Flashback Friday: The Greatest Sports Teams of the ’90s By Taylor Christensen

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Back in the ‘90s, the world of sports saw some of its greatest teams to ever play. Sports like football, hockey, and basketball would see teams of a caliber in which they would never see again.

In football, the dynasty of the ‘90s was, unfortunately for me, a Giants fan, was the Dallas Cowboys (Although the Giants won Super Bowl XXV in 1991). With the offensive trifecta of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin, the Cowboys won 3 Super Bowls in a span of 4 years, winning back-to-back in the 1992 and ‘93 seasons. The Buffalo Bills also had one of the most, if not the most, explosive offense will Jim Kelly at the reigns. With other weapons like Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas, the Bills made it to 4 straight Super Bowls. Consecutively. Something that had never happened and will never happen again, it is one of the most impressive team efforts in football history. I mean, they lost all four, but still, four straight. That’s insane.

The 1990s were a great time for the NHL. With the best players to play the game playing at the time, like Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Mario Lemieux, some great teams were conceived. The dynamic duo of Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups in ‘91 and ‘92. In 1997 and ‘98 seasons, the Detroit Red Wings, led by captain Steve Yzerman, 6th all-time scorer in NHL history, captured back-to-back Stanley Cup titles. Also, any team with Patrick Roy in their goal had a great shot to win. Arguably the best goalie to ever play, Roy won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in ‘93 and the Colorado Avalanche in ‘96, their first year of existence.

Basketball in the ‘90s consisted a bunch of great teams, usually the ones with Michael Jordan on the team. The Chicago Bulls won back-to-back-to-back in the ‘91, ‘92, and ‘93 seasons, Jordan being the MVP in all 3. Not to mention the 1992 USA Olympic Basketball team, the “Dream Team”. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and all of the finest players in the the United States. The 1990s saw some the best basketball ever played.

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[Top Left]: Emmitt Smith (left) and Michael Irvin (right) celebrate one of their three Super Bowl victories of the ’90s. [Top Right]: The dynamic duo of Jaromir Jagr (left) and Mario Lemieux (right) chuckles on the bench of one of their games. [Bottom]: Team photo of the USA basketball team for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Bacelona.

The sports world in the 1990s was at a level that we may never see again. It bums me out that I wasn’t there to see it. But from what I see from YouTube clips, and what I hear from people who have seen it, there’s no doubt in my mind that that decade was one of the, if not the greatest decades in sports history.

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