One of the problems with lists is that they are so subjective, they're pretty much guaranteed to incite the wrath of a lot of people who have very different views on what they think the top selections should be. This is perfectly fine, and I'm as guilty of it as much as the next guy.
While getting a kick out of the "Down with Detroit" Facebook page last night, I was talking with a buddy of mine about the best Red Wings teams of all time, two of which we agreed were the 96/97 and 97/98 teams. Inspired by fond memories of the Wizards of Ov and the spectacle of enjoying Detroit's first Stanley Cup in 40 years with my dad, a Detroit-born, multi-generation Wings fan, I started watching YouTube videos of highlights from those seasons.
Seeing some of the highlights from a particular game against the Colorado Avalanche got me thinking about a small picture set of rivalries; not the greatest overall rivalries of all time, but the most intense rivalries during a single season, most of which just happen to be between legendary rivals.
I'm going to pick and choose from some of my personal favorites, but also from the collective sports world. Don't be offended if your favorites aren't on the list, but feel free to leave a comment with your own. Maybe they'll make it into Part II.
It isn't often that I write from the perspective of a fan, so I'm letting my hair down for this one and enjoying several trips down memory lane.