With ESPN tagging this week as rivalry week, it gives us a chance to take a look at the best rivalries of sports.

With college hoops popularity, they make the prefect stage for a rivalry. Unlike pro sports, the players are play for nothing but a W.

Rivals like Duke and North Carolina have been the strongest. Also known as the Battle of Tobacco road, Duke and UNC have played each other twice a year sense 1920. Duke leads 131-103 all time.

The first time the teams met in 1920, UNC toke the win 36-25. The games have always been exciting. Last night the game came down to the final second when Duke got away with the win by 1, 85-84.

The greatest rivalry from the Big East was definitely a good game last night. Georgetown went into overtime in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse came away with a big win over their big time rivals.

These games always show the intensity of Big East play. With Syracuse moving to the ACC sometime in the next year, this could have been the last Big East matchup between the two.

In the MLB, there is the obvious Yankees – Red Sox rivalry. This is more than two teams that are close to each other so they call them rivals. This is two fan bases the have a strong hatred for each other.

This rivalry definitely has history. The two teams have met 2,100 times. The first meeting dating back to 1901. New York leads the all time record 1,132-952-14.

Rivalries aren’t just another game. They are, most of the time, one of the best games all year.


About Kevin Bridge

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. I am one of the co-founders of The Backfield Press.

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