Yesterday’s Federer-Nadal Australian Open thriller got me thinking about the great individual rivalries in sports and how they tend to divide fans. There are Federer people and Nadal people, just as there are Tiger fans and Phil (Mickelson) fans. Although most sports have similar rivalries, baseball seems to be missing that dynamic young duo of players about whom there is vigorous debate and divided opinions. The best fit was the Jeter-Nomar debate in the late 90′s, although sadly, Jeter-Rodriguez may actually be the proper entry today. I was wondering about how these rivalries in different sports fit together, and wether you might see a pattern in who people in choose in the various sports.
As commenters, I ask you to do the following. Chose one player from each of the duos listed below, and provide other possible rivalries that have a similar quality.
NBA: LeBron v. Kobe
NHL: Crosby v. Ovechkin
MLB: Jeter v. A-Rod
NFL: Peyton v. Brady
Tennis: Federer v. Nadal
Golf: Tiger v. Phil
My Choices: LeBron, Ovechkin, Jeter (although he is losing ground), Peyton, Federer, Tiger.
How about you?
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