Its Valentines Day, and love is in the air. Well for some people love is in the air, but for others Valentines Day is a miserable reminder that you may be single and alone for the foreseeable future. Don’t worry, cozy up with this great feature about rivals who certainly have no love between them!
1. Yankees/ Red Sox- While the rivalry has surely died down over the years in terms of on field violence, Yankees/ Red Sox is still one of the best rivalries in all of sports. Who can forget Pedro Martinez throwing down Don Zimmerman in 03? What about Aaron Boone’s home run to send the Yankees to the World Series that same year? Or the 2004 Red Sox beating the Yankees in the ALCS, coming back from being down 0-3 to win four straight and advance to the World Series for the first time in 86 years? Arod/Varitek fight anyone? The Yankees and Red Sox may be have cooled down, but anytime these teams get together watch out.
2. Yankees/Mets- Ah the Subway series, good old New York vs. New York baseball. There is always excitement and hype around the city when these two teams get together. The Yankees beat the Mets in the 2000 World Series, giving bragging rights to the Yankees fans ever since. Who can forget Mike Piazza getting beaned in the head by Roger Clemens earlier in 2000, then to follow that up with the infamous shattered bat incident between the two in the playoffs? Mike Piazza recently wrote a book and has been promoting it lately. He talks about the Yankees/ Mets rivalry, and says he wanted to karate chop Clemens if he could. I would pay money to see these two get into a ring!
3. Rays/Red Sox- This rivalry is very under the radar, but if you follow the AL East closely, you know the hatred is there. I would honestly say that Rays/Red Sox has been the best AL East rivalry over the past few years. These teams have brawled recently on numerous occasions, and have helped to knock each other out of the playoffs since 2008. More people should pay attention when these two teams play.
Honorable mentions: Cubs/White Sox, Dodgers/Giants, Yankees/Dodgers, Mets/Phillies
1. Rangers/Devils- These Hudson River rivals do not like each other at all. The players don’t like each other, the coaches don’t like each other and the fans definitely don’t like each other. This is one of the most underrated rivalries in all of sports. There was no better inner rivalry than Marty Brodeur and pest Sean Avery, putting the rivalry at its peak in 2007, especially during the playoffs. Henrik Lundqvist has said David Clarksson is his least favorite player in the league. Devils fans have stolen the “Potvin Sucks” whistle Rangers fans use at MSG, and replace it with “Rangers suck”. Yes, they chant “Rangers suck” even when the Devils are versing a different opponent. This is my favorite rivalry in sports…Maaaaaaarty! Maaaaaaaaarty!
2.Flyers/Pens- These two teams absolutely hate each other. Last years first round playoff series against these two was some of the most entertaining hockey in years. There were tons of goals, hits and fights. Philly fans hate Sidney Crosby, drawing their ire every time he plays there. The Flyers are more of a fighting, broad street bully mentality and the Penguins play with an edge to their game and dish out a lot of cheap shots, so every time these two meet it is always a hard fought battle for Pennsylvania.
3. Hockey/Fans- Many fans gave up on hockey after this most recent lockout. Only die hard fans like myself still stick around despite getting screwed with work stoppages every 7 years. The fans dislike Gary Bettman, Don Fehr and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who was the force behind the recent lockout. The NHL has to step up and earn its fans back, and also hope they don’t have another lockout over the next decade. Let’s not kill the sport slowly, huh fellas?
Honorable Mentions: Bruins/Canucks, Blackhawks/Canucks, Red Wings/Blackhawks, Rangers/Flyers, Canadiens/Bruins