The 100 Best Rivalries in Sports

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The 100 Best Rivalries in Sports

Rivalries are a logical extension of sports. When you train your whole life to become the best at a particular event, you are bound to run into opposition. That opposition can take many forms.

It may be an ill-timed injury, or bad coaching or horrible strategy. But many times that opposition has a name and a face. It is the group of players standing on the other side of the field planning to ruin your best efforts. 

When you take that kind of opposition and drop it into a microcosm of various circumstances, a rivalry is born. They can spring up just about anywhere.

A misunderstood phrase could raise the ire of a close-by competitor. A badly thrown ball can set off a chain of events and start a feud that would outlast the Hatfields and McCoys. 

Rivalries are a special subsection of sports. The season of any sport is welcomed with open arms every year, but the rivalry game is circled on the calendar with black ink.

You don't miss these things for anything in the world. Here are the 100 best. 

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