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The Rivalry Continues

A Lovely Saturday

While the rest of the nation is watching the Northeast get unburied from the blizzard of Winter Storm Nemo -- two to three feet of snow in some 24 hours -- and over half a million are without power, West Michigan dawned to bright blue skies and sun.

So I stayed and home to watch a basketball game.


The Hope-Calvin Rivalry is as perfect a sports rivalry as you can have. Hope College in Holland MI and Calvin College in Grand Rapids -- both serve the same West Michigan base, both are Christian Reformed colleges (from rival sects, CRC vs RCA), both are NCAA Division III, both are in the same conference (MIAA). Cousins and siblings and best friends in high school have played on opposite sides. Someone hits the ground and the helpful hand up can come from either uniform.

In 183 games, over 93 years, Hope leads the series 95-88, but Hope leads in total points by just 105 -- only half a point difference per game.

Saturday 9 February 2013 was the 184th game. Hope won, 73-70. The game was tied and tied and tied.

WZZM-TV13 used to broadcast the two Rivalry games each year, but as an ABC affiliate they had network obligations. So years ago, WZZM went to WGVU-TV, our PBS station out of GVSU, and offered to lend their equipment and people if WGVU would broadcast it. Thus we get the perfect neutral ground for the broadcast. It gets fed over network and satellite to alumni and fans all over.

Disclaimer: In 1996-97 I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Hope College. In case you wanted to know my loyalties in the matter.

The game was held in Hope's new arena. I thought I'd written about it before, and had the edited pictures, but can't seem to find the post. So...

From July 2012. I had to go to the Arena to buy tickets for the Hope Summer Rep Theatre. (Click on photo for larger.)
©2013 Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon (All Rights Reserved)

They were doing a summer camp, but I stitched together some shots. Not like I am ever likely to get tickets to The Game. (grin) (Click on photo for larger.)
©2013 Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon (All Rights Reserved)

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Tags: basketball, hope college, photos, rivalry, west michigan

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