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Old 03-05-09, 04:38 PM   #51
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Remember, that in American football (aka throwball) that the superbowl wasn't even the most watched sporting event in the world that day.
How many people watched the soccer game that day, and do you have a link?
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Old 03-05-09, 09:27 PM   #52
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Sure, Y/RS is a large rivalry, but would pale in comparison to the following, which are contested in the world's most popular and important game:
I admit that "American" was missing from my question. I clearly meant a rivalry in national sports and that was the extent of my question. There's not enough (assoc.) football fans here to have a proper rivalry discussion on that subject.
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Old 03-05-09, 10:27 PM   #53
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

Red Sox/Yankees is a local thing. ESPN loves it, but much of the country just yawns at it.

Ohio State/Michigan is much bigger. Nobody outside of Michigan likes Michigan. At least, nobody worth mentioning.
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Old 03-05-09, 11:58 PM   #54
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

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Red Sox/Yankees is a local thing. ESPN loves it, but much of the country just yawns at it.

Ohio State/Michigan is much bigger. Nobody outside of Michigan likes Michigan. At least, nobody worth mentioning.
Actually quite a few people outside of Michigan like the Wolverines, which would help explain why their games are televised in my area nearly every week.
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Old 03-06-09, 12:16 AM   #55
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

Someone already said it...NHL's Habs/Leafs
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Old 03-06-09, 05:43 AM   #56
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I admit that "American" was missing from my question. I clearly meant a rivalry in national sports and that was the extent of my question. There's not enough (assoc.) football fans here to have a proper rivalry discussion on that subject.
But it's still got to be Rangers/Celtic.
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Old 03-06-09, 07:51 AM   #57
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

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Red Sox/Yankees is a local thing. ESPN loves it, but much of the country just yawns at it.

Ohio State/Michigan is much bigger. Nobody outside of Michigan likes Michigan. At least, nobody worth mentioning.
I think you are 1 million percent wrong. Yankees vs. Red Sox is not a local thing, not with all the NY and Boston transplants everywhere and the bandwagon fans everywhere. Hell, there are still probably more NYY fans in Tampa than Rays fans.
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Old 03-06-09, 07:59 AM   #58
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Yeah you are way off base there.

Anyway, it's Yankees - Red Sox. Mainly because I think baseball is more popular overall than college basketball.
I agree that the Yanks-Sox is the biggest. You also have to consider the bandwagons of both teams. They are more known to the rest of the country than some regional college rivalry. Just look at the sheer numbers of fans of both teams (with varying degrees of bandwagonism in each fan).
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Old 03-06-09, 08:05 AM   #59
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Actually quite a few people outside of Michigan like the Wolverines, which would help explain why their games are televised in my area nearly every week.
They are televised so people can watch them lose.
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Old 03-06-09, 08:21 AM   #60
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I think you are 1 million percent wrong. Yankees vs. Red Sox is not a local thing, not with all the NY and Boston transplants everywhere and the bandwagon fans everywhere. Hell, there are still probably more NYY fans in Tampa than Rays fans.
Not with the recent Rays' success. The bandwagon has swelled just like it did with the Bucs and Lightning. There are TB hats all over the place now. We'll see if they stay if the team runs into any adversity. I have my doubts. Look at the Lightning now and that 100,000 waiting list for Bucs tickets? Not anymore.
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Old 03-06-09, 02:53 PM   #61
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

When I think Sports Rivalries UNC/Duke and Red Sox/Yankees are the first two that come to mind
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Old 03-07-09, 12:33 AM   #62
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

If this thread was done 10 years ago, I'm sure Red Wings and Avalanche would get a few mentions.
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Old 03-07-09, 06:50 AM   #63
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

I wish Giants-Dodgers hadn't dwindled to nothing over the years
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Old 03-07-09, 11:20 AM   #64
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

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Kansas/Missouri. Ours began with a shooting war.

The media did not need to hype or invent it.
Thank you. It may not be the biggest nationwide, but it certainly deserves a mention. I don't know of any other sports rivalry that actually predates the teams and began with a shooting war.
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Old 03-07-09, 05:39 PM   #65
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Haha, did you miss it when UNC won the title in 05 and made the final four last year.
Oops, don't know how I missed that.

Anyway, like others have said College Basketball ranks low in popularity maybe even lower than hockey.
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Old 03-07-09, 07:06 PM   #66
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

I'm kinda looking foward to another Celtics/Lakers finals this year.
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Old 03-07-09, 07:37 PM   #67
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Anyway, like others have said College Basketball ranks low in popularity maybe even lower than hockey.
Those others are wrong.
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Old 03-07-09, 11:56 PM   #68
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Thank you. It may not be the biggest nationwide, but it certainly deserves a mention. I don't know of any other sports rivalry that actually predates the teams and began with a shooting war.
Well, this thread is about the biggest and not the best.

I like what Don Fambrough said about it to SI last year and how it has changed from the "Border War" to the "Border Showdown".

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Old 03-08-09, 03:51 PM   #69
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

If I didn't previously think Dook/UNC was the biggest rivalry, I would have after today when my CBS affilate switched out of an OT conference championship game to air Dook/UNC in its entirety.
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Old 03-08-09, 09:05 PM   #70
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

If you're talking a really long history of rivalries in the USA, I have to mention the following:

NFL

NFC East between the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Redskins
AFC Central (now AFC North) between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the "old" Cleveland Browns (now Baltimore Ravens) and "new" Cleveland Browns
NFC Central (now NFC North) between the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings
AFC West between the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders

Divison I FBS college football

Army-Navy
Yale-Harvard
Ohio State-Michigan
Notre Dame-USC
Florida-Tennessee
Florida-Georgia
Florida-Florida State
Alabama-Auburn
Oklahoma-Texas
Oklahoma-Nebraska (though less so in recent years)

Division I college basketball

UNC Chapel Hill-Duke

Major League Baseball

Yankees-Red Sox
Cardinals-Cubs
Giants-Dodgers
Phillies-Mets (especially in recent years)

NHL

Red Wings-Avalanche (though it has waned in recent years)
Canadiens-Maple Leafs
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Old 03-08-09, 10:42 PM   #71
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Thats funny because in NY they did not switch out of the Missouri Valley championship game and showed that game in its entirety before changing to the Duke UNC game.
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Old 03-23-09, 03:08 PM   #72
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Re: Biggest still-existing rivalry in sports?

I think all the college football talk of
OSU/Michigan is funny.

does anyone outside of the Big Ten country even think that's a top 3 - 5 Rivalry?
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Old 03-23-09, 03:23 PM   #73
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I think all the college football talk of
OSU/Michigan is funny.

does anyone outside of the Big Ten country even think that's a top 3 - 5 Rivalry?
Since both are such big schools, enrollment-wise, there are a lot of alumni for each school spread out all over the country (or world, for that matter.) But it's hard for me to judge, since I live and work right in the epicenter of it all - plus, I don't even like "American" football, so I get really annoyed by all the frenzy that gets built up every fall.
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Old 03-23-09, 06:23 PM   #74
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I think all the college football talk of
OSU/Michigan is funny.

does anyone outside of the Big Ten country even think that's a top 3 - 5 Rivalry?
Yes.
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Old 03-24-09, 09:59 AM   #75
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But it's still got to be Rangers/Celtic.
The Rangers and the Celtics don't even play in the same sport. One's an NHL team, the other's an NBA team.
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