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  • 09/13/2011, 05:50PM ET

Powerhouses of America's top 3 sports.. (not power rankings!)

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1. pats, With Brady and Belichick at the helm, its been quite a ride..
2. steelers, Big Ben has turned this franchise around..
3. green bay, a team of the future..
4. eagles, team of the future..
5. ravens, Been solid, past, present and will be in the near by future..

1. yanks, no surprise here, with THAT pay roll..
2. philies, team of the future
3. red sox, there recent past will probably be better than there future
4. rangers, team on the rise..
5. braves, been solid the past couple of years, will be in the future too, solid organisation..

1. heat, only team with a REALLY optimistic future in nba
2. lakers, Team of the past
3. celts, past..
4. mavs, one trick pony
5. thunder, team of the future..

My definition of powerhouses, is a combo of past present AND future..
Some of these teams have tremendous pasts, and some have brilliant futures..
But all of them have a mixture of at least two..
And are all worthy of being on this list..


I agreed with most of your teams but the order you put them in not so much. The Steelers are good now and they have the most Super Bowls ever. Steelers have won 2 Super Bowls since the last time the Patriots won in 2005. Packers won last year and they have won 5 out of the 6 Super Bowls they have been in. I do not have the Ravens in this discussion due to the fact the Bears are very good right now and they have one many early football championships before the Super Bowl existed. The Bears beat the Eagles last year in a head to head matchup. This could be the Eagles year but they get the 5 spot for their potential.

1. Steelers, 8 appearances 6 SB- With stars like Woodley, Timmons, Harrison, Taylor and Polamalu on defense, they should find themselves up at the top of the league again.

2. Patriots, 6 appearances 3 SB- Belichick and Brady enough said!

3. Packers, 5 appearances 4 SB- Loads of History and last years winner!

4. Bears, 2 appearances 1 SB- The reigning NFC North Champion Chicago Bears accomplished quite a bit last season: they finished 11-5, made it to the NFC Conference Championship Game.

5. Eagles, 2 apperacnes 0 SB- "Dream Team"?


ok, we have quite a bit of difference in the definition of POWERHOUSE..
I use recent history, as in maximum of 10 years..
Where as you, use 1000 YEARS of history..

I dont see what the steelers wining in the 70's has anything to do with if the team is a current powerhouse..

I dont like your bears choice either..
Any team with Cutler on it, automatically is not a powerhouse, dude is like, "my knee hurts, get me out of here!"



For baseball, Im not sure why the Tigers are on your list..
They are in one of the weakest divisions in baseball, and so kind of have to win the division by default..


For basketball, bulls spurs AND Knicks are all decent choices..
But the celtics and lakers are finished, there is noway you could have these 2 as the top powerhouses in the nba..
AND HOW DO YOU NOT HAVE MIAMI ON THIS LIST!!?!?!
They are going to win at least 3 championships in the next 6 years.. They are a dynasty in the making!


1. Yankees-27 World Series championships and 40 American League pennants. Throughout its existence, the team has had some of the most celebrated players in Major League history, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra.

2. Red Sox- Since 2003, the Red Sox have been perennial playoff contenders and have won two World Series, emerging as one of the most successful MLB teams of the last decade.

3. Phillies- Two World Series the last one in 2008. Great rotation for the upcoming post season.

4. Tigers- 4 World Series and they have Justin Verlander.

5. Braves- 3 World Series! From 1991-2005 the Braves were one of the most successful franchises in baseball, winning division titles an unprecedented 14 consecutive times in that period.

You did not say anything about the last 10 years you said HISTORY. And speaking of history the Rangers dont have one. Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg, and Al Kaline have worn the Tigers jersey.

The 84 Tigers led their division wire-to-wire, from opening day and every day thereafter, culminating in the World Series championship. This had not been done in the major leagues since the 1927 Yankees.


Im down 9-nothing..
I surrender!!!!

September 13, 2011  05:52 PM ET

The Heat suck.

