-1975)
From 1964-1975 the UCLA men's basketball team was as good as it gets, winning 10 NCAA Championships over a 12-year span.
They were led by the greatest coach in sports history, John Wooden.
From 1967-1973, the Bruins won seven straight titles and also amassed four undefeated seasons during their 12-year run.
Their 88-game winning streak is the longest in college basketball history and their 10 titles in 12 seasons will never again be matched.
Led by names like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton, the Bruins had enough big bodies and talent to compete with some NBA teams.
However the catalyst behind it all was the legendary John Wooden.