Rivarly games are what make college athletics special, and tomorrow's game between Marquette and the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a quintessential example. This is class warfare. Public vs. private. Tradition vs. badger-come-latelys. On and on.
Oh and its also about respect. Just ask Jerel McNeal, as Todd Rosiak did:
I've had enough. Que the theme from Rocky.
"I'm just walking through the lobby looking at the Christmas trees, and they're all decorated differently," McNeal recalled. "And one of the trees was a Wisconsin Badger tree, with all the Badgers in the red and white and everything. So I'm looking for the Marquette tree and there wasn't one there. And I'm thinking, 'This is downtown Milwaukee. Why have you got a Wisconsin Badger tree and no Marquette tree?'".......Hey, man, we may be in Milwaukee, but there's so many people here that don't even respect us. They act like there's only one team in the state, and that's the University of Wisconsin.
LINKS WORTH YOUR TIME
BTW CS fave Jim McIlvaine has a great blog over on ESPN Milwaukee's site....check it out -- he stops the UW-Madison spin machine today.
If you feel the need to say something nice about Madison, join the fun at MUScoop.
ESPN's Andy Katz on the rivalry.
THE PRAVDA NEWS UPDATE
For a red-faced view of the game, here is the Badger Herald.
Here's the Wisconsin State Journal.