2012-10-09, 03:01 PM (ISO 8601)
Re: So, is this a trope in fiction?
Actually, in some sports you can face your rival in the finals. For example, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in many tennis grand slam tournaments*. In addition, some tournaments don't have the early rounds by divisions or conferences. Granted, you can't have a Red Sox/Yankees or Cardinals/Cubs World Series or a Giants/Cowboys Super Bowl. But you can have a Manchester United/Manchester City FA Cup Final or a North Carolina/Duke NCAA Basketball tournament final.
Originally Posted by Mewtarthio
*This is probably the closest real life analogy. Federer and Nadal have faced each other ten times in grand slam tournaments, eight of those ten were in the finals.