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Our Favorite Teams
Richard Hoffer
September 06, 1999
It's not whether these teams won or lost, it's how much fun they had playing the game—and how much fun we had watching them
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September 06, 1999

Our Favorite Teams

It's not whether these teams won or lost, it's how much fun they had playing the game—and how much fun we had watching them

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16 1997-98
Princeton Basketball
The backdoor pass is sleight of hand for the slight of size, and nobody has mastered it like Princeton, everybody's second-favorite college team. How did the Tigers turn some of the nation's top programs into the Washington Generals? By using the purest example of Cartesian logic in sports, the source of the most jaw-dropping box score we've ever seen: 21 baskets, 21 assists.

17 1999
U.S. Women's World Cup
They drew an SRO crowd to the Rose Bowl, kept 11.3 million Americans glued to their television sets and proved to U.S. sports fans what the rest of the world had long known: A nil-nil soccer match can be one of the most thrilling events in sports.

18 1974-75
Spirits of St. Louis
Marvin (Bad News) Barnes (below)—who disappeared for two weeks early in the season—averaged 24 points a game. Fly Williams once got into a fight with a teammate during warmups. Rookie play-by-play man Bobby Costas once referred—on the air—to a giveaway loss as a "blow job."

19 1955
Brooklyn Dodgers
Has the symbiosis between team and town ever been this sweet? The Dodgers made Brooklyn proud the season next year—as in "Wait'll next year!"—finally arrived. The Boys of Summer finally slew the dragon when Johnny Podres shut out the Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series.

20 1960
U.S. Olympic Basketball
Three members of the squad that ransacked Rome—Jerry Lucas, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West—are among the greatest players of all time, and the coach, Cal's Pete Newell, maybe history's most underrated hoops mind.

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