Just like Brett Favre, a good rivalry never gets old! My NFL dreams came true on Monday night when I flew to Minnesota to watch my Vikings beat up on their divisional rivals, the Green Bay Packers, live in the Metrodome. What an incredible experience, highlighted by Favre’s three TD passes and the stadium-jarring Vikings fans. The ‘dome was definitely OUR HOUSE on Monday Night Football.
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Some of the funnier moments on Monday night were seeing grown men torn between their loyalties to the Packers and to Favre. Many had half-Packers, half-Vikings jerseys! They must have been confused. It’s that kind of Fandemonium that makes a good rivalry so special. Those guys made me think of some other great NFL rivalries, so here is my Top 5 list of all-time NFL rivals. Drop me a line at www.facebook.com/fandemonium or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/monsterdof and let me hear your thoughts:
5) N.Y. Jets vs. Miami Dolphins: Dan Marino‘s “fake spike” for the Fins and Gang Green’s Monday night “Midnight Miracle.”
4) Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns: With NFL legend Paul Brown having a hand in starting both franchises, it’s the closest thing to sibling rivalry.
3) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns: Ah yes, the Rust Belt rivalry. Each dominant in alternating decades. Does that mean that Cleveland can expect a Super Bowl or two in the next 10 years? I’m not sure about that…
2) N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles: From Chuck Bednarik and Frank Gifford to Ron Jaworski and L.T. to Donovan McNabb and Eli Manning. This NFC East rivalry has no lack of star power to keep it going.
1) Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins: The most celebrated rivalry though it defies geographical parameters (Dallas in the NFC East? No wonder kids in the U.S. can’t even identify their own state on a map!). The games between these two teams are almost national holidays in their own right! With eight Super Bowls between them and freewheeling owners who will stop at nothing to ensure their team’s supremacy, there’s definitely no slowing down this rivalry.
Well, there you have it, NFL fans, the Director’s take on the All-Time Greatest NFL Rivalries. Let the debate begin! What do you think is the greatest NFL rivalry?
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