November 22, 2002

Take One

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For sports fans, nothing is quite as exhilarating as watching their team defeat their archrival, their hated opposition who, somehow, through the years, has become the subject of utter loathing. If you don’t quite understand, find your way into Lynah Rink tomorrow evening, as Cornell hockey “welcomes” the despised Harvard Crimson in the annual seafood-throwing extravaganza. Whether it be UNC/Duke, Lakers/Kings, Red Wings/Avalanche, or countless other examples, there exists a worthy, healthy place for rivalries in sports; they enhance the anticipation of an exciting game. But what about elsewhere? Should movie stars, television personalities, and recording artists really be developing grudges against one another? Well, sure, why not? Rivalries are exciting in the sports world because they enhance the performance of each team during their contest. So, on television, if rivalries begin to develop, the viewers should theoretically benefit from a higher quality of programming. Several examples just spring to mind