Articles in Category: Rivalries
In late September Liverpool squared off against Manchester United at Anfield. It wasn’t just the first match of the season between the bitter rivals, but marked the first match since British Prime Minister David Cameron exonerated Liverpool fans of blame for the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium disaster. There wasn’t a lack of bite to the match, but with the announcement earlier in the week, a touch of empathy mixed with the passion of the rivalry in honor of the 96 fans that died.
Every person that has invested any blood, sweat, tears, time, or money into the sports world has one thing in common with every other sports fan. Everyone has rivalries. The great thing about rivalries is that every single matchup is different. The animosity between two teams or two cities is like a virus that spreads into the cameras of national television. In my opinion, I think that rivalries are a necessity for sports and on a side note, I love them.
Picture this: you are sitting in Yankee Stadium watching the Red Sox come to town and take on the Yanks. This is the stuff of legend. The greatest figure in the history of baseball has history with both of these clubs, and I am not talking about Wade Boggs, Johnny Damon, or the juiced up arm of The Rocket himself. The new Yankee Stadium, the very hallowed grounds in which you now sit, narrowly escaped the clutch of “The Curse” when a Sox Jersey placed in the stadium foundation was unearthed at zero hour. Yes, this is the stuff of legend. Yes, both of the teams are duking it out for first place in the AL East. Yes, both rosters are bursting at the seams with bona-fide superstars with bona-fide superstar salaries. Yes the tickets, program, hot dog and beer have cost you roughly $1,000 in total. And, yes, this is one of 17 times the Sox will face the Yankees this season alone, not including playoffs. The greatest rivalry in sports, right?
When you start talking rivalries in hockey there is a few that come to mind.The obvious one that jumps out is the battle of the two most storied franchises and the Toronto Maple Leafs vs the Montreal Canadiens. With countless storylines and decades of history to add fuel to the fire each time they play, it doesn’t seem to matter where each team stands at the time; all numbers are thrown out the window when they face off.
Their rivalry, however, has lost some of its lustre of the past number of years, whether it’s due to both teams struggling to be a Cup contender or even a playoff team, or the more recent Leafs nemesis, the Ottawa Senators, there just isn’t the same animosity whether the two see each other.