The Biggest Rivalry Doesn’t Exist
As we all get set for tonight's Syracuse/Georgetown & Duke/North Carolina games, it brings up a great debate about rivalries in sports.
Let's face it, every fan has one game on their teams' schedule that they look forward to the most every year. Throw out the records, when rivals get together, it's always a battle.
So what is the best rivalry in all of sports?
The simple answer - there is none. The biggest rivalry in sports doesn’t exist.
Rivalries are basically all regional. What means something to me could mean nothing to you. It’s all about where you live!
It's all about perspective and care level.
- Michigan/Ohio State: If you’re not a college football fan or you don't live in Michigan or Ohio, you probably don’t care about this game. But it’s one of sports’ oldest rivalries. Again, it’s all about the care-level and perspective.
- Boston College vs. Boston University hockey: If you don’t care about college hockey, it doesn’t even register on your radar. But that’s as big as anything in the Boston/New England sports landscape.
- RPI vs. Union: It might be a great rivalry for us, but drive an hour and a half in any direction and they’d laugh at you if you said that.
- Siena/UAlbany: In our area, that’s probably the best sporting event you can witness live in person. But people in Ohio think Sienna is a mini-van that is used by soccer moms.
There's also no way you could agree on just one rivalry being the best.