Best Rivalries in Pro Sports

The Top Ten

1 Yankees - Red Sox

Without a doubt the biggest rivalry in ALL sports because it has always been a long standing rivalry through many many many years. The only rivalry that comes anywhere close is the bears and the packers.

I don't like baseball, but even if you don't know the sport, you know this rivalry. - jdsoaresfamily2

definitely the most heated rivary in all sports but what makes it great is that my yanks keep on spanking the scum sox!

No, that doesn't make it great. What makes the rivalry great is things such as the Bambino curse or the Red Sox coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the 2004 ALCS, or the many greats between the teams such as Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Carl Yastrzemski, etc. One team pounding the other doesn't make a rivalry great. In fact, that makes the rivalry boring. The bad blood between the teams is something else that makes the rivalry great, also. Great rivalry for sure. - Metarock

Either your one or the either, but NEVER both! - aman28

2 Bears - Packers

this has been going on since football started yankees-red sox can't say that - olhrocks

Best rivalry in sports besides Ohio State-Michigan.

True Hatred toward each other still to this day.

Both teams always go hard at it!

3 Canadiens - Maple Leafs

I grew up in a small city in NE Ontario, the NHL was a six team league and hockey was the only game in town in those days, making this far and away the ultimate rivalry. I am very biased toward both the sport and the team (Leafs) so for me there is no greater long term rivalry.

This rivalry is the Yankees & Red Sox of Hockey. Classic Rivalries are the best! - VADERtheIMPALER

4 Lakers - Celtics

Probably the best and the most one sided rivalry considering the Celtics always smack the Lakers except for the rigged series in 2010 but nevertheless Celtics always reign supreme!

They have met so many times in the finals. The latest good chapter of the two- 2010 LAKERS BABY 4-3

The 60's, over 10 years that's sick, magic and bird? come on, their different players - copkiller

5 Blackhawks - Red Wings

Has been going on for so long The atmosphere at these games are unreal

This is one of the oldest rivalries

Let's go red wings.

6 Patriots - Colts

This is going to be different now that Manning is gone, but Luck could quickly begin to hate the Patriots. Should be interesting

7 Bruins - Canadiens


The Most Historic Rivalry in Hockey period! - Curti2594

When either team says that they are going to beat the other they don't just mean in goals they mean they are going to fight and hurt them

This should easily be #1, Red Sox and Yankees are close, but they don't beat the crap out of each other every single game they play

8 Manchester Utd - Liverpool

Liverpool dominated the 70's & 80's and Man Utd the 90's & 00's. Both clubs have a rich history and have won more in football than all other English clubs put together. They come from the same county Lancashire and their grounds are only 40 miles apart. Their rivalry is intense!

9 Larry Bird - Magic Johnson

Basketball would have been done if these two guys didn't come along.

I agree, the NBA finals were on tape delay before these two came along.

10 Steelers - Ravens

It is such a great rivalry because it is always a low scoring game. I believe the most points any team scored was in between 30-35 not sure though.

It is they most fiercest rivalry ever.

They just beat each other up

Just look at intensity involved in the tackling. Remember Ray Lewis meeting Mendehall and breaking his shoulder.

The Contenders

11 Red Wings - Avalanche

Why isn't Bruins vs. Canadiens on the list. Original 6 matchup, rivals for about 90 years now. The Avalanche were the Nordiques until '95. The Avalanche are going into there 17th season while the Wings are apart of the original 6. I did find a better brawl. 1970 Bruins vs. Canadiens. The Boston police had to get involved. Bruins also had a lot of brawls vs. Montreal. They also had one vs. The North Stars and vs. The Rangers when fans got involved too. - redsox123456789

I challenge you to find a better hockey fight than the red wings/ avalanche '97 brawl. - cobber218

Fight Night baby!

12 Cardinals - Cubs

Listen to a Cubs-Cards game at 720 AM Chicago to see Y. The commentary by pat Hughes is perfect and the color commentary was better with the late Ron Santo, but is fine with Keith Moreland. Every game feels like the National league championship.

Went to my first cardinals game at Wrigley in 2015 its awesome there really is nothing better

13 Glasgow Celtic - Glasgow Rangers

The best derby, American rivalries are plastic compared to the old firm. Violence and murder between two sides won't happen in American sports. Celtic or Rangers, Catholic or Protestant, Irish or British, this is the most intense atmosphere in sports.

a true rivalry that has been pushed to the extremes laws were passed to control it. shows up american sports for what they are

14 Cowboys - Redskins

Redskins are the best and most inspiring football team in the NFL they have had ups and downs and they have won 3 championships before the Super Bowl was made and they are just such a good rivalry with the cowboys

GO SKINS! Cowboys are the biggest joke in nfl history. lol jerry jones, come on... redskins are the real americas team. who really voted to that anyway. - Pag1

I love the Redskins but this hasn't been a real rivalry since the early 90's. The issue with the Redskins being a racist name didn't become a problem until a certain President took office.

