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#1 Edited by MKF30 (11528 posts) - - Show Bio

Well for all you sports buffs out there, feel free to post away. What do you think is the BEST rivalry in sports? 
 
I'll list my picks(although according to recent survey the Yankees and Red Sox won it, as well as Sports IllustratedI have to say I agree...) but I'll list my top 5 picks ;)  
 
As a sports buff, these are my top picks in Sports:
 
#1. (MLB) New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox-Easily #1 out there & the oldest, between the history(since the 1920's), never ending saga and the fact that the organizations and fans deep down hate each other, and to this day compete over players before the other can do so, combined with their history makes it easily at the top of the list and #1 in Baseball by far....as well as sports overall. Every Yankees/Red Sox game to this day is crazy, long, interesting and sold out.
 
#2 (NFL) Red Skins vs. Dallas Cowboys-Much like the Yankees/ Red Sox, it's just not comparable in NFL with any other rivalry...these two are big rivals, have some history and continues to be big to this day. 
 
#3. (NBA) LA Lakers vs. Boston Celtics-ever since the 80's thru present, there's been a bit of a rivalry between these two. 
 
#4.(NFL) Patriots vs. Colts- Both teams have a huge rivalry, especially of late...
 
#5. U. of North Carolina Tar Hells vs. U. of Duke Blue Devils(NCAA Basketball) 
 
Honorable mentions:  
New York Yankees vs. New York Metropolitans(MLB) 
Montreal Canadiens(NHL)
 Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears(NFL) 
Chicago Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers(NFL) 
L.A. Dodgers vs. S.F. Giants(MLB) 
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals(MLB)  
New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils(NHL)

(college sports rivalries) :  
U. of North Carolina Tar Heels vs. U. of Duke Blue Devils (NCAA Basketball)

U. of Florida Gators vs. Florida State Seminoles( NCAA Football  )
NotreDame vs. GeorgeTown(College Football)    
Army vs. Navy(NCAA Football) 
 
Oldschool Rivalries that died out slowly...: 
New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals(MLB)  
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys(NFL)  
New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics(NBA) 
 
 
So feel free to post yours! ;)


#2 Posted by King Saturn (225703 posts) - - Show Bio
I dont think anything is close to Yankees vs Red Sox 
but I love the Celtics vs Lakers rivalry too
#3 Posted by capall (8130 posts) - - Show Bio

thats pretty accurate imo, good job here
#4 Posted by Sexy Merc (41971 posts) - - Show Bio

For basketball: Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics, and Duke vs North Carolina.
#5 Posted by King Saturn (225703 posts) - - Show Bio
I think the North Carolina vs Duke rivalry should be on that top list... 
#6 Posted by Sexy Merc (41971 posts) - - Show Bio
@King Saturn said:
"I think the North Carolina vs Duke rivalry should be on that top list...  "

Agreed.
#7 Posted by Jake Fury (19554 posts) - - Show Bio

.@MKF30:  ummmm Georgetown doesn't play Division 1 football...

#8 Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau (84704 posts) - - Show Bio

No Football (soccer)? Seriously, there are rivalries over Soccer in which fans get killed...

#9 Posted by Jake Fury (19554 posts) - - Show Bio

College Football:
 
Auburn vs Alabama

#10 Posted by King Saturn (225703 posts) - - Show Bio
Ohio State vs Michigan ( NCAA Football ) 
 

#11 Posted by capall (8130 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler said:
"No Football (soccer)? Seriously, there are rivalries over Soccer in which fans get killed... "
 
i think the op only put popular american sports but i agree, soccer rivalries are pretty sickening, the game itself as well as the sometimes uncontrollable crowds
#12 Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau (84704 posts) - - Show Bio

Manchester U vs Liverpool  (football)
 
Old School:
 
Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks (NBA)
 
Reggie Miller vs New York Knicks (NBA)

