“This is what America wants.” — Magic Johnson, obviously forgetting that America would likely rather see lower gas prices than a Celtics-Lakers NBA final.
Once upon a time, back before HDTV when televisions still had knobs to change the channel, the Boston Celtics meeting the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals must have meant a great deal of something to somebody.
Fast forward 20 years later, we’re being forced to care again about what was once upon a time a great NBA rivalry.
This isn’t the 1980s revisited.
The Lakers will likely win a lopsided series in five games or something and by the Fourth of July we’ll all forget it even happened because soon NFL training camps will open. Let’s move on to football.
On the subject of football, and how it sorta-kinda relates to this basketball development, the boys and I got together for a little debate on the World Wide Internets. This one deals with a topic near and dear to any sports fans’ heart … greatest NFL rivalries.
Here’s a quick synopsis of some of the best rivalries in the NFL, including only matchups that occur regularly …
1. Bears-Packers: Dates all the way back to 1921 when Curly Lambeau’s Acme Packers took on George Halas’ Chicago Staleys.
2. Cowboys-Redskins: Legendary Redskins head coach George Allen used to say, “Every time you lose you die a little bit. You die inside … a portion of you. Not all of your organs. Maybe just your liver.” He had to have been referring to defeats at the hands of Dallas.
3. Browns-Steelers: All-time series — which dates back to 1950 — is currently knotted up at 55-55.
4. Any AFC West team vs. any other AFC West team: The bad blood dates back to 1960 for these American Football League originals.
–noun, plural -ries.
1. the action, position, or relation of a rival or rivals; competition