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March 15, 2014 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
If you were like me, the best part "True Detective" wasn't watching it every week, it was talking about the show afterward, reading approximately 20 articles on every episode and coming up with your own theories (seriously, Maggie was involved, right? So many unanswered questions).   But in the end what we got was a lot more straightforward. It was just about two detectives and a crime.   It reminds me of the Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry. It's over now. And the best parts have always been in your head.
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March 15, 2014 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
If you were like me, the best part "True Detective" wasn't watching it every week, it was talking about the show afterward, reading approximately 20 articles on every episode and coming up with your own theories (seriously, Maggie was involved, right? So many unanswered questions).   But in the end what we got was a lot more straightforward. It was just about two detectives and a crime.   It reminds me of the Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry. It's over now. And the best parts have always been in your head.
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November 6, 2011 | RedEye
It's not just you - the Bears and Philadelphia really have played each other an awful lot despite being in different divisions. They've crossed paths in the regular season the past four seasons, and each game has been decided by five points or fewer. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a rivalry. As the Bears (4-3) and Eagles (3-4) prepare to bump heads again Monday, here's what their most recent meetings have brought to the table.   Nov. 28, 2010: Bears 31, Philadelphia 26 Key ingredient: Validation The Bears had their share of doubters leading up to this game despite...
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December 19, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Once a rival, always a rival. With the Bears taking on Green Bay on Sunday in the season finale, RedEye spoke with retired Bears Jerry Azumah, Rashied Davis and Hunter Hillenmeyer to get their take on the Packers now that they're done playing. Spoiler alert: They're still not fans.   What was your knowledge of the rivalry before you came to the Bears? Azumah (drafted by Bears in 1999): I've always been a Chicago Bears fan. I was a fan of Walter Payton growing up, and my father watched two teams: Pittsburgh and the Bears.
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March 4, 2012 | RedEye
The Blackhawks-Detroit Red Wings rivalry is an old one. It dates back to 1926, in fact, when the teams joined the NHL. With so much history between them, it's easy to see why fans resort to the tried-and-true "De-troit sucks" chant when the Blackhawks play the Red Wings. On Sunday, the two met again. And, as always it seems, it was a big game. The Hawks are fighting or a playoff spot while the Red Wings are fighting for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. In the end, the Blackhawks helped their cause with a 2-1 win, adding more fuel to the rivalry's fire.
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March 13, 2012 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
The pain is still fresh for Bulls fans and players. When the Bulls were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals at the hands of the Miami Heat in May, Chicago's 13-year NBA championship drought was prolonged. The Bulls fielded the best team they've had since the days of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, and it seemed as if that title was well within the Windy City's grasp. But Miami changed all that. The script is playing out much the same way this season. The Bulls and Heat again are two of the best teams in the NBA, and if they continue on...
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December 19, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Once a rival, always a rival. With the Bears taking on Green Bay on Sunday in the season finale, RedEye spoke with retired Bears Jerry Azumah, Rashied Davis and Hunter Hillenmeyer to get their take on the Packers now that they're done playing. Spoiler alert: They're still not fans.   What was your knowledge of the rivalry before you came to the Bears? Azumah (drafted by Bears in 1999): I've always been a Chicago Bears fan. I was a fan of Walter Payton growing up, and my father watched two teams: Pittsburgh and the Bears.
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September 26, 2013 | By Chris Sosa and RedEye
For all the adrenaline and testosterone crammed into an NFL season, football players can be awfully sedate. If the Bears are at all anxious to face Detroit and quarterback nightmare Ndamukong Suh on Sunday, they don't show it. Good luck getting players to admit this game is any more important than a ho-hum tilt against lowly Jacksonville, save for the all-important standings boost a victory would mean. "There's not some, 'Oh yeah, we're playing Detroit this week; we hate Detroit,' " third-year safety Anthony Walters said.
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September 11, 2012 | Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
The Bears-Packers rivalry is a long and storied one, and this week finds the two division foes facing another huge game in the series. Heading into Thursday night's matchup with the Bears, the Packers find themselves at the bottom of the division while their Windy City rivals are hungry to bury them further. On Sunday, the Pack fell to the 49ers at Lambeau Field, while the Lions and Vikings squeaked out wins and the Bears throttled the Colts. If the Bears can hand the Packers a second loss Thursday--one more than they had all of last season--they can...
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June 5, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
At some point in Thursday's Blackhawks-Kings game, a forecheck is going to be given with juuust a bit too much vigor. A skater will spray juuust a bit too much snow in the goalie's face. Chirping will turn into shoving, and shoving will become a brawl. And a real hockey rivalry will be born. These teams haven't played often enough to engender the deep, dark hockey hatred that only comes from repeated exposure and repeated cheap shots. But the combination of uber-high expectations in Chicago and "Hey, aren't we the defending champs?"
