In the Cheap Seats
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

May 8, 2005 - There is talk that if the Pistons don't repeat as NBA champions this season, they will be viewed as one-year wonders - a team that is able to catch fire for just one season.

That's seems a little harsh since Detroit has won at least 50 games for four straight years, but the sports world isn't without it's own one-year wonders.

Here are some to ponder:

Texas Rangers opening day starter Ryan Drese. With Chan Ho Park pitching effectively, Drese has assumed the CHP role - streak stopper and rally killer. Even after getting drilled, he always insists he "had good stuff." It apparently looks real good to opposing batters.

The 2003-04 Minnesota Timberwolves. Remember when they were the next up-and-coming dynasty and Kevin Garnett was the next Wilt Chamberlin? Somebody forget to tell the Wolves that you can't become a dynasty if you don't make the playoffs.

Phoenix Suns. This season was either a stepping stone for the young franchise, or it was a gimmicky hiccup after a 29-win season the previous year. If Steve Nash is the engine's spark plug, Suns' fans better hope he doesn't get burned out and injured, as he did every postseason with the Mavericks.

Any NFL team (except the Patriots). In the free agency era and with injuries running rampant, it's now commonplace for a team to rise from the ashes for one spectacular season, then get buried again the next (example: Carolina Panthers).

NHL lockout. It's a wonder how a professional sports franchise can shut itself down for one year. Especially the National Hockey League, since there are so many other avenues for the sports fan. The NHL season starts during the baseball season, runs through college and NFL football, college and NBA basketball and finishes during the summer along with NCAA and MLB baseball. Hockey hardly has time to even be missed.

Brett Favre. Surely I must be insane to besmirch the name of the sovereign saint of the NFL. But, check to see how many Super Bowls he has won - one (in 1997). That's the same number as Brad Johnson, Trent Dilfer, Mark Rypien, Jeff Hostetler and Doug Williams - one-year wonders, one and all.

Shawn Bradley. Of course, we're still waiting for that one wonderful year.

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