A lot of teams in sports come to the field hoping to be competitive, but very few teams come with the purpose to dominate. The reason is very simple, in all sports it is very hard to be the team that dominates the landscape. From year to year a lot of teams may come and go in their respective sports, but to be a team that is consistently on top of their sport every year is very hard to do. Some say it is very hard to repeat in championships and some will it is very hard to even make the playoffs every year.
In football it is probably even harder. A lot of times teams will make it to the Superbowl to lose and not even make it back to the playoffs the following year. The same holds true in all sports, even in the NBA. However to be a team that has been dominate in the last ten years there are certain criteria that has to be met, and those include won lost records, standings, playoff appearances, and championships. However beyond a shadow of a doubt the most dominate team in all of sports is The New England Patriots.
In the last ten years of the NFL the New England Patriots have a lot of things to be proud of; but two things stand out that certainly can not be overlooked. In 2007 the Patriots did something few teams can ever do and they had a perfect regular season record, as they went 16-0. Only one other team has ever had a perfect record in the regular season in the NFL. That other team was the 1972 Miami Dolphins. So in essence some will argue it was harder for the Patriots since they had 16 games. None the less anytime you go undefeated in the regular season that speaks volumes to being dominate.
Secondly in the last ten years the New England Patriots record stands at 138 wins and 38 losses, and that is nothing to take for granted. That is total domination of your sport and you will find very few teams that will match that kind of domination over that many years. The Golden State Warriors have been great in the NBA but not over the last ten seasons.
Post Season Appearances:
Most teams will tell you that you play the regular season, to get to the post season. In order to win championships you have to make the playoffs and the Pats have done that over the last ten years. They have finished first in the AFC East 9 times and one time came in second. Their record in the post season not counting Super bowls is 13-7. They have won 4 conference championships which is very great domination. No other team has won 4 conference championships in that same time period. Now they have also been to the super bowl 4 times in that time period, winning two and losing two. Now to put that in perspective there have been 14 teams to make it to the Superbowl in that same time period and only the Seahawks and Steelers have three appearances in the Superbowl.
Why Do They Dominate:
There is a lot of speculation as to why the Patriots have been this good for this long. They have seen many players come and go during their runs so what have made this team so consistent. In essence there is two major reasons, first and foremost they probably have the best quarterback since Joe Montana in Tom Brady. He has been there through all of their runs and does not seem like he is slowing down any time soon. Second they have arguably the best coach of all time in Bill Belichick. The two of them together in their career have been to seven super-bowls, with more probably coming down the road. That is how you dominate all sports.