Starting on Thursday, the Celtics  and Lakers will meet for the 12th time in an NBA finals  series. How remarkable is that? Consider this: Since the Celtics and Lakers first met in the NBA finals in 1959 (a four-game sweep for the Celtics,) the most common World Series  matchup has been the Yankees  and Dodgers, who have met four times. In the NHL ? Maple Leafs and Canadiens, with three matchups. And for the Super Bowl  it’s the Cowboys and Steelers, also with three.
Since 1959 the Celtics and Lakers have played in the NBA finals more times than the most common championship opponents in the other three major sports combined. Not that there was a whole lot of doubt, but this pretty much confirms that we are talking about the dominant rivalry in North American professional sports, right?