Nothing gets a team or fanbase geared up and ready to go like a great rivalry game where the stakes are high, the competition is fierce, and the participants hate one another with a passion. Can you recall some of the best moments from the greatest rivalries in sports, the moments that defined not only the two participating teams but the leagues in which they play as well? Here's your chance to find out!
Sports are built on friendly competition, but they are also built on intense rivalries. After all, a rivalry game ups the ante, creates a higher sense of urgency, and inspires players to perform at their most optimal level. Rivalries bring out the best, or worst, in everyone involved. They make historical moments and cement the legacies of the players involved. There's a reason they're the most watched games each year.
From baseball to football to hockey and more, this quiz covers an assortment of rivalry games from various sports. You will be forced to dig deep into your knowledge of the greatest rivalries of all time, as you try to recall some of the most important moments from each rivalry. If you're up for the challenge, get started and put your sports' knowledge to the ultimate test!
After trading Babe Ruth, the Red Sox went 86 years without winning another World Series. The championship drought in Boston became known as "The Curse of the Bambino."
In 2004, the Red Sox came back to defeat the Yankees after being down 3-0 in the ALCS. The Red Sox's victory in the series marks the only time a team has come back after being down 3-0 in a best of seven series.
The Red Sox and the Yankees finished the 1978 season with identical 99-63 records, setting up a tie-breaker game. The Yankees won the game 5-4 before going on to win the World Series.
The Red Sox advanced to the 2018 World Series after defeating the Yankees in the ALDS and the Astros in the ALCS. In the World Series, the Red Sox defeated the Dodgers 4-1 to win their ninth World Series title.
When the Iron Bowl began in 1893, Auburn dominated the series throughout the earliest years. However, Alabama quickly rose and now has more wins in the series.
Known as the "Kick Six," Auburn won one of the most miraculous Iron Bowls in recent history. The 2013 victory helped Auburn advance to the SEC Championship, where the team defeated the Missouri Tigers.
Auburn and Alabama didn't play each other from 1908 until 1948. Though their refusal to play together was blamed on stadium conditions and money, it was fueled by both schools' hatred for one another.
Throughout the 1950s, the Red Skins had a hold on the Southern football market. Knowing this, Redskins' owner George Preston Marshall was the only NFL owner to vote against allowing a team in Dallas.
Tom Landry was the longest-term head coach in Cowboys' history. He took over the team during their inaugural season and remained as the head coach until 1988.
From 1959 through 1969, the Celtics and Lakers met seven times in the NBA Finals. Led by Bill Russell, the Celtics won all seven series.
Jerry West won his only NBA championship as a player in 1972. However, he has been part of eight other championships as an NBA executive.
The rivalry between Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson started when the two players met in the 1979 NCAA championship. Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans got the best of Bird and his Indiana State Sycamores during that game.
Lakers' player Elgin Baylor scored 61 points in Game 5 of the 1962 NBA Finals. The point total still stands as an NBA Finals' record.
Paul Pierce was selected by the Celtics in the 1998 NBA draft. He would lead the team to two NBA Finals, winning his only NBA title in 2008.
Mike Krzyzewski is one of only four men's college basketball coaches with more than 1,000 wins in their career. He currently sits at No. 2 on the list of all-time wins.
Duke and North Carolina are located within 10 miles of one another other. The closeness of the schools has added to the rivalry since many students and players grew up with each other.
Currently, both Michigan and Ohio State play in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State joined the conference in 1912 and Michigan has continuously been in the conference since 1917.
Michigan holds the longest win streak in the rivalry with Ohio State. The streak lasted nine games from 1901 until 1909.
Michigan and Ohio State have 19 claimed national championships between the two schools. Ohio State was the last to win a championship in 2014.
The Flyers and the Rangers have met 11 times in the NHL playoffs. The Flyers won six of those meetings.
After earning a spot in the 2009-10 playoffs, the Flyers advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals with wins over the Devils and the Bruins. However, the Flyers were stopped in the Finals by the Chicago Blackhawks who won the series in six games.
The Eagles have a single Super Bowl victory. However, that Super Bowl came in 2017, which is more recent than any Giants' title.
Donovan McNabb was drafted out of Syracuse with the second pick in the 1999 NFL draft. He quickly became an Eagles' legend, leading the team to the playoffs eight times throughout his career.
The "Bad Boy" Pistons were led by point guard Isiah Thomas. Thomas was a 12-time NBA All-Star for the Pistons and had his number 11 retired by the team when his career ended.
The Pistons had the Bulls' number when their rivalry picked up heat in the late '80s. However, when Michael Jordan and the Bulls started winning in the '90s, no one could stop them on their way to six championships.
Known as the "Dream Team," the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team included NBA players for the first time. Some of the stars of the team were Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
Green Bay has certainly had more success than Chicago, particularly in the Super Bowl era where the Packers have four championships and the Bears have only one. However, in head-to-head matchups, the two teams are neck and neck.
The 1982 NFL season was shortened to nine games because of the lockout. Since the season was shortened, the playoffs included 16 teams instead of 12. The Packers were lucky enough to squeeze into the playoffs while the Bears were left out.
The Red River Rivalry is named after the Red River which splits part of Texas and Oklahoma. The name also references a dispute over a bridge splitting the Red River which was known as the Red River Bridge War.
The Cotton Bowl opened in 1930 as Fair Park Stadium. The stadium received its current name in 1936 when the Cotton Bowl Classic was created as a bowl game for NCAA football teams.
The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season. Since the Yankees dominated New York and the two teams wanted to keep the rivalry going, Giants' owner Horace Stoneham decided to follow suit and moved his team to California as well.
The Giants and the Dodgers have had their fair share of success in the World Series. However, the two teams combined don't match the Yankees who have won 27 World Series.
Both Toronto and Ottawa had two of the first teams in the NHL, though the Maple Leafs were once called the Arenas. However, the Ottawa Senators left the city in 1934 and didn't return until 1992.
The Senators and the Maple Leafs have met in the playoffs four times, beginning in 2000. The Maple Leafs have gotten the best of the Senators in all four meetings.
Mississippi State has both the longest win streak and the largest margin of victory in the Egg Bowl. However, Ole Miss leads the series overall.