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Golden ages of sports cities

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Batman, May 30, 2016.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Started thinking about the Bay Area's recent sports success -- the Warriors, the Sharks finally breaking through, the Giants winning a few World Series, the Niners getting good again for a hot minute -- and it seems like a good time to be a sports fan in that area. It's also weird how, when one team in a city gets good others seem to follow in short order.
    What are some other "Golden Ages" for cities, in terms of sports success?
    Boston, for example, is unquestionably 2001-2014, with all four of their teams winning championships and playing for several more in that span.
    Philadelphia was probably 1974-83, with the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies all winning titles and being consistently good, and the Eagles reaching a Super Bowl.

    What would be considered some of the others?
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  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Oakland in the 70s was phenomenal. 1 NBA title, a Super Bowl* and three World Series. *- you could probably count 80-81 as well.
    Pittsburg late 70s

    And the answer to the question is - people suddenly realize they don't have to put up with investing and rooting for a loser because "that's all there is."
  3. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Mets-Jets-Knicks, 69-70
  4. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    Kind of spread out, but it was a fun decade in the Tampa Bay area when the Bucs won the Super Bowl in '03, the Lightning won the Cup in '04 and the Rays went to the World Series in '08. It was nice to finally have any expectations for these teams.
  5. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    I'd say the entire '70s for Pittsburgh. The Pirates won two World Series, '71 and '79, and reached the LCS six times.

    The Steelers didn't win the first of their four Super Bowls that decade until the 1974 season, but the run really began with the '72 team and the Immaculate Reception.
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  6. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    For Kansas City it is probably now. The Royals obviously. Sporting KC won whatever its thing is a few years ago. The Chiefs finally won a playoff game.

    If you want to cover a decade you can go back to 2007 and include KU and Mizzou's best football seasons in decades, NCAA title for KU basketball, Snyder coming back for KSU football, etc.
  7. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    New York is hard to pinpoint because it was the epicenter of the sports universe for the first half of the 20th century. In modern times (let's say post-1960, after the Dodgers and Giants moved out west), I was thinking 1994-2001.
    The Rangers won the Cup to end a long drought, the Knicks made it to the Finals twice, the Giants went to a Super Bowl and the Yankees got good again and embarked on their dynasty (effectively culminating with the 2000 Subway Series).
  8. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    This doesn't necessarily have to be limited to a single year or two. I was actually thinking over the span of at least five years, and sometimes longer. As I pointed out with Boston, its golden age started with the Pats in '01 and might still be going. The city hasn't gone more than three years without a championship team since 2001. Philly's spanned almost a decade, and Pittsburgh's in the 1970s was about eight years.
  9. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    The only other time period I can think of for KC is the 80s with the Royals being good and Big 8 basketball among the local schools being quite intense. But the Chiefs were terrible for most of that time until Marty ball arrived at the end of the decade and all three college football teams were a joke.
  10. doctorx

    doctorx Member

    Gainesville 2006-08. UF football 06 and 08, men's basketball 06 and 07.
  11. Donny in his element

    Donny in his element Well-Known Member

    Gainesville? Ughh.
  12. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Plus Pitt during the Dorsett and Marino years.
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