The sad truth is that for many serious football fans, myself included, your mood depends on your team’s success. No one wanted to talk to me after the Ravens lost to the Jags on Monday night a few weeks ago; I was miserable and mean. But nothing can cause a mood swing quite like a rivalry game. These games can be more exciting than the Super Bowl, and they can incite more rage, excitement, sadness or glee than any other game of the season.
Rivalries can stem from many things; players causing problems with other players, prior wins or losses, movement of players and coaching staff among different teams, or geographic ties. Most often though, rivalries stem from competition within a division, which is an underlying cause of the rivalries that follow.