One of the great things about sports is the teams and players we hate. | Unsplash/Wade Austin Ellis
Let’s talk about fierce competition.
One of the great things about sports is the teams and players we hate. These are the people we have built our competition on over the years of competition. There’s a difference between conference or city rivals and the team you play or the team you really need to win to make a season. Some of those games or series transcend all others. And there are some teams that are under your skin and you need to beat them.
You know the big things. Regardless of the record, these are ‘must see’ games. There are games such as Army-Navy, Ohio State-Michigan, and USC-Notre Dame. These are the tip of the NCAA football iceberg, which includes Alabama-Auburn, Texas-Oklahoma, Nebraska-Oklahoma, Texas-Texas A&M, Florida State-Miami, Florida State-Florida, Stanford-Cal, Missouri-Kansas, and Harvard-Yale. Georgia-Georgia Tech, Michigan-Michigan State, Grambling-Southern, Indiana-Purdue (Old Oaken Bucket game), Minnesota-Wisconsin (Paul Bunyan’s Ax), Cincinnati-Louisville (Keg of Nails), Minnesota-Michigan (Little Brown Jug) ), Arkansas-LSU (Golden Boot), Kent State-Akron (Wagon Wheel), Miami (Ohio)-Cincinnati Victory Bell, TCU-Texas, and more.
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In baseball, the Cubs-Cardinals and Dodgers-Giants are most famous in the Yankees-Red Sox, but right now the Yankees don’t like the Astros very much and this could be the start of something big.
Old rivals in basketball are the Lakers-Celtics, but the NBA’s Pistons-Bulls, Knicks-Heat and Warriors-Spurs are Duke-North Carolina, North Carolina-North Carolina, Kentucky-Louisville, Kansas-K-State, Syracuse-Georgetown, Cincinnati – Mixed match between Xavier, UConn-Tennessee (NCAA Women’s Basketball) and Women’s Division UConn, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Baylor, Louisville, South Carolina.
The NFL always has Packers-Bears, Commanders-Cowboys, Steelers-Ravens, Browns-Bengals, etc.
And the NHL starts with the Canadiens-Maple Leafs and Red Wings-Blackhawks and includes the Islanders-Rangers and Pens-Caps.
Frazier-Ali could be boxing’s best record, but Sugar Ray Robinson-Jake LaMotta, Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez and Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe weren’t too shabby.
Connors-McEnroe, Lendl-McEnroe, Navratilova-Evert, Federer-Nadal … The list continues in all sports.
Rivalry can be geographic, familial, previous friendships, or it can stem from many other things. They can block or block from community to town. They can play against the team that stole a game from you, or a team you don’t think you’ll ever win. They can be real or imaginary minor. But they are the fabric of sports.
Go out there and wear the colors or logos of your school or team and trash that team from the other side for the right to brag. Hope you win this contest.
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