Sports rivalries can be fun—can being the operative word.
But if you really think about it, more often than not…they're not.
They're frustrating. They're annoying. The players care far less than either the media or the fans; in fact, they don't really care at all. Rivalries are an excuse to turn what would otherwise be an ordinary game into a circus.
And if you're not part of the 1 percent of the population that is a fan of that circus, all it is is annoying.
I feel like it's important for me to say, as a disclaimer, that I am one of those people who takes sports rivalries far too seriously. If I can overcome, anyone can.
So the next time you're looking at your team's calendar and you see a rivalry game, sit back and think about all these reasons why it might be a better idea for you to treat it like just a regular old game.
Because that's all it is.