Ahh, rivalries. Don't you love them?
They just seem to have a way of making games more exciting.
For instance, a game is completely different when the Eagles and Chiefs play, as opposed to when the Eagles play the Cowboys. That added hatred just seems to inject a surge of adrenaline into the game.
In this article I will go over some of the biggest rivalries in sports today:
(Obviously you can make the case for different rivalries to top the list, but putting all bias aside, I will try as best as I can to be subjective.)
When the Yankees and Red Sox meet, the hatred between the two teams is palpable.
It is considered the greatest rivalry in sports history, dating back to when Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees from Boston.
With both teams stocking up in the off-season, it appears this rivalry is alive and well.
The Canadiens and Bruins have been a fantastic rivals over the past 80-90 years.
In your opinion, what is the best rivalry in sports today?
They are in the same division, same conference, and were both part of the original six teams. They have met in the playoffs three times since 2004, so it is still a very trendy rivalry.
Ohio State and Michigan has to be the greatest rivalry in college sports.
The one thing that all coaches at both schools have said was "I came here to beat Ohio State/Michigan." You don't usually hear such passion in other rivalries.
Although all teams in the NFC East could be considered rivals, I think that the Eagles and Cowboys have the best one going. It usually seems that these teams are on a collision course to meet in the playoffs.
Of course, the best rivalry in the NBA belongs to the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Quick, whats 17+16? That's how many titles the two teams have combined for!
They have met in the finals two of the last three years, and have a good chance of making it three of four this year.
The caliber of players on the teams currently and in years past, would be a formidable matchup for all of the other teams greats combined.
1. Ohio State/Michigan