Rivalry Weekend Open Thread

Shame there is no Backyard Brawl anymore.

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  1. 1
    Tim C says:

    For those of us with the sports disinterest chromosome deficiency, what is the backyard brawl?

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    It is a shame that many rivalries are gone.(Texas-TCU replacing Texas-Texas A&M? Brother Please!) Oh BTW I guess Jim Tressel is forgiven in Columbus, will Maurice Clarett receive the love?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: There is still an Apple Cup and a Civil War. So they’re not all dead, although the Pac-12 rotations threatened at one point to skip them for two years. That didn’t go over well.

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    ploeg says:

    Backyard Brawl = WVU vs. Pitt (geographical hop-skip-and-jump between the schools, but different conferences now).

    But no worries, WVU will have Kansas instead (edit: next week).

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    mellowjohn says:

    well, we’ll always have big 10s, 12s, 14s classic nebraska-rutgers match-up.

  6. 6
    Maude says:

    The rotaters went off with Coverlive.

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    It’s fucking terrible, but at least we’ll get to see Notre Dame take on those historical powerhouses Wake Forest and Clemson in the coming years. And, of course, Rutgers is in the Big 10 (now 14) so all is right in the world.

    Remember, Cole, it’s about educating young men and preparing them for a future outside the lines, it has nothing to do with corporate cash and television contracts. Nope, not at all.

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    Nom de Plume says:

    @ploeg: Backyard Brawl = WVU vs. Pitt

    Thank you, I was just about to Google it to find out what the hell it was. I just love how East-coasters always assume the rest of the world shares their particular sports obsessions.

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    jze says:

    BEAT ohio

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    Raven says:

    If it was a fight they’d stop it! GO DAWGS!

  11. 11
    Raven says:

    Take all the whining and bitching about football and jam it dead up your ass! GO DAWGS!

  12. 12
    Raven says:

    Take all the whining and bitching about football and jam it dead up your ass! GO DAWGS!

  13. 13
    Raven says:

    Twice

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    Yutsano says:

    @Raven: Sounds like a good Saturday night! Oh wait…

  15. 15
    Raven says:

    The GaTech QB can’t throw the ball into the end zone from the 30!

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    Raven says:

    The GaTech QB can’t throw the ball into the end zone from the 30!

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    red dog says:

    I cannot believe I’m yelling for USC to beat ND. Hate em both but ND does not deserve to be in the BCS National Championship.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    Rivalry weekend? The Border Battle is next Saturday and Sunday. Looking forward to streaming the games against New Hampshire today and tomorrow, though.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Did not know,Michigan’s band began Script Ohio.

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    lamh35 says:

    for us HBCU alums, Bayou Classic game day today. Bayou Classic is the only HBCU “bowl” game that gets any national coverage. not surprising I guess since most HBCU games don’t get much besides local coverage.

    anyway, I’ll be watching my Southern Jags beat up on the Grambling Tigers, hopefully, but the main action is the half-time show!

  21. 21
    Raven says:

    @lamh35: Friend at warm was a running back for Southern.

  22. 22
    Raven says:

    At work

  23. 23
    Felonius Monk says:

    The Buckeye’s defense has made a few pretty good plays, but they suck more often than not. I think Braxton Miller is way overrated.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @Nom de Plume:

    I just love how East-coasters always assume the rest of the world shares their particular sports obsessions.

    I love how people from way out west- usually west of the Rockies, and most of those usually within a relatively short drive of the Pacific- think that Pittsburgh and Morgantown are located near a coast.

  25. 25
    Dee Loralei says:

    Boomer Sooner! That’s still a big rivalry. Though I remember back in the 60’s and 70’s Thanksgiving weekend game was Ou-Nebraska. Those were great games, almost always on national tv and for a time every year it was billed as The Game of the Century!

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    mellowjohn says:

    @Raven: “friend at warm” sounds better.

  27. 27
    Quaker in a Basement says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): Does this mean that nice real estate man wasn’t entirely truthful about my Pittsburgh beach house?

  28. 28
    JCJ says:

    Purdue – IU for the Old Oaken Bucket! Yeah, I know, they both suck but having grown up in West Lafayette and being a Purdue alum (following my dad and grandmother) I have to cheer for my Boilermakers!

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @JCJ: As a Hoosier (and Marching Hundred) alum I’ll offset your cheering with mine for the Cream-n-Crimson.

    Heh. Like Purdue can lose to IU.

  30. 30
    Felonius Monk says:

    @JCJ: Go Boilermakers!

