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How to Establish a Rivalry September 8, 2010

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.
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I read Mike Harrington’s piece about the now non-rivalry between the Bills and the Dolphins, and it got me to thinking: how does a team go about establishing a rivalry? Mike is correct in his piece – after 10 years of missing the playoffs, the Bills are so irrelevant that they’re not a rivalry for anyone. I don’t think the same is true for the Sabres, because I do think the Sabres are relevant in the NHL, but I think some of the “rivalries” fans have held on to aren’t really rivalries any more, and I think some of the teams the players consider their biggest rivals are not ones the fans feel particularly emotional about.

Consider this – Toronto has been irrelevant for a while now, so it’s not really a rivalry for the Sabres anymore. It’s gotten kind of pathetic, actually. Another “rivalry” – between the Sabres and the Hurricanes – hasn’t been much of a rivalry lately either since either one or both teams has missed the playoffs since that fateful playoff series.

So how do you establish a rivalry in the NHL? Here’s a handy to-do list!

  1. Find a team with obnoxious players (see Flyers, Philadelphia).
  2. Check that you play the team often (see Senators, Ottawa).
  3. Be sure both teams are fairly evenly matched (see Bruins, Boston).
  4. Give your fans reasons to hate the team (see Kicked by in the Past, Ass and Lost to, Important Playoff Series).
  5. BONUS: Have something unfair/unpleasant happen to the team (see Crease, Foot in the and Captain, Knocked Out by Goon)

I’ve given you all the tools, now go to it!



1. Kathleen - September 8, 2010

I’d like to add “Stolen in Free Agency, Beloved Captain” 😉

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