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Top 20 Dynasties in Sports History

Top 20 Sports Dynasties of All Time

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In the era of salary caps and free agency, it's hard for a team to become a dynasty. We don't see repeat winners in baseball anymore, and it's been nearly 10 years since an NFL team repeated as champs. The Miami Heat needed three of the sport's top 20 players just to win twice in four years. And hockey, the home of dynasties, no longer sees teams repeat. Here are the 20 greatest dynasties of all time.

20. Jimmie Johnson & Lowe's #48 Team (2006-10)

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20. Jimmie Johnson & Lowe's #48 Team (2006-10)

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Johnson and his team won the NASCAR series championship five times in a row from 2006 through 2010, earning Johnson the nickname "Five-time" from friends and rivals alike.

19. D.C. United (1996-99)

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19. D.C. United (1996-99)

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When Major League Soccer began in 1996, D.C. United dominated the league, winning the title in 1996, 1997 and 1999 and losing the final in 1998. United won another crown in 2004.

18. Edmonton Oilers (1984-90)

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18. Edmonton Oilers (1984-90)

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Once the Oilers finally dethroned the New York Islanders' dynasty in 1984, Edmonton went on to win five Stanley Cups in seven years, led by Wayne Gretzky and later Mark Messier.

17. Montreal Canadiens (1956-60)

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17. Montreal Canadiens (1956-60)

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Led by Maurice Richard (pictured), Montreal dominated the NHL in the 1950s, winning five straight Stanley Cups from 1956 through 1960, and appearing in every final from 1951 through 1960 (Montreal won the Cup in 1953, as well).

16. Nebraska Cornhuskers (1994-95)

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16. Nebraska Cornhuskers (1994-95)

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While short, Nebraska's reign atop college football was devastating. The Cornhuskers demolished almost all comers during a 26-game winning streak (and 36 of 37) that featured back-to-back national championships.

15. New York Yankees (1996-2000)

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15. New York Yankees (1996-2000)

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Including the 1998 team, which some feel is the best of all-time, the Yankees won four World Series in five years (they fell short in 1997). Under Joe Torre's leadership, New York went 16-3 in the World Series in those four appearances.

14. Oakland A's (1972-74)

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14. Oakland A's (1972-74)

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Taking over for the Baltimore Orioles as the American League's top club, Oakland won three straight World Series in the early 1970s, beating the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers for championships.

13. New England Patriots (2001-04)

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13. New England Patriots (2001-04)

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Thanks to Tom Brady, the Patriots won three Super Bowls in four years, all by a single field goal over the St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles.

12. New York Islanders (1980-83)

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12. New York Islanders (1980-83)

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In a period of time where only five NHL teams won the Stanley Cup from 1976 through 1990, the Isles got theirs four years running, starting with Bob Nystrom's famous overtime goal that beat the Philadelphia Flyers in 1980. In 1983, the Islanders beat the aforementioned Oilers for the Cup.

11. Dallas Cowboys (1992-95)

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11. Dallas Cowboys (1992-95)

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Another team that won three Super Bowls in four years, Dallas beat the Buffalo Bills in back-to-back Super Bowls before knocking off heir old Super Bowl rival Pittsburgh for its final championship. The time since? We'll ignore that.

10. San Francisco 49ers (1981-89)

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10. San Francisco 49ers (1981-89)

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The 49ers only went back-to-back once, at the end of this run, but they were unquestionably the NFL Team of the 1980s. They won four Super Bowls to prove it, besting Cincinnati twice, Denver and Miami.

9. Oklahoma Sooners (1953-57)

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9. Oklahoma Sooners (1953-57)

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Upon beating Texas on Oct. 10, 1953, Oklahoma embarked on a 47-game winning streak, won two national championships (1955, 1956) and two Orange Bowls. OU posted 23 shutouts during the streak. It ended Nov. 16, 1957, at home to Notre Dame, ironically, by shutout (7-0).

8. New York Yankees (1949-53)

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8. New York Yankees (1949-53)

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The Yankees won five straight World Series during this span, highlighted by the close of Joe DiMaggio's career and the beginning of Mickey Mantle's run as the toast of New York.

7. Montreal Canadiens (1976-79)

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7. Montreal Canadiens (1976-79)

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Here they are again, those pesky Canadiens. Montreal won four straight Stanley Cups in the late 1970s, before giving away to the great Islanders teams. Montreal has only won one Cup since (1993).

6. Green Bay Packers (1961-67)

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6. Green Bay Packers (1961-67)

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Green Bay won five NFL championships in seven years, led by head coach Vince Lombardi. The final two titles were the prelude to wins in Super Bowls I and II.

5. Chicago Bulls (1991-93, 1996-98)

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5. Chicago Bulls (1991-93, 1996-98)

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With Michael Jordan, the Bulls won six titles in eight years, and this dynasty is separated because of Jordan's absence for his baseball career in the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 seasons.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-79)

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4. Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-79)

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The top NFL team on the list lands here because it did what none of the others ever did, win four Super Bowls in six years. Pittsburgh repeated as champs in both 1975 and 1979, during a nine-year period where either an AFC team or the Dallas Cowboys won all the Super Bowls.

3. Boston Celtics (1957-1969)

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3. Boston Celtics (1957-1969)

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In this 13-season span, Boston won 11 NBA titles and lost the final once. The Celtics won eight in a row from 1959 through 1966, led by the likes of Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn and Red Auerbach.

2. UCLA Bruins (1964-75)

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2. UCLA Bruins (1964-75)

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UCLA has won 11 national titles in college basketball, and 10 came during this run led by head coach John Wooden and featuring great players such as Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton. UCLA won seven straight titles from 1967 through 1973 and won 88 straight games at one point (a streak also broken by Notre Dame).

1. New York Yankees (1936-39)

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1. New York Yankees (1936-39)

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Like their late 1990s counterparts, New York went 16-3 in the World Series, winning four straight. The 1936 team scored 1,065 runs in 155 games, the 1939 team won 106 games with a .702 winning percentage. New York won the American League by at least 9.5 games all four seasons.