Who's the Evil Empire in Sports?

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Who's the Evil Empire in Sports?

  1. Los Angeles Lakers

    16.7%
  2. New York Yankees

    66.7%
  3. New England Patriots

    16.7%
  4. Duke Blue Devils basketball

    16.7%
  5. Real Madrid

    16.7%
  6. Manchester United

    33.3%
  7. SEC Football

    16.7%
  8. Miami Heat

    33.3%
  9. New Zealand All Blacks

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Juventus

    16.7%
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  1. soyizgood

    soyizgood G.O.A.T.

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    Feel free to nominate teams. I'll throw in a poll later.

    My candidates:
    Juventus (28 Serie A titles)
    Manchester United (13 EPL titles the past 21 years)
    New York Yankees (27 world series, trademarked "The Evil Empire")
    Los Angeles Lakers (been to almost 1/2 of all the NBA finals)
    Dallas Cowboys (you can only love or hate them)
    UConn Lady Huskies (8 national titles in under 20 years, 4 undefeated seasons)

    Honorable mention:
    Montreal Canadiens
    Green Bay Packers
     
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  2. Legend of Borg

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    What qualifies a team for the title "evil empire"?
     
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  3. soyizgood

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    They win a lot, get talked a bunch to where non-sports fans know about them, their fanboys are absolutely nutty, the organization just exudes envy and/or hatred, they have no shame in rigging the game in their favor, "too big to fail", and their league wouldn't be the same without them (for better or worse), to name a few.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Most LA teams.
    Dodgers have a 220 mil payroll.
    Total Athletics payroll is 67 mil.
     
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  5. soyizgood

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    Tell me about it. Owners spent $2.5 billion to buy the team.... and they did not even get the parking lots in that deal.
     
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  6. LeeD

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    Well, Giants are exactly the thrift store either...:(
     
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  7. Overdrive

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    How about Team Ferrari, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz in the F1 world?
     
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  8. Bobby Jr

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    It's just Ferrari.

    BMW haven't been around for ages and, even then, their foray into F1 was only a token effort. Similarly, Mercedes-Benz have only been an engine supplier until the last couple of years.
     
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    Oh okay. Well, you see that I don't know alot about F1 racing.

    Does Maclaren have a good team?
     
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  10. Legend of Borg

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    Sounds like FC Barcelona.
     
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    American Olympic basketball team
     
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  12. Overdrive

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    Don't forget Women's Basketball too.

    Also, don't forget the Olympic Men's and Women's swimming team, track team, soccer team, and.....

    Gymnastics team!!

    :)
     
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  13. vandre

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    based on this i'd put the new england patriots on the list too but that's just me.
     
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  14. soyizgood

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    The Patriots might make the poll. Maybe the Duke Blue Devils b-ball squad as well. Alabama Crimson Tide football deserves mention.
     
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  15. Andyroddickfan

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    Buddy vandre is right. Pats are easily the evil empire in the nfl. They have been for the last decade. Easily top the cowboys, cowboys don't win enough. ( I am a cowboys fan ). Brady and belichick may be the biggest villains in sports. To fit your definition: most popular nfl team to non sports fans, their fan base is the only one that actually likes them, Brady and belichick biggest villains, no problem blowing out teams, league would be worse/will be worse when billy and Brady leave and last they're a great team.
     
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    "The Evil Empire" phrase was coined by Red Sox exec Larry Lucchino, one of Sox' owner John Henry's minions in the period when Boston finally wised up and opened their pocketbook to compete with Steinbrenner on the free-agency market. Their strategy worked, finally delivering a title after 80+ years. If you can't lick 'em, join 'em!

    All the other dynasty nominees are strong but I'll raise you a couple, both from basketball...the 60's Boston Celtics and the 60's/70's UCLA Bruins! I wouldn't apply "evil" as an adjective for either. Very dominant runs for both.
     
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  17. PSNELKE

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    FC Bayern Munich German football team.
     
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    How about the Division 1 Virginia Men's Tennis Team? They are #1 in the country.
     
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  19. Avles

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    Agreed, the Yankees, the Lakers and la Juve...
     
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    NBA: The Lakers, though the Heat could still be on that level as well.

    NFL: Patriots by far. Don't even know why GB was mentioned since most are indifferent or like their small market vibe, plus they don't win enough and their fans aren't insufferable enough. Cowboys are next in line but don't win enough anymore.

    MLB: Yankees but the Sox are right there with them. Everyone outside of their fanbases hates both of these teams with a passion it seems.

    Other: Duke basketball, ND Football. Don't know enough about soccer/hockey to make any nominations on that end.

    Know a few NASCAR fans and Jimmie Johnson seems like a nice enough guy but is hated for winning so much.

    Who would it be in tennis? Certainly not Federer (outside of Nadal fanboys), ditto with Nadal. I hasten to say that Djoker or Murray are truly 'hated', though I may be wrong. Serena? Possibly.
     
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    My team of millionaires owned by billionaires is much better than your team of millionaires owned by billionaires
     
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    The Williams Empire - Serena, Venus, Richard, Oracene. Hard to stay neutral towards them.
     
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    Brazilian soccer team just flaunts their flare, cockiness, charisma everytime. Infectious? Repulsive? You know when they're in town.
     
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    Football (soccer): Boca Juniors
    NFL: All teams, a bunch of overpaid, out of shape babies
    MLB: Yankees
    Tennis: American tennis system as a whole.
     
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  25. cluckcluck

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    +1

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    back in the day it was notre dame football(still is in many ways), and ucla basketball and the celtics in the 80's,....... and as much as i'm a fan of theirs, ppl would say the williams sisters in the early 00's.

    also east germany in the olympics, it was literal as much as figurative.
     
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  27. TERRASTAR18

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    damn i just posted that......i need to read wholethreads...:(
     
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    but outside of argentina, who dislikes them? they saying goes that brazil is everyone''s 2nd favorite team.
     
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  29. soyizgood

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    Poll added. Check off as many as you feel.
     
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  30. Feña14

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    It depends where you're from I think.

    Being from England, Man Utd are certainly the evil empire. They say Man Utd fans are like rats, as you're never more than 6 feet away from one :)

    They're the team that most people who are only casual fans of the sport follow, although they do have alot of die hard fans too. Growing up, school was full of them, at least half the kids in class supported them and loved to flaunt their success in your face (even though most didn't really watch the games).

    I'm a Chelsea fan and got slaughtered after losing the 1994 FA Cup final to them, 6 year olds can be cruel!
     
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  31. Fearsome Forehand

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    The Yankees, of course.

    Before the baseball draft started (and before free agency), the Yanks had a lock of most of the good young players due to their deep pockets and extensive farm club system. Their World Series record from the Ruth era through the Mantle era is truly amazing. And once GS bought them from CBS and spent the big bucks on free agents, the same was true again.

    The draft was a leveler but they still have one of the premier TV markets so they can pay the big bucks to acquire the best free agents.
     
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    Cowboys, although they've kinda sucked for the past ten years....
     
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