Monday, November 20, 2006

A Rivalry for the Ages

As UT revs up for its annual rivalry game against A&M, I will remind all of you Longhorns that the greatest rivalry is not UT/A&M. It is not UT/OU. It is not Florida/Florida State. It is not even Michigan/Ohio State.

The greatest rivalry in college football is, and always has been, USC/Notre Dame. Read this very well written article (written by a Notre Dame fan, no less) to find out why. I am looking forward to a great game on Saturday!

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At 8:31 PM, November 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know they played last year, but have they played before that?

At 8:45 PM, November 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They play every year. I go to the game when it is in LA so I am super excited for the weekend. That and the warm weather and surf. I miss home . . .

At 9:04 PM, November 20, 2006, Blogger The Lioness said...

To anon--someone apparently didn't follow the link. USC and Notre Dame have played every year since 1926 and are the only non-conference/non-location based long standing rivalry in college football.

At 11:14 PM, November 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I object to the entire premise of your post.

First of all, any "greatest ________" is entirely subjective.

Second of all, if you are going to even attempt to be objective, providing a link to a ND fan's blog won't help - how about an impartial 3rd party? You can find plenty of lists compiled by various sporting publications - and almost none of them will agree, reinforcing my first point.

And finally, the best college football rivalry is Army-Navy. I don't care what you or anyone says, this is the last true amateur rivalry in NCAA D-1A football. All of the players are there for something other than football, and the game means more to their respective fanbases than any other game does. (Second would be Harvard-Yale, it's called "The Game" after all, but ever since they bumped it down to D-1AA, it's lost some luster - you can't beat the history, though)I realize my criteria are subjective, but I won't be swayed.

All other rivalries can fight for #2. And I happen to believe that distinction goes to Texas-OU, but, much like you and the blogger you linked to, I'm biased.

At 6:47 AM, November 21, 2006, Blogger The Lioness said...

Who ever claimed to be objective? My blog = my unabashedly biased posts ;-) Fight On, Trojans!!!

(And to rebut your Army/Navy and Harvard/Yale claims--this rivalry is better because no matter what the year, it's always a good game that means something. When was the last time army or navy had a shot at any sort of title? Thought so.)

At 7:00 AM, November 21, 2006, Anonymous Dagny said...

So... wait.. by your logic, a rivalry is only good if one of the parties has a chance at a title? Doesn't that defeat the point of having a "rivalry"?

At 10:18 AM, November 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Irish! Break the Trojans!

We don't cheat to win our games.

At 11:36 AM, November 21, 2006, Anonymous College Football at said...

Many sports analysists say don't forget about Michigan. They're the only team that contains a "quality loss" dropping their only game to Ohio State. They proved they could stay with the NO. 1 Buckeyes and they were absolutley strong enough to give OSU a well deserved scare. Some analysists are going with No. 5 Arkansas. They are the only ubeaten in conference play. The SEC hasn't been really ranked the easiest conference this year. Face it! Arkansas had a rough schedule and managed to remain on top.

I see it differently. If Notre Dame can prove they are good enough and beat USC, Ohio State needs to drown in worries about a possible match-up with the IRISH. Notre Dame has proved to have a killer offense lead by Brady Quinn. I think with a little luck; they have a shot at the National Title.

At 10:02 AM, November 22, 2006, Blogger Ruth said...

I agree with Anon. To me, what makes a rivalry great is the fact that the only thing that matters is beating the rival, not what beating the rival may lead to. My vote is with the history of the Army/Navy and Harvard/Yale.


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