#13 Posted by Sexy Merc (41971 posts) - - Show Bio

Arizona vs UCLA (NCAA)
#14 Posted by Sexy Merc (41971 posts) - - Show Bio

Vince Carter vs Toronto Raptors
#15 Posted by King Saturn (225703 posts) - - Show Bio
Chicago Bulls vs Detroit Pistons during the late 80's... I know Jordan caught hell trying to get past the Bad Boys of Detroit in the late 1980's... 
#16 Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau (84704 posts) - - Show Bio

The "Jordan Rules"

#17 Posted by abtin (37 posts) - - Show Bio

all those rivalries are weak game compared to  
Roma  v Lazio in Italian Soccer 
Both clubs are from the capital city and more then a couple times the game has been stopped due to some drama on the field or off 
  
Inter v Milan,  
another city derby 

Barcelona v Real Madrid 
the only two two teams with any money in spanish football 
 
Celtic v Rangers 
it's basically catholics vs protestants with a ball 
 
in france there's  
Marseille v PSG
that ones also known to get crazy  
 
anyone of these are far more intriguing then any american sports rivalry where the fans have players from the other team in their fantasy teams and are cheering them on too 

#18 Posted by King Saturn (225703 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler said:
" The "Jordan Rules" "
yup... 
#19 Edited by MKF30 (11528 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jake Fury said:

". @MKF30:  ummmm Georgetown doesn't play Division 1 football... "


Basketball right? *clicks tongue* got ya ;) I'll edit that now. 
 
@Gambler, ohh yes Soccer(nearly forgot) I guess Barcelona vs. Real Madrid ;) for honorable mentions and Soccer's best rivalry from what I've gathered...but there's a few I've read apparently, also I definitely agree about the Bulls and Knicks of the late 80's and 90's... 
 
@Abtin, sorry guy but nothing on here compares to the Yank's/Bo Sox...been going on since the 20's literally....there's tons of other great ones but that's easily at the top. Hell, lol even before I knew what sports was I saw, read and heard about Yankees/Red Sox before knowing about what it was lol. Obviously soccer has it's rivalries but to enjoy them more is your opinion ;) 
 
#20 Posted by Kurrent (14073 posts) - - Show Bio

90's Knicks VS everybody 
 
Magic VS Bird

#21 Posted by T.J. Magnum (27685 posts) - - Show Bio

Home team VS Away team 
 
Away team rulz !!!

#22 Posted by drkhwk2001 (4417 posts) - - Show Bio

Michigan V Ohio St. in football., or Duke V  NC, in college Basketball.

#23 Posted by Sexy Merc (41971 posts) - - Show Bio
@MKF30:
Btw, you have Knicks vs Celtics listed as NFL.
#24 Posted by MKF30 (11528 posts) - - Show Bio
@King Saturn said:
"I dont think anything is close to Yankees vs Red Sox 
but I love the Celtics vs Lakers rivalry too
"

I agree, but I also re-edited and added Tar Heels vs. Blue Devils in top 5 ;) 
 
I pretty much tried my best ranking them....
#25 Posted by Lantern Prime (13043 posts) - - Show Bio

NBA has no more rivalries no more....
#26 Posted by MKF30 (11528 posts) - - Show Bio
@Sexy Merc said:
"@MKF30: Btw, you have Knicks vs Celtics listed as NFL. "


Thanks lol, typo but it's edited now. Hey Lantern Prime kid, what's up?
#27 Posted by King Saturn (225703 posts) - - Show Bio
@Lantern Prime said:
" NBA has no more rivalries no more.... "
okay... but can you give us some rivalries you think are legit
#28 Posted by drkhwk2001 (4417 posts) - - Show Bio

Celtics V Lakers, may be making a come back if they meet in the finals.

