Top sports rivalries of all time
UCLA Bruins vs Arizona Wildcats
. The only West Coast team to become a national figure after John Wooden s dynasty of the 1960s and 1970s has been Lute Olsen s Wildcats. On his watch, Arizona has won a national title and reached the Final Four four times, not to mention claiming four Pac-10 tourney championships and 11 regular season titles and produced some impressive NBA talent. Olson s mini-dynasty isn t nearly as impressive as what Wooden achieved, but it s worth mentioning as one of the best runs in recent years. That has to irritate the Bruins program and its fans every time they face each other. And fittingly, the Bruins and Wildcats are atop the conference at this very moment.
Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche
. Obviously it all started in the 1996 Western Conference Finals, with that Claude Lemieux-Kris Draper mishap in Joe Louis Arena. But over the next seven years, they would face each other in the playoffs five times and three of those meetings would be for the Western Conference title. Only the 2002 edition went the full seven games, but that No. 1 seed vs. No. 2 seed series was one of the greatest in recent history, with three games going to overtime.
Oregon Ducks vs Oregon State Beavers
. Until recently for Oregon, neither two of these teams haven t perennial powerhouses for a long time neither has won a national championship and, for the most part, have been overshadowed by USC. But how could we not include a rivalry known as The Civil War? They have played 118 games, with a pretty narrow margin separating them The Ducks lead 62-46 and 10 games resulting in ties. There have been plenty of narrow games in this rivalry and fans up in the Northwest absolutely love going to these games. Now that Oregon is so damn dominate year in and year out, the rivalry has faded a bit
Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks
. Besides dealing with Michael Jordan s Bulls, the 1990 s New York Knicks had another Midwest roadblock to hurdle every NBA postseason Reggie Miller s Pacers. Miller famously torched the Knicks in Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter of a comeback win at Madison Square Garden. A year later, he scored a ridiculous eight points in 8.9 seconds as the Pacers again shocked the Knicks on their home court. But as great as he was and as much as he showed up Spike Lee with that choke hand gesture, the Knicks usually had the last laugh. New York knocked Indiana out of the playoffs each year from 1993-1995 and again in 1999. But Miller and Co. finally found a way to get past Patrick Ewing and the Knicks, knocking them out of the playoffs in 1998 and 2000. If you haven t checked out the 30 for 30 about this rivalry Winning Time, I highly recommend it. It is a great watch.
Grambling State Tigers vs Southern Jaguars
. SWAC schools don t often get to play at the Superdome or have a game broadcast on network television, but the annual showdown between Southern and Grambling gets special treatment, partly because it s been so tight 20 wins for Grambling and 21 for Southern. College football legend Eddie Robinson and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams also helped infuse extra-special intrigue in the Bayou Classic. Williams final game as the Tigers head coach was the best in this rivalry that dates back to 1974. Thanks to five touchdowns and 552 yards passing from Jaguars quarterback Quincy Richard, Southern held on to a narrow lead and an 11-1 season and ultimately the Black College National Championship. And the annual halftime show, the Battle of the Bands, renders this game one of the most special rivalries in college football.
Clemson Tigers vs South Carolina Gamecocks
. In today s college football landscape, there are very few out-of-conference rivalry games, at least on a high level such as this one. The Battle for the Palmetto State is the best, however, largely because neither one has a true rival inside their respective conferences. They ve battled 112 times since 1896 and had some classic showdowns along the way, including Clemson s last-minute win in 1977 and Steve Spurrier s upset of the 15th-ranked Tigers. But Woody Dantzler s last-second comeback win at home was arguably the tops. As it stands, Clemson has the lead in the series at 66-42-4.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs West Virginia Mountaineers
. I know this one is done.. but I though I should still mention it. The Backyard Brawl was one of the most overlooked rivalries in all of college sports, if not sports in general. Pitt and West Virginia had been back-and-forth for decades, with the Mountaineers dominating throughout the late 1950s and 1960s before the Panthers owned the 1970s. The last 16 have been a virtual split, with both teams routinely contending for the Big East title most seasons before the conference mix up. Quite appropriately, the 100th edition in December 2007 was a fantastic showdown. The 3-7 Panthers, playing for absolutely nothing other than the rivalry, traveled to Morgantown and upset the undefeated and top-ranked Mountaineers, ruining Rich Rodriguez s hopes for a shot at the national championship. It s a shame these two teams couldn t keep this rivalry going.