    Also an alum.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @Quaker in a Basement:

    If you’re planning on surfing the Homestead Break, pray for the mother of all fracking earthquakes.

    The funny thing is that there IS a coastal media bias when it comes to MLB, but it’s bi-coastal. ESPN focuses on the teams on the east coast, Fox- with its studios in LA- tends to give decent exposure to the west coast, but markets in flyover country are largely ignored until the postseason.

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    Opie_jeanne says:

    @Yutsano: the Civil War will be played in the rain this year. It’s raining like billy-o in Corvallis. We just passed the off ramp.

  33. 33
    Raven says:

    Boom! Go Dawgs!

  34. 34
    Raven says:

    Boom! Go Dawgs!

  35. 35
    Raven says:

    Boom! Go Dawgs!

  36. 36
    Raven says:

    Boom! Go Dawgs!

  37. 37
    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @Raven:

    DAMN! Those were three big plays in quick succession!

  38. 38
    Yutsano says:

    @Opie_jeanne: Oh have fun! I know the band director from the University of Oregon, he’s a nice guy. Should be a really good game music-wise!

  39. 39
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Ohio State wins it’s “Bowl Game” perfect season, now the can get instead of trophy a sweater vest and tattoo of Big Ten “Champs” on their bodies

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    Opie_jeanne says:

    @Yutsano: not going to the game, heading to California. Working on Dad’s estate. Probably won’t be settled for a few months still, but we’ll resolve a bit more of it.

  42. 42
    LT says:

    OR-OR ST was known as the Toilet Bowl for ages – you knew that. Now two powerhouses.

    Why couldn’t Michigan have gotten one more lousy TF? Just one more?

  43. 43
    LT says:

    I’m lost. Is going for it on 4th with crappy field position just normal college football these days? That’s fucking high school.

    OrSt converted a 4-2 at the OR 48 – with a 33yd run. How the fuck does that happen?

  44. 44
    Opie_jeanne says:

    Ducks are killing the Beavers. Having trouble keeping track of who has the ball because they keep referring to both teams as Oregon.

    They removed a student photographer from the game after one of the players ran way off the field at the end of a play and crashes into the crowd. May have a broken nose.

  45. 45
    Opie_jeanne says:

    @LT: we are just south of Eugene now, near a city named Drain.

  46. 46
    Opie_jeanne says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Why, I wonder.

  47. 47
    LT says:

    @Opie_jeanne: Come on. They have to be saying “Oregon State” for the Beavs.

  48. 48
    LT says:

    @Opie_jeanne: I’ve taken that road to the coast. An especially gorgeous part of Oregon, that right there.

  49. 49
    LT says:

    “4th and 8 at ORE 45 – Sean Mannion pass complete to Connor Hamlett for 14 yards to the Oregn 31 for a 1ST down.”

    What the fucking fuck?

  50. 50
    Opie_jeanne says:

    @LT: not every time.

  51. 51
    Opie_jeanne says:

    @LT: it’s a beautiful drive. I want to spend some quality time there when it’s summer.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @LT:

    I’m lost. Is going for it on 4th with crappy field position just normal college football these days?

    My cousin’s wife is getting ready to teach a course on sports statistics next semester, and when I asked her to identify the most intriguing stat she’s run across while preparing, she said that- though it seems counter-intuitive- when in fourth-down-and-less-than-five-yards-to-go situations, it’s wiser, in general, to go for it.

    I asked her to break it down situationally for me, but I’m not holding my breath.

  53. 53
    Yutsano says:

    @LT: Nothing succeeds like success.

    @Opie_jeanne: I’ve driven that way in July and it really is spectacular. Of course I enjoy the drive when it’s misty and rainy so I’m just an odd duck.

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    LT says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): Yeah, you’d have to see all they count to come up with “wiser.” Giving up the ball like that has to hurt fairly often. And is also a momentum shifter.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @LT:

    Yeah, you’d think that field position, relative strengths and weaknesses of the units on the field, injuries and weather conditions (and those are the factors I can come up with quickly, off the top of my head) would figure in. Makes me wonder if the stat isn’t greatly skewed because the teams that actually do go for it tend to have strong offenses, and those who have average or weak offenses rarely attempt it.

  57. 57
    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    @boctaoe:

    Yes it is. It will be news again when Anonymous actually shows the evidence to back up the claims.

  58. 58
    different-church-lady says:

    But there will always be The Great Outdoor Fight.

  59. 59
    Davis X. Machina says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): Hey, Pittsburgh has a Port Authority and everything…..

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