The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers are set to fulfill at the School Football Play off for its fourth successive season when they take the area to get your CFP National Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Monday (8 pm ET on ESPN).
The Tide and Tigers previously tangled to its tournament in 2016 and 2017 and also faced off in the semifinals in 2018. Alabama took home the prize in 20-16 with a 45-40 win, even while Clemson roared back to the title in 20 17 with a 35-31 victory. The past season’s semifinal, Alabama came on top 24-6 on its own way into the championship.
As we prepare for another epic struggle, let us have a look back at some rematches in other sports.
The championships and Warriors confronted in the NBA Finals every year from 2015 to 2018, signaling the first time the exact same two teams have met to the title within four successive seasons. Stephen Curry and the Warriors shot home the championship 2015, 2017 and 2018, whilst LeBron James and the Cavs won all of it in 20-16. After the 2018 season, James abandoned Cleveland to the Lakers, nearly undoubtedly putting an end to the Warriors-Cavs chain.
The Heat and Spurs met in NBA Finals in 2013 and 2014. James and the Heat won the first meeting in seven matches, giving Miami its 2nd straight title and dealing San Antonio its original Finals conquer. The Spurs, led by Kawhi Leonard, came back again to take the championship the following season in five matches, denying the Heat a three-peat.
The Bulls defeated the Jazz in the NBA Finals in 1997 and again in 1998 to their third successive championship. The Bulls defeat the Seattle SuperSonics for its title in 1996. Chicago sealed both show contrary to Karl Malone, John Stockton and the match with winning shots in Game 6, by Steve Kerr in’97 and the following year by Michael Jordan, that had been named Finals MVP each year from 1996 into’98.
James Worthy, Magic Johnson and the Lakers defeated the Pistons in seven matches to the 1988 NBA championship, their 2nd straight title. The two teams met again in 1989, also Joe Dumars and the Pistons avenged their loss the prior year using a sweep of the Lakers to maintain the title and deny L.A. a three-peat. Detroit went on to acquire back names of its own, beating the Portland Trail Blazers the following season in the Finals.
In the 1984 and 1985 Finals, the Lakers and Celtics met to the title for the first time since 1969. Larry Bird and the Celtics took care of business in seven matches in 1984. After losing the first game in the 1985 Finals by 34 points, Kareem Abdul Jabbar , Magic Johnson and the Lakers roared in six matches to the tournament game. The Lakers beat the Celtics again in 1987, winning six matches.
The Lakers and 76ers confronted in the 1982 and 1983 Finals after previously met in the 1980 Finals (won by the Lakers in six matches ). Back in 1982, the Lakers, led by Magic Johnson, yet again conquered the 76ers in six matches. After the’82 season, Philadelphia acquired Moses Malone, that had been named Finals MVP in 1983, as the 76ers swept the Lakers to the NBA championship.
Other rematches of note: Washington Bullets vs. Seattle SuperSonics, 1978 and 1979; New York Knicks vs. Lakers, 1972 and 1973
In the sole real Super Bowl rematch in NFL history, the Cowboys and Adventures confronted after the 1992 and 1993 seasons, even with the Cowboys being released victorious on both occasions. Directed by Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, Dallas won Superbowl XXVII, 52-17, and Superbowl XXVIII, 30-13. Meanwhile, the Bills suffered their fourth and third successive losses in the Super Bowl.
The Red Wings and Penguins confronted to the Stanley Cup in 2008 and 2009, the first time since 2003 that two United States-based teams met in the final. The Red Wings defeated the Penguins in six matches in 2008 and Henrik Zetterberg won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP. Pittsburgh came straight in 2009 to beat Detroit in seven matches, with Evgeni Malkin earning MVP honors.
Directed by Billy Smith, the Islanders spanned the Oilers in 1983 due to their fourth successive Stanley Cup. The Oilers bounced back the following season because both teams met again to the Stanley Cup in 1984. This time, it had been Edmonton coming off victorious in five matches, with Mark Messier taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy.
United States vs. Japan: 2011, 2015
America and Japan confronted in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final in both 2011 and 2015. Back in 2011 in Germany, Japan won 3-1 on a penalty shoot out after a 2-2 tie, including extra time. Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach scored goals throughout routine time to get the U.S., however just Wambach converted in the shoot out. In 2015 in Canada, the USA scored four goals in the first 16 minutes, including three by Carli Lloyd, on the path into a 5-2 triumph. Lloyd has been the first ever to ever capture a hat trick in a Women’s World Cup final.
Diego Maradona led Argentina to get its next (and last) World Cup in Mexico City in 1986, beating West Germany 3-2 on a goal by Jorge Burruchaga in the 84th minute. West Germany won the rematch four decades later in Italy 1-0 on a penalty by Andreas Brehme in the 85th minute.
Other rematches of note in MLS: Toronto Hamilton Academical vs. Seattle Sounders, 2016 and 2017; LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo, 2011 and 2012
Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti: 2002, 2003
Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti first battled in May 2002, with Ward knocking down Gatti in the ninth round and also winning a vast majority decision in a wild struggle. They met back in November 2002, with Gatti coming on top in the following mad bout. The two confronted for a 3rd straight time in 2003, also Ward landed a sixth-round knock down of Gatti, however, Gatti came back and won by unanimous selection. Both fighters were shot to the hospital for injuries they suffered through the back and forth match.
Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson: 1996, 1997
Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson fought to the World Boxing Association heavyweight championship in 1996 in the first battle between the 2. Holyfield landed punches, while Tyson missed, and Holyfield pulled off the upset of Tyson. They met again in 1997 for its heavyweight championship. After Holyfield dominated early, Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear and has been disqualified, giving Holyfield the triumph and letting him remain the heavyweight winner.
Other rematches of note: Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston, 1964 and 1965; Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran, 1980
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have played each other 38 times through time, and several of those have been rematches. In 2006they met in the French Open final after which a month later in the Wimbledon final. Nadal won the French Open, while Federer took home his fourth straight Wimbledon title. Back in 2007, Nadal again won the French Open and Federer had been successful in Wimbledon. Back in 2008, Nadal defeated Federer in both the French Open and Wimbledon finals, together using the latter the greatest final in Wimbledon history.
Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams: 2002, 2003
Serena Williams and Venus Williams have played each other 30 times in professional championships and met four successive Grand Slam finals, the only two women to accomplish this through the open age, from 2002 into 2003. Serena beat her sister in most of those finals — both the French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open. Serena contributes their head to head games complete, 18-12.
Other rematches of note: Novak Djokovic vs. Federer, 2015; Steffi Graf vs. Monica Seles, 1992