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The Biggest Rivalries of All Time 35

  • Posted by: Will Kubzansky
  • May 18, 2011, 4:04 PM


I am a die-hard-only- play-with-the-Red-Sox-in-The-BIGS 2, cheer-every-time-they-hit-the-ball-Niagara-Falls-describes- my-tears-when-they-lose-in-the-playoffs kind of Red Sox fan. So this goes without saying: I HATE THE YANKEES. The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has been around for more than 100 years, one of the longest standing rivalries ever. This is just one of the three greatest rivalries of all-time. Read on to find out what the other two are... 

Argentina vs. Brazil
This one is definitely the best soccer rivalry. This is just a suspicion, but I think they might hate each other because they’re so much alike. They’re neighboring countries, they both have great players, the list could go on for quite a while. This rivalry heated up in 1937, when Argentina fans teased Brazil fans, and Brazil players left the match before it was officially over. The last incident was in 2005, in South American club competition, which (for reasons that are inappropriate for our younger readers) resulted in an Argentina player being arrested and going to court (The Brazilian player dropped the charges).
EDGE: With players like Ronaldinho and Kaka still at their best, Brazil has a very slight edge over Argentina in this one. Plus, Brazil has won five World Cups, while Argentina has won only two!

Celtics vs. Lakers
The longest and best NBA rivalry. These teams have met 74 times in the playoffs – with the Celtics leading, 43-31. The rivalry really got started in the 1960’s, when players like Boston’s Bob Cousy and the Lakers’ Jerry West played in the Finals nearly every year. But that was just the beginning. The rivalry woke up again in the 80’s when Magic Johnson and Larry Bird came onto the scene. They played three times for the NBA championship. After a couple more decades, the Celtics signed Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, and they got another championship against the Lakers. And just last year, Kobe Bryant repeated and now has a ring for every finger.
EDGE: Boston’s Big Three is getting older, and even with new players like Rajon Rondo the Lakers have a bit of an edge on them. They’ve got Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum and more players that can back up Kobe.

Red Sox vs. Yankees
I’ve already mentioned it, but this is an awesome rivalry – if rivalries got graded with metal, this would be platinum. The rivalry really got started when the Curse of the Bambino erupted, when the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth for... money? Yes. The owner got $125,000 and a $300,000 loan on Fenway Park for Babe Ruth. And so the curse began. Hatred erupted more and more, and the last major outbreak was in 2003. But hatred for each other will always be there; they play each other 18 times a year! I think this is the greatest rivalry in American sports, and it always will be. The Red Sox won the 2000’s. They won the World Series in ’04 and ’07, while the Yankees won in ’09. But really, nobody will ever win this everlasting series.
EDGE: Nobody.

There are also other great rivalries: UNC-Duke, Michigan-Ohio State, Barcelona-Real Madrid… the list could go on for ages.

What do you think is the best rivalry? Is it one I listed? Is it one I didn’t? Or is it personal, like your little league team. Tell me in the comments box!

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35 Comments

auburn and alabama is the biggest rivalry

You do realize that the reason the Red Sox traded the Bambino was because the owner of the Red Sox at the time also ran a lot of musicals on Broadway. His theatrical business was starting to go under and he needed the cash, so he traded the greatest Baseball player of all-time. You also do know that Babe Ruth was an outstanding pitcher too.

WOAH WOAH WOAH WOAH, dude. THE LAKERS HAVE THE EDGE?!?! WHEN DID YOU WRITE THIS?!?!? they GOT S-W-E-P-T by the mavericks (and did not sweep the hornets), while the celtics S-W-E-P-T the KNICKS and put up a fight against the HEAT. and getting a little older is NOT a problem on my watch (if anything, the older the better and more expirienced! even the real analysts were saying that!). the lakers are breaking down like crazy right now. their team is going through some really tough challenges mentally and physically. i really do not see how the lakers could possibly have the edge. thanks for reading!

I agree with you, SportsCenter3. When I read the edge, I was like, "No way!" The Celtics have a good team. Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal... the list goes on and on of reasons why the Celtics are better. Also, go back in time,the #2 best basketball player ever, (Rated by Beckett), is Bill Russell. (Everyone knows that Michael Jordan is #1). Also, the Celtics have 8 of their players ranked in the top 50. Experience does come with age, but so does slowness, but the Celtics aren't slow yet.

when you said older more experienced, also older is slower. You want old guys as back ups so they can tell the younger guys what to do and be a mentor.

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