#29 Posted by King Saturn (225703 posts) - - Show Bio
how about Ali vs Frazier ?
#30 Posted by drkhwk2001 (4417 posts) - - Show Bio

Redskins V Cowboys

#31 Edited by MKF30 (11528 posts) - - Show Bio
@King Saturn said:

"how about Ali vs Frazier ? "


Definitely up there, sadly since then Boxing hasn't been nearly the same you know? I mean Tyson vs. Holyfield just doesn't hold up to me anyway with Ali/Frazier...But That Ali vs. Frazier definitely Boxing's best IMO
#32 Posted by drkhwk2001 (4417 posts) - - Show Bio

Leonard  V Hearnes or Leonard V Hagler

#33 Posted by capall (8130 posts) - - Show Bio
@Sexy Merc said:
" Vince Carter vs Toronto Raptors "
ouch and now soon to be CB4 vs Raptors
#34 Posted by Sexy Merc (41971 posts) - - Show Bio
@capall said:
" @Sexy Merc said:
" Vince Carter vs Toronto Raptors "
ouch and now soon to be CB4 vs Raptors "

So true, Toronto Raptors Fans are loyal, but when VC left, any games between Nets and Raptors were amazing. VC's buzzer beaters were clutch too.
#35 Posted by Lantern Prime (13043 posts) - - Show Bio
@King Saturn said:
" @Lantern Prime said:
" NBA has no more rivalries no more.... "
okay... but can you give us some rivalries you think are legit "
 
 Seahawks vs Rams 
 
Rampage vs Evans 

 

@MKF30 said:
"@Sexy Merc said:
"@MKF30: Btw, you have Knicks vs Celtics listed as NFL. "
Thanks lol, typo but it's edited now. Hey Lantern Prime kid, what's up? "

Kid? im 19..... But hey whats up wit you... 
 
#36 Posted by King Saturn (225703 posts) - - Show Bio
@Lantern Prime said:
" @King Saturn said:
" @Lantern Prime said:
" NBA has no more rivalries no more.... "
okay... but can you give us some rivalries you think are legit "
 
 Seahawks vs Rams 
 
Rampage vs Evans 

 

@MKF30 said:
"@Sexy Merc said:
"@MKF30: Btw, you have Knicks vs Celtics listed as NFL. "
Thanks lol, typo but it's edited now. Hey Lantern Prime kid, what's up? "
Kid? im 19..... But hey whats up wit you...   "
Seahawks vs Rams is a rivalry ? 
#37 Posted by capall (8130 posts) - - Show Bio
@Sexy Merc said:
" @capall said:
" @Sexy Merc said:
" Vince Carter vs Toronto Raptors "
ouch and now soon to be CB4 vs Raptors "
So true, Toronto Raptors Fans are loyal, but when VC left, any games between Nets and Raptors were amazing. VC's buzzer beaters were clutch too. "
awww, don't remind me of those crazy a$$ games, lol, many young athletes don't realize that Toronto is the one of the biggest market when it comes to sports and we have deep pockets here but for some odd reason these youths thinks it's all Hockey, winter, beer. lmao
#38 Posted by drkhwk2001 (4417 posts) - - Show Bio

Tiger Woods V Phil Mickelson

#39 Posted by Sexy Merc (41971 posts) - - Show Bio
@capall:
Lol, I take it you're Canadian too? Gotta give love for the home team, but I've loved VC since he started out. His dunks were well....Vinsanity sums it up. A lot of people around here hate him, but there are people who love him too.
#40 Posted by geraldthesloth (33313 posts) - - Show Bio

Oakland Raiders vs San Diego Chargers..I know the Raiders are ass..but there fans are insane especially when it comes to the Chargers playing them.

#41 Posted by Lantern Prime (13043 posts) - - Show Bio
@King Saturn said:
"@Lantern Prime said:
" @King Saturn said:
" @Lantern Prime said:
" NBA has no more rivalries no more.... "
okay... but can you give us some rivalries you think are legit "
 
 Seahawks vs Rams 
 
Rampage vs Evans 

 

@MKF30 said:
"@Sexy Merc said:
"@MKF30: Btw, you have Knicks vs Celtics listed as NFL. "
Thanks lol, typo but it's edited now. Hey Lantern Prime kid, what's up? "
Kid? im 19..... But hey whats up wit you...   "
Seahawks vs Rams is a rivalry ?  "

Yeah not as much any more but still there....
#42 Posted by King Saturn (225703 posts) - - Show Bio
@Lantern Prime said:
" @King Saturn said:
"@Lantern Prime said:
" @King Saturn said:
" @Lantern Prime said:
" NBA has no more rivalries no more.... "
okay... but can you give us some rivalries you think are legit "
 
