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    The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    I was reading an article on Askmen.com where they listed their top 10 sports rivalries of all time. Weak list. Very weak.

    Here is their top 10 (beginning with #10--followed by my take on each):

    10. Red Wings/Avalanche...I agree that it's become a good rivalry but hardly worthy of the top ten, IMO. Not enough tradition.

    9. Bears/Packers. That one would have never even crossed my mind if I was making my own top 10 list.

    8. Knicks/Heat. Huh? I know they've gone at each other but is it one of sports' greatest rivalries? Hardly.

    7. Canadiens/Maple Leafs. I'm not enough of a hockey fan to weigh in on this one. I have no reason to poo-poo this choice, though. I can see how it would be a very intense rivalry.

    6. Steelers/Cowboys. Yes...I guess. But for history and tradition...I'd put the Steelers/Browns ahead of this one.

    5. Yankees/Red Sox. I'll agree. It's a good one.

    4. Redskins/Cowboys. How many intense rivalries can one team (the Cowboys) have? Yes, it's a good rivalry...but there are many others that are way bigger, IMO.

    3. Lakers/Celtics. Good one. Not near what it used to be (back in the day). Bird and Magic brought that one to a whole new level. But now...it sure ain't what it used to be.

    2. Florida Gators/FSU Seminoles (football). The second greatest rivalry in all of sports? Are you kidding me? It's a good one, to be sure. But #2 on the list? Uh....no.

    1. Duke/North Carolina (basketball). Hard to argue. Definately goes in the top 10. Not sure it's number one but it may be close.

    To me, a rivalry must include intense hatred on each side. I don't see that in all the choices above.

    Here are some that I think are obviously missing:

    Dodgers/Giants.

    Alabama/Auburn (football)

    and the biggest, most intense of all time, IMO, Ohio State/Michigan.

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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    Army Navy anyone?

    Crap list.
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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    Yeah, all partisanship aside, it's weird that Ohio State-Michigan isn't on there.

    It's also totally North American-centric, which I suppose isn't surprising.
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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    michigan vs ohio state

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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    Apparently "all-time" means "as of yesterday"

    No Harvard/Yale, Amry/Navy, OSU/Michigan

    I think a good judge of the extent of a rivalry is -- are people not a fan of either team, or not hardcore fans of the sport, aware of the rivalry? If not, the rivalry isn't a huge deal.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    Yankees/Red Sox is media driven and contrived these days, and they play 19 times a year. It doesn't count. Not top five.

    FWIW, here's mine.

    10. Yankees/Red Sox
    9. Alabama/Auburn
    8. USA/USSR
    7. Arnold Palmer/Jack Nicklaus
    6. Raiders/Broncos
    5. Notre Dame/USC
    4. Cowboys/Redskins
    3. Army/Navy
    2. DePauw/Wabash (DIII, worth looking up)
    1. Ohio State/Losers up North.

    Obviously, I'm biased, but the OSU/Losers game is it. No sponsorships, no stupid nickname, it's simply THE game. Once a year.
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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    Piqua/Troy football. Ohio's oldest rivalry, and none better.
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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan
    Piqua/Troy football. Ohio's oldest rivalry, and none better.

    That means nothing coming from someone who lives in Miamisburg.

    Oooh, another great rivalry.
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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    Quote Originally Posted by guttle11
    That means nothing coming from someone who lives in Miamisburg.

    Oooh, another great rivalry.

    Born and raised in Piqua. There is no greater rivalry in Ohio high school sports than Piqua vs. Troy.
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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    2. Florida Gators/FSU Seminoles (football). The second greatest rivalry in all of sports? Are you kidding me? It's a good one, to be sure. But #2 on the list? Uh....no.
    It may not be # 2 overall, but it is pretty good. Always played as the final game of Florida's regular season--if you lose that one, many times it detracted from what you accomplished over the previous 10-11 games.

    A close second for Florida in its football rivalries (some would argue it is #1) would be Georgia. I have to give the nod to UF vs. FSU because of their proximity and overall longevity of solid football excellence.
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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan
    Born and raised in Piqua. There is no greater rivalry in Ohio high school sports than Piqua vs. Troy.