New York Knicks vs Miami Heat
. This is one of the fiercest and heated rivalries in NBA history, and it didn t even reach the Eastern Conference Finals. These two teams were easily two of the most physical and brutal in the NBA. When they played against each other you knew it was going to be a slugfest, to put it nicely. The funny thing is that it may have all been started by a move from Pat Riley. In 1995, Riley stepped down as the Knicks coach after failing to make it back to the NBA Finals. The move seemed rather abrupt because the consensus was that New York was a good team and had something going for them going forward. The time to strike was perfect
Wisconsin Badgers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
. The Battle for the Paul Bunyan Axe is now the most oft-played rivalry in all of college football. And fittingly, the record for those 124 showdowns is very close 59 wins for the Golden Gophers, 57 wins for the Badgers and eight ties. And although Wisconsin has owned the rivalry for the past two decades, losing just twice since 1994, plenty of the games have been tight. Take the 2005 edition, for example. The 5-1 Gophers, hosting the 5-1 Badgers, grabbed a commanding 34-24 lead late in the fourth quarter. Then, a John Stocco touchdown and a blocked punt returned for a score gave the Badgers 14 points in the final two minutes for a thrilling 38-34 victory.
Denver Broncos vs Cleveland Browns
. In the grand scheme of more than 80 years of NFL history, the Browns and Broncos aren t a great rivalry. Still, during a four-year period in the late 1980 s, there wasn t a more important rivalry in the NFL. A year after losing the AFC title game at home via The Drive, the Browns traveled to Denver, where they blew a second straight opportunity to reach the Super Bowl via The Fumble. The Browns gained a small measure of revenge two years later, defeating John Elway s Broncos 16-13 in Week 4 of the regular season. But by playoff time, they would again be disappointed in the AFC Championship Game, losing at Mile High Stadium, 37-21. Will Cleveland sports ever catch a break?
Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks
. The Knicks were always considered a team that drew the shortest straw in the Michael Jordan era of basketball. They just didn t know how to get past him, just like many other teams in the NBA during the 90 s but the Knicks were the extreme example. They were an extremely talented team with John Starks and Patrick Ewing at the helm, but they were never enough to handle the dynamic duo that was Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. In 1989, a sixth-seeded Bulls team upset the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals 4-2 with Michael Jordan finally coming into his own. This was the start of a rivalry that would eventually become commonplace in the Eastern Conference. These two teams were at each other s necks constantly.
India vs Pakistan
. Cricket can be a hotly contested sport and has seen many fierce rivalries develop between nations. In the case of India and Pakistan, this cricket rivalry stands apart as it has been fuelled by politics and war. The religious division of India in 1947 and subsequent fighting over Kashmir has long stoked the fires of this sports rivalry. Wars and terrorist acts have caused matches to be cancelled on several occasions, and these meetings have often seen a strange mix of tensions and diplomacy. Nevertheless, it s taken very seriously
Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys
. Starting with a 45-21 regular season victory in 1964, Vince Lombardi s Packers absolutely owned Tom Landry s Cowboys. On their way to a third NFL title in five years, the Packers edged the Cowboys 13-3 at Milwaukee County Stadium in Week 6 of the regular season. A year later, Landry and the Cowboys had a shot at redemption when they hosted Green Bay at the Cotton Bowl in the NFL Championship Game. But Dallas again fell short, 34-27, and the Packers not the Cowboys went to Super Bowl I. The rivalry resumed a year later, but this time at Lambeau Field. In the infamous Ice Bowl, Bart Starr scored the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds to send Green Bay back to the Super Bowl and deliver Tom Landry s Cowboys another heartbreaking championship defeat.
New Yorks Knicks vs Baltimore Washington Bullets
. The Knicks of the late 1960s and early 1970s occupy a special place in NBA history despite their laugh-ability in todays NBA. They won a pair of NBA Finals and dropped a third to the historically great LA Lakers in 1972. Fans of the old Baltimore Bullets have to look at that run with a tremendous feeling of what if? While the Knicks had the likes of legends such as Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Jerry Lucas, Dave DeBusschere, Bill Bradley and Willis Reed, the Bullets of that era had a handful of great players as well, including Wes Unseld, Fred Carter and Elvin Hayes. Fittingly the two franchises met every year in the playoffs from 1969-1974.
