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Aught Lang Syne: Franchises of the Decade

After running through the Teams of the Decade this morning, it’s time to rank the Franchises/Programs of the Decade—those that have consistently churned out competitive and championship-winning teams. My criteria included things like regular-season record, number of playoff appearances, conference titles, and championships into the equation, alongside less quantifiable measures such as historical imprint and landmark players.

NFL

(all information prior to Week 16 of 2009 NFL season)

WORST: Detroit Lions (0 playoff appearances, 0-16 season, 42-116 record)

5. New York Giants (1 title, 2 conference championships, 6 playoff appearances, 6-5 playoff record, 88-70 regular season)

4. Philadelphia Eagles (1 conference championship, 8 playoff appearances, 10-7 playoff record, 102-55-1 regular season)

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (2 titles, 2 conference championships, 6 playoff appearances, 10-4 playoff record, 101-56-1 regular season)

2. Indianapolis Colts (1 title, 1 conference championship, 9 playoff appearances, 7-7 playoff record, 115-43 regular season) Continue reading

Thankful for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving doesn’t quite make the Top 173 Things in World History, largely because I find the Disneyfied idyll of the First Thanksgiving a little dubious.

But, if I were making a list of the Top Holidays in World History, well, it’s tough to put much ahead of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving has a few flaws—I, for one, prefer my holidays to be two syllables or less, thank you*—but they are outnumbered by its two great strengths: food and football. In this way, Thanksgiving is a pretty masculine holiday. We watch the Lions get crushed, we eat a big dinner at like 4 in the afternoon, we root like hell against America’s Team—stopping at halftime for dessert—and then we watch another football game at night.

*At least we don’t speak Spanish, in which case we’d be wishing you a Happy “Día de Acción de Gracias.”

Days don’t get much better than that, and I don’t even like turkey.*

*It’s a long story.**

**Actually, it’s not. I don’t like turkey. That’s the story. Deal with it.

So this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for Thanksgiving—for a holiday where I give nothing and get everything, for a holiday that unabashedly embraces masculinity, for a holiday so good that the Canadians decided to start celebrating it, too.

Happy Thanksgiving.

NFL Preview Bonanza: NFC North

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Last Season: 6-10

This Season: 9-7, NFC #4

I’ve vacillated a lot on the Packers already this season, initially having them at 11-5 then down at 7-9 and now splitting the difference. I think Aaron Rodgers is a good quarterback but not the great one many people expect him to be, and the offense will be above-average again. It basically comes down to whether the defense, behind new coordinator Dom Capers, can return to the form it had in 2007 when Green Bay made it to the NFC Championship. If Capers can pull it off, the Pack have as good a chance as anybody in this wide-open division and conference.

Tim’s favorite player in Green Bay Packer history is…: You can make a case that Sterling Sharpe had the best name in NFL history. I mean, both his first and last name are adjectives that describe him.

Are the Sharpe brothers the greatest receiving duo in NFL history? Umm, sure?

A Great and Recent Packer Game: The game that made Brett Favre: his first playoff win at the Pontiac Silverdome against the Lions.

Can you give us one without Favre? No.

Was that the loss that killed the Lions? No, this was the loss that killed the Lions.

If the Packers were a Nintendo video game, they would be: Super Mario 2. While the original Super Mario and Super Mario 3 get all the pub, Super Mario 2 was totally off-the-wall, creative, and very fun to play. This won’t be a traditional Packer team, but it might all work out in the end anyway.

Did you know? The Packers had never lost a playoff game at Lambeau Field until 2002. They have lost three of their last five since.

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