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Biggest game

Posted February 8, 2011

We just had the Super Bowl. We have Duke-UNC basketball tomorrow night. We had NCSU and UNC in football last fall. We’ll have the World Series again this autumn. My question today is: what is the biggest game of the year? To you it might be a high school soccer rivalry or a gridiron showdown at Garner High. I would just like to know what game, in your opinion, epitomizes the height of competitive spirit?

I’ll award a book and CD to a person with the most interesting answer.
 

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  • aloflin Feb 9, 2011

    Totally unrelated, but how is the 100 Days of Fitness going? Haven't seen any updates lately!

  • sassysewer Feb 9, 2011

    I'd have to say that the Upward basketball games at our church show the most competitive spirit because the children are taught to compete without being mean or showing poor sportsmanship. They learn the playing skills as well as team spirit and are taught Christian ideals in the process. We all need to learn to "compete" in this race we call life and this is a good way to get the basics.

  • tompooley2 Feb 9, 2011

    FOR THIS ONE I HAVE TO GET A LITTLE PHILOSOPHICAL. DUE TO MY HEALTH ISSUES I HAVE TO SAY THE HEIGHT OF MY COMPETITIVE SPIRIT STARTS WITH WAKING UP EACH AM AND BEING ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN THE GAME OF LIFE. THE SPIRIT IS ALSO A CHALLENGE TO GET ON MY ELLIPTICAL AND EXERCISE FOR 30-40 MINS. A DAY. I WILL BE SO NERVOUS TONIGHT FOR THE BATTLE OF THE BLUES I MAY HAVE TO PEDAL FOR THE ENTIRE GAME UNLESS THE HEELS GO UP BY 30 AT SOME POINT. GO HEELS!! DON'T FORGET RUFUS ON VALENTINES DAY!!

  • jpittard2 Feb 9, 2011

    Has to be your first college football game you see in person. It doesn't matter which team, the sounds, the sights, the excitement just overwhelmes you in an adrenalin rush that last for hours. Second best? Watching your teenage at their first college game of their school. There is nothing better. For one specific game, I was at the Ice Bowl when Green Bay beat Dallas. My father remembers it more than I do. I was a 12 year old complaining of being cold!!!!

  • canesnccpl Feb 8, 2011

    Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 2006 Carolina Hurricanes win it all!

  • jdlewis76 Feb 8, 2011

    The Triple Crown of horse racing: The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. The greatest ever was 1973 when Secretariat became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, particularly the Belmont. Secretariat won by 31 lengths and ran the 1 1/2 miles in 2 mins.,24 secs. These records still stand.

  • TheDude abides... Feb 8, 2011

    I pray for a NFL lock-out this coming year. Maybe folks can "wake up" to the world around them in their new spare time.

    Its a shame that the most sure-fire way to get some emotion of of a grown, American man is for their sports team to lose.

  • TheDude abides... Feb 8, 2011

    Whistlers Convention-Louisburg

    Spitting is NOT a personal foul!

  • Celt Feb 8, 2011

    As an alum of both Duke and Florida State, I think there is a game that is bigger than both the Carolina and Florida games, respectively: namely, the Ohio State-Michigan in football. Where I come from, Ohio State football is a religion, and a loss to Michigan feels like someone drove a pickup truck through the stained glass window of our church, knocking the pastor onto his cassock, and pinning me up against the organ. It is devastating because the rivalry is huge, and to this day, if Michigan beats the Buckeyes, I am depressed for days. I heard of a father who missed the Michigan game due to his daughter’s birth and did not talk to her for decades…which sounds completely reasonable to us Buckeye fans! And yes, it is true that Woody Hayes ran out of gas in Michigan and had his players push his car across the border because he refused to buy fuel in that “state up north.”

  • ringersrule Feb 8, 2011

    This one is a no-brainer for me. It has to be the Easter-Egg hunt "smackdown" that has occurred in our yard every Easter Sunday afternoon for the past 10 years between my two youngest children. We hide several hundred eggs and the two middle-schoolers take off. They show no mercy whatsoever. They've been known to rearrange the landscaping diving for the same eggs. My daughter taunts her older brother by inching close to a spot with a couple of eggs. As he nears that spot, she darts off for another spot with even more eggs. This year we're requiring helmets! It is great entertainment! They don't care how many they find -- it's all about the hunt!

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