The Most Lopsided 'Rivalries' in Sports

Clay DefayetteCorrespondent IIINovember 25, 2011

The Most Lopsided 'Rivalries' in Sports

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    Fans sometimes get lost in the honest statistics when emotion fuels thought, especially when it comes to rivalry games. It's important to keep perspective and see things for what they really are. 

    The media is responsible for pumping up certain rivalries (Jets-Patriots), but there's no doubt about the purity of these games when the following teams match up against one another.

    Rivalries on the list are discussed more in the historical sense and less about what's happening right now, as Oklahoma has been better than Texas in the past five years but the Longhorns have been greater in their existence.

    Let's get to the countdown.

6. Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions

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    Life is about living in the moment, and the Lions are currently riding a two-game winning streak over their NFC North rivals.

    With that said, the numbers are glaringly against Detroit here. In 100 meetings between the two, Minnesota leads 66-32-2.

    Oddly and unfortunately enough, the Vikings have never met the Lions in the playoffs. Minnesota has made the playoffs 26 times and the Super Bowl on four occasions.

    Detroit does have four league championships, but the last was in 1957, and 14 playoff appearances isn't great.

5. North Carolina Tar Heels-Duke Blue Devils

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    This one caught me a bit by surprise. While the Tar Heels only have one more national championship than the Blue Devils, North Carolina leads the all-time series 131-101.

    Duke does have more ACC tournament championships (19-17), but the Tar Heels have nine more ACC regular-season crowns. Going into the talent both colleges have put into the NBA would be redundant, and that's not necessarily coach Mike Krzyzewski's job. 

    The issue in this rivalry involves the structure of college basketball. While the NCAA tournament is great, Duke and North Carolina have only met once in the NCAA postseason, in the NIT in 1971.

4. Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals

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    "Battle for the Bluegrass" involves the Wildcats eating the birds and leaving red all over the court.

    Kentucky has doubled the win total of Louisville in basketball, having 28 wins to 14. Louisville did beat Kentucky in the Elite Eight of the 1983 NCAA tournament.

    Cardinals fans should take pride in being much closer when it comes to football.

3. Boston Celtics-New York Knicks

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    This won't be the last New York-Boston rivalry listed.

    Last year marked the first time in 21 years that the Knicks and Celtics met in the NBA playoffs. It's not quite fair to compare any franchise's championships to Boston's other than Los Angeles', but the Knicks are way off pace with two championships against the Celtics' 17.

    Four division titles opposed to 20 is even worse because the two teams compete in the same division.

    Maybe Knicks fans can remember the luxurious NBA Finals moments more than Celtics fans, but that's because there are fewer occasions.

2. Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles

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    It's not solely the fact that Dallas leads Philadelphia with 56 wins to 45 head-to-head. The Cowboys have five Super Bowl victories to the Eagles' three NFL championships, which all came before 1961.

    Add the tidbit of Dallas competing in six more Super Bowls than Philadelphia, and we've got a rivalry that'll easily make the list.

    The two teams have met four times in the playoffs with Dallas winning three of the games. Philadelphia's 12 divisional championships are nothing to shrug off, but it's a small number in comparison to Dallas' 20.

    A total of 18 Hall of Famers for Philadelphia is six more than that of Dallas, one of the only categories the Eagles win.

1. New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox

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    Boston broke the "curse" in 2004 and added another championship in 2007, both times going through the New York Yankees.

    Coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the 2004 ALCS is no small feat, but Yankees fans will take the blown series with the four championships from 1996-2000.

    Seven championships is nothing to scoff at, but it is when compared to New York's 27.

    Both teams disappointed their fanbases in 2011, but Boston has been doing so for a much longer stretch in the franchise's existence.