First, I detest the inappropriate use of the term ‘rivalry’ used to describe a short term time horizon such as a single season. No matter how long they play football on this earth the Florida State – Wake Forest game will never be a ‘rivalry’.
Could they really not have found a better term to frame the point of picking two heated games that bring with it extra significance in the 2009 season? Or, how about truly choosing two actual rivalries to discuss?
FWIW, I would rank the importance, relevance and interest in true rivalries this season as follows:
(1) North Carolina @ NC State
(2) Miami @ Florida State – huge game for both programs as FSU tries to start on the right foot and Miami hopes to avoid a potential 0-4 start.
(3) Clemson @ Georgia Tech – this game is always close and isn’t appreciated by as many fans as it should be. The game is in early September and could have a disproportionately large impact on the Tigers with their new, inexperienced and emotion-fueled coach.
(4) Miami @ Virginia Tech – Miami is being picked by some as a ‘sleeper pick’ in the Coastal Division. Their annual showdown with former Big East rival, VPI, could provide them an opportunity to take a chink out of the armor of the division favorite.
Give credit where it is due — at least Dinich gets it right by actually choosing the NC State-North Carolina game.
What I don’t understand is how ESPN couldn’t find a single highlight of NC State and last year’s All-ACC Quarterback, Russell Wilson. Mind boggling! For the entire 30 seconds that State-Carolina is discussed the video editors show 4 different highlights — each one of North Carolina and not a single one of NC State. (And one highlight of a North Carolina player that will not play in 2009!)
For Christ’s sake…didn’t State and Carolina actually play each other last year!? Here’s an idea that obviously takes a rocket scientist to originate — why not show a frickin highlight from last year’s match up between BOTH of these teams? I know..I know…CRAZY! What relevance would highlights from a game involving the two teams you are referencing as playing an important game against each other hold?
Dinich even says that Russell Wilson is the best quarterback in the ACC in her comments…so, that would obviously be a fantastic spot to show another highlight of a UNC-CH wide receiver sprinting down the field.
Additionally, anyone who would think that last year’s 41-10 drubbing by NC State would be worth just a verbal mention in the piece would be wrong. Let’s see…revenge is the driving factor in the Wake-FSU ‘rivalry’ because Wake has won three in a row; but NC State’s two consecutive wins over Carolina don’t merit a mention? Makes total sense to…someone!
For another little video and some more recent complaints about ESPN then you can click here in the event that you missed it last week.