Florida Gators vs Georgia Bulldogs
. The World s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party has one of the best names for a rivalry game. And since it features two annual SEC powerhouses on a neutral field, it s also one of the best contests of the college football season. Both teams have rivals elsewhere Georgia has Alabama and Georgia Tech, while the Gators have Miami, Florida State and now Alabama. But this rivalry has the most tradition and the most at stake each year. And since records never seem to matter it s usually a thriller. There are plenty of classic games to choose from, but Urban Meyer s first taste of the rivalry is our pick. After darting out to a 14-0 lead, the 5-2 Gators hung on to best the undefeated Bulldogs and ultimately helped ruin their shot at a national title appearance. For the entire series rivalry, Georgia leads 49
Kentucky Wildcats vs Louisville Cardinals
. Despite being so close, the two premier programs in the Bluegrass State didn t play one another from 1959 to 1983. But after a thriller in Knoxville in the Elite Eight, the rivalry resumed with an annual game. The series has been fairly close since then 22 wins for the Wildcats and 12 for the Cardinals. But when Louisville locked up Rick Pitino in 2001, just four years after he left Lexington with his rebuilding project completed, it added a new twist to the rivalry and made their annual battle a major event. For the entire series, Kentucky leads 33
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers
. The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers got started when the Syracuse Nationals left upstate New York in 1964 and moved to Philadelphia and became the 76ers. The rivalry began with a bang in the 1965 playoffs when the two teams met in the Eastern Conference Finals. The two teams battled for seven games, and the Celtics had a 110-109 lead in the seventh game but turned the ball over in the final seconds. However, when the Sixers tried to inbound the ball for a winning shot, John Havlicek deflected the ball to teammate Sam Jones, and the Celtics held on for the victory. They would go on win the NBA title. That series would always be remembered as the one where Havlicek stole the ball.
Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals
. The Browns-Bengals rivalry was a heated one long before a single game was played between the two. Paul Brown, the man who turned Cleveland into a dynasty, had been pushed out of town by owner Art Modell in 1963 and finally returned to the NFL five years later as owner and head coach of the expansion Bengals. Sharing the same state and separated by just a few hundred miles, these teams two annual showdowns are a Battle for Ohio. Now, neither team has won an NFL title since the Bengals were formed, but that hardly matters. In the mid- to late-1980s, Boomer Esiason s Bengals and Bernie Kosar s Browns were two of the premier teams in the AFC and one of the two appeared in the conference title game each season from 1986-1989. And when Bengals head coach Sam Wyche delivered his famous You don t live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati blast it stirred the rivalry pot even more.
Liverpool vs Manchester United
. Take two teams from England s industrial North-West, make them two of England s most successful footballing sides and what do you get? Probably one of the biggest rivalries in English football. Liverpool and Manchester United are two of England s biggest clubs and have dominated for stretches over the past 40 years. With the appointment of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United made it a mission to knock Liverpool off their perch, and domestically they did just that over the course of the Premier League era. The Red Devils have enjoyed more league and domestic cup wins, while Liverpool have maintained bragging rights over European success with five Champions League trophies. The dislike these two clubs have for each other even goes down to the players who have been involved in numerous on-field incidents over the years.
New England Patriots vs New York Jets
. The Jets-Pats rivalry has been a huge story for the past few seasons with Spygate, the Mangini-Belichick feud, Rex Ryan, Antonio Cromartie, Wes Welker, among other things. Not to mention constantly terribly overhyped games in the past half decade. But the bad blood really started to boil in the mid-1990 s when Bill Parcells left the Patriots to take over the Jets followed by Bill Belichick doing the same switcheroo (in reverse) four years later. It made perfect sense that the first time Parcells Jets faced the Pats, in Foxboro, overtime was needed in one of the most thrilling games of the 1997 season.
Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates
. Only two National League franchises won the World Series during the 1970 s the Pirates and the Reds. And since they often had to go through one another to get there, they were one of the greatest rivalries in modern history. The Western Division-winning Reds swept the Eastern Division-winning Pirates to win the pennant in 1970 and 1975 and also knocked them out of the NLCS in 1972. Not to be outdone, Willie Stargell and the We Are Fam-a-lee Pirates swept the Reds in October 1979 on their way to a second World Series win in nine years.
