Best Sports Rivalries

After completing my recent sports posters, it got me thinking about different sport rivalries because of the House Divided series I created and it’s fun to see these teams compete against each other whether it’s during the preseason, regular season, or post season. It’s especially exciting when it’s during the biggest sporting event of the season whether it’s the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Championship, Stanley Cup, College Football Bowl Games, or March Madness.

To me, I define rivalry games as teams competing in the same division or the same city because they’re usually the most heated and most exciting, even if an occasional fight breaks out.

Here’s a list of my top sport rivalries mentioned in A House Divided and others as well:

NFL

Steelers/Ravens

Jets/Patriots

Packers/Bears

Giants/Eagles

Redskins/Cowboys

49ers/Seahawks

49ers/Rams

Cowboys/Giants

Cowboys/Eagles

Redskins/Giants

Redskins/Eagles

Bengals/Browns

Browns/Steelers

Lions/Bears

Vikings/Packers

Falcons/Saints

Cowboys/49ers

Giants/49ers

Broncos/Raiders

Chiefs/Raiders

Chargers/Raiders

Raiders/49ers

Jets/Giants

Steelers/Eagles

Cowboys/Texans

Buccaneers/Dolphins

 

MLB

Red Sox/Yankees

Astros/Rangers

Mets/Phillies

Cardinals/Cubs

Dodgers/Giants

Yankees/Mets

Cubs/White Sox

Dodgers/Angels

Athletics/Giants

Rays/Marlins

 

NBA

Celtics/Knicks

Nets/Knicks

Lakers/Kings

Warriors/Kings

Lakers/Clippers

Mavericks/Rockets

Mavericks/Spurs

Rockets/Spurs

 

College Football

Stanford/CAL

UCLA/USC

Oregon/Oregon State

Arizona/Arizona State

Washington/Washington State

Michigan/Ohio State

Michigan/Michigan State

Kansas/Kansas State

Oklahoma/Oklahoma State

TCU/Baylor

TCU/Texas

Alabama/Auburn

Alabama/LSU

Georgia/Florida

Duke/North Carolina

Miami/Florida State

Florida/Florida State

Army/Navy

Notre Dame/Stanford

USC/Notre Dame

USC/Stanford

Miami/Florida

BYU/Utah

Utah/Utah State

Colorado/Colorado State

UNLV/Nevada

Louisville/Kentucky

Iowa/Iowa State

 

No matter what sport you watch and who your favorite team is, rivalry match-ups are usually the best games to watch whether it’s at home in front of the TV or at a live game at the stadium.

If you want to find any of these teams, check out my custom sports posters or A House Divided Series. I definitely plan to create more projects like this. All I need is to find more inspiration to make it happen!

 

Oakland A’s 50th Anniversary Game

Last night, my friend attended the Oakland A’s 50th Anniversary Game against the Chicago White Sox at the Oakland Coliseum. This was by far without question the best games we’ve gone to so far because of the free admission tickets, courtesy of my Uncle Frederick’s co-workers, and we got to choose any seat that we wanted. So, we got to sit behind the home plate to get the best view of the game. The highlight of it all was that we destroyed the White Sox by a final score of 10-2. 

Overall, we had the best time at this game and we look forward to the upcoming games we attend this season and hope we continue to get really good seats! 

Happy 50th Anniversary Oakland A’s!

March Madness Champions

I know this is kind of late, but congratulations to the Villanova Wildcats for winning the 2018 March Madness Tournament! It was a long journey for them and a tough battle, but in the end, they managed to pull it all off by a final score of 79-62 over the Michigan Wolverines. 

With the season over, it’s off to the NBA Draft for most players and a new generation of students to join a college basketball team!

March Madness may look confusing to a lot of people because it’s hard to keep track of whose in what bracket with so many teams playing at once. But it gets easier once it gets down to the final four and the championship. 

Although I prefer watching college football, I might sneak in a college basketball game or two! After all, most of the college rivalries are pretty much the same no matter what sport it is!

To all the future NBA players and college players, good luck with your careers and continue to shine on the court!

Back to Baseball!

Today is the beginning of the 2018 MLB Season!

The World Series Champions Houston Astros will go on the road to take on their division rivals Texas Rangers for a four game series before heading home to face the Baltimore Orioles.

The Oakland A’s will have a 8 game home stand with their division opponents Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers, and the San Francisco Giants will go on the road to face their rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers before coming home to face the Seattle Mariners.

This year’s All Star Game will take place at the Washington National’s Stadium in Washington. It’ll be a long journey as well to find out which two teams will face off in the 2018 World Series and who will be crowned the next champion. 

If you want to find your favorite team, check out A House Divided for baseball or my custom-made MLB posters. There’s something for everyone’s favorite team!

To all the teams out there, good luck and have a great season!

A House Divided!

If you like sports and love hating on your arch rivals, a new page with these types of posters has been added that’ll do just that, entitled A House Divided! This series is when you take two teams and split them up into rivals.

