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Examining the toll of a rivalry

Numbers suggest Red Sox handle intensity of 19 games per season better than Yanks

Updated: May 8, 2010, 3:51 AM ET
By Curt Schilling | ESPNBoston.com

Yankees versus Red Sox.

I am no doubt biased, but I've always told anyone who asked that you need to add Notre Dame-USC, Texas-Oklahoma, Michigan-Ohio State, Green Bay-Minnesota, Pittsburgh-Dallas, roll them up into one, and then you will get the intensity and interest and passion of Red Sox-Yankees.

Now that I've offended fans in all those states, cities and at those colleges, I'll try to explain. It starts in spring training, people camping out overnight to get tickets to a spring ...

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