Coaching is a tough and very stressful profession. It is much more so in some places than in others.
Some teams are content just to have a winning record. With some teams, anything short of a championship means the total season is a failure. Then, there are other teams that just want to be respectable, instead of the laughing stocks of their sports leagues.
No. 10 – Oakland Raiders of the National Football League
For years, this was a tough coaching job because of their demanding owner, Al Davis. If Mr. Davis were still alive, this job would be ranked higher than No. 10. Due to the tradition of the Oakland Raiders as “The Intimidators”, their present day coach has a tough act to follow.
No. 9 – Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association
The Clippers has always been a tough coaching job because they are in the same City as the Lakers. Competing with their inner City rivals has been very difficult, until recently. Although the Lakers are down right now, they have set a standard for winning NBA Championships in Los Angeles.
No. 8 – Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League
The Maple Leafs have had to compete with their cross Country rivals. The Montreal Canadiens have a championship tradition second only to the baseball New York Yankees. While the Maple Leafs have won 13 championships, the Canadiens have won 24.
No. 7 – Chicago Cubs of the Major League Baseball League
Even though the Cubs are lovable, they have not won a World Series since 1908. They have come close a few times. Because of Steve Garvey’s home run in 1984, and an eager Cubs fan in 2003, the Cubs have the longest World Series Championship drought.
No. 6 – Boston Red Sox of the Major League Baseball League
Before finally winning the World Series in 2004, the Red Sox hadn’t won a championship since 1918. There were crazy stories that Babe Ruth put a curse on them because they sold him to their bitter rivals, the New York Yankees in 1920 for $100,000.
No. 5 – New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association
The Knicks have won two championships, 1970 and 1973. The 1970 team that defeated the seemingly invincible Los Angeles Lakers in game 7 of the NBA finals is considered by many to be one of the greatest teams ever. During that era, the Knicks looked as if they were on their way to a dynasty. But this dream dwindled, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many New Yorkers.
No. 4 – Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League
The coach of the Cowboys has to please the general manager who is also the owner, Jerry Jones. Throughout history, the Cowboys had to win the championship every year. Anything else was unacceptable. Now, they would be happy just to get to the Super Bowl, and that has not happened since 1995.
No. 3 – University of Kentucky Basketball
When you think of basketball, you automatically think of the Kentucky Wildcats. If not for John Wooden’s phenomenal dynasty that began during the 1960’s, Kentucky would have won more Division 1 championships than any other college. Winning Championships becomes addictive, and the Wildcats must have a Championship coach.
No. 2 – University of Alabama Football
At one time, college football tradition was owned by Notre Dame. This is no longer the case. Thanks to Nick Saban, the Alabama Crimson Tide is the dominant team in college football. To their boosters and fans, they have to win a championship every year. A record of 11-1 or 10-2 is simply unacceptable, even for Nick. Even if they win a championship with a record of 11-1, they are still bothered by that one loss. When the legendary Bear Bryant retired in 1982, they never accepted another coach, until Nick came along. Can you imagine what will happen when Nick decides to retire? This will be the worst disaster in the history of sports?
No. 1 – New York Yankees of the Major League Baseball League
This is by far the greatest team ever, in all of sports. Their 27 championships is number one, with the Canadiens a close second with 24. Some Yankee greats are Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Billy Martin, Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Phil Rizzuto. These are just some of them. The list is seemingly endless. Some day, they may not have any numbers for new players, since many have been retired. In fact, the only single digit number that could be worn again by a Yankee is number 6. The most recent Yankee to wear a single digit number was Derek Jeter. You’ll never see number 2 on a Yankee again.