I’ve always considered Dallas to be the Skins’ greatest rival and assumed everyone else did too. Probably because it’s regarded as one of the great rivalries in all of sports, and also because that’s how I was raised. But then I wrote about the Skins-Cowboys new classics, and the first two comments, including one from my brother, said Philly was Washington’s No. 1 rival. I’d never heard that before, and Chris provides half the posts and all the humor here, so let’s address it.
One way of doing so would be to look back over time to see how I’d rank the Skins’ NFC East rivalries 20 years ago, 10 years ago and today …
1988 – 1) Dallas: They sucked then, but the hate was still there. 2) New York: The Giants kicked ass during this period, with Gibbs, Parcells and Walsh swapping Super Bowls five straight years. 3) Philly: They were good, but always the bridesmaid. Plus, it was tough being a kid and NOT rooting for Randall Cunningham. 4) Phoenix: Oh how we miss them so!
1998 – I really don’t recall because I was delivering chicken wings every Sunday, but if I had to take a gander 1) Dallas: Just because. 2) Philly: My buddy Tony from PA talked way too much shit. 3) New York: They sucked as bad as the Skins in the mid-to-late ’90s.
2008 – 1) Dallas: They’re good again, and as obnoxious as ever. Lord that win felt good. 2) Philly: The class of the division this decade, and those fans … whew. 3) New York: A mutual respect seems to have developed here. I was even rooting for them to beat New England in the Super Bowl, which never would’ve happened had Dallas or Philly made it.
And another way would be to put it to a vote. May the worst team win …
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