There are so many reasons following sports is great: the unmatched emotional peaks and valleys, the heroic stories of triumph, and the community created through fandom, among others.
It’s also great because it gives us access to hilarious and entertaining pettiness between some of the highest achievers on earth.
As we’ve seen through the decades—from Ali and Frazier, to Nancy and Tonya, to Kobe and Shaq—few things amplify bad blood quite like the egos in sports. And it’s reasonable to suggest sports feuds are even more dramatized today, given the microscope of the 24/7 news cycle and the access fans have to each other (and to the athletes) through platforms like Twitter. The drama has snowballed.
2017 was a great year for beefs—we had LeBron vs. Kyrie, OBJ vs. Josh Norman, and Charles Oakley vs. James Dolan. 2018 has been just as juicy, with some of the biggest names in sports mixing it up.
Here, we present the 15 best sports beefs of 2018.