So, last night we were all invited to watch what is called here in North Carolina, The Battle of the Blues. Like most games in this rivalry, it was awesome. The atmosphere in this rivalry seems to be amazing, the only way I choose to take this game in is from my couch.
This got me thinking… What is the greatest rivalry in College Sports. Now, for a little bit of context, I grew up in Eastern OH, which means from a young age, I was exposed to 3 candidates for this coveted title. Where I grew up you were one of 4 major fan bases, Ohio State, Notre Dame, or West Virginia. I lived in Columbus, OH, my brother and 2 of my best friends are Ohio State graduates. These people don’t write the letter M the week of “The Game.” Ohio State fans call the state of Michigan, “that school up north.”
I have been to a few of those games, and it is an amazing atmosphere as long as you are not a Michigan fan. For those who are not, might I suggest staying home and not venturing down to High St. for that game. Auburn versus Alabama is another candidate, I have only been able to see that rivalry from afar. When you have an entire 30 for 30 ESPN Documentary you have to rank up there. I come from a family of Notre Dame fans. I am a huge Notre Dame fan myself. I hate Michigan!
Let me say that again, I HATE MICHIGAN! That stupid helmet, the Hail to the Victors, the Maize and Blue!!! I hate it all! The anger that I feel for Michigan is tempered just because Notre Dame and Michigan do not and have not played every year so, I can’t say that is the best rivalry. However, there is another rivalry that Notre Dame is involved in that can be considered.
Notre Dame and USC. If there is another school that bothers me more then Michigan it’s USC! That Tribute to Troy that is played every time USC gets a first down! The Trojan who sticks his sword in the ground when USC plays at home…. There are many many more that can be considered. Florida Tennessee, Texas Oklahoma, USC UCLA, and Louisville Kentucky.
Now, considering all of these, what is the GREATEST rivalry in college sports???
NORTH CAROLINA STATE vs UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA!!!!
Yes, you want to know why I chose this? I chose it because it’s the one I care about the most. And that is the theme behind this blog post. The greatest rivalry in college sports is the one that you the individual care most about. I’m sure the game that Matthew cares about most is Virginia Tech versus University of Virginia and Jeff, I’m sure that Jeff really wants Georgia Tech to be Georgia and Clemson to beat South Carolina. So, we all may look at the atmosphere at the games that ESPN and other sports networks like to tell us what the greatest rivalry. It is what the fan, those who paint their faces, buy the tickets, and support their chosen schools.
So, every time you see some one on TV use hyperbole to hype up a certain game between 2 schools, just think about what school YOU hate most, and revel in it, enjoy it, let it flow…. THAT IS THE REASON WHY WE WATCH AND LOVE SPORTS!