NO SOONER DOES one Final Four end then another begins. Denver, Harvard, Minnesota-Duluth and Notre Dame—the Frozen Four—hit the ice in Chicago this week. Both Fours have evolved into fixtures on the sports calendar, but what are the best foursomes in sports? We've whittled the list down to—four.
4 | THE BIG FOUR
What: The major U.S. sports leagues
Who: NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB
Why: The oldest, most watched, most lucrative sports
Who has a gripe: MLS?
3 | THE CORE FOUR
What: The Yankees' central cast from 1995 to '04, etc.
Who: Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera
Why: Four World Series in five years
Who has a gripe: Bernie Williams, who arrived in '91
2 | FEARSOME FOURSOME
What: The Rams' defensive line from 1963 to '69
Who: Rosey Grier, Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olsen
Why: Fewest rushing yards allowed, 1964 to '68
Who has a gripe: Steel Curtain, Purple People Eaters
1 THE FOUR HORSEMEN
What: Notre Dame's 1922--24 backfield
Who: Jim Crowley, Elmer Layden, Don Miller and Harry Stuhldreher
Why: In three seasons they lost twice
Who has a gripe: Conquest, War, Famine and Death
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
This became this.
THEY SAID IT
"HE PINCHED ME."
Warriors forward, explaining his hard foul on James Harden during a 107--98 Golden State win over the Rockets last Friday.