This past weekend, three trillion people across the galaxy watched the Super Bowl, hoping to see some fireworks between the two head coaches, brothers John and Jim Harbaugh. However, much to our dismay, at no point during the game did their mother run onto the field to break up a fight.
But aren’t siblings supposed to be ultimate rivals, just like Scots and other Scots? After a brief stint as ‘real’ journalists, my Muppet sidekick and I are back with our choices for the most raucous rivalries in sports.
Honourable Mention – Jets vs. Sharks: Sounds like a pretty weak NHL rivalry, right? Actually, I’m talking about the gangs from West Side Story. Gotcha.
10) The NFC North: The Packers, Bears and Vikings have been embroiled in a bitter three-way rivalry for decades. Oh, the Detroit Lions are in this division too. Good for them.
9) Wallabies vs. All Blacks: The battle between these trans-Tasman rugby powerhouses has seen its fair share of big hits, thrilling matches and, of course, infamous turncoat Quade Cooper.
8) Cubs vs. White Sox: You think a cross-town rivalry is intense? Imagine being a fan of both Chicago teams, like a certain journalist’s beloved uncle.
7) North Carolina vs. Duke: Only eight miles of Tobacco Road separate these college hoops rivals. Choose your allegiance wisely.
6) Lakers vs. Celtics: This NBA rivalry reached its zenith in the 1980s with the Magic-Bird showdowns and is still going strong today.
5) Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier: These pugnacious pugilists battled it out in three of history’s most legendary fights, yet Sly Stallone is the one that gets a statue.
4) Dalhousie vs. hockey: First they tear down the rink, then they cancel the women’s team’s season after a scandal. What’s next? No more Tim Hortons and puppies?
3) Leafs vs. Canadiens: The ultimate battle of good and evil. I’ll leave it to you to decide which is which. (Hint: Leafs are good)
2) Red Sox vs. Yankees: Nuf Ced.
1) God vs. Cleveland: To quote Scripture, “For God so hated the city of Cleveland that he gave them his one and only LeBron, that whoever believeth in Him shall be heartbroken when He taketh his eternal talents to South Beach.” And that passage doesn’t even mention the Browns and the Indians. Can I get an aw, man!
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A lifelong sports fan, Benjamin Blum entered the world of journalism after suffering a concussion playing rugby for the University of King’s College. From that moment, his twin passions for writing and sports motivated the Thornhill, Ont. native to give this journalism thing a try. Having been an athlete, coach and fan for many years, Ben brings his diverse knowledge of sports along with a witty sense of humour to the sports section. Ben was Sports Editor of the Gazette for Volume 146.