01.27.08 10 years ago 6 Comments

In one of the longest and most intense rivalries in NCAA Division III basketball, the Flying Dutchmen of Hope College (Holland, MI) defeated the Calvin College Knights (Grand Rapids, MI) 79-76 to take a one game advantage in the 167-game series. The rivalry has maintained its zeal because of the schools' proximity and their religious affiliations. You see, Hope is a Reformed Church in America school while Calvin is a Christian Reformed Church in North America college. While I don't have to explain the intricate differences of these faiths to the theologians who read this blog, one might wonder how similar religious sects could draw bragging rights from a game:

1936-37: Once again the series was interrupted. Now the popular, but intense rivalry would go on a six-year hiatus for reasons never fully explained. Fan behavior continued to be less than exemplary, and there was a tendency to use game results to bolster denominational positions in Sunday sermons.

Oh well, the rivalry is good natured now. And both colleges produce fine scholar-athletes who go on to success in the world. They're not like those dirty Jesuits who have to cheat the Vincentians just to win a Big East game. -KD  

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