The Redskins are a joke. Cowboys fans don't even acknowledge Redskins as a real rival because they're so pathetic.

15 Cowboys - Eagles
16 Penguins - Flyers

Always been skill vs. brawn. Philly won their share with that mean Bobby Clark 70s team. Pittsburgh was all offense with Lemieux and Jagr... even Today you have Sid the Kid vs Chris Pronger! -

Every flyers fan not only hates the Penguins team, but also flightless birds who are black and white and live in Antartica.

Go Pens Go Battle of PA!


17 Flames - Oilers

The Battle of Alberta is relevant in hockey, football and lacrosse, but since hockey is Canada's national sport, it makes the rivalry so intense. Absolutely extreme.

18 Islanders - Rangers

These two teams are from the same state and the Rangers took over New York City so the Islanders had to settle for some place else in New York

19 Maple Leafs - Red Wings
20 Rangers - Flyers
21 Broncos - Raiders

I've never seen pro teams hate each other so much O. o - wolf10

22 Germany - England (football aka soccer)
23 Dortmund - Schalke
24 Patriots - Jets
25 Canadiens - Nordiques
26 Real Madrid CF - FC Barcelona
27 Chiefs - Broncos

Grew up in Kansas City, there were so many transplants from Denver, and we hated them all

28 White Sox - Cubs
29 Bengals - Browns
30 Senators - Maple Leafs

Jerk Toronto fans have been invading Ottawa just to piss us off ever since they kicked us out of the playoffs in '04 -

31 India - Pakistan

India -Pakistan matches are the best.
Totally makes your heart beat.
One of the most politically representative matches of all time.

32 Partizan Belgrade - Red Star Belgrade
33 River Plate - Boca Juniors
34 Bruins - Rangers
35 Wales - England (Rugby Union)

the biggest game on the welsh rugby calender - celynwelshy

36 Chelsea - Arsenal
37 Giants - Dodgers

Needs to be higher, this is arguably the most intense rivalry in MLB's National League (Though I still think most intense overall is Yankees - Red Sox) - Supergameplayer

Are you kidding these a fine almost died because the rivalry

38 Steelers - Raiders
39 Federer - Nadal
40 Green Bay Packers - Minnesota Vikings

No comment

41 Reds - Cardinals

The teams just hate each other for example the fight in 2009 ended a couple of players careers for the cardinals

42 Arturo Gatti - Micky Ward
43 Giants - Eagles

As an Eagle fan, I enjoyed so many of their battles against the Giants. Some of the best moments in Eagles history were against New York:
Chuck Bednarick's takle on Jim Taylor
The Miracle at the Meadowlands
Desean's Awesome Punt Return
Too bad the Giants would bring their A-Game in the Playoffs. If only the Eagles could have done the same.

44 Sydney FC - Melbourne Victory
45 Blackburn Rovers FC - Burnley FC

With less than 8 miles separating both towns this is Englands most oldest and fiercest rivalry going all the way back into the 19th century. The intensity is added to in that they have not played each other too often in recent times. When they play each other they have to have coaches escorted by police for supporters of the visiting team to make sure they arrived at the opposition stadium without a riot ensuing. Supporters are unable to travel to the opposition stadium any other way. The last time they met at Turf Moor 150 seats were ripped up and the away end toilets left obliterated leading to 42 arrests. - Roverholic

Been to 5 of these games in my life and they create one of the most hostile atmosphere's of any rivalry. It's the oldest and most fierciest rivalry in English football dating back to the 19th century. Any time I've been as an away supporter you are only allowed to go on the coaches in a police escort to try and minimise any crowd trouble. The rivalry goes further than just sporting and there is genuine hate between the two towns.

46 All Blacks - Australia

Rivals in absolutely rivals in everything:Soccer, Politics, cricket, swimming and running

47 Carolina - Duke

When these two teams are in the top 5, you will have pandemonium like nothing else. It'll feel like the Superbowl! - westofohio

They are the best rivalry ever and anybody with a brain could see that

Are you kidding me? This is the greatest rivalry in all of sports. Two of the winningest programs in college asker ball meet twice a year. So many great games, players, and coaches.

48 Chicago Cubs - Chicago White Sox The Chicago Cubs are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division.
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