Examples include the following:

-Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees

-Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears

-Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings

-Stanford vs California

-Army vs Navy

All the sports include MLB, NFL, NBA, and NCAA. As I’ve said before, this was one of the projects I planned on doing because of my interest in sports and it’s fun to see rivals square off against each other, especially if they play in the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, College Football Bowl Game, or March Madness.

No matter what sport you watch and who your favorite team is, it’s always exciting to see them play whether it’s a live game or watching it on television! 

2018 NCCA March Madness

With the college basketball regular season over with, the 2018 NCCA March Madness tournament is officially set! Anyone whose planning to watch it, here’s the schedule of all the tournament dates:

 

First Four- March 13 – 14

First/Second Rounds- March 15 – 18

Sweet 16- March 22 – 24

Elite 8- March 24 – 25

Final 4- March 31

Championship Game- April 2

To all the schools that made it to the tournament, good luck and may the best team win!

Sacramento Kings Game

Last night, I watched the Sacramento Kings take on the New York Knicks at the Golden One Center with my Uncle Frederick.

This was my second time attending a Kings game at their new arena since it opened about two years ago, but we lost to the Miami Heat. So, this was a must win for us!

We were leading most of the game, but late in the fourth quarter, the Knicks came back at it was tied at 99 with under 10 seconds left in the game, thinking we were going into overtime. In the end however, it was the 3-point shot that gave us the win by a final score of 102-99. Aside from the Kings win, it was the Kings mascot Slamson’s birthday and it turned out that their victory was the best birthday gift for him. 

Some of my highlights included getting a picture with the Kings Dancers, saying hi to former Kings player Doug Christie, and being seen on TV during the halftime report. Being at the Kings game was definitely a great experience for me because my Uncle David Lambros is the score keeper for them during their home games and has done it at the old Arco/Sleep Train Arena as well.

Whenever I go to a game or check out the team store, I always enjoy seeing the different kinds of Kings merchandise there is, whether its a shirt, jersey, hat, or poster.

Along those lines with posters, I have created one with the different Kings logos because of the different contrasts between past and present logos. Personally, I prefer the logos and colors from the late 90’s to early 2000’s because to me they stand out much better as opposed to the light blue color from the 80’s. Of course, the new logo is good with the black and purple as well. 

Whether we win or lose, it’s always a great experience for me to attend a Sacramento Kings game! Maybe someday I’ll get a chance to play a game of basketball down on their court just for fun! Can’t wait till I go to my next Kings game!

Super Bowl Champions/Season Recap

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles for winning Super Bowl LII! It was an intense back and forth game, but in the end, they defeated the New England Patriots by a final score of 41-33, and giving them their first Lombardi Trophy!

This season overall was up and down for a lot of teams and had a bunch of surprises!

Aside from the Eagles first Super Bowl win, the Buffalo Bills made it to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. However, they lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Wild Card Game.

The Minnesota Vikings were trying to become the first team in NFL history to play in the Super Bowl in their own stadium. During the NFC Divisional Game against the New Orleans Saints, they were up 17-0 at halftime. But the Saints, came back with a score of 24-23 hoping they would pull off a huge upset. In the end however, it was Vikings WR Stefon Diggs’ 61 yard TD that gave them a huge win by a final score of 29-24. However, it was not enough to get past the Super Bowl Champions as they lost 38-7 in the NFC Championship game. 

The only downfall to this season was that the Cleveland Browns became the second team in NFL history to finish the season 0-16. The only other team that did this was the 2008 Detroit Lions. 

With football season over with, the offseason has officially begun! Players being traded to other teams or getting contract extensions during the free agency, former college players testing their skills during the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in March, the NFL Draft to see what teams they’ll play next season, and training camp during the summer.

Before you know it, it’ll be a long journey to find out which two teams will compete in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, GA and who will end up with the Lombardi Trophy.

As I said in previous blogs, I’ve been stating that my designs would include the NFL. Over the past week, I started working on those projects, including “A House Divided,” where fans can argue on their favorite teams. Plus, it’s fun when rivals square off against each other! As I develop these projects, I plan to have them up on the website, so everyone can root for their favorite team!

To all the NFL teams out there, thanks again for another season and good luck to the new players, coaches, and referees next season!

 

Super Bowl LII

With the regular season over and the playoffs finished, the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will face off in Super Bowl LII in Minnesota.

The last Super Bowl they met was in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida in 2005 when the Patriots won 24-21, earning them their third Lombardi Trophy.

Since winning the last Super Bowl over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, they are on the verge of winning their sixth to tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The only team the Patriots lost in the Super Bowl was the New York Giants twice. First time was 10 years ago in Super Bowl XLII in Arizona, when they were one game away from becoming the first team to finish the season 19-0. However, it was Giants WR David Tyree’s helmet catch that became part of the huge upset. The second time was in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis in 2012.

What will become the overall outcome of this game? A sixth Lombardi Trophy for the Patriots, or a first for the Eagles? You never know what’ll happen!

May the best team win!