This week marks the release of Activision's Transformers: War for Cybertron, and to celebrate another chapter in the epic smackdown that is Optimus Prime vs. Megatron, SIKIDS.com decided to take a look at some of the most memorable rivalries from the world of sports. Keep clicking to check them out!
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Shaquille O'Neal vs. Kobe Bryant
There is an old saying that tells you to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Bryant and Shaq were once a great example of this. From 1996 to 2004, as teammates on the L.A. Lakers, they went to the NBA finals four times, winning three consecutive championships. But their success was also tainted by feuds in the locker room and on the court. Even after O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, the rivalry continued, with each side making no secret of the satisfaction taken from winning a title without the other.
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Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali
Smokin Joe and The Greatest fought three times: in the 1971 "Fight of the Century", in 1974, for Ali-Frazier II, and in 1975, aka The Thrilla in Manilla. Frazier won the first and Ali won the next two. The fights were some of greatest of 20th century boxing and helped stoke a rivalry that was as heated outside the ring as it was in it.
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Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady
Brady's Patriots or Manning's Colts have won the Super Bowl in three of the past five seasons. Individually, either Brady or Manning has won three of the past five MVP awards. But when they meet on the field, the Patriots have had a slight edge: Brady has led his team to a 5-3 record against Manning and the Colts.
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Pedro Martinez vs. the New York Yankees
He is sometimes called Enemy Number One in New York. And rightfully so. As a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, Martinez has continuously battled the Yankees for nearly 15 years, trading brush-back pitches, strikeouts, and, in a 2003 scuffle with 72 year-old Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer, fists with any takers wearing pinstripes.
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Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal
Federer likes the hard-court and Nadal likes the clay, but they both like being the number one tennis player in the world. For five years they have been in a see-saw battle for the top position, having met 17 times in tournament finals (including an all-time record 7 Grand Slam finals). Currently, the 24 year-old Nadal leads their overall head-to-head series 14--7, but the 28 year-old Federer should have a few seasons left to try to even the score.
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Wilt Chamberlain vs. Bill Russell
Ever had a friend you just can’t get rid of? Chamberlain and Russell have. Over a ten-year period in the 1960s they guarded each other in 142 games. Chamberlain had better stats and scored 50 or more points against Russell seven times. But Russell won 11 championships and Chamberlain was left with only one.
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Joey Chestnut vs. Takeru Kobayashi
It took 66 hot dogs for this rivalry to take off. In 2007 Kobayashi, the six-time defending champion of Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, lost to Chestnut, who beat him by consuming 66 hot dogs in twelve minutes. Ever since, the two have been the top competitors in the delicious world of competitive eating. They probably get a stomach ache every time they meet, but is it because of competitive nerves... or just too much food?
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Sidney Crosby vs. Alexander Ovechkin
Crosby, 22, and Ovechkin, 24, both appear on course to set several NHL records. But on the ice, they share nothing... save for a frigid relationship and similar statistics. So what might give Crosby the edge in this rivalry? He's hoisted the Stanley Cup over his head, AND stood on an Olympic medal podium with gold around his neck.
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Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson
Each has given high praise to the other upon retirement and Hall of Fame induction, but during their playing years their words weren't quite so nice. In the 1980's their teams met in four championship games; once in the NCAA tournament and three times in the NBA finals. Their on-court battle is credited with helping to fuel the rivalry between the Lakers and Celtics; some even think they saved the NBA.
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