Sunday, December 27, 2009

My Champions of the Decade

Ok folks, in 5 days the decade of the 2000s is over and the 10s begin. So I put together a list of the five teams I was glad to FINALLY see win a championship this past decade.

1) The Chicago White Sox

  • In 2005, the White Sox won their first World Series in 88 years. Not since 1917 did the fans of Chicago know what it felt like to be world champions.
  • Their championship ended an inexplicable curse that haunted the baseball franchises in the city of Chicago. Now all we need is for the Cubs to end their funk. 101 years and counting....

2) The Boston Red Sox

  • The Red Sox were in the same boat as the White Sox. Their drought however got a lot more publicity due to their iconic rivalry with the New York Yankees.
  • In 2004 the Red Sox became the first and only team in major league history to overcome an 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series. The baseball gods were on their side because they did it against none other than the hated Yankees.
  • The Red Sox went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals and claim their first World Series in 86 years.
  • The "Curse of the Bambino" was finally put to rest.

3) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • For nearly 2 decades, the Buccaneers were the laughing stock of the NFL. During their first two seasons (1976-1977) of existence, they lost an NFL record 26 consecutive games before finally winning their first ever game. They suffered through 14 consecutive losing seasons between 1983-1996. To put it simply, it was a mess down there for a long time.
  • In 1997 the team began turning things around by going 10-6 and making it to the second round of the playoffs.
  • And in 2002, things finally went the Buccaneers' way. Shall we say it?.... "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Super Bowl champions!" Wow! It still sounds unbelievable.

4) The Syracuse Orangemen

  • In 2003, the Orangemen went from unranked to No. 1, winning their first ever championship, 81-78 over the Kansas Jayhawks.
  • Carmelo Anthony was electrifying-- shall we say, "a star was born!"

5) The Los Angeles Angels

  • In 2002, the then-Anaheim Angels captured their first World Series championship.
  • The first ever baseball expansion team (1960) had suffered some devastating loses in the ALCS throughout their history. 1982 and 1986 come to mind.
  • But the Angels finally prevailed in 2002 and the team graciously dedicated their world championship to long time former owner Gene Autry who passed away prior to seeing his beloved Angels win a championship.

Anyway, as a sports fan, I love it when new champions are born and long lasting droughts are finally ended. This decade we got to see both.

Photos courtesy of the AP

2 comments:

  1. Let's hope the Cubs can be added to this list in the next decade or at least this century!

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  2. What about the Yankees with the bookend championships??

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