Thursday, February 12, 2009
But like everything else in life, this rivalry also goes in cycles. When Roy Williams came to UNC in the early 90's, the Tarheels were back on their McDonald's All-American grizzly, and won yet another title in 2004-05. They've since become a Top 5 staple yet again. Duke, by relative comparison, has fallen on some hard times and can't seem to recruit any serviceable big men. The net result is that UNC now owns Duke yet again. Last night's 101-87 ethering was the Heels' 4th straight in the vaunted Cameron Indoor Stadium, and 5th in the teams' last 6 meetings. Is this still even technically a rivalry?
Much like the overhyped, but ultimately one sided Cowboys/Redskins "rivalry", I'm wondering if this one even needs to be considered a rivalry anymore. UNC is by far the more successful team, and provided they don't melt down vs Kansas in March, should win another NCAA title. Duke? Well, they're always a fine academic institution. Moving right along...
Question: At what point does a rivalry no longer become a rivalry? What's your favorite sports rivalry?
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