#ItMightMeanTooMuch: Your best Rivalry Week stories
It’s the most … wonderful time … of the yeeeeeeeear.
For #ItMightMeanTooMuch, that is.
Rivalry week is when the over-the-top and bizarre gets even more over-the-top and bizarre. It’s when some fanbases choose not to use an entire letter for a week because how dare an Ohio State fan accidentally say anything that could be related to Michigan.
But on this platform, let’s stick to an SEC edition of #RivalryWeek. Myself and my fellow SDS Podcast co-host Chris Marler asked you to tweet out your best #ItMightMeanTooMuch stories for Rivalry Week.
Some of y’all are even crazier than I realized.
It’s one thing to talk smack, but it’s another if that smack talk turns into, well, an actual smack. Take this Kentucky fan, for example. After the Wildcats took down Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson back in 2016, she decided to drop the mic on a Louisville fan and run.
Two years ago leaving Cardinal Stadium after the 41-38 game a guy started yelling at me that they let UK win to save Stoops' job. I told him
"Sorry about your Heisman" and booked it. Dude started yelling and swinging randomly and started a fight in the middle of Floyd St
— Carolyn Drover (@c_drover) November 20, 2018
I’d hate to see what that Louisville fan is up to these days.
The beauty of rivalry week is that it’s not just an intra-conference affair. In fact, some of the best rivalries this weekend are between ACC and SEC schools. Between Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech and South Carolina-Clemson, there are plenty of fanbases within the same state that will go above and beyond to show their distaste for the opposing fanbase.
On Instagram, @ethanbates1776 said, “I got wrote up in my school for not talking to my teacher for a week before the Clem-SC game.”
Had Ethan Bates communicated with his teacher that week, perhaps he would’ve know that “written up” is actually the proper way to phrase that. But hey, the laws of grammar are secondary when it comes to Rivalry Week. Obviously there’s more to that story. The teacher and student clearly didn’t agree on fandom. At least not for that week.
What about being in a relationship with someone who roots for a rival school? It’s an age-old debate that some can move past and some can’t.
This story is definitely the latter:
I'm a UGA grad who dated a Georgia Tech grad. He thought it was a good idea to go to the game together. He was so mad that Tech was getting beat, he left at halftime and went back to the tailgate without telling me. We broke up.
— Jen Karmel (@jenilane29) November 20, 2018
Man, not to paint with too broad of a brush, but if all Georgia Tech grads are going to use “Clean Ole-Fashioned Hate” as the determining factor for whether they can stay with a UGA grad, that’s going to break up a whole lot of couples down the road.
The Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry isn’t just limited to fans, either. This week, a couple of verified university accounts decided to take to social media to troll one another:
That created the ultimate mic drop from UGA:
Pretty savage response from a school that didn't even make it to a bowl game last year… pic.twitter.com/ZCRE3iMBTq
— UGA (@universityofga) November 20, 2018
When it comes down to it, the team who wins Rivalry Week and/or has the better season is ultimately going to be able to get the last jab in 99 times out of 100. There’s no coming back from that. The results on the field create bragging rights and animosity for one calendar year.
Apparently that even extends to holidays.
Thanksgiving might not have been such a neighborly event at households across the Magnolia State. Ole Miss’ victory last year essentially served as a bowl win for the Rebels/Landsharks, who were banned from postseason play. For some, however, it doesn’t matter if postseason berths are on the line or not.
On Instagram, @jackson.hollingsworth said his #ItMightMeanTooMuch story for Rivalry Week was “not inviting your Mississippi State fan family members to Thanksgiving this year.”
Dang. The Egg Bowl is crazy. If you don’t think that, read this story from Sports Illustrated‘s Ross Dellenger and you’ll think otherwise.
But let’s be honest. It’s hard to find anything crazier than the Iron Bowl. The Harvey Updyke stories define what has become arguably the wildest rivalry in the sport.
The aforementioned Marler is a diehard Alabama fan. He bleeds Crimson in ways that few do, which makes the following story understandable:
Here’s your #ItMightMeanTooMuch for the week…
My family is in Greece for two weeks for Thanksgiving visiting my aunt and uncle who live there. This is now the 2nd time I’ve turned down seeing ancient ruins so I could watch Bama ruin Auburn instead.
— Chris Marler (@CMarlerSDS) November 19, 2018
Sidebar time. Please don’t hate me for this, Alabama or Auburn fans. I confess that I’ve actually been to Greece once compared to zero Iron Bowls.
I know. #ItMightNotMeanEnough.
But for these people, who grew up surrounded by all things Iron Bowl, #ItMightMeanTooMuch has never been more appropriate:
Raised by Auburn fans. Chose Bama at an early age and when I enrolled at UA I didn’t get invited to Christmas, Thanksgiving or the 4th of July for 3 years.
— Hunter Letson (@hunterletson) November 19, 2018
Come on! Those are basically the three best holidays! What does a guy have to do to get an invite to celebrate a holiday?
Oh, that’s right.
I’m sensing a theme here when it comes to holidays being the ultimate way to enforce rules of a rivalry. Or perhaps, they’re simply the perfect time to start new traditions:
Have convinced my 5 year old Gus and the Grinch are one in the same. He asked my wife if Malzahn was real and was horrified when she said yes.
— Danner Rogers🐗 (@dannerkennedy) November 19, 2018
That’s actually a brilliant move because the 5-year-old hasn’t been alive for anything other than the Gus Malzahn era at Auburn. You can definitely continue that brainwashing for at least a couple more years. Well, at least as long as Malzahn doesn’t get bought out.
If you think those are bizarre Iron Bowl stories, look at two of these that we got on Instagram:
@lil1jacob: “I was dating this girl and she said that she was an Alabama…now I’m with her sister that’s an Auburn fan.”
@wells_smith11: “A Bama fan stabbed someone with a plastic squirrel because they weren’t sad after a loss.”
Are we sure that last one was true? And if it was, it was definitely Nick Saban, right?
Whatever extremes some go to during Rivalry Week, a little gospel can bring them back to normal … or just remind them that Rivalry Week and worship are two of the same:
— Justin C. Slaton (@Justin_Slaton) November 20, 2018
That’s as SEC as it gets. Pastor Penny Ford even has her name in Crimson. I love it.
Rivalry Week makes us all a little crazy. Maybe it’s because it’s the last week of the regular season and it comes during an atypical holiday week.
But let’s all remember that whoever we root for during Rivalry Week, we can all agree on one thing.
In the SEC, #ItMightMeanTooMuch.
— Jacob A. Johnson (@JacobAJohnson17) November 16, 2018