No sports rivalry can quite compare to the those at the collegiate level. Blame it on the booze or the youthful energy if you like. Or, if you work at Denver's (newly re-named) Sports Authority Field at Mile High, blame it on the t-shirts.
At this weekend's 'Rocky Mountain Showdown' between the University of Colorado (CU) and Colorado State University (CSU), a number of fans, including the daughters of Westword's Michael Roberts, had t-shirts deemed offensive confiscated at the stadium entrance.
The primary culprit? A gold and black shirt (CU's colors) featuring the word's "ram this" and a buffalo mounting a ram from behind. We should note a shirt also exists that reads "ram 'em hard" and depicts the exact opposite scenario.
Equally questionable to my daughters, particularly given their rooting interest, was a shirt they saw on several CSU fans. They say it featured the phrase "I'd rather have" and then two choices: "A CU diploma" and "AIDS." According to them, the "AIDS" box was checked.
Rivalries can be offensive, no question; but is there a point at which they become too offensive?