Rivalries are what make sports so amusing to its viewers. A Duke basketball fan loves watching their Blue Devils take the basketball court against any opponent, but there is a unique excitement when they are facing off against their big rivals North Carolina. Likewise, fans of the Boston Red Sox genuinely enjoy watching their team play any opponent but when the New York Yankees come to town it is a whole different ball game — literally.
Usually these rivalries are violent and aggressive displays of hate and animosity towards the opponent. Both teams go into the game knowing that if only one could survive it had to be them. This is what fuels our interest in all sports; rivalries make the sporting world go around.
But every now and then there is a rivalry that goes against the grain. It isn’t directly about the animosity between two foes, but it is more about respect and honor. Rather than two enemies doing everything they can do eliminate their hated opponent they rather perform to the top of their ability while the other does the same, creating an interesting setting where for a bleak moment it is believed that there can be two winners. The only problem is it can’t stay that way.