 Seahawks vs Rams 
 
Rampage vs Evans 

 

@MKF30 said:
"@Sexy Merc said:
"@MKF30: Btw, you have Knicks vs Celtics listed as NFL. "
Thanks lol, typo but it's edited now. Hey Lantern Prime kid, what's up? "
Kid? im 19..... But hey whats up wit you...   "
Seahawks vs Rams is a rivalry ?  "
Yeah not as much any more but still there.... "
alrighty
#43 Edited by MKF30 (11528 posts) - - Show Bio

What are you guys talking about again? lol Basketball or Boxing? 
 
Lantern Prime oh lol sorry I didn't mean to get you angry or anything, I just say that to everyone lol sometimes. But nothing much man ;)

#44 Posted by King Saturn (225703 posts) - - Show Bio
@MKF30 said:
"

What are you guys talking about again? lol

"
whether the Seahawks vs Rams is an actual legit rivalry... 
#45 Posted by MKF30 (11528 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh, thought you were still referring to Basketball rivalries(my fault) lol

#46 Posted by killermike (2824 posts) - - Show Bio

Ali vs. Frazier  
Robinson vs. Lamotta  
Leonard vs. Duran
   
#47 Posted by Night Thrasher (3727 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm from the South so I will say this... No Pro Sport has a true rivalry. The Yankees and Red Sox play at least 18 times a year! None of their games really count for anything so I'm going all College. 
 
1). UNC vs. duke I'm from NC and trust me... this is intense. Families have been torn apart over this, seriously. Nothing like a in-state rivalry. Even better when it's practically next door. Neighbors, family members and co-workers all mingle and hate each other when they play.  
 
2). Tie Ohio State vs. Michigan/ Auburn vs. Alabama... Same as UNC vs. Duke just for football. State vs. State and Neighbor vs. Neighbor go to The Bighouse or The Horseshoe and compare to Sox/Yankees. Doesn't compare College Football Rules! 
 
 3). Giants vs. Eagles... Crazy fans vs. Crazy fans. These people booed Santa... freakin Santa!? Intense. 
 
 4). Georgetown vs. Syracuse... Upstate basketball. Check the history. This is THE  rivalry for the Big East. Lot's of classic games here. 
 
5). The Big 5... La Salle, Penn, Temple, Villanova, St. Joe's. If you live in or around Philly you understand how intense this one is. I witnessed first hand for a few years when I moved up there. They go at it from everything Football to Track and Field equally it's a really serious rivalry. 
 
 
 
Honorable mention... Florida St vs. Florida... Tebow sucks!

#48 Posted by Night Thrasher (3727 posts) - - Show Bio
@King Saturn said:
" @MKF30 said:
"

What are you guys talking about again? lol

"
whether the Seahawks vs Rams is an actual legit rivalry...  "
I thought 49ers vs Rams was the bigger rivalry?
#49 Posted by MKF30 (11528 posts) - - Show Bio

They actually do count a lot NightThrasher, and it's 19 times a year...they count lol how can you say that? *scratches head* that's 19 important games, actually every game is important during the season but those games make the difference 9 out of 10 times whether you gain over your rival directly or not... 
 
I think some people are misunderstanding this topic a tad, not about "nutty fans" which tons of sports, teams etc have...I can be here all day with that one lol but rather the best rivalries in sports overall, organizations, atmosphere, history etc besides just the fans...

#50 Posted by Night Thrasher (3727 posts) - - Show Bio
@MKF30: Okay it's 19 times a year over a 162 game season. Doesn't matter as much a 1 game during a 12 game season possibly with a national championship on the line, or 2 games over a 32 game season with tournament seeding and conference championships on the line. I wasn't saying that it isn't a good rivalry, just that when you put pro sports next to college sports rivalries... College rivalries are more intense and have a lot more on the line during the game. That's all. Pro rivalries are okay... College rivalries are awesome. You can't honestly compare Yankee stadium, Fenway Park, Madison Square Garden, or any of the major pro arenas to the College arenas when it comes to intensity.