House of Windsor Losses. (woof)
In particular, we used to have three bona fide dynasties: the Yankees in baseball, the Celtics and Lakers in basketball, and the Cowboys in football. (Even if the Cowboys weren’t a traditional dynasty, it was a sort of dynasty brand.)
We adored dynasties. As soon as some team won one championship, we’d all go: Is this the next dynasty? We even had dynasties in college sports, too, like UCLA in basketball and Notre Dame in football –– back when the Irish players went to Mass instead of talked on the phone in all their spare time.
But now, I have to tell you, they’re all gone. Sorry, sports fans: No more dynasties.
...Meanwhile, even before the guileless Alex Rodriquez underwent hip surgery and then got fingered again for using naughty medications, the Yankees were turning into a home for the assisted living.
The current, ordinary Celtics are long in the tooth, too. If the Yankees can’t get under the luxury-tax limit and sign Ponce de Leon to replace A-Rod, this could actually be the first year since 1994 that the Yankees, Lakers, Celtics and Cowboys will have, all together, missed the playoffs. A dynasty shutout.
...So, it’s a parity world now in Sports America. Yes, a certain glamour is still attached to teams with great tradition, but you can dine out on history for only so long. There’s something revealing about seeing so many of the most expensive seats at Yankee Stadium empty, game after game. Especially in New York, the in-crowd is the first to know when the old in-thing is out.
And it’s kind of ironic that, at a time when there is such demographic inequality in America, sports is less aristocratic than ever.
Posted: February 06, 2013 at 05:01 PM | 57 comment(s)
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