By Ari Ivy, Intern, at 8 a.m. | Rivalry Week has come and gone, and while I may be a bit biased in stating that any week in the NFL is more entertaining than Rivalry Week, the simple truth is that the competition between teams in the NFL makes for much more stirring drama than even the most important rivalry games in college football. Maybe I would be able to get caught up in Rivalry Week hysteria but as a University of California Irvine alumnus, it‘s hard for me to get caught up in the excitement when we do not even have a football team to support. I am not bitter, but it should be noted that our school decided to not establish a football program at the expense of building arguably the most impressive science library in the nation. Again I am not bitter towards my alma mater since I enjoy cheering for the educational growth of UCI students....OK maybe I’m just a littler bitter. After all, the FOOTBALLPHDS—Rock Mayock, Jaboner Jackson, and Darryl “Doubletap” Jenkins—all went to USC and can get distracted by Trojan football at times but I’m more unbiased.
By Jaboner Jackson 12:30 p.m. | A long and fruitful FOOTBALLPHDS Rivalry Week comes to a close today with the only thing that matters—the return of the NFL to Los Angeles. As we have covered extensively on this website, both Majestic Realty and AEG have engaged in a philosophical battle to return professional football to Los Angeles. Majestic Realty has focused on the suburban benefits of its planned City of Industry venue, Los Angeles Stadium (LA Stadium), while AEG has sought to expand its urban sports and entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles with Farmers Field. Although the FOOTBALLPHDS have long said goodbye to the gentlemen’s clubs of our business school days in exchange for more intellectually stimulating relationships with our wives (and ex-wives), the memories of lap dances, Victoria’s Secret body spray, and ATM withdrawals persist. Let us get right to the crux of the post-game festivities by exploring the most active club in both City of Industry (COI) and downtown Los Angeles (DTLA), Spearmint Rhino, to see which venue will provide the ultimate fan experience after a day of Sunday football.
By Rock Mayock 3:45PM Saturday evening, right now as a matter of fact, features one of the most divisive rivalries in all of sport, Auburn vs. Alabama. This rivalry epitomizes the loathing between the haves and the have nots, public institutions and private institutions and tigers and elephants. Who will win the battle of Alabama supremacy?
By Jaboner Jackson 10:30 am | Rivalry Week continues at footballphds.com as the FOOTBALLPHDS and the Wonderful Staff break out from the office to visit parents, in-laws, and family for the Thanksgiving weekend. In honor of the all-American holiday of Thanksgiving, today we examine the greatest rivalry in college football—Army versus Navy. No other rivalry is filled with such tradition, pageantry, and heart-pounding pre-game flyovers. This year’s Army-Navy game will be held on December 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm on CBS. The game will be held in the nation’s capital, where FedEx Field will be shaking with enthusiasm. And in a return to tradition, the Army-Navy game will be the only college game on the docket that day.
By Rock Mayock 9:30AM On Saturday Slick Rick Neuheisel leads his UCLA Bruins to the Coliseum to face Lane Kiffin’s red hot USC Trojans. Slick Rick has his work cut out for him seeing as USC has won the last four meetings and overall leads the rivalry 45-27-7.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | Under order of the incomparable Rock Mayock, all of the FOOTBALLPHDS are investigating the world’s greatest rivalries during College Football Rivalry Week. Rivalry week kicks off this Thanksgiving as the Texas Longhorns take on the Texas A&M Aggies. The Longhorns have had a disappointing season thus far with a 6-4 record overall and 3-4 record in the Big 12. Meanwhile, the Aggies have played well enough to win 4 conference games for an overall record of 6-5 and Big 12 record of 4-4. The Longhorns will rely heavily on their run game to control the clock while the Aggies will air the ball out with Ryan Tannehill under center.
By Rock Mayock 10:15PM It is Thanksgiving week therefore it is college rivalry week. What better way to celebrate these hallowed times than to break down rivalries of the sporting and non-sporting worlds which have been hotly contested within the FOOTBALLPHDS office.