ESPN calls it the greatest sports rivalry in North America
Through rare film footage and interviews with top players and coaches, this HBO Sports documentary chronicles the longtime college football rivalry between the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes. From the first game in 1897 to the hotly contested and eagerly anticipated showdowns of the 21st century, this program covers the origins, history and traditions of one of college football’s biggest rivalries.
Before the 1970 Michigan-Ohio State game, Rex Kern, the Buckeyes quarterback, recalled Coach Woody Hayes’s nervousness. “‘Don’t you know who we play this week, don’t you know who it is?’” Kern said, quoting Hayes and trying to imitate his gravelly, hectoring voice. “‘My God, it’s Michigan, it’s Michigan!’ And he’s crying and tears are coming down his cheeks and I thought, ‘Whoa, the old man has really lost it.’”
This is a great video to watch and understand more about classic sports rivalries. The rivalry is so intense, I am wondering if the producers of this video had to flip a coin, to decide which team came first in the title.
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