Harvard Crimson vs Yale Bulldogs
. When a rivalry is known simply as The Game, it has to be special. They may be two of the most prestigious universities in the world academically, but they play great football as well
Dallas Cowboys vs San Francisco 49ers
. Dallas and San Francisco played several classics in the 1970 s and 1980 s consecutive NFC Championship meetings in 1970 and 1971, the Cowboys playoff comeback win in 1972 and The Catch a decade later come to mind. But it wasn t until the early 1990 s that the rivalry became truly historic. Three consecutive NFC title games from 1992-1994 pitted Dallas against San Francisco. Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Jimmy Johnson topped NFL MVP Steve Young s 49ers 30-20 in one of the most brutal and thrilling contests of the decade. A year later, the Cowboys earned a repeat trip to the Super Bowl, again by besting the 49ers, 38-21. Young finally got by Dallas in 1994, first in the regular season (21-14 at Candlestick), then again in the NFC title game, 38-28.
New York Yankees vs Kansas City Royals
. The Yankees returned to glory in the mid-to-late 1970 s largely at the expense of the Kansas City Royals. A solo home run by Chris Chambliss in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 1976 ALCS sent the Yankees back to the World Series for the first time in over a decade. The Yankees took the next two pennants as well, defeating the Royals in the 1977 and 1978 ALCS. Kansas City fans finally saw their club get over the hump two years later. Thanks to two home runs from AL MVP George Brett, the Royals swept the Yankees in the 1980 ALCS to reach their first-ever World Series.
UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans
. The 1967 edition of this battle for LA was the most famous Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban came up one point short against the next season s Heisman winner, USC s O.J. Simpson. But because more than a dozen Rose Bowl berths have been decided by the annual USC-UCLA showdown, it remains one of the most storied rivalries in football history. And since every year there are a handful of first-round picks in the NFL draft on both sides of the field, few rivalry games showcase as much talent. For the entire series, USC leads, 44
Detroit Pistons vs Chicago Bulls
. The Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls had a rivalry for Eastern Conference superiority in the late 1980s and early 1990s and it was a truly epic one for multiple accounts. In the early years of the rivalry, the Bad Boys from Detroit had their way with the imposition of the Jordan Rules. Those rules were Detroit s philosophy designed by head coach Chuck Daly to make the other Bulls besides Michael Jordan take the most important shots of the game.
Stanford Cardinal vs California Bears
. No national championships have been decided by the outcome of this one and only once have Rose Bowl implications hinged on the outcome. But because the game is so intense, both on the field and in the stands, it is one of the most heated rivalries in all of sports. The Stanford Band mishap in 1982 was clearly the most memorable and thrilling game in the series history (Don t forget John Elway leading the Cardinal to a go-ahead field goal in the final minutes). But there have been a handful of other classics, including the 1990 game, which also came down to a wacky finish only this time Stanford earned the win.
Argentina vs Brazil
. Another footballing rivalry, but on an international scale. Argentina and Brazil are two of the powers of world football with some of the most talented players in the sport. If Brazil had Pele, Argentina had Diego Maradona. Today, Argentina has Lionel Messi while Brazil boasts Neymar. Statistically, there isn t much dividing these two sides. Head-to-head, each has won 36 games with the only real difference being four more goals scored by Argentina. In terms of major tournaments, Brazil has won more World and Confederations Cups but Argentina claims more Olympic and Copa America titles
Australia vs New Zealand
. The rivalry between Australia and New Zealand is found everywhere, whether politics, entertainment or sport. On the field however, one aspect where the rivalry is fiercest is rugby. Head-to-head, the two have played nearly 140 league matches with Australia claiming a convincing 93 wins. In terms of union matches, there have been over 150 with 104 won by New Zealand. The two nations may be neighbors and partners but you wouldn t know it from the way the two sides and their fans go after each other. When Kiwis performed their Haka, the traditional war dance performed before matches, Australians responded with a doctored video where New Zealand players were all shown wearing purses while undertaking the dance. Pre-match tensions are so high that an under-20 match almost erupted into a fight when the Australians
New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers
. The cross-country rivalry between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers has had plenty of great moments. They battled in 1963, 1977, 1978 and 1981. But that rivalry paled in comparison to the Dodgers-Yankees, version 1.0. They shared the same city for decades so that helped make their first World Series in 1941 exciting. But the great games that followed is why they are ranked so high on this list. From 1947-1956 they met an incredible six times, with the 47, 52, 55 and 56 series each needing the full seven games. Given that ultra-competitive, long-standing history and names like Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Casey Stengel, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider and Pee Wee Reese, there has never been a better World Series rivalry in sports history.
