Face It: Domination Trumps The Underdog In Pro Sports

Will BrooksContributor INovember 13, 2008

It's hard to find truly dominating teams in pro sports nowadays.  Many people love the upset and root for the underdog, but I'm a big fan of dominance. Dominating athletes and teams are what the sports world revolves around. It is also what most fans truly remember.

Don't believe me? Well think about it. When most people think about sports they think of consistent winners. In football it's the Packers of the 60's, Steelers of the 70's, the 49'ers of the 80's, the Cowboy's of the 90's, the Patriots of the new millennium.

In basketball they think of the Celtics, Lakers, Bulls, and Spurs. In baseball it's the Yankees and Red Sox that get most of the publicity.

I'll have to say though that in baseball their is more talk of the underdog (Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox before they started winning championships), though they are talked about for being bad.

Individually Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, and even Kobayashi's of the sports world is what we look at to define greatness because they are dominant winners.

Sure upsets are fun and are a big part of the game, but it's true and sheer dominating teams and individuals that set the standard for those in the future to live up to. Just take last year's Boston Celtics for example. Without the past domination of the Celtics, and the former big three's from those teams, last year's team would have not had near the hype as it did.

The Original Celtics' big threes of Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Bill Russell and Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish set the mold for Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett. These teams were dominant. And that's something you remember.

As I write this I am somewhat contradicting the fan inside of me. I am a die hard Atlanta sports fan. Sad, I know. They have rewarded my 19 years of existence with 1 championship and many moments of sheer agony.

Even though my Hawks and Falcons, who have gotten off to great starts this year, are perennial underdogs, it is not this fact that makes me want them to be successful.

It is my yearning that they establish themselves as a consistent and dominating force in their respective sports, rather than just appear and maybe win one championship every 30 years or so.