Yankees vs. Red Sox
Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier
Michigan vs. Ohio State
Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes vs. the Monstars?
Rivalries add a new kind of life and energy to sports. They add meaning and purpose to games and bring a level of excitement that could never otherwise be achieved. This is due in large part to the fact that rivalries make sports about more than just a game, but rather about the story. It's about good guys and bad guys. Heartbreak and redemption. History and tradition.
It makes sense, then, that some of the greatest sports rivalries are the ones that were written as stories to begin with.
The following list compiles some of the fictional sports rivalries that have made their mark as the most memorable. Some of these rivalries are unforgettable because they made us laugh or were too ridiculous not to remember, while others were just downright inspirational.
Fictional as they may be, these rivalries—these stories—will live forever in our hearts.