Saturday, October 05, 2002
Want a big game? Add bells, mountains or an axe
By John Erardi, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cincinnati Enquirer
If you're a local football fan, you already know UC vs. Miami is the (fill in the blanks) oldest Division I-A football rivalry ---- of the -----. That's right: west of the Alleghenies.
Miami University players ring the victory bell after beating UC 21-14 at Miami in 2001.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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Very good. For the topographically challenged, please note: The Alleghenies are a mountain range. For the geographically challenged, please note: The Alleghenies run through central Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.
We know because we just looked it up.
The winner of the UC-Miami game gets the ---- Bell.
Correct, the Victory Bell.
By the way, who presently has possession of the bell? Yes, Miami.
The UC-Miami game dates to 1888 and has been played almost every year ... but not quite. Thus, the designation oldest, but not most often played. For the record, UC-Miami is a 114-year-old rivalry that has been played 106 times, which ranks fifth nationally. The most often played Division I game is Wisconsin vs. Minnesota (111). After that come Missouri vs. Kansas (110), and Nebraska vs. Kansas and Texas vs. Texas A&M (both 108).
Of the four rivalry games that have been played more often than UC-Miami, only two feature symbolic trophies that go to the winner. (Hint: They aren't games involving Texas and Nebraska.)
OK, so we've narrowed it down to Missouri-Kansas and Wisconsin-Minnesota. Of these games, which is played for Paul Bunyan's Axe? And which is played for the Indian War Drum? (Hint: There aren't a lot of trees in Kansas, so there isn't much use for a chopping tool there.) Very good! Paul Bunyan's Axe goes to the winner of Wisconsin-Minnesota; the Indian War Drum goes to the winner of Missouri-Kansas.
And, no, we don't know if the axe really belonged to Paul Bunyan.
Final question: With all this talk about rivalries and west of the Alleghenies, what is the longest small-college rivalry west of the Alleghenies? (Hints: The schools are in Indiana, they're Division III, and the trophy is a 300-pound railroad bell. Think of a famous train ride on the Cannonball.) Right! Wabash. As in Wabash College (Crawfordsville) vs. DePauw College (Greencastle). The bell once belonged to the Monon Railroad, which ran from you guessed it Crawfordsville to Greencastle.
We don't know what this all means.
We just thought you'd like to know.
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