The headlines on Fox sports this morning was “Ravens batter rival Jets in AFC showdown”. Since when the hell are the Ravens and Jets rivals?
I am taking a stance right here and right now and saying the NFL pundits misuse the term Rivalry. Not every team that has had a rough go at one another in the past is a rivalry. I am making a rule right here, a declaration if you will:
A team can only have one rival, and that team must also consider you their rival.
Go to almost any given teams Wikipedia page and there will be a section on rivalries. This is who is listed as the Ravens rivals:
Now we have to add the Jets apparently. Seriously?
I get the Colt thing with their history with Baltimore, same with the Browns. I get the Dc vs Maryland thing with the ‘Skins. But those aren’t hard fought rivalries. I lived in DC for 7 years. ‘Skins fans don’t care about the Ravens any more than any other non-NFC East team.
Rivalry has become one of those meaningless words that announcers and pundits toss around because they lack creativity. It’s the new, “giving 110%”.