BREAKING: Sports Rivalries Vanishing? Marc Anthony, A-Rod, Mets, Yanks, Bruins, Canadians, Eagles, Buckeyes
MARLBORO, NY – Since sports topics this time of year are on the thin side for me, I’m scrounging for something/anything to write about other than to bore you with how my Boston Bruins are currently tanking a spot in the NHL playoff race. On this date in 1979… Anwar AL-Sadat, Menachem Begin, and Jimmy Carter signed the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. If Egypt and Israel can get along and play nice in the sandbox, than maybe there is hope for rabid fans in some of these bubbling sports rivalries. Here’s a look at a few and the chances of a peace accord.
BOSTON BRUINS and MONTREAL CANADIENS:
Let’s get this one out of the way first. No way, no how can there ever be a truce in this war? My fellow Bruins fan, Grote2DMax, has a friend and neighbor who just happens to be a Canadian ex-pat and is a Montreal Canadiens fan. I can’t believe I watched a Bruins-Canadiens regular season game (which the Habs won) sitting on the same couch as Marc Le Douche. He’s a nice guy and all but he’s a Montreal fan and I just felt so dirty afterwards. It wasn’t a playoff game, so I thought I’d give peace a chance. Sorry folks, no chance for a truce in this rivalry.
NEW YORK METS and NEW YORK YANKEES:
They share a large metropolis and their home fields are only a short distance apart. It’s kind of like sharing a room with your brother–you’re related but struggling for your autonomy. Through inter-league play, the pair meet twice a year for a set of games in each park and light the city up with some good old fashioned hatred for a short time but it dissipates shortly thereafter. It’s difficult to compare the rich baseball history of the Yankees to the much younger Mets and they’ve only battled in the Subway Series once (2000). Roger Clemens vs. Mike Piazza may raise your back-hair a bit but there stands a very good chance for an accord among New Yorkers.
OHIO STATE and MICHIGAN:
This one goes waaaay back to 1897. Both schools have met on the gridiron 112 times and have shared a spot in the Big Ten since 1917. What is simply known as The Game and encompassed the Ten Year War between the two legendary coaches Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, is as polarizing a subject in collegiate sports history. Fast forward to today where either or both Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer can be described by many as douches, not much has changed in the border war. This war ends only with Armageddon.
ANY NFC EAST TEAM and PHILADELPHIA EAGLES:
Ever see the movie Invincible. It’s supposed to be a feel good story about a Philadelphia-area walk-on who makes the NFL Eagles on a public tryout. It doesn’t feel good because it happens in and to the most reprehensible bunch of idiots known as Philadelphia sports fans. They never truly appreciated Mike Schmidt, threw snowballs at Santa Claus, gave a standing ovation when Michael Irvin tore up his knee, and on and on. Can’t we all just get along? No, not with these sh!theads.
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