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September 26, 2013 | By Chris Sosa and RedEye
For all the adrenaline and testosterone crammed into an NFL season, football players can be awfully sedate. If the Bears are at all anxious to face Detroit and quarterback nightmare Ndamukong Suh on Sunday, they don't show it. Good luck getting players to admit this game is any more important than a ho-hum tilt against lowly Jacksonville, save for the all-important standings boost a victory would mean. "There's not some, 'Oh yeah, we're playing Detroit this week; we hate Detroit,' " third-year safety Anthony Walters said.
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June 5, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
At some point in Thursday's Blackhawks-Kings game, a forecheck is going to be given with juuust a bit too much vigor. A skater will spray juuust a bit too much snow in the goalie's face. Chirping will turn into shoving, and shoving will become a brawl. And a real hockey rivalry will be born. These teams haven't played often enough to engender the deep, dark hockey hatred that only comes from repeated exposure and repeated cheap shots. But the combination of uber-high expectations in Chicago and "Hey, aren't we the defending champs?"
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May 5, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
Once again, it's on. The Bulls and Miami will square off in the playoffs for the second time in three years, renewing an intense rivalry these teams have shared since the 2010-11 season, when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade on South Beach. These teams have made it clear they don't like each other. The Bulls recently snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak; afterward, "King" James complained about how physical the Bulls were. This series won't be the same without Derrick Rose suiting up, much to the dismay of Bulls fans who want nothing more than to...
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April 25, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
History Channel's hit drama "Vikings" began with Ragnar Lothbrok and his brother, Rollo, defeating dozens of warriors in a bloody battle. But as the series ends its freshman season Sunday, the brothers probably won't be standing together. "You don't know whose side Rollo is on," Travis Fimmel, who plays Ragnar, told me earlier this season, adding that the final episodes of the season were his favorites. "There's a brotherly rivalry, you know what I mean? And great conflicts. " As Ragnar conquered the sea, raided the English and battled...
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February 26, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Someone has to say this: Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball ever, fears LeBron James. And LeBron James, his closest rival for that distinction, is definitely gunning for him. All the evidence one needs was the small media skirmish Jordan stirred up when he said he'd take Kobe Bryant over LeBron because “five beats one,” referring to the number of championship rings adorning their respective hands. He went on to point out that LeBron was indeed many years younger and may yet get five, but the unspoken subtext was, “Six.” ...
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September 11, 2012 | Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
The Bears-Packers rivalry is a long and storied one, and this week finds the two division foes facing another huge game in the series. Heading into Thursday night's matchup with the Bears, the Packers find themselves at the bottom of the division while their Windy City rivals are hungry to bury them further. On Sunday, the Pack fell to the 49ers at Lambeau Field, while the Lions and Vikings squeaked out wins and the Bears throttled the Colts. If the Bears can hand the Packers a second loss Thursday--one more than they had all of last season--they can remain on top of...
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February 26, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Someone has to say this: Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball ever, fears LeBron James. And LeBron James, his closest rival for that distinction, is definitely gunning for him. All the evidence one needs was the small media skirmish Jordan stirred up when he said he'd take Kobe Bryant over LeBron because “five beats one,” referring to the number of championship rings adorning their respective hands. He went on to point out that LeBron was indeed many years younger and may yet get five, but the unspoken subtext was, “Six.” That's Jordan's count, and following the...
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April 25, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
History Channel's hit drama "Vikings" began with Ragnar Lothbrok and his brother, Rollo, defeating dozens of warriors in a bloody battle. But as the series ends its freshman season Sunday, the brothers probably won't be standing together. "You don't know whose side Rollo is on," Travis Fimmel, who plays Ragnar, told me earlier this season, adding that the final episodes of the season were his favorites. "There's a brotherly rivalry, you know what I mean? And great conflicts. " As Ragnar conquered the sea, raided the English and battled with his...
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March 13, 2012 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
The pain is still fresh for Bulls fans and players. When the Bulls were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals at the hands of the Miami Heat in May, Chicago's 13-year NBA championship drought was prolonged. The Bulls fielded the best team they've had since the days of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, and it seemed as if that title was well within the Windy City's grasp. But Miami changed all that. The script is playing out much the same way this season. The Bulls and Heat again are two of the best teams in the NBA, and if they continue on their...
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March 4, 2012 | RedEye
The Blackhawks-Detroit Red Wings rivalry is an old one. It dates back to 1926, in fact, when the teams joined the NHL. With so much history between them, it's easy to see why fans resort to the tried-and-true "De-troit sucks" chant when the Blackhawks play the Red Wings. On Sunday, the two met again. And, as always it seems, it was a big game. The Hawks are fighting or a playoff spot while the Red Wings are fighting for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. In the end, the Blackhawks helped their cause with a 2-1 win, adding more...
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