WHO – OR WHAT – IS THE GREATEST SPORTS RIVALRY?

“Golf has always been the breeding ground of great rivalries. The Big Three – Hogan, Nelson and Snead. Then Palmer, Player and Nicklaus. Next, a long decade of Nicklaus versus Watson. And today Tiger against Everyone. But the greatest rivalry in golf is actually not one player against another. The greatest rivalry pits players against championship courses.”
– John Coyne Author of “The Caddie Who Won The Masters,”
Pelham Manor resident
“I’m a born-and-bred Jets fan. The greatest rivalry, in my opinion has to be the Jets and Patriots. The fans get so passionate. Definitely makes the games more fun.”
– Anthony Fidanza
Co-owner of Plush Salon and PlushBLOW,
Rye resident
“As a New York Giants’ fan, I will always have a deep hatred for the Dallas Cowboys. But on the positive side, the changing population centers of the country and emerging franchises are creating new rivalries – such as the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder versus Miami Heat – that keep American sports exciting to watch year after year.”– Laurence Gottlieb Westchester County director of economic development,
Mount Pleasant resident
“Greatest Sports Rivalry? Without a doubt, it’s the Yankees and Red Sox….Every game between them turns into a nail-biter. There have been many famous brawls between the two clubs, but the one that always comes to my mind as being most symbolic of the rivalry occurred in Fenway Oct. 1, 1973. Thurman Munson barreled into his arch-rival and fellow catcher, Carlton Fisk, at home plate during a suicide-squeeze play in retaliation for Fisk tripping Yankee outfielder Roy White the night before at home plate. It was a big brawl and blood was drawn. (Fisk was cut on his cheek.) It has definitely gone down in Yankee lore. There have been countless others, but suffice it to say that a meeting between these two teams is never boring. Go Yankees!”– Gina Gouveia Chapter administrator, Meeting Professionals International, WestField chapter,
Norwalk resident
“Perhaps I’m partial as a Blue Devil, but I would have to say the Duke-UNC basketball rivalry is one of the greatest. The Cameron Crazies really know how to make it exciting.”– Sabrina Magid, DMDAdvanced Dentistry of Westchester in Harrison,
Harrison resident
“New York Giants versus Philadelphia Eagles. This rivalry is one that has only gotten better of late, with miraculous game endings, historical players cheered by two diehard fans bases and constant bulletin-board material quotes by both sides. I went to school at Villanova, so the number of friends that give me grief leading up to or following these games is a constant reminder that 90 miles to the south is a city that is like New York City’s little brother looking for attention.”– Kevin McCarthy Senior associate, CBRE, Stamford,
White Plains resident
“The sports rivalry I grew up with and still runs strong for me is the Yankees-Red Sox. Being Irish, the Notre Dame-University of Southern California rivalry is a close second.”– William M. MooneyPresident, Westchester County Association,
White Plains resident
“I break the rivalries into different classifications. For high School – Rye versus Harrison, Sleepy Hollow versus Ossining in mid-1960s and Stepinac (my alma mater) versus White Plains in local football. In Major League Baseball – Yankees versus Red Sox and the Yankees versus Brooklyn Dodgers in the early years. In the NBA – Celtics versus Lakers when they squared off for many championships. In the NFL – Giants versus Cowboys. And in golf – Palmer versus Nicklaus versus Gary Player in the1960s. These are just some rivalries that stand out in my view. There are many more for different fans.”– Kevin J. Plunkett Westchester deputy county executive,
Tarrytown resident
“Very tough question for me. I am a life-long Red Sox fan in New York. Need I say more? I am also perhaps the greatest Montreal Canadiens’ hockey fan living south of the border. I have been to see Montreal play Toronto at home and away. That rivalry – even though neither team has been very good for quite a few years – makes the Red Sox-Yanks look tame. On the days of a game, it seems as if every person in either city is wearing either Montreal red or Toronto blue. It’s as if nothing else matters.”– Geoff Thompson Principal and co-founder, Thompson & Bender L.L.C. in Briarcliff Manor,
Croton-on-Hudson resident
“I’m a huge sports fan so it’s really tough to name only one. But since we’ve just enjoyed the NBA playoffs, I’d have to go back to the nail-biting memories of my New York Knicks versus Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers. Six years of an unbelievable fight to be crowned Eastern Conference Champs and move on to the finals.”– Craig Whitely (professionally known as Craig the Barber)
CEO of the Grooming Concierge, and owner/editor-in-chief of TheMensRoom.com,
Los Angeles resident

Compiled by Alissa Frey. Contact her at afrey@westfairinc.com.

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