Indiana Hoosiers vs Purdue Boilermakers
. In the 1980s and 1990s, the state of Indiana had two of the nation s best basketball programs no wonder the movie Hoosiers was released in 1986. In Bloomington, Bobby Knight was the king and would win two national championships and seven Big Ten titles during those two decades. A hundred miles north, in West Lafayette, Gene Keady put together a great program of his own, winning six regular season Big Ten championships during the 80 s and 90 s. In the winter of 1987, the two met twice in the span of a month, with both teams ranked in the top 10. Fittingly, Indiana successfully defended their home court in the first showdown, while Purdue did the same a month later. Although Purdue would finish with a great 25-5 record and took a share of the Big Ten title, they lost in the second round of the NCAA tourney, while Knight s Hoosiers earned their third NCAA championship in 12 years.
Australia vs England
. Over 130 years ago, the Australian and English cricket teams met at the Kennington Oval. Australia shocked the British and took home victory. A mock obituary written in a British paper said the English body was to be burned and the ashes taken to Australia. This began the Ashes, a rivalry between England and Australia which continues to this day. Since 1882, well over 300 Ashes matches have been contested with Australia winning 128 and England 103. In addition to having the most overall match wins, the Australians also take pride in holding the Ashes for all of the 1990s and the early 2000s. The dominance was such that it led to much questioning in England over what was wrong with its team and leadership.
Miami Hurricanes vs Florida State Seminoles
. It s not as old as many of the other great rivalries in college football, but in the last quarter-century, the Seminoles and Hurricanes have fielded some of the greatest teams in the game s history. And since both programs are now in the ACC and one of these days could meet in the conference title game, it has a great future. The 1980s and 1990s showdowns were great, with all of the nail-biting finishes and Heisman Trophy winners. But the 2000 edition should be considered the greatest Not only did it come down to the last play (another missed field goal attempt, this time by FSU), but both teams would finish that season with 11 wins and trips to BCS bowl games. In 59 meetings, Miami leads, 31
USC Trojans vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
. The battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh has featured a handful of absolute thrillers, whether they were in South Bend or Southern California. The 1968 tie that featured Heisman Trophy winner O.J. Simpson and Irish legend Terry Hanratty was a great one, as was the 1978 edition in which the Trojans came back to beat Joe Montana in his last game against USC. But the infamous Bush push in 2005 was the best. A back-and-forth affair that hinged on a string of big plays (a punt return by Tom Zbikowski, a long touchdown pass from Brady Quinn to Jeff Samardzija and two long touchdown runs by Reggie Bush), the game ultimately came down to reigning Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart capping off a 75-yard drive with a one-yard run that was aided by a quasi-legal push from eventual Heisman Trophy winner Bush. In 85 meetings, Notre Dame leads, 45
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens
. Only in an extremely rare case would a rivalry less than 20 years old make it this high. But the Steelers-Ravens are an exception. They play in the same division, so they meet twice a year, but because they often have two of the best defenses in the NFL (six of the last 14 Defensive Player of the Year Awards have went to Steelers or Ravens), so it s obviously a special, extremely hard-hitting affair. Now, they ve met in the playoffs four times in the past decade and a half and they are almost always classics. This matchup is one of those that all NFL fans mark on their calendar in the preseason, you don t even have to be a Steelers or Ravens fan.
Chicago Cubs vs St Louis Cardinals
. The Cubs vs. Cards rivalry is one of the best in all of sports. But because there hasn t been a single postseason contest between the two and they only have a few one-two finishes in their 100-plus years of battling, we can t declare it one of the top three baseball rivalries of all time. How often has the pennant hinged on a late-season Cubs-Cardinals showdown? Not very often. But in early September 2003, St. Louis held a one-game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central race, when the Cardinals went to Wrigley for an incredible five-game set. Chicago took four of five to leap over the Cardinals and eventually claim their first division title in nearly two decades. But of course we all know how that ended.
