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Old 11-29-2018, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by zimaane View Post
In American football, the biggest rivalries are among teams in the same conference (Bears - Packers, Cowboys - Redskins) so they can't meet in a Super Bowl.
Same in baseball. The biggest rivalries are Yankees-Red Sox, Giants-Dodgers, and Cardinals-Cubs. They can't meet for the championship, so the biggest "showdowns" are in the playoffs.

The biggest "showdown" of this sort has undoubtedly been the 2004 ALCS between the Yankees-Red Sox, when the Red Sox finally managed to beat their rivals after being down 0-3. Before that it would have been the 1951 tie-breaking series for the pennant between the Dodgers and the Giants. But these wouldn't satisfy some of the other conditions in the OP.