POLL QUESTION – MARCH 21
By Leo Haggerty

POLL QUESTION

There’s a lot talk going around the Tampa Bay area concerning the Buccaneers bringing home the Lombardi Trophy next year to throw around the Hillsborough River.  With that being said, that leads us to our next poll question.

OF THE FOUR PROFESSIONAL LEAGUES, WHICH ONE DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE HARDEST FOR A CHAMPION TO REPEAT?

Below you will find the responses of our staff and contributors.  Enjoy

TOM HEPLER – GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Football!

TRACE CRISP – PHOTOJOURNALIST
The NFL is the only pro sport of the four where you only get ONE SHOT to win it all.  You know the old saying, “On any given Sunday” and it’s true.

DAVID ALEXANDER – AFC WEST CORRESPONDENT
The NFL.  Injuries are always an issue, the salary cap challenges teams to keep a squad together, the schedule allows teams that may have struggled the year before to get an easier schedule the next year.

LEO HAGGERTY – ITS SPORTS MAGAZINE EDITOR IN CHIEF
Gentlemen, I’m going to make it unanimous and for all the reasons you have given plus these.  To take home the Lombardi Trophy once is an accomplishment.  To repeat that event is monumental in difficulty.  In fact, it has only happened eight times since the National Football League began playing the Super Bowl 56 years ago with the last being the New England Patriots with victories in Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX.  For those of you that are “Roman Numeral” challenged, that 2004 and 2005.  In the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins took home the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017 to western Pennsylvania.  In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors brought the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy back to the Bay Area in 2017 along with 2018.  Granted, MLB has not had anyone win the Commissioner’s Trophy twice in a row since 2000.  That’s when the New York Yankees notched a three peat.  With no legitimate salary cap in place, look for that to change as teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won in 2020, to continue to attempt to “buy” championships as other large market teams will do.