How the NFL Is Destroying Rivalries


Published: April 12, 2009


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In sports it’s the competition that drives the game. And no other sport personifies competition better than football.

At every position it’s a battle between men to see whose will is to be broken first. Mammoth mountains collide like battering rams along the line of scrimmage down after down.

Backs explode into linebackers sounding like a shotgun blast when their pads meet. Corners play coy for several plays in a row to set themselves up for jumping the next out route that’s thrown at them.

But introduce a rivalry into the equation and the intensity of the competition multiplies exponentially.

Coaches revel in the importance. Players fight for a piece of the history. And fans live and die with each rivalry game. Everything is bigger .

But lately, as good as the product itself is, the NFL is losing its rivalries....

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