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Old 07-22-2016, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Given the expansion of all of the Big 4 leagues to at least 30 teams, there are interesting pairings every year between two cities/metros that are completely different from one another, in terms of demographics, economics, urban layout, you name it.

For example, the Diamondbacks play the Reds tonight in MLB, and Phoenix, Arizona is very different from Cincinnati, Ohio in many ways (I don't think there's a rivalry there, just illustrating a point--feel free to correct me if there is one).

And every so often, two sports teams will develop a heated rivalry that has little geographical basis or cultural commonality--think Celtics-Lakers or Colts/Broncos-Patriots.

My question then is, what is/or was the most unique sports rivalry in the Big 4 leagues, based on the urban, geographic, demographic, and econonomic differences between the two clashing cities?

Many rivalries are based on geographic proximity, and thus somewhat shared histories, but not all. I also expect the definition of "rivalry" to be a point of debate here, so prepare to explain yourself if your suggested "rivalry" is new, or can be construed as "loose". Rivalries do not have to be championship or playoff-based, but that helps the case in my opinion.

For my opinion, I haven't narrowed it down yet. Speaking from a basketball perspective, Lakers-Celtics or Cavs-Warriors would be great answers, but I also feel that those are easy, obvious picks. What about the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers rivalry during the 1990s? New York City and Indianapolis are worlds apart in a ton of factors, but that rivalry was as fierce as it gets.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:07 PM
 
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Although Dodgers-Giants makes sense (LA-SF) their rivalry actually stems from their time in NY/Brooklyn.
The Lakers/Celtics Rivalry also survived the Lakers moving.
Many Canadian Hockey fans (particularly O6 cities and QC) hate the Lightning, Panthers, Ducks, Predators, Stars etc. because they are Hockey teams in the South but it is a sort of nebulous hate against the US South rather than something that Toronto Leafs fans have against Tampa.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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As a hockey fan, one of the most interesting developing rivalries is between the Chicago Blackhawks and LA Kings. I think is is largely due to the success both teams have had in recent years. Both teams play in the western conference but that's about it. Chicago is an original six team playing in the central division while LA is a fairly new team (1967) playing in the pacific division. The teams are over 2000 miles apart but every time they get together it's like WWlll on the ice, especially their recent playoff match ups.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Many Canadian Hockey fans (particularly O6 cities and QC) hate the Lightning, Panthers, Ducks, Predators, Stars etc.
So basically they hate success; all of those teams that you mentioned in the southern tier of America made the playoffs last season. In contrast, no Canadian hockey team made the playoffs last season for the first time in 47 years.

That hatred is probably one way at best.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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So basically they hate success; all of those teams that you mentioned in the southern tier of America made the playoffs last season. In contrast, no Canadian hockey team made the playoffs last season for the first time in 47 years.

That hatred is probably one way at best.
They hate success in the south Montreal fans don't hate the Blackhawks as much as the Stars despite the Blackhawks having much more history with the Canadiens.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:51 PM
 
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It's Lakers/Celtics. Completely different cities on opposite sides of the country.
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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They hate success in the south Montreal fans don't hate the Blackhawks as much as the Stars despite the Blackhawks having much more history with the Canadiens.
Cute.
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:27 PM
 
Location: KCMO
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They hate success in the south Montreal fans don't hate the Blackhawks as much as the Stars despite the Blackhawks having much more history with the Canadiens.
That's interesting. Maybe that is why the Blue Jays fans hate the Royals so much. Kansas City isn't in the south but they probably view the city as being far less "cultured" than Canada.
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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"Eagles-Cowboys" rivalry would seem like a good choice given how vastly different Philadelphia and Dallas are. It's among the best rivalries in the NFL.
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:39 PM
 
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That's interesting. Maybe that is why the Blue Jays fans hate the Royals so much. Kansas City isn't in the south but they probably view the city as being far less "cultured" than Canada.
Well with Hockey it is more they feel like Southerners (or more like US that's not New England/Upper Midwest) are stealing their sport and the NHL belongs to them.
Its roots are when Quebec City and Winnipeg lost teams during the great Southern Expansion. There are some similar feelings in New England that lost the Whalers, and many AHL teams over the years to Southern/Western Towns, but it is much more pronounced in Canada.
It would be like US teams all hating the Blue Jays because they are trying to usurp an American game.
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