Champions of the 2000's

Sports Illustrated today named the LA Lakers the franchise of the decade.  We can't argue with their four NBA Championships in ten years.  The Patriots and Spurs each won three titles, but the Lakers were the only to win four. 

We were discussing all of the titles that were won over the past ten years.  It's pretty tough to remember them all so here they are for your reading and remembering pleasure. 

Super Bowl Champions

2000 - St. Louis Rams

2001 - Baltimore Ravens

2002 - New England Patriots

2003 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2004 - New England Patriots

2005 - New England Patriots

2006 - Pittsburgh Steelers

2007 - Indianapolis Colts

2008 - New York Giants

2009 - Pittsburgh Steelers

World Series Champions

2000 - New York Yankees

2001 - Arizona Diamondbacks

2002 - Anaheim Angels

2003 - Florida Marlins

2004 - Boston Red Sox

2005 - Chicago White Sox

2006 - St. Louis Cardinals

2007 - Boston Red Sox

2008 - Philadelphia Phillies

2009 - New York Yankees


NBA Championships

2000 - Los Angeles Lakers

2001 - Los Angeles Lakers

2002 - Los Angeles Lakers

2003 - San Antonio Spurs

2004 - Detroit Pistons

2005 - San Antonio Spurs

2006 - Miami Heat

2007 - San Antonio Spurs

2008 - Boston Celtics

2009 - Los Angeles Lakers


Stanley Cup Championships

2000 - New Jersey Devils

2001 - Colorado Avalanche

2002 - Detroit Red Wings

2003 - New Jersey Devils

2004 - Tampa Bay Lightning

2005 - N/A due to season cancellation

2006 - Carolina Hurricanes

2007 - Anaheim Ducks

2008 - Detroit Red Wings

2009 - Pittsburgh Penguins


For us Philly folks the 2008 Phillies World Series certainly means the most and is the one we will remember forever.  Next to that, it's the '05 Super Bowl when our Eagles couldn't hold on against the Patriots.  If we were pressed to choose a championship that didn't involve our home town heroes, we'd probably go with the '04 World Series Championship for the Boston Red Sox.  Unforgettable.

Now it's you turn Mitchell & Ness facebook friends.  Tell us what your favorite championship memories of the 2000's are.  And if so inclined, let us know who you think is poised to be the team of the next decade.  We're going with the Phils.


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Hall of Famed Birthdays

On this date in history, two Philadelphia baseball legends were born…about 82 years apart.  These men held crucial roles in both the development and success of professional baseball in Philadelphia. 


December 22, 1862:  Cornelius McGillicuddy, or Connie Mack, as he is better known, was born in Massachusetts.  Despite having a 10-season catching career, Mack’s legacy was constructed throughout his 53 years as a manager and team executive.  After managing the Pittsburgh Pirates (1894-1896) and the Milwaukee Brewers (1897-1900), Mack landed in Philadelphia, where he would remain for more than 50 years.  From 1901 through 1950, Connie Mack was the manager and part-owner of the Philadelphia Athletics (he became a full owner and partner to Ben Shibe in 1913 and became sole owner of the team in 1936). Throughout his tenure, Connie racked up an amazing list of accomplishments.  Although there are many more, here is a brief list of his career highlights and awards:


·    Won nine American League Pennants

·    Appeared in eight World Series, winning five (1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930)

·    Most managerial wins, losses and games managed in major league history

·    Known as the ‘Tall Tactician’ for his intelligent and innovative managing style

·    Managed renowned players such as Eddie Plank, Eddie Collins, Ty Cobb, Al Simmons and Jimmie Foxx

·    The Philadelphia stadium, Shibe Park, was renamed Connie Mack Stadium in 1953 and remained so even after the A’s departure to Kansas City, making Connie Mack Stadium the home of the Philadelphia Phillies until 1970

·    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937  


December 22, 1944:  Steve Carlton was born in Miami.  Carlton first signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965 and stayed with the team before being traded to Philadelphia before the 1972 season for pitcher Rick Wise.  He remained with the Phillies until 1986 and stayed in the league for another three seasons.  As a Phillie, Carlton was a fan-favorite and quickly became known as ‘Lefty’.  He set numerous records and is regarded as one of the best pitchers in Phillies’ history.  Here are some of his accomplishments:


·    Ten-time All-Star (1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)

·    Two-time World Series Champion (1967 with the Cardinals and 1980 as a Phillie)

·    Gold Glove Award Winner (1981)

·    Four-time National League Cy Young Award winner (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982)

·    Number 32 retired by the Phillies in 1989

·    In 1999, he ranked number 30 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players

·    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994

We can’t think of a better way to honor these two Philadelphia favorites than by owning a piece of their legacy with an authentic Mitchell & Ness jersey!


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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Rain…And Bring On The Ice

After Mitchell & Ness’ hometown of Philly got slammed with approximately 23” of snow this weekend, we thought it would be a perfect time to reminisce on some memorable moments in sports history when Mother Nature hit hard, yet some teams hit harder.

THE ICE BOWL: 1967 NFL Championship, Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys
This historic game was played at Lambeau Field on December 31, 1967. On that day, the temperature at game time registered a frigid 13 degrees below zero. However, that did not stop more than 50,000 parka-clad fans that were brave enough to withstand the elements on that New Year’s Eve. They watched in amazement as the Packers claimed their third consecutive NFL title, with a 21-17 victory.

THE 1979 MONSOON: Tampa Bay vs. Kansas City
A little rain never hurt anybody.  Hmmm…well, in this case,  it seems it hurt the Chiefs. 
On December 16, 1979, a monsoon like no other hits Tampa Bay.  A water-soaked field,  some die-hard drenched fans, and waterproof determination led the Bucs to defeat the Chiefs 3-0 on a 19 yard field goal.

And more recently, snow didn’t stop the Patriots on the October 18, 2009 game held at the frosty Gillette Stadium, in Foxboro, MA. The New England Patriots crushed the Tennessee Titans, 59-0.
Tom Brady set an NFL record with five touchdown passes in one quarter. Randy Moss caught eight passes for 129 yards and touchdowns of 40, 28 and 9 yards.
The 59-point margin matched the largest since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, the Los Angeles Rams’ 59-0 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 1976.

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The Colts - Saints Connection

The Colts remain undefeated through week 15 with last night's win over Jacksonville.  Now all eyes are on the Saints and their Saturday match up against Dallas.

We were thinking about Archie Manning and how much he must be enjoying the success of these two teams.  His beloved Saints and his middle son battling to stay undefeated.  If you don't know much about Archie check out the video below to see how the media reported Archie's retirement.  You'll see why he is widely regarded as one of the greats of the game, on and off the field. You'll also see a very young Peyton talking about his dad.



Enjoy week 15!

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On This Date in History: A Day For Stat Geeks Like Us

This is a big one folks.  On December 17, 1933, the NFL kept stats for the first time.  The game, which was also the first NFL Championship, was between the Bears and the Giants.  It was played at Wrigley Field in front of an estimated 26,000 fans and the Bears beat the Giants 23 - 21.  The Bears were coached by George Halas and led by future Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski, who rushed for 65 yards that day.  Here are the official stats that we have for this monumental game.

Bears: 311 total yards - 150 passing and 161 rushing / 1 Turnover

Giants: 307 total yards - 208 passing and 99 rushing / 1 Turnover


So, who wants to start the petition to officially declare December 17th as an official holiday for all fantasy football players?

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