Rivalries that aren’t
Today, I am reminded of a story.
A friend of mine started talking to a couple of us about how our college (small, liberal arts, Midwest, Jesuit) was a HUGE sports rivalry to his college (small, liberal arts, Midwest, Benedictine). I was kind of shocked to hear this because not only had I barely heard of his school (though it is a good one), I was positive that my college acknowledged no such rivalry. We teased him about it and that was that.
Then, I met some people from St. Louis who loved to talk about the rivalry between St. Louis and Kansas City. Being a loyal KC girl, I laughed as we do not acknowledge such a rivalry because St. Louis is an effing dump that isn’t fit to wipe KC’s ass.
Of course, the great example of the rivalry that isn’t is New York City vs. Boston. I find it hilarious that Bostonians think the city is even in the running as a rival place to New York. I mean the ratio of cool bars, museums, entertainment and culture in general is just too overwhelming to even compare. And, though I am a Red Sox fan, come on, you think the Yankees are really feeling that rivalry, really?
I am quite sure there are many, many other examples outside of sports and cities. And, it’s almost cute when people try to claim some sort of a rivalry when it’s clear such feelings are very, very one-sided.