    Consider that Piqua leads this rivalry 58-57-6


    1899 - Troy 17, Piqua 0
    1899 - Troy 7, Piqua 5
    1900 - Troy 2, Piqua 0
    1900 - Troy 5, Piqua 0
    1900 - Piqua 26, Troy 0
    1901 - Piqua 13, Troy 0
    1901 - Piqua 6, Troy 5
    1902 - Piqua 23, Troy 6
    1903 - Piqua 17, Troy 0
    1909 - Troy 17, Piqua 5
    1909 - Piqua 5, Troy 0
    1911 - Troy 5, Piqua 0
    1911 - Piqua 0, Troy 0 (Tie)
    1912 - Piqua 32, Troy 12
    1912 - Piqua 7, Troy 6
    1913 - Troy 18, Piqua 0
    1913 - Troy 85, Piqua 0
    1914 - Troy 20, Piqua 6
    1914 - Troy 14, Piqua 6
    1915 - Troy 20, Piqua 14
    1915 - Piqua 27, Troy 0
    1916 - Troy 13, Piqua 3
    1916 - Piqua 0, Troy 0 (Tie)
    1917 - Piqua 66, Troy 0
    1917 - Piqua 61, Troy 0
    1918 - Troy 28, Piqua 6
    1918 - Piqua 13, Troy 6
    1919 - Troy 21, Piqua 9
    1919 - Piqua 19, Troy 6
    1920 - Troy 7, Piqua 6
    1920 - Troy 19, Piqua 0
    1921 - Piqua 21, Troy 0
    1921 - Troy 12, Piqua 2
    1922 - Troy 13, Piqua 0
    1922 - Piqua 7, Troy 6
    1923 - Troy 6, Piqua 6 (Tie)
    1923 - Troy 13, Piqua 6
    1924 - Piqua 7, Troy 6
    1924 - Piqua 14, Troy 6
    1925 - Piqua 20, Troy 6
    1926 - Piqua 25, Troy 0
    1927 - Piqua 14, Troy 0
    1928 - Troy 13, Piqua 0
    1929 - Piqua 21, Troy 6
    1930 - Piqua 20, Troy 0
    1931 - Piqua 13, Troy 12
    1932 - Piqua 9, Troy 6
    1933 - Troy 13, Piqua 0
    1934 - Piqua 28, Troy 7
    1935 - Piqua 0, Troy 0 (Tie)
    1936 - Piqua 17, Troy 6
    1937 - Piqua 18, Troy 12
    1938 - Piqua 6, Troy 0
    1939 - Troy 6, Piqua 6 (Tie)
    1940 - Piqua 20, Troy 0
    1941 - Piqua 13, Troy 7
    1942 - Piqua 7, Troy 7 (Tie)
    1943 - Piqua 26, Troy 12
    1944 - Troy 20, Piqua 6
    1945 - Piqua 25, Troy 7
    1946 - Troy 12, Piqua 6
    1947 - Piqua 40, Troy 6
    1948 - Piqua 0, Troy 0 (Tie)
    1949 - Troy 20, Piqua 3
    1950 - Piqua 38, Troy 12
    1951 - Troy 41, Piqua 12
    1952 - Piqua 25, Troy 12
    1953 - Piqua 6, Troy 0
    1954 - Troy 18, Piqua 0
    1955 - Troy 48, Piqua 0
    1956 - Troy 44, Piqua 0
    1957 - Troy 41, Piqua 6
    1958 - Piqua 14, Troy 6
    1959 - Troy 20, Piqua 10
    1960 - Troy 62, Piqua 0
    1961 - Troy 12, Piqua 6
    1962 - Troy 20, Piqua 10
    1963 - Troy 28, Piqua 26
    1964 - Piqua 20, Troy 0
    1965 - Piqua 28, Troy 16
    1966 - Piqua 8, Troy 6
    1967 - Piqua 34, Troy 6
    1968 - Piqua 38, Troy 20
    1969 - Troy 22, Piqua 6
    1970 - Troy 54, Piqua 6
    1971 - Troy 36, Piqua 6
    1972 - Troy 20, Piqua 7
    1973 - Piqua 12, Troy 7
    1974 - Troy 34, Piqua 6
    1975 - Piqua 9, Troy 0
    1976 - Troy 27, Piqua 6
    1977 - Troy 16, Piqua 6
    1978 - Troy 26, Piqua 6
    1979 - Troy 28, Piqua 8
    1980 - Troy 35, Piqua 8
    1981 - Troy 35, Piqua 8
    1982 - Piqua 27, Troy 18
    1983 - Piqua 9, Troy 6
    1984 - Troy 47, Piqua 20
    1985 - Troy 26, Piqua 17
    1986 - Troy 28, Piqua 24
    1987 - Piqua 24, Troy 15
    1988 - Troy 39, Piqua 6
    1989 - Troy 17, Piqua 14
    1990 - Piqua 20, Troy 7
    1991 - Piqua 24, Troy 6
    1992 - Troy 22, Piqua 7
    1992 - Piqua 20, Troy 7***
    1993 - Piqua 16, Troy 15
    1994 - Piqua 13, Troy 6
    1995 - Troy 17, Piqua 14 OT
    1996 - Troy 48, Piqua 0
    1997 - Troy 28, Piqua 0
    1998 - Troy 31, Piqua 14
    1999 - Piqua 30, Troy 25
    2000 - Troy 24, Piqua 14
    2001 - Piqua 28, Troy 0
    2002 - Piqua 9, Troy 6
    2003 - Piqua 10, Troy 3
    2004 - Troy 30, Piqua 7
    2005 - Piqua 13, Troy 12
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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan
    Born and raised in Piqua. There is no greater rivalry in Ohio high school sports than Piqua vs. Troy.
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    Massillon-Canton, Ohio State-Michigan, Browns-Steelers, Bengals-Browns...Paul Brown has been involved in some major football rivalries over the years.

    However, my dad was raised in a house on S. Walnut in Troy, built by his grandfather over 100 years ago, so I will give you that Troy-Piqua is pretty big.
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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    Quote Originally Posted by guttle11
    Yankees/Red Sox is media driven and contrived these days, and they play 19 times a year. It doesn't count. Not top five.
    I disagree with this. Go to any public place in New York or Boston (or many other places, for that matter), 365 days a year, bring up these teams, and you can be in a fight in five minutes, guaranteed. I don't think it's media-driven at all. It just picks up whenever both teams are good, which has been the case the last few years.
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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    That's the worst top ten list I've ever seen. It's a joke that OSU/Michigan is not on there and rivlaries that didn't exist a decade ago (Red Wings Avalanche) are. And how is Yankees/Red Sox not #1 or 2. Joke.
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    Re: The all-time greatest sports rivalries

    Askmen.com
    Never heard of it.

    I hate the Avalanche though, but real Red Wing fans hate the Blackhawks the most.


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