Thursday, November 15, 2007


It’s hard to argue that the biggest football rivalry is Michigan v. Ohio State (Saturday, noon, ABC).

It’s so intense the general populations of the two states hate each other. It all got started in 1897, but it is best known for the “Ten Year War” during the 1970’s when Ohio State’s Woody Hayes and Michigan’s Bo Schembechler brought it to its zenith…Kind of like Coach K and Dean Smith down on Tobacco Road. Michigan leads the series all time 57-40-6. Oh, and lest ye forget, UNC leads the all-time head-to-head series with Duke 127-96…As it should be.

You want rivalry? Try this: One of the things that ignited the Ten Year War was the 1968 renewal of the rivalry. Ohio State kicked the Wolverine’s ass…badly. Late in the game after the touchdown that put the Buckeyes up 50 to 14, Hayes went for two points. You know, 52-14 has such a nice ring to it! This move incensed the maze and blue faithful and confounded the media.

After the game, a reporter asked Hayes why he went for two so late in a blow out game?

Hayes deadpanned, “Because they wouldn’t let me go for three.”

Aw man, that’s cold, and THAT’s a rivalry.

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