Week in review

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson visited ESPN yesterday. While checking out the ESPN Health & Wellness Center he noticed a few ESPN folks, including old friend Todd “Tom” Grisham, who needed some inspiration. In the video above he motivated them in a way that only “The Rock” could.

In the video below Marcellus Wiley, Tim Legler and Doug Gottlieb discuss the best current rivalry in sports.

After Sunday’s riveting Super Bowl XLVI, it’s time to add another great rivalry to the list as Giants once again out-lasted the Patriots to earn their second title in four years. While that kicked off a busy week here at Front Row, it was by no means the only story that grabbed our attention.

* Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers have taken Hollywood by storm this season. Kobe, Lebron and Carmelo — some of his best friends in the NBA — are on high alert. Is it possible that rivalries can be sustained on the court when players are such good friends off of the court? ESPN The Magazine found out.

* The New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers square off tonight on ESPN at 8 p.m. The Kia NBA Countdown pre-game show airs at 7 p.m. from the ESPN Los Angeles Production Center. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Michael Wilbon, Chris Broussard and Jon Barry talk hoops and display their passion for the game. The second half of the ESPN doubleheader features a battle of Northwest division rivals as the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Utah to take on the Jazz at 10:30 p.m.

* Duke ousted North Carolina on a game-winning 3-pointer, Kansas traveled to Baylor for a Big 12 slugfest and Georgetown nearly upset the No. 2 ranked Syracuse Orange to start off Rivalry Week. If those games are any indication of how the rest of the contests will play out Fran Fraschilla and the rest of our college basketball analysts are in for a treat this weekend. A reminder that GameDay travels to Nashville for Kentucky Vanderbilt at 9 p.m. ET Saturday.

* Major League Baseball’s Spring Training is right around the corner. The rivalries on the diamond will return and Buster Olney, Jayson Stark and the entire Baseball Tonight staff can’t wait.