Chiefs-Raiders Is Back; Other Rivalries We Want To See Return
The funny thing about NFL rivalries is that they seem to come and go like nothing else. Seems like only yesterday that Seahawks-49ers was set to dominate our airwaves for the next decade....that is, until Seattle basically won every meaningful game in the rivalry and the 49ers told Jim Harbaugh "Yeahhhh we're good with you, but since you hell on the sidelines, get out".
Chiefs-Raiders managed to stay relevant longer than most NFL rivalries, losing its luster when the Raiders entered their post-Super Bowl XXXVII funk, and when most of America realized that the Chiefs...who until recently have had to play second fiddle in their own city to the ROYALS...are basically the New York Jets of the Midwest except you actually feel bad when all those unlike things happen to them. Tonight, however, they accomplish the impossible; not only are both teams a combined 19-5 entering, and the AFC West division title could be on the line, but they also (gasp!) have made Thursday Night Football watchable!!!
That got us thinking...what other classic rivalries from the other major sports would we like to see make a similar comeback? Let's take a look...
If LeBron James is indeed Batman, which team would be his Joker? One could argue it was the Boston Celtics, whose victory over James' Cavaliers in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals influenced the famous "Decision" and subsequent "Dream Team" in Miami, but Boston hasn't been able to fully challenge him for awhile. The Golden State Warriors are another possibility, but with just two NBA Finals meetings (though likely counting), it has a long way to go before it becomes Celtics-Lakers of this generation. Enter the Chicago Bulls. James has engaged Chicago in some classic playoff matchups, and the meetings have become more personal as his BFF Dwyane Wade is now a member of his hometown Bulls, as is Rajon Rondo, one of those Celtics who regularly kept the original James-run Cavs from the Finals. Even before LeBron got to Cleveland, this rivalry had its moments. Whereas James has tortured Bulls fans throughout his career, Michael Jordan did the same to poor Clevelanders, most famously hitting "The Shot", one of most iconic moments of his career.
MLB: Red Sox-Yankees
Things have noticeably cooled in this, what's often considered to be the belle of the ball when it comes to rivalries. In back to back years, respective legends from each side have been praised in the opponents' stadium, with Derek Jeter getting cheers in Boston, while David Ortiz like a likewise standing ovation in The Bronx. Granted, this has a lot to do with the fact that neither team has managed to be good at the exact same time in awhile (both teams haven't made the playoffs in the same year since 2009), but can imagine something like that happening during the peaks of this rivalry in the early-to-mid 2000's? We could face a resurgence of it soon...the Red Sox just added Chris Sale to an already stacked lineup, while the Yankees are led a young revolution headed by Gary Sanchez...but with Yankees GM Brian Cashman going as far as to praise the Red Sox as "the Warriors of the MLB"...that's not a good sign for anyone expecting future fisticuffs between the two.
Calgary-Edmonton is like the Boston-New York of Western Canada. The hate flows in not just the NHL, but also in the CFL between the Stampeders and Eskimos. The Flames and Oilers met several times over the 80's and early 90's, five times to be exact, with the Oilers, their dynasty pioneered by Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, beating the Flames en route to two of their five Stanley Cups. Perhaps the most memorable matchup was the Flames' lone victory of the set in the 1986, when an own goal put in by Oilers rookie Steve Smith, ignited Alberta. Edmonton got their revenge the very next year, sweeping the heavily favored Flames en route to their fourth Cup. While the rivalry has cooled off since, with both teams going through lengthy rebuilds, young hope in the form of Calgary's Johnny "Hockey" Gaudreau and Edmonton's Connor McDavid, is making the ice melt in Alberta all over again.
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