New York has some of the most passionate fans in the NBA. But Spike Lee and the long-time loyals at Madison Square Garden have watched seven different men coach the Knicks since 2000. Jeff Van Gundy had them in the NBA Finals in 1999, but the franchise hasn't had much success in the postseason since. Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown lasted just one season, and the Isiah Thomas era was a disaster. Mike Woodson (right) got the Knicks past the first round of the playoffs last season for the first time in more than a decade. That still isn't good enough in New York where an NBA title hasn't been won since 1973.
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Notre Dame football coach
The tradition and history are rich, but it's hard to win at Notre Dame in this era of college football. The Irish haven't won a national championship since 1988, and although Brian Kelly got them in the BCS title game last season, it was a lopsided affair against Alabama. They went 0-4 in BCS games. Kelly is Notre Dame's fifth coach since Lou Holtz retired in South Bend in 1996.
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Chicago Cubs GM/President
They aren't known as the "lovable losers" for nothing. When taking on the task of general manager for the Cubs, the pressure is on to be the guy who eventually end the fans' misery and brings a championship back to Wrigley Field for the first time in over 100 years. At this point, Chicago would take just an appearance in the Fall Classic since their last was in 1945. Current team president Theo Epstein (right) was able to break the curse with the Red Sox in 2004 when he was the GM in Boston, maybe he can do the same for the Cubs along with GM Jed Hoyer, but unfortunately, there still is a lot of work to be done before this team is ready for even the playoffs.
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Kentucky basketball coach
Winning isn't good enough at Kentucky. Just ask Tubby Smith who won five SEC tournament and regular season titles in 10 seasons. But just one national championship doesn't cut it in Wildcat country. Pressure of UK fans led to Smith's resignation in 2007. Billy Gillispie only got two seasons to prove himself at Kentucky before John Calipari took over and won a national title in 2012.
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New York Yankees manager
With 27 World Series Championships, the most in the MLB, the Yankees are expected to not only be in the playoffs, but win it all, every year. With the passing of longtime owner George Steinbrenner in 2010, current manager Joe Girardi -- who did bring a title back to the Bronx in 2009, yet missed out on the playoffs in 2008 and 2013 -- has been given more leeway by his sons, Hal and Hank, who are now the team owners.
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Texas football coach
With the best resources and facilities in college football, any loss is unacceptable in the eyes of Texas fans. Mack Brown brought the program back to life when he arrived in Austin in 1998. But despite annual double-digit winning seasons, many wanted Brown out when the Longhorns went on a five-game losing skid to Oklahoma. He won a national title in 2005, but fans expect more than just two Big 12 titles in 16 years at Texas. Now it is Charlie Strong's turn to see how he handles the pressure.
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Dallas Cowboys coach
While many believe that current owner/GM Jerry Jones is the problem in Dallas, he is still in charge since he is the owner of the team after all, and that means he, as well as the fans of America's Team, are constantly putting the pressure on the head coach to win. Since winning their last Super Bowl in 1995, the Cowboys have gone through five head coaches, and only have one playoff win to show for it. Current head coach Jason Garrett is getting at least one more season to try and get Dallas over its mediocre track record, but if things go south, don't expect him to be around too long in 2014.
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Any Philadelphia coach/manager
Fans in Philly are well-known for their lack of patience when watching their beloved teams, so being in charge of one of them is no easy task when your players are getting booed often for every mishap. This season, it is three newcomers at head coach/manager of Philadelphia's NFL, MLB, and NBA teams. Chip Kelly (left) got the Eagles to the playoffs, losing to the Saints at home in the wild-card round, 76ers new coach Brett Brown (center) is having a tough time so far in a weak Eastern Conference, and new Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg had some time last year as interim manager after Charlie Manuel’s firing to prepare himself, but now the pressure is on with the interim label stripped in his first full season at the position starting this spring. USA TODAY Sports
Lakers head coach
The Lakers head coaching job is tough for two reasons. It's one of the top sports franchises in the world, and it can be difficult dealing with superstar Kobe Bryant at times. Phil Jackson seems to be the only man who can get the job done in two stints with the team. Mike Brown (right) was cut loose after a 1-4 start to the 2012-13 season. Mike D'Antoni has taken over since, but he hasn't had the magic touch. The Lakers are in danger of failing to make the playoffs for just the second time in the last 20 years. They already tried to bring Jackson back a third time, but he declined.
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Being in charge of the NFL, MLB and NBA might seem like a great job at first, but when the rest of executive decision-making is added in, being the commissioner is no easy task. Tough choices have to go through the commissioner, whether they are popular or not. Not to mention if one of the commissioners ever stand at a podium in front of fans, they are booed loudly, just watch the upcoming NFL and NBA drafts. USA TODAY Sports