No hate, just heat in Hope-Calvin rivalry (via ESPN.com)

So how did arguably America’s most evenly matched rivalry come to fruition? Like many heated contests, it boils down to religion. The sister colleges, separated by a mere 30 miles, are of different faiths: Hope is connected to the Reformed Church in America; Calvin is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. (The Christian Reformed Church broke off from the Reformed Church in America in 1857.)

While the rivalry began across all sports, it has grown into a national event in men’s basketball. Much of that is due to the teams’ success, particularly in the past three decades. Much more than bragging rights is on line when the teams meet. … Read More

(via ESPN.com)

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