September 13, 2011  05:57 PM ET

How about the Colts. They were a team of the past. The future isn't bright without Manning, but they were a powerhouse with him.

September 13, 2011  05:59 PM ET

NASCAR is more popular than the NBA.

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September 13, 2011  06:52 PM ET

Ben didn't turn the franchise around. Pitt was a very good team for most of the 12 years before the Rapist got to town and started to do his thing. Saying he turned it around makes it sound like the team was in a Detroit Lions-like spin. They weren't. Yes, they hada losing season before Ben got there, and three in the 12 years before he came along. They also had 7 years with double digit wins. (and looking at one year can have problems - a key injury - or some bad luck).

Also, as bad as the Colts looked without Peyton, at least they have an excuse. Pitt looked HORRIBLE against the Ravens - and with their defense getting older by the minute, Pitt's window may indeed be closed. Sorry. Team of the past - sure. Present? Um did you see last week? Future? Who knows...

September 13, 2011  06:54 PM ET

Also, you don't know much about basketball. IF there is a hard cap, the Heat are in a world of hurt. If last year taught us ANYTHING, it's that you can't win with three players. And really, it taught us that you can't win if LBJ is your go-to guy in crunch time. The Thunder have a big two of their own (Bosh is good, but not a great player) and more flexibility. They are a team with a bright present AND future.

September 13, 2011  06:58 PM ET

Quick when was the last time the Pats won the Superbowl? SEVEN years ago. As in the past. Yeah, gawdy stats are great, but Brady is 5-5 in his last 10 playoff games.

The correct answer...

Packers (defending champion - even better this year simply by getting injured players back and they have a nice history too)

Saints - again - nice present - and past with the title, and as long as Brees is healthy, you're saying they have a shot

Atlanta - won more games than anyone in the NFC last year, YOUNG at the skill positions

Philly - haven't done anything as of yet. Walk the walk before you start bragging about being a dream team

Pats



Rapists from Pitt

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September 13, 2011  07:37 PM ET

1. Yankees-27 World Series championships and 40 American League pennants. Throughout its existence, the team has had some of the most celebrated players in Major League history, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra.

2. Red Sox- Since 2003, the Red Sox have been perennial playoff contenders and have won two World Series, emerging as one of the most successful MLB teams of the last decade.

3. Phillies- Two World Series the last one in 2008. Great rotation for the upcoming post season.

4. Tigers- 4 World Series and the have Justin Verlander.

5. Braves- 3 World Series! From 1991-2005 the Braves were one of the most successful franchises in baseball, winning division titles an unprecedented 14 consecutive times in that period.

September 13, 2011  08:03 PM ET

1. The Celtics have met the Lakers a record 12 times in the NBA Finals, including their most recent appearances in 2008 and 2010, with the Celtics winning nine and Lakers winning three. Four Celtics (Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens and Larry Bird) have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for an NBA record total of 10 MVP awards.[3]

2. The Lakers 16 Championships the most recent in 2010. The Lakers hold the record for NBA's longest winning streak (33), set during the 1971-72 season. Sixteen Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles. Four Lakers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Awards for a total of eight awards.

3. The Bulls- 6 Championships. They are relevant right now. JORDAN!

4. The Spurs- 4 Championships, have made the playoffs in 19 of the last 20 seasons, and have not missed the playoffs in the 14 seasons since Tim Duncan came to the Spurs in 1997.

5. This one is the hard one with a lot of teams with 3 Championships (76ers), (G. State) and (Pistons). I gave the nod to the Knicks based off their current talent and having 2 Championships and a lot of resources.

September 14, 2011  12:30 AM ET

How about the Raiders or Cowboys for NFL.

September 14, 2011  01:24 AM ET

Both would be considered if they had any success recently.

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September 14, 2011  01:37 AM ET

I will work on my form. I got confused and thought I was posting it in the comments section. My bad.

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September 14, 2011  01:50 AM ET

sorry i ment TD section. Its late!

 
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