Army vs Navy
. Certainly, this is the most poignant rivalry in all of sports. Presidents routinely attend and the patriotism on display is unequaled. But the game has lost some of its importance in the college football world since the 1960s neither team is a national championship contender. Still, the series is extremely close, with Navy holding a slight edge, 59-49-7. One of those Navy victories came in 1963, when Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach led the 8-2 Midshipmen to a 21-15 victory over the 8-2 Black Knights, two weeks after former Navy Lt. President John F. Kennedy who was supposed to be in attendance was assassinated.
Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys
. The team of America s capital versus America s team. This rivalry began even before the Dallas Cowboys franchise existed. Clint Murchison Jr. was a Texas oil tycoon who wanted his own NFL team in the 1950s. Murchison tried buying the Washington Redskins from George Preston Marshall but the deal fell through. He then pushed for the creation of an expansion team which was blocked by Marshall until the Redskins owner found out Murchison owned the rights to Washington s fight song. A deal was reached and the Cowboys were born. In the expansion draft, the Cowboys picked the Redskins star quarterback who was left unprotected. This rivalry has deep roots and, after 100 head-to-head games, favors the Cowboys who are 65-43-2.
Oklahoma Sooners vs Nebraska Cornhuskers
. The Big Eight turning into the Big XII in 1996 slowly watered down one of college s best rivalries. And Nebraska heading to the Big Ten in 2011 was effectively the death knell. Still, for decades, the annual Sooners-Huskers game was often an audition for the national championship. The Sooners owned Nebraska throughout the 1950s, just like they owned virtually every other team in the nation. But Nebraska began to catch up in the late 1960s. The famous Game of the Century in 1972 pushed the annual battle to the forefront, but with Barry Switzer and Tom Osborne becoming legends during the 1970s and 1980s, the rivalry became one of the most anticipated showdowns on the college football schedule. Incredibly, the Sooners and Huskers have played one another nine times with both teams ranked in the Top Five or better. And although this rivalry is done since the NCAA and colleges royally fucked up with all the conference changes, this series will always be remembered. It ended with Oklahoma leading 45
Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Longhorns
. As great as the Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry was for many decades, the Red River Shootout is better barely. And not just because it is still alive and well today but almost every year, both teams are ranked and lately both programs are also national championship contenders when they meet in early October(usually). The Sooners and Longhorns have played each other nine times with both teams ranked in the Top Five or better, matching the OU-Nebraska rivalry s mark. As it stands today, Texas leads, 60
United States vs Soviet Union
. The Cold War brought a level of excitement and patriotism to this rivalry unlike any other in sports history. The games themselves were important, but the victory was what mattered more there was a we are a superior country now feeling when either team defeated the other in hockey, weightlifting, basketball and all the other important games. Certainly, the 1980 Winter Olympics with the Do you believe in miracles? moment is the most exciting and important, but the 1972 gold medal basketball game was just as thrilling and had incredible controversy that only intensified the hatred between the two countries.
Los Angeles Brooklyn Dodgers vs New York San Francisco Giants
. A rivalry spawned in New York transferred to the West Coast in 1958. It reached its most famous moment in 1951, when Bobby Thomson s home run beat the Dodgers to win the pennant. When the clubs fought for National League pennants in the 60s, they were also constantly fighting on the field, including the infamous episode when Juan Marichal attacked Johnny Roseboro with a bat. Giants fans loved it when Joe Morgan s homer knocked the Dodgers out on the final day in 1982 Dodgers fans loved it when their team knocked out the Giants in 1993. In terms of greatest head-to-head matchups, the East Coast edition of the Dodgers-Giants has the edge, slightly, over its West Coast counterpart.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens
. The Canadiens-Maple Leafs rivalry is the oldest and most storied in the NHL. Before the advent of separate conferences, they played in the Stanley Cup Finals five times, with the Maple Leafs taking three Cups at the Canadiens expense. They also claimed a third straight Cup in 1964, thanks in part to a thrilling win over Montreal in the semifinals in seven games. For a stretch, from 1956-1969, the cup was housed in either Toronto or Montreal every year but one. The debate about who was the more dominant franchise added to the rivalry as well. Since the late 1970s, the two clubs have not met in the playoffs, but because they play six times a year during the regular season, it s still hockey s best rivalry.
