If you've been hungry for sports — any kind of sports — I hope you're doing one thing on Sunday nights from 9-11 p.m.


If you're not, I suggest you start now.


These past two Sunday evenings have been incredible viewings, as I've turned my attention to the "Last Dance," the much-anticipated 10-episode ESPN documentary chronicling the Chicago Bulls and their rise to dominance in the 1990s behind arguably the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan.


All four episodes have been a fascinating watch so far, but as someone who's always wished he would've been much older during the days of the Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys," this has been better than I ever imagined.


During the documentary, players like MJ and Isiah Thomas give you a great indication of how much they hated (and still do hate) each other in those days. In fact, Jordan basically went on to say, "I hate (those Piston teams) to this very day."


This really, really hit home for me because it made me think of what rivalries look like today.


Unfortunately — and I hate to say this — I feel like those heated rivalries have really died off over the years.


Yes, we still have Duke-UNC, Michigan-Ohio State (It really isn't even a rivalry when one team bashes the living brains out of the other every year) and Yankees-Red Sox, but those encounters aren't as epic as they once were.


I don't think the true hatred is there, which is what I would love to see again.


For all of you who watched (and loved) NBA basketball in the 80s, I'm jealous of you.


That must have been like sports nirvana, having intense rivalries like Pistons-Bulls, Pistons-Celtics and Celtics-Lakers. I can't imagine how thrilling that decade of basketball was when you had the likes of Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Bird, McHale, Parrish, and Isiah, Laimbeer and Rodman. That was like sports rivalries on steroids.


While I was thankful to be old enough to understand the true greatness of the Red Wings-Avalanche NHL rivalry in the late 90s-early 2000s, we just don't seem to see that true nastiness in sports anymore.


Even when we watched the Cavaliers and Warriors go at it in four consecutive NBA Finals, it didn't feel like the hate was there.


I'm not saying all teams have to hate each other, but seeing that one bitter rivalry always brings a little more juice to a sports fan. In fact, it gets your juices flowing even more when you witness that random altercation on the court or fight on the rink.


Sports will always be great no matter what, but they become better when you get to see teams who have a real bitterness to one another.


We need that Pistons-Bulls rivalry, we need antagonists like Rodman, Laimbeer and even Bird, and we need greats like MJ to show us how badly they want to win.


I'm hungry as heck for sports to return, but man, seeing a great rivalry develop down the road would be something to behold.


Near the end of last Sunday's fourth episode of the documentary, former Chicago Bull Horace Grant called the Pistons a very derogatory term after the Pistons failed to shake their hands in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, a series where the Bulls swept the Pistons, 4-0.


"They were straight-up (bleeps)," Grant said, emphatically.


Even as a Pistons fan, that hit home a lot.


Because these days, you don't see players and teams having bitterness like that. It's something I truly miss.


But maybe someday that will all change — hopefully sooner than later.


One can hope, right?


Jared Greenleaf is the sports editor of the Cheboygan Daily Tribune. He can be reached at (231) 627-7144 or jgreenleaf@cheboygantribune.com