TOBACCO ROAD, NC – So last night Iâ€™m watching Duke throttle North Carolina and I ask myself:
- â€œSelf, what is the biggest rivalry in sports?â€
Is it Duke/UNC? They certainly rank up there. The Cameron Crazies alone are worth the price of admission. Multiple national championships on both sides and a dust up between Art Hamen and Larry Brown (yes that Larry Brown) in the early sixties has fostered decades of animosity.
Is it Cowboys/Redskins? Those couch potatoes of a certain age remember how big that one was, but is it as big today?
There are so many they may be watering it down a bit.
Hereâ€™s one thatâ€™s a little outside the box. Is it Ali/Frazier? I know they havenâ€™t fought in 35 years, but this rivalry had more drama than Liz Taylor had husbands.
Is it Yankees/Red Sox? This one certainly is big but is it national or regional? Does a Mariners fan from Idaho give a hoot? Is it Mets/Padres? Just kidding.
New Zealand/Australia rugby?
India/Pakistan cricket? Just throwing them out there!
Is it Lakers/Celtics? I mean the Bird/Magic back story has been almost annoyingly documented at this point. We get it. They kinda like each other.
HOW’S ABOUT A GROUP SKINNY DIP?
I know as much about NASCAR as I know about Sri Lankan cuisine, but there has to be a couple of rednecks and their pit crews spittinâ€™ chaw on each otherâ€™s socket sets? Didnâ€™t David Pearson and Cale Yarborough swap wives or somethinâ€™. No, wait, that was Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich. Never mind.
I guess after the Olympic hockey tournament, Canada and pretty much anybody is a good rivalry, eh?
Texas/Oklahoma? Ohio State/Michigan? USC/Notre Dame? Oregon/Oregon State? Heck thereâ€™s probably a high school game in Texas that draws fifty thousand!
Any others? Whattaya got for me?
West Coast Craig, tomorrow.
Until next week,