They no longer exist.
At least not in the sports world.
When I was growing up, the Boston Celtics dominated the NBA year-in and year-out. If the New York Yankees didn't win the World Series, it was an upset. The Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls.
Today, it's difficult for any team to capture back-to-back titles in any professional sport.
The last time a National Football League team won consecutive Super Bowls was the 2004 and 2005 New England Patriots.
The last time a Major League Baseball team won back-to-back World Series was the 1998 through 2000 Yankees.
The only recent repeat winner in a major sport was the 2009 and 2010 Lakers, yet that franchise appears to be on the decline.
What we are witnessing in nearly every sport is a shift in the balance of power, as well as parity among a number of franchises.
Look at Major League Baseball. When we begin the 2012 season next month, the Yankees and Red Sox will still be contenders, but it will be the Angels, Rangers and Tigers who will be the powers in the American League.
We've always witnessed such changing of the guards in individual sports, now it has spread to team sports.
It makes things more interesting. It's no fun knowing who's going to win before the season even starts.
Joe was part of the staff of The Parkersburg News, then later worked for The Marietta Times.
A Belpre High School graduate, Joe had a passion for Mid-Ohio Valley sports.
He seemed to know everyone and everyone knew him.
Not only that, they liked him. Liked the way he treated them. Liked the way he wrote about them.
Joe made time for people, a trait often missing in this hustle-bustle world.
He was one of those people who when he asked how you were doing, he really was interested in your answer.
I grew up reading Dan Hose, the sports editor for United Press International, and when I became a sports writer, I met the man behind the legend.
Although Dan was a great journalist, he was an even better friend.
When I took a job at the Charleston Daily Mail, I was a lost soul in a strange city. Dan befriended me and took me under his wing. He not only became my mentor, he was like a guardian angel, always looking out for me.
Dan was a fixture at the Victory Awards Dinner, where it was tradition that he give the invocation. I was looking forward to seeing him at this year's VAD in Parkersburg, where it just isn't going to seem the same without his presence.
Like every profession, journalists have a mutual respect for one another, for we share the same trials and tribulations. I'll miss my departed colleagues, but I never will forget them.
Contact Dave Poe at firstname.lastname@example.org