Best 90s Sports Rivalries
The 90s delivered some of the most legendary sports rivalries of all-time.
Holyfield vs. Tyson, Agassi vs. Sampras, and the list goes on. When these opponents clashed, it meant war! So let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit the 8 most epic 90s sports rivalries.
8: Tanya Harding vs. Nancy Kerrigan
Who can forget the ongoing battle between these two ice princesses – an attack outside the rink on Nancy and the fall from grace by Tanya. Nancy went on to win silver in the 1992 Olympics games and quickly became America’s sweetheart.
7. Reggie Miller vs. Spike Lee
Not many remember the Knicks and the Pacers in the 90s, but everyone remembers Reggie Miller and Spike Lee going at it… and the Knicks paying for it. Thanks Spike! Simply one of the most memorable 90s sports rivalries. Watch: Winning Time Reggie Miller vs The New York Knicks
6. USA vs. Russia – Olympics Women’s Gymnastics
Bitter and special to watch. The unified (half Russian) team took gold in 1992 and the US settled for a bronze. With the fall of communism, the US was able to capture gold in the 1996 Atlanta games with Kerri Strugg’s bad ass vault.
5. Holyfield vs. Tyson
Boxing was in its glory days and Holyfield took on “Iron” Mike Tyson. Epic fights and a lot more ear biting then expected. Boxing just hasn’t been the same since.
4. Michigan vs. Ohio State
One of the most bitter sports rivalries around, and the 90s were no exception. Two powerhouse football programs that featured the likes of Charles Woodson, Orlando Pace, Mike Vrabel, Shawn Springs and Tom Brady during the 1990s. It was dominated by Michigan during this time. They went 10-2-1 over the decade and 3 times ruined a perfect season for Ohio State in 1993, 1995 and 1996.
3. North Carolina vs. Duke
UNC had 2 ACC championships, 5 Final Four appearances and 1 NCAA championship. Duke had 2 ACC championships, 5 Final Four appearances and 2 NCAA championships. And they both had legendary coaches in Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski.
2. Andre Agassi vs. Pete Sampras
Arguably the best tennis rivalry ever, these two were both ranked #1 throughout the 90s, and played 34 times over their careers. Pete holds the advantage with 20 wins, winning 4 of 5 Grand Slam championship matches.
1. Michael Jordan vs. the NBA
Nobody could stop MJ in his prime. After his first championship three-peat from 1991-1993, Jordan retired for a year to play baseball, but then came back and dominated once again – winning 3 more titles, 2 finals MVPs, 2 NBA MVPs, 2 NBA Allstar MVPs, 3 more scoring titles… Should we keep going? What are your favorite 90s sports rivalries?