Duke Blue Devils vs North Carolina Tar Heels
. College basketball s greatest rivalry. Being seven miles apart helps, but so does the image of Dean Smith or Roy Williams on one sideline and Mike Krzyzewski on the other. Throughout the last quarter-century, the ACC championship and a Final Four berth has so often been awarded to one of these teams. That gives their annual home-and-home battles an electricity that is unmatched at any other time in the college basketball regular season. There are any number of games to choose from for the greatest showdown, but one of the earliest Dean Smith-Coach K matchups was the best. With Eric Montross and Christian Laettner battling in the paint for 40 minutes, the Tar Heels upset the No. 1 Blue Devils, who would win their first-ever national championship two months later. The teams have met for a ridiculous 240 games and UNC leads 133-107.
Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears
. The oldest and longest-running rivalry in the NFL is also one of the most even. The Bears and Packers have fought some of the hardest, most physical games in the NFL. But the individual match ups also help separate this rivalry from all the others. Who was the better middle linebacker Dick Butkus or Ray Nitschke? Who was the better head coach George Halas or Vince Lombardi? Which team was better The 1985 Bears or the 1960s Packers? Yet for all their history and success, they had never met in the playoffs until this season. So when they squared-off in Soldier Field with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, it was their most important and exciting matchup ever even if the game itself wasn t as thrilling as some of their earlier clashes. This rivalry is about as close as it gets, in 190 meetings, the Bears lead 93
Alabama Crimson Tide vs Auburn Tigers
. The Iron Bowl is not the best rivalry in college football but it s a terribly close second. There was a long gap, from 1908-1947 where they did not meet, so only 79 games have been played Alabama leads the series 43-35-1. Nevertheless, the Tigers and Tide have played some of the most memorable college football games of all time. But what makes this SEC showdown so special is the fact that whenever one of the two teams is in contention for a national title, their Iron Bowl opponent raises their game to a new level. In 2010, it was the Tide jumping out to a 24-0 lead (only to see Cam Newton dominate in the second half) when Auburn was undefeated and ranked second. A year earlier, the roles were reversed, with 7-4 Auburn holding a lead over undefeated and second-ranked Alabama until the final 90 seconds. In 1983 the Bear Bryant-less Tide came within three points of ruining the Tigers bid for a Sugar Bowl berth. A decade earlier, in the Punt Bama, Punt moment, Auburn spoiled the Tide s undefeated season. No matter what their team s record is, both Alabama and Auburn seem to always play their best football in that post-Thanksgiving Day game at Legion Field or Bryant-Denny Stadium, or Jordan-Hare Field Stadium.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona
. In club football you don t get much bigger than this one. These two giants of Spanish football are two of the most popular teams in the world and, indeed, are two of the most dominant in football/soccer history. Traditionally, whenever Real Madrid and Barcelona met in the league, the match was titled El Clasico. Nowadays, that term is applied to almost any battle between these clubs. The politics of the 1930s and the Spanish Civil War amplified tensions between the two clubs and many see the battle as a fight between the Right (Real Madrid) and the Left (Barcelona).
Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics
. The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers have met in the NBA Finals 12 times, and many of the battles have been all-time classics. No two teams have ever met more often to decide their league championship in any professional sport. In addition to Bill Russell and Larry Bird, the Celtics have featured stars like John Havlicek, Sam Jones, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. On the other side of the spectrum in L.A., Jerry West and Magic Johnson have been joined by legendary names like Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Shaquille O Neal, Pau Gasol and of course Kobe Bryant. The Celtics won the first eight times the two teams met for the title, but the Lakers have won three of the last four championship match ups since.
