A derby by any other name

We ran across a bit of a language barrier trying to tell an American acquaintance of ours exactly what “derby” means. 

“Oh, you mean like a Subway series?”

A what?

It seems that each US metropolitan area has its own name for baseball derbies. When the Chicago Cubs play the White Sox it’s a Crosstown Classic. The Yankees and the Mets play in a Subway Series and in LA, it’s a Freeway Series. Or should that be a Gridlock Series?

This got us thinking that perhaps we could start giving proper names to some of our biggest derbies. How about the Red or Dead Derby (Man U vs Liverpool)?  Or the Enders and Benders (Arsenal vs Chelsea)?

Any ideas for derby names?

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