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12-10-2012, 06:40 PM
Ference the Finger
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Originally Posted by EverettMike View Post
This is crazy. There was genuine animosity between those teams.

They were much more a rival than Baltimore is now. I don't feel much of anything towards Baltimore. Just a tough opponent we play good games with. No real hate there. The coaches respect each other, the players generally speak with respect for the others, no cheapshots, no gloating.
See, that's the beauty of fandom. Every fan has their own take on rivalries.

I feel like the Ravens are a legitimate rival, although I think it's stronger on their end, because the Pats are the mountain they never seem to be able to conquer. As a fan, though, I do have some genuine hate for the Ravens.

I also felt the animosity for the Chargers, but that seems like old news right now. It's been too long since they were really relevant as a Pats opponent.

The Jets however, and the Giants too, are big rivals in my mind. Even in games where they're not playing the Pats, I want them to lose.

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