Michigan vs Ohio State
. When Ohio Stadium opened in 1922, Michigan spoiled the party with a 22-0 victory. The rivalry was heated in the early days as both have been long-time college football powers. But it got even hotter in 1969, when Bo Schembechler took over as Michigan s coach and upset Woody Hayes No. 1-ranked, undefeated Buckeyes. Four times in the next six years, both teams were ranked in the top five when they met. In 1970 and 1973, both were undefeated (they tied 10-10 in 73). From 1970 through 1975, Michigan entered without a loss every year. The Wolverines won just once. Ohio State was 9-0-1 in 1993, 11-0 in 1995 and 10-0 in 1996. The Buckeyes lost each time. That is rivalry. The overall series comes out to Michigan leading, 58
New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox
. Is Red Sox-Yankees the best rivalry in baseball history? Yes. Is it the best rivalry in sports of all-time? I think so. But because the rivalry was so one-sided from the 1920s to the late 1970s (aside from a few seasons of Ted Williams late-1940s teams), it s got to be the number one choice on this list. Of course the Red Sox sin of selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees adds an element that no other rivalry can contend with. But on the diamond, the Yankees and Red Sox have also provided some of the most dramatic and thrilling moments in baseball history. The 1949 AL pennant came down to a one-game Sox-Yanks showdown. The same was true three decades later when Bucky Dent made a name for himself. Still, it wasn t until the last 15 years that BOTH teams were consistently elite for an extended period of time. Beginning in the late 1990s, every regular season game took on a playoff feel, which multiplied exponentially in the 1999, 2003 and 2004 ALCS. The whole Evil Empire quote added some more fire, but the back-and-forth jockeying for free agents (or free-agents-to-be at the trade deadline) is what keeps the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry a 365-day-a-year spectacle. I m just glad Boston finally won themselves a few rings and ended that curse. That was getting pathetic.
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Benefits of Passion fruits
Passion fruit seeds may offer significant cardiovascular benefits
. Sano, Sugiyama, Ito, Katano, and Ishihata (2011) investigated the vasorelaxing effects of the major polyphenols found in passion fruit seeds. Vasorelaxation refers to the widening of blood vessels resulting from relaxation of smooth muscle cells with
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. Clove essential oil as one of the active ingredients in their spray products? If you have some clove leaves or oils, you can simply use these instead of spending money on bug spray. Another thing you can do is plant cloves around the perimeter of you
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. One of the most commonly overlooked pieces when it comes to graduation is making sure you have all of your paperwork turned in. Most colleges require you to submit a graduation application or an Intent to graduate form before your last semester. Th
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. The original uses of artichoke (since ancient times) have been as an aid for indigestion and insufficient liver function. The mechanism of action, however, has been essentially unknown. Recent findings have provided a new foundation for our understan
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. To minimize the distracting look of a long nose, shoot the model head on and with the chin slightly up. This helps to mask the flaw so the viewer can see the person without distraction.
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. Facial hair can sometimes appear in women after the menopause due to a change in hormone levels. To get rid of this, and therefore hide your age a little better, there are a few easy ways to keep it away including laser removal, waxing, depilatory/ha
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. Dont listen to your personal music player at very high volumes and never to drown out background noise.
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. The Mini s compact dimensions didn t make it an obvious choice for pick up truck conversion but convert it they did. The Mini Pick up was built on the longer Mini Van platform, but it was still only 3.4m long and weighed only 680kg. The tiny truck wa
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. KaZaA, Bonzi, Gator, HotBar, WhenUSave, CommentCursor, WebHancer, LimeWire, and other Gnutella programs all appear to have useful and legitimate functions. However, most of this software is or contains spyware, which will damage your operating system
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Participate in Discussions
. More than just paying attention participate as well! Participating in discussions is certainly a great way to please your teachers in the best possible way.
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. A container of plain yogurt contains just 100 calories and provides a dose of bone-building calcium. But one small cup of yogurt that comes with fruit on the bottom may contain up to 150 calories and 26 grams of sugar. Get it guilt free: Buy plain, f
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Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes
. Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.
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. Lincoln debated his opponent, Stephen Douglas, seven times in what became known as the Lincoln Douglas Debates. While they agreed on many issues, they disagreed over the morality of slavery. Lincoln did not believe that slavery should spread any furt
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. Tournaments must provide shade and ice buckets on court for quad players. A player can be assisted by their coach to spray water over their face. In very hot climates it is advised that matches are scheduled in the morning and late afternoon evening.
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Rules to play Arm Wrestling
Raise your wrist
. In turn, bending the other persons wrist forward, will make your grip stronger, as they struggle to keep their grip. If you cant do this, just keep your wrist straight.
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