Best Sports Teams of the 1970s

The Top Ten
1 1972 Miami Dolphins
2 1959-1975 Boston Celtics

The greatness of the Celtics are the championships, after Bill Russell's retirement, the 1970 edition suffered their first losing season in 20 years. But the Celtics we're already rebuilding with a young team led by Jo Jo White, Paul Silas, and Dave Cowens. The Celtics we're again on a rise and by 1973 we're challenging for an NBA title only to lose in the East Finals in 7 games to the New York Knicks. One season later, they we're back and this time they couldn't be stopped, how can you? They we're back in the playoffs, and this time they beat an aging New York Knicks in the East finals, and then in an exciting 7-game NBA Finals, The Celtics return to glory was complete, they're now NBA Champions.
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3 1978 Oakland Athletics

In my last report I went a little overboard over this '78 team. Then I watched This Week In Baseball and found out that this A's team was competitive that year, and doing it without not ONE member who played on the Athletics 1972-74 World Championship teams. after 117 games, they we're a very respectable 61-56 record just behind a well produced Kansas city Royals team with all stars, then the bottom fell out and miss winning 70 games. It would not be until Billy Martin came to the A's and turn it all around.
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4 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers
5 1979 Michigan State Basketball

a 26-6 team wasn't surprising considering that in the preseason it was one of the teams to beat come March. They we're tied for first in the big 10 standings (They we're no Big 10 Tournament in 1979). In the postseason, the team we're awesome beating Lamar, LSU and then Notre Dame to advance to the final four. In the semifinals, the team was running on all full speed as they beat Penn 101-67 to set up the big one against Larry Bird's Indiana State. When the final buzzer sounded it was Michigan State National Champions.
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6 1976 Liverpool

The 1975-76 season did not start well as they lost to queens park rangers 2-0 in game 1, and early on they struggled to win just 6 of 12 games. Then at mid-season the team finally played well in which in the final nine matches they dropped only one point, it left them a point behind the rangers headed into the final day. A victory over the Wolverhampton Wanders would secure them the league championship. The title match did not start well and Liverpool was down a goal at halftime. But the second half saw them scored 3 goals and won the first division champions.
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7 1970-1978 Ohio State Football

Pick a season for this team with Woody Hayes. I go for the 1974 team because they beat Michigan on a missed field goal by them, and you tell Michigan State, we beat them, watch the final play very carefully and you know why. But no dispute over Archie Griffin, the Heisman Trophy winner, and the only college football player to win that big award twice. Ohio State also had other great moments but this 9-year stretch is the best ever for Woody Hayes.
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8 1972 Los Angeles Lakers
9 1978 Philadelphia 76ers
10 1978 New York Cosmos

Would the Cosmos win the NASL (North American Soccer League) title without Pele? Yes, and in a lot of ways, they won 24 games and led the NASL in home attendance of 47,856, Giorgio Chinagila scored 34 goals and 78 assists setting both NASL records part of a team that scored 88 goals and lost only 3 games in regulation in a 30-game season. The Cosmos beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-1 in Soccer Bowl '78 before the Cosmos' home crowd of 74,901, a Soccer Bowl record.
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The Contenders
11 1973 Oakland Athletics

The 1978 team shown above dosen't belong in the best teams of this decade, BUT this one did and they did it with a healthy Reggie Jackson who was named the American League and World Series MVP. They did it with 3 20-game winners Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Ken Holtzman and Vida Blue. They did it by winning The American League West and beat the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series and they did it by beating the Underdog New York Mets in 7 games to repeat as back-to-back champions.
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12 1976 Portland Trail Blazers

This could've been the NBA's greatest dynasty since the days of the 1957-69 Boston Celtics. This was a team of chemistry, team work, star power and the will to compete and win, and began a craze that even today still stuck, BLAZERMANIA. a 45-6 record at home during the entire 1976-77 NBA Season including being undefeated in the Playoffs. They knocked off Artis Gilmore and the Chicago Bulls, then it was David Thompson and the Denver Nuggets. then it was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Los Angeles Lakers and finally Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers and with it an NBA Title. The next year Bill Walton was severly injured and then there's go a potiental dynasty.
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13 1970 Baltimore Orioles

It was a star studded lineup of stars with Brooks and Frank Robinson, MVP Boog Powell, Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Paul Blair, Grand Slam sensation Dave McNally, Don Buford and manager Earl Weaver. The team "slumped" from 109 wins in '69 to 108 wins in 1970. They sweeped the Twins in the ALCS to set up the World Series. In that 5-game series, it became The Brooks Robinson series as he hit .429 and 17 total bases and those great defensive plays to earn him the World Series MVP as the Orioles erase the '69 demons to become champions.
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14 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers

After 8 years, the Dodgers were back in the postseason. A key to the Dodgers' return to glory was an offseason trade that brought Jimmy Wynn from the Houston Astros. Wynn responded by hitting.271 with 32 home runs and was named the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year. Mike Marshall was a pitching workhorse, appearing in 106 games, winning 15 games, and recording 21 saves. Steve Garvey had a batting average of.312, and Bill Buckner had a batting average of.314. The Dodgers went on to win the NL West title and then beat the Pirates in 4 games to become NL Champions. In the offseason, they were the SuperTeams champions that aired on ABC Sports in the winter of 1975.
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15 1979 Los Angeles Rams
16 1970 Brazil Soccer
17 1971 Dallas Cowboys
18 1975 Cincinnati Reds (Baseball)
19 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates
20 1976 Oakland Raiders
21 1978 New York Yankees
22 1975 Montreal Canadiens
23 1976 Cincinnati Reds (Baseball)
24 1976 Kansas City Royals
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