Sports Teams: Best-Ever

By Dom Nozzi

The teams found on this list represent the most entertaining, colorful, exciting collections of athletes I have ever had the pleasure to watch. They are not necessarily the best-ever in the sport, but they were the best-ever to watch, in my opinion.

Criteria for this ranking:

• At least one player who was mischievous.

• At least one player who regularly provided memorable quotes.

• Unusually exciting and creative skills while on the “offense” side of the ball.

• Was a team that was able to score a lot of points.

Best-ever teams in sports history:

Milwaukee Brewers. The 1979-1982 era, featuring “Harvey’s Wallbangers,” Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Sixto Lescano, and Stormin’ Gorman Thomas.
Philadelphia 76ers. The 1976-1983 era, featuring Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Darryl Dawkins, Maurice Cheeks, Charles Barkely, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney, and Bobby Jones.
Cincinnati Reds. The 1972-1976 era, featuring the “Big Red Machine,” “Sparky” Anderson (manger), Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Davey Concepcion, “Big” George Foster, Pete Rose, Toney Perez, Don Gullet, Ken Griffey, and Cesar Geronimo.
Minnesota Vikings. The 1969-1977 era, featuring the “Purple People Eaters,” Bud Grant (head coach), Alan Page, Fran Tarkenton, Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, Chuck Foreman, Joe Kapp, Ron Yary, John Gilliam, Paul Krause, Jeff Siemon, Stu Voight, Matt Blair, and Mick Tingelhoff.
Montreal Canadians. The 1976-1979 era, featuring Scotty Bowman (head coach), Yvan Cournoyer, Larry Robinson, Jacques Lemaire, Steve Shutt, Ken Dryden, Pete Mahovlich, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, Bob Gainey, and Guy LaFleur.
Florida State University Seminoles. The 1987-2001 era, featuring Bobby Bowden (head coach), Micky Andrews (defensive coordinator), Chris Rix, Charlie Ward, Warrick Dunn, Scott Bentley, Deion Sanders, Derrick Brooks, Chris Weinke, Marvin Jones, Casey Weldon, and Sebastian Janikowski.


I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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