The 10 Best Sports Feuds of All Time
Feuds have been a part of the athletic scene almost since the beginning of time; it's what makes us want to watch the game. But these feuds aren't one team against another. It's one great athlete against another great athlete, sometimes it's teammate against teammate, owner versus coach, or coach versus player which makes it even more fun to watch. Here is just a taste of some of the best sports feuds of all time.
10. Barry Bonds vs. Jeff Kent
These two teammates define dysfunctional relationship. Kent was one of the first players ever to call out Bonds for his unprofessional behavior although Kent himself was no gentleman. To say the two didn't exactly get along would be an understatement, but they managed for awhile to tolerate each other before Kent went to the Giants hated rivals the Dodgers.
9. Pete Sampras vs. Andre Agassi
Don't let this caption fool you folks. Agassi and Sampras aren't the best of friends and never have been. Although they have always been rivals on the court, we found out in March of this year how far the rivarly went. Agassi and Sampras played each other in a charity event and in a very awkward moment, Agassi made fun of Sampras for being too stiff, Sampras countered with making fun of how Agassi walks. Agassi made another rude comment to which Sampras responded by almost hitting his rival with his serve. Not exactly the kind of moment that says we are doing this for charity. Agassi later apologized, but you get the point; there is no love lost between these two.
8. Robin Ventura vs. Nolan Ryan
One thing we learned after the 1993 incident between Robin Ventura and Nolan Ryan; the old boy still had it. After being hit by a Nolan Ryan fastball in the ribs, Ventura decided he'd charged the mound and go after Ryan; dumb mistake. Ryan basically beat the crap out of Ventura and embarrassed him. Despite all of his records, this was probably Ryan's finest moment as a pitcher.
7. Dr. J vs. Larry Bird
Who could forget the famous fight between the two future Hall of Famers. This was a classic feud that obviously came ahead in the infamous fight between the two. Although Bird would get the best of the Doc in most of their meetings especially in the Eastern Conference Finals, Doc got the best of Bird in this fight.
6. Urban Meyer vs. Lane Kiffin
Just when this feud was about to get heated up, Kiffin left for USC. Okay what am I saying? This feud was already hot. Kiffin started it with his bragging about singing Rocky Top after his team's victory over Florida. Then he took another swipe at the Gators, but this time it was personal; Kiffin accused Meyer of cheating which of course didn't sit well with the Florida coach and was proven to be wrong.
This feud was getting so bad, that the SEC commissioner basically called the two and told them to cut it out. How much fun would it have been to see this feud go on for years to come? Kiffin might have won a few battles, but Meyer won the war by beating Kiffin and the Vols in their one and only meeting.
5. Terry Bradshaw vs. Ben Roethlisberger
Who knew that this was even a feud until Bradshaw put Roethlisberger on blast for his behavior. Bradshaw said in a press conference that he tried to warn Roethlisberger about his behavior prior to these latest rape allegations, but Roethlisberger basically ignored Bradshaw. Bradshaw went on to say that he and Roethlisberger basically don't like one another. Apparently, Bradshaw isn't the only one not liking Big Ben in Pittsburgh these days.
Terrell Owens vs...
T.O. versus all his ex teammates. Who hasn't the super star wide out not piss off recently? T.O. got into it with Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, and Tony Romo. Ironically, he wants to come play with McNabb again in Washington, but to this point, the Redskins aren't buying T.O.'s act and if they learned anything from the past, they know T.O.'s good natured attitude won't last long.
3. Jimmy Johnson vs. Jerry Jones
The classic love-hate relationship. Johnson and Jones combined to make one of the best dynasties of all-time in the 1990s with the Dallas Cowboys. But the problem was their egos got in the way of a good thing. Jones wanted the credit for building the Cowboys dynasty and so did Johnson. Johnson also didn't like Jones' antics which ended the Cowboys' run in the '90s with Johnson resigning. Neither have found as much success since then.
2. Michael Jordan vs. Isiah Thomas
Michael Jordan had a lot of rivals back in his day but no rival was bigger then Isiah Thomas. Jordan hated Thomas and the Detroit Pistons and the feeling was same because they were the thorn in each other's side to getting to the NBA Championship.
Jordan hated Thomas so much that it was rumored that he was the one who kept Thomas off the 1992 Dream Team. But it was said that during an All-Star Game one time that Thomas wouldn't give Jordan the ball on purpose. Neither side has ever confirmed or denied these rumors, but knowing the character of both players, it's most likely true.
1. Kobe vs. Shaq
If Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones had the classic love-hate relationship, then Shaq and Kobe had the classic hate-hate relationship. This feud started with who was really the man with the LA Lakers; Shaq or Kobe. The big man thought it was him, Kobe thought it was him. The only time the pair got along was on the floor, but off the court, the pair never hang out together and when push came to shove, the Lakers chose Kobe over Shaq which intensified the feud between the two.
Shaq even bragged last year in a rap that Kobe couldn't win a championship without him which fueled Kobe even more. Since Kobe won his first championship without Shaq last year, this feud isn't as intense but it's still the most intense feud in sports history.