Which dynasty reigns supreme: Patriots or Yankees?

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The New England Patriots have defied nearly everything about the NFL, especially its insistence that championship-level teams get dragged back to the pack sooner rather than later. For 16 years they have outperformed and outsmarted a system built around parity and equal opportunity, inspiring fans to search for a modern equivalent in a different sport.

The San Antonio Spurs might qualify as kindred spirits, but other than measuring coach Gregg Popovich’s feelings on Donald Trump against Bill Belichick’s and Tom Brady‘s, what fun would it be matching the Spurs up with the Patriots? When it comes to all things New England, New York is the first and last place to look for a rival. And in this case, the 1996-2011 New York Yankees belong in the conversation with the 2001-2016 Patriots.

The opponent really should be the 1996-2012 Yankees, given that 2012 was the last time the Yanks won their division and Derek Jeter put up Jeter-like numbers. But for the sake of sorta comparing apples to

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18559208/nfl-which-dynasty-reigns-supreme-new-england-patriots-new-york-yankees

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