No hate, just heat in Hope-Calvin rivalry
This week, ESPN.com is looking at a number of great, under-the-radar college sports rivalries. These rivalries often are overshadowed by their big league brethren -- such as Michigan-Ohio State football or Duke-North Carolina basketball -- but are no less intense. This is a small sampling of some of the nation's best rivalries, regardless of sport and division. If you have an under-the-radar rivalry story you'd like to share, tell us about it here. We'll post a few of the best stories Friday.Fifty-five points. Kobe Bryant could put up that number by himself, in one game. But through 166 matchups, 55 points (or .331 points per game) is all that separates Hope and Calvin, two Division III schools in western Michigan who began playing basketball against each other in the 1920s.
I don't think there's a lot of gimmicks that go along with it. It's usually played for the championship, so you don't need to have traditions that are man-made or false. It's a good, clean, hard-fought rivalry.
Dr. Jim Timmer Jr.