The Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl. Do they have the luckiest fans in sports?
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USC has a rich history of 11 national titles, 38 conference titles and seven Heisman Trophy winners. A few of USC's teams from the last decade are considered to be the greatest of all time.
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San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants just captured their third World Series title since 2010. No fan base in baseball has been able to celebrate that often in a short span of time since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000. The Giants also have six National League pennants and eight division titles since the franchise moved from New York in 1958. If that isn't good enough for the city's fans, the 49ers have five Super Bowl titles and have been one of the favorites in the NFC the last few seasons.
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Pittsburgh has made eight Super Bowl appearances and owns the most Vince Lombardi trophies with six. Even when the Steelers don't go all the way, they get close. They've played in the AFC Championship Game 16 times, including six since 2001.
Six players on the current Detroit roster weren't even born the last time the Red Wings missed the Stanley Cup playoffs. That was the 1989-90 season when the best "Ice" in America was Vanilla. Since then, Detroit has not only played in the postseason, but advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals six times. They've captured four of those titles, inclcluding back-to-back wins in 1997-98.
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St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis lost the 2013 World Series, but it feels good to be a Cardinals' fan when your team has been there four times in the last 10 years. Even when you lose All-Star slugger Albert Pujols after winning it in all in 2011, you still make back there two seasons later.
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Alabama has dominated college football for the past decade. Since Nick Saban took over in Tuscaloosa in 2007, the Crimson Tide have won six SEC titles and four national championships. They're always an annual favorite to make the College Football Playoff.
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New York Yankees
An ownership never afraid to spend money and 27 World Series titles says enough. It doesn't matter where the Yankees go or what the team's record is, baseball fans will show up in full force to either cheer or boo them. With arguably the largest fan base in American sports, it's not just New Yorkers who are thankful.
Some teams hope to make the NCAA tournament, but it's pretty much expected that Duke will be in the "Big Dance" for March Madness every year. The Blue Devils have missed the tourney just once in the last 30 years, and coach Mike Krzyzewski had to take a leave of absence during that 1994-95 season. The winningest men's Division I coach has led Duke to 11 Final Fours and four national titles.
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San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs got Tim Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and haven't missed the playoffs since. They've won five NBA championships and it never seems to matter how old this team gets. Even after Tim Duncan's retirement, the Spurs continue to roll in the Western Conference.
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It's been a good decade for Boston sports fans. All four professional sports teams have brought home a title and played in multiple championship games. The Red Sox broke the "Curse of the Bambino" in 2004, and won the World Series again in 2007 and 2013. The Celtics raised their 17th NBA championship banner in 2008. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and played for it again in 2013. But the most consistent winner in the northeast is the New England Patriots. Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick have won 14 of the last 16 AFC East titles, and they just earned their seventh trip to the Super Bowl.