I want to talk about the Gonzaga-St. Mary's rivalry. All aspects of it. I personally don't think we are talking enough about the Thursday confrontation. If sports is life, what is the metaphor for this game? Educate me folks. I live in Md (I'm only a doctor of basketball in Maryland. A couple of you know what I mean.) and I've seen some east coast rivalries up close: UNC-Duke, Georgetown-Syracuse, my own college basketball experience- Washington and Lee vs. Hampton-Sydney. Put this matchup in perspective for me. I think rivalries are great! Heiser and Fox think we have a traditional rivalry with Santa Clara, since the two teams used to travel together. Sorry, that one doesn't get me excited. The impetus for my writing this post was the exchange here regarding Dellavadova's mouthpiece. Are we worried about civility, politeness, fairness toward St. Mary's or do we consider them a lower life form, or something in between?
Please write about anything related to this rivalry: 1) this particular game 2) game strategies and match-ups 3) any history or tradition associated with this game 4) rivalries you've been associated with (fascinating 30 for 30 on ESPN about the Alabama-Auburn football rivalry) 5) How should we be behaving, interacting (golf claps or frothing at the mouth)?
I would argue that this is our biggest game of the year and frankly, following the rivalry theme, our biggest game EVERY YEAR- St. Mary's at their place. Come on folks, get pumped!