In basketball, you have Celtics-Lakers. Football’s got Patriots-Jets. There’s no denying that Red Sox-Yankees is one of the best rivalries in baseball. But the best of the bunch may be the one being renewed on Thursday night when the Montreal Canadiens come to town to tangle with the Bruins.
Regardless of what sport, the passion runs deep in these rivalries. When it comes to rivalry, there is certainly an immense amount of dislike between the two sides, especially in all four of the aforementioned Boston rivalries, but there is still some level of respect.
Except, maybe, when it comes to Bruins-Habs. The B’s and Canadiens just don’t like each other one bit and neither do the fan bases. For years, the two teams have played contrasting styles of hockey — styles that some may even say reflect the culture and attitude of both cities. Add that up, and you get a ton of vitriol.
While Red Sox fans can respect the fact that the Yankees are one of baseball’s greatest franchises, Celtics fans realize that Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players of this generation and Patriots fans recognize that the Jets are a force to be reckoned with, does any of that respect carry over to hockey?
Which Boston sports rival do you respect the most? Share your thoughts below.
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