“The Best Rivalry in Sports”

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Apparently SportsCenter did a “Top 10 Rivalries” piece yesterday, and this was the photo finish:

2. Duke-UNC
1. Yankees-Red Sox

I’ve probably seen a thousand of these features in my life, and that pecking order seems pretty standard. I’m not sure why it matters that we rank rivalries; I’m fortunate enough to have a stake in both of the two mentioned above, but it’s beyond me to put them in order. And because rivalries are regional, how would I ever be able to evaluate Ohio State-Michigan or Auburn-Alabama? Those teams mean nothing to me.

Actually, that’s not true; I hate them all. I wish all four schools would lose their funding tomorrow and be shut down by the state. Or maybe just burn to the ground. That’d be quicker.

But rivalry curiosity got the better of me this morning, and I googled “Top 10 Sports Rivalries.” Here’s how Duke-UNC finished relative to Yankees-Red Sox on a few different sites.

The Sports Dish

3. Duke-UNC
1. Yankees-Red Sox

ESPN, Circa 2000 (I guess they changed their minds)

7. Yankees-Red Sox
3. Duke-UNC

AskMen

5. Yankees-Red Sox
1. Duke-UNC

Yahoo Associated Content

DNF: Duke-UNC (Despite the fact that Calgary-Edmonton made it on)
1. Yankees-Red Sox

This Dude’s Book

8. Duke-UNC
7. Yankees-Red Sox

This Dude’s YouTube Video

7. Yankees-Red Sox
6. Duke-UNC

The Nosebleeds

2. Duke-UNC
1. Yankees-Red Sox

Sports Grumblings

10. Duke-UNC
3. Yankees-Red Sox

Playas Only

10. Duke-UNC
1. Yankees-Red Sox

You get the point. But let’s open this up for conversation. Is there an argument to be made for Duke-UNC as the best rivalry in the country? The world? Is there an argument that it trumps Yankees-Red Sox? Or should we just have a serene inner confidence in the strength and intensity of the rivalry and not worry how it’s perceived on a larger scale?

We’ll be back a little later with a new feature.

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