By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
I love a good rivalry. Being that I’m a Michigan fan, and Kate’s a Buckeye fan, you know we go back and forth all the time. (Make sure you check in on us the last week of November.)
Lisa and I go back and forth about fantasy football (Yes, that’s me, your TWO-time OTFB Fantasy Football Champ)
But you know what? With the advent of Twitter, it has brought rivalries to a whole ‘nother level. I knew about the Redskins and the Cowboys, and the Ravens and the Steelers, but my gosh, you guys didn’t fill me in about the Falcons and the Saints. And while it’s died down quite a bit, that Niners and Seahawks rivalry was intense too.
Since I found Twitter in 2009 and joined NFL Female/OurTurf in 2011, I’ve been amused watching the various fanbases go back and forth with each other. There is some deep seeded hate amongst us! And for the most part, it’s awesome! I love stuff like this.
I swear the saints live rent free in the falcons heads and they fans ??. They always tryna talk.
— Tony Redgrave ⚜ (@_Bankz__) May 8, 2019
With all due respect, I would stop watching football before I would become a cowboys fan
— Brooks Lohr (@BrooksLohr) April 26, 2019
And probably one of the best tweets to sum it up:
The NFL can never die. I have friendships based off of divisional rivalries. What would we talk about besides that? ?
— Jeremiah Abdul (@Mister_Miah) April 26, 2019
Of course, there are people who take rivalries too far. We know all too well about the fighting in the stands, parking lots, etc. But rivalries are what can take a game to the next level. They are what unifies fans.
Rivalries can’t die. I think they’re part of the lifeblood of any sport, but for sure in the NFL. Twitter helps enhance the rivalries and as long as we keep it respectful, it’s a very fun thing. And as much fun as rivalries are, when the timeline comes together to cheer on Team USA in the Olympics or something like that, it’s truly a beautiful thing to watch everyone cheer for a common interest!
This week we are going to talk about rivalries in the NFL. What’s your favorite?
Talk rivalries with Sonja on Twitter @Mom23RN