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SAN FRANCISCO - Bruce Bochy is crazy superstitious. Phil Jones England Jersey . Its a little-known fact about the unflappable San Francisco Giants manager.Mere mention of anything about a dynasty during the World Series made him uncomfortable. He felt equally uneasy when his name got linked to the best skippers of all-time — those Hall of Famers he well could join someday.Bochy doesnt have to worry about a jinx now. After winning its third championship in five seasons, the new label for his team looks as if it will stick.Dynasty blared the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday.The Giants closed it out with a 3-2 win in Game 7 at Kansas City on Wednesday night, sealed by Series MVP Madison Bumgarners five shutout innings as a reliever this time.A lot has to go right. First off, it starts with the talent, Bochy said. I mean, you need that, which we have. Then you have to deal with a lot of things maybe during the season. Every manager says, Hey, were fine, we have a good chance to get there if we stay healthy. But that doesnt always happen.In a remarkable every-other-year pattern, San Francisco somehow finds its best form in even years. With new faces and old ones, with castoffs and misfits and some key midseason acquisitions.Few clubs have captured three championships in a five-year span. The last National League team to do it was the St. Louis Cardinals with Stan Musial from 1942-46, so the Giants are the first of the free-agency era.The Oakland Athletics won three straight crowns in the early 1970s, and the New York Yankees captured four in five years from 1996-2000.Still, San Francisco was never considered a favourite or the best team in the regular season any of these times. Twice in this stretch, the Giants missed the playoffs altogether.After a runner-up finish in the NL West to the Dodgers at 88-74, they took the wild-card card route this time.On Wednesday night, Tim Hudson became a champion after a 16-year wait and Michael Morse got there following 10 major league seasons.Its the greatest group of guys I ever played with, Morse said. Its a group of guys who believe in each other and the outcome was a World Series victory.This city has had a football dynasty. So now the storied baseball franchise is doing its best to catch up with the NFL team in town. The Niners ruled in the late 80s and 90s, winning five Super Bowls.A unique element for Bochys latest winning roster is the talented crop of homegrown players who made it happen.There are the big names — Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval. And the emerging ones — Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik.You look at most of our team — like Joe, me, Buster, Pablo, Belt, Bum. Its loaded with a lot of good players and a lot of players who are pretty similar in kind of their approach to the game and theyre pretty even-keel, said Crawford, the shortstop.Pablos a little bit different but me, Joe, Belt, Bum, Buster, were all pretty levelheaded at any point in the game whatever part of the season it is, whether its playoffs or midway through the regular season. We dont really change. That says a lot with how well weve done in the playoffs and the post-season in recent years, he said.Nothings really too big for us, he added.Eight players have been on all three winning World Series teams: Bumgarner, slugging third baseman Sandoval, Posey and relievers Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo and Tim Lincecum. Matt Cain, too, but he was hurt this year.General manager Brian Sabean, longest-tenured in baseball, cant put a finger on why the mix keeps working. He is proud of the core of players who were drafted and came through the system and played such a huge part this time.Its a testament to player development and scouting. Thats what we all hope for, that you can plug your holes from within and build your team from within, Sabean said. Thats a surefire way to kind of keep things moving forward. It prevents you from having to go into the market, whether its free agency or more so the trade market.The Giants survived skids in June and September before winning the wild-card game at Pittsburgh. They then beat Washington in the Division Series and St. Louis in the NL Championship series.It has started with Bochy and his spot-on decision making, from resting the relievers regularly early in the season so hed have every one of them for the October run, to going with Bumgarner at every chance.But you have to play good baseball for six months, whatever, to get there, Bochy said. Once you get there, youve heard guys say, Well, its a crap shoot, but you have to play your best ball. You have to have the pitching. Thats obvious. But youve got to execute.For the Giants, its about every player doing his part and serving a role, because, as Sabean puts it, We dont have a star system here.Its everybodys got to pull on the same chain and everybodys got to be ready to play, he said. They understand the culture.Dynasty or not, Affeldt has solved a potential problem at home.The lefty reliever and Game 7 winner has three young sons — and, now, three championships.My three boys now all get to have rings on their finger, he said, And Im very happy about that. Harry Kane England Jersey . After deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league would consider pulling out of Sochi if something "significant" happens before players arrive, those set to participate are trying not to worry about that scenario. Harry Kane Jersey . -- Louisville backup quarterback Reggie Bonnafon ran for two touchdowns and passed for another and the No.PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers coach Craig Berube wasnt surprised by the way the Philadelphia bounced back on Saturday from a blowout loss because hes seen that type of resilience all season. Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist to lead Philadelphia to a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers. Vincent Lecvalier, Sean Couturier and Luke Schenn also scored for Philadelphia, which rebounded from a 7-3 home defeat to San Jose on Thursday. Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard scored for the Rangers, who lost for just the second time in their past nine games. Philadelphia came out with an edge in the first period following Thursdays loss that Berube called "embarrassing." The Flyers improved to 4-0-1 this season following games in which theyve been beaten by four or more goals. "I think our guys have good character," Berube said. "I was pretty confident wed come out and play hard." Unlike Thursday against the Sharks, Berube liked what he saw on Saturday versus the Rangers. "Theyre a fast, hard-working team and if you want to compete with them you need to play a fast, hard game," he said. The opening 20 minutes featured physical play by both sides, including big hits from Philadelphias Zac Rinaldo on Daniel Carcillo and New Yorks Derek Stepan on Steve Downie, among others. The teams lingered on the ice for several minutes after the first-period horn, with the Rangers seemingly upset by a check from Brayden Schenn in front of New Yorks bench late in the period. The Flyers scored twice in the opening period, with the goals coming 1:06 apart. Lecavalier opened the scoring at 7:04 on a goal that went off Rangers defenceman Anton Stralman. "Thats huge," Lecavalier said. "You want to get that first goal and we got that." Brayden Schenn first was credited with the goal, but it was changed in between periods. Couturier followed with his 10th goal of the season at 8:10, beautifully deking past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and roofing the puck with a forehand shot into an empty net from a difficult angle. It looked as if the Rangers cut the deficit in half early in the second period, but Benoit Pouliots apparent tally was waved off because Pouliot deflected the puck past Flyers goalie Steve Mason with a high stick. Mason finished with 33 saves. Mason was pulled in Thursdays defeat to San Jose, and he was happy to bounce back with a victory. The fact that he outdueled one of the games premier goalies was secondary. "It feels good," Mason said. "But I wasnt going out there (thinking) Steve Mason versus Henrik Lundqvist. I was ttrying to help the Flyers beat the Rangers, and thats what we did. Ashley Young Jersey. " New York got on the board a few minutes later when Kreider tipped Rick Nashs pass past Mason and just inside the post from close range. After Kreider missed a great chance to tie the game when his backhanded attempt at an empty net went wide with 10 minutes left in the period, Brassards power-play goal at 11:42 of the second tied the game at 2. Brassards slap shot from the slot after a perfect pass from Brad Richards went off Masons pads and through his legs. Simmonds beat Lundqvist through the legs on a forehand shot from a tough angle on the power play at 13:23 to put Philadelphia back in front 3-2. "I read a high shot and he went five-hole," Lundqvist said. "I thought I was patient on the shot; he just beat me. I thought overall we played a really good game and created a lot of good chances. Disappointing, obviously, but I thought we did a lot of good things." Philadelphia had an apparent goal waved off 3 1/2 minutes into the third period when the officials ruled that Lundqvist had covered the puck even though it trickled into the goal. Mason kept the Flyers in front with a strong, sprawling pad save on Stepan from just in front of the crease with 10 minutes left. Luke Schenn provided an insurance goal with 3:45 left, beating Lundqvist with a wrister from the slot. Lundqvist, who didnt start the Rangers first game following the Olympic break after helping Sweden earn the silver medal in Sochi, finished with 27 saves. He entered the Olympic break having won his last five starts. In his last 14 games against Philadelphia entering Saturday, Lundqvist was 12-2-0 with a 1.77 GAA. Philadelphia defenceman Kimmo Timonen returned to the lineup after sitting out Thursdays 7-3 loss to San Jose to rest after returning from Sochi and had two assists. Timonen helped Finland to the bronze medal. Philadelphia won for the fourth time in the past 16 meetings with the Rangers. NOTES: Rangers RW Derek Dorsett returned to the lineup for the first time since breaking his fibula on Jan. 3. ... New York centre Mats Zuccarello missed his second straight game after fracturing his left hand in the Olympics. ... Flyers backup goalie Ray Emery (lower body injury) wasnt available. Cal Heeter, who never has played in an NHL game, was called up from the AHLs Adirondack Phantoms to back up Mason. Emery was injured in Thursdays loss to the Sharks after he replaced Mason in the second period. Berube said afterward that Emery wouldnt make the trip to Washington for Sundays game, and the coach declined to name his starting goalie for the matchup. Discount NFL JerseysWholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap NFL Gear Cheap Jerseys From China Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies ' ' '