No matter what type of sports it is, the one thing every fan wants from its team is for them to win. That sentiment is also something that team owners, managers, and players feel strongly about. Winning raises the bar and brings passions from everyone to the forefront. It is one of the reasons there are so many great sports rivalries. Achieving a victory gives bragging rights and superiority to fans or anyone affiliated with the team. Since there’s the NBA, MLB, NFL, Boxing, NCAA, College Football, Golf, and so many other entities, the list of sports rivals is quite long.
MLB – Yankees vs. RedSox
Ask any Yankees or Boston RedSox fans how they feel about one another, and emotions spill over. The rivalry goes back centuries ever since the Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees. Since then, the two teams have been going at it – and so have their fans – for years.
College Basketball – North Carolina vs. Duke
Although college basketball has plenty of teams that play one another each year, Duke versus North Carolina is among the top rivalries.
NBA – LA Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
Lots of tears and broken hearts are some of the things that come to mind in this long-heated NBA competition. As far as statistics go, they are almost even with 17 wins by LA vs. 16 by the Celtics.
Boxing – Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier
Joe and Ali brought trash talking to a new level when they began their long heated contention. Many say it was Ali’s taunts which made it as entertaining as it was.
NFL – Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
These two teams have played against each other more than 200 times. That goes back to 1921 when the NFL was founded. Thus far, the Packers hold bragging rights having won 13 vs. 9.
Tennis – Martina Navratilova vs. Chris Evert
Tennis fans loved to watch these two champions go at it for years. Their rivalry took place from 1973 to 1988 where they played more than 80 times.
Michigan vs. Ohio State
College football is no stranger to rivalries since there are several worth mentioning. None greater than the Ohio versus Michigan.
In addition to these, other sports rivalries worth noting are Alabama vs. Auburn Football, FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid soccer and Jack Nicklaus vs. Arnold Palmer in golf.