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Marley

I'm not much of a sports fan, but I think the only time the commentators with the magic markers have been helpful to me is watching hockey. So fast, tiny puck, swirly patterns...it just makes my eyes glaze over unless someone steps in to explain what the hell is going on.

Lex

[[Maybe a real football fan out there can explain why football dynasties' reigns are so much shorter than the reigns of dynasties in other sports.]]

In the modern era, the salary cap and the relative ease with which players can become free agents are the main reasons. No one spends a lengthy career with one team anymore. In fact, players seldom re-sign anymore with the team that drafted them or originally signed them. It happens, of course, but it's not common. Looked at another way, however, this means a team can go from the basement to Super Bowl contention in just a season or two, which makes it harder to be a perennial loser (although the Cincinnati Bengals somehow manage).

Brian McNamara

Couldn't agree more about the announcers/color guys. I didn't watch a minute. But tonight! The
Beanpawwt at the Gaaden, er, Fleet Center. BC-BU!
What could be better?

dc

When you look at the rosters of some of the teams mentioned (Lombardi's Packers, the 70s Steelers, the Yankees and Celtics of old), the same core group of guys was together for ten years. Besides the salary cap and player movement, another thing limiting football dynasties is the injury factor.

Sovereign Eye

The Niners either won (5 total, of course), or were within bona fide striking distance for 17 years. Each year, too, like all championship caliber teams, their talent pool was raided during the off-season. That said, it's a given that free agency has radically altered the playing field in that regard.

Announcing teams vary from the very good (Micheals and Madden; Buck, Aikman, and Collingsworth- sounds like a vaudeville act and a law firm, doesn't it?), to the execrable (Maguire, Theismann, and the 3rd tenor).

4 of the 5 Niner Super Bowl teams would have peeled the Patriots last Sunday, as would have Aikman's Cowboys, and, quite likely, Knoll's Steelers. Any further back, and it was a different era. But don't get me wrong- the Pats are a very, very good team, and have been for awhile.

It'll be very interesting to see if Bellichek remains a genius next season, after losing his offensive and defensive coordinators, too.

Tim

Dynasty is a term that is very much open to interpretation. The early '90s Cowboys seemed invincible for a period, and I'd call them a dynasty. Not only were they the first team to win three Super Bowls in four years, they were a few turnovers away from winning four straight, something that's unheard of. They had the three early turnovers against the 49ers in the '94 championship game, but then outscored them the rest of the way. And the Chargers weren't going to compete with them. I think you also have to consider the players they had, with at least three Hall of Famers.

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