The luckiest sports fans on the planet are those who find themselves so deeply rooted in a rivalry that it consumes every inch of their lives. The games that spark nonstop conversation and jawing year-round, from a drunk (and sometimes racist) uncle at Thanksgiving dinner, to your boys at the bar, and everyone in between. You all know the notorious battles I speak of. Ohio State and Michigan. Alabama and Auburn. Duke and UNC. Games that are remembered for a lifetime. Games that your grandfather speaks of until his dying day. Games where players of a losing squad can lose the respect of an entire campus in a split second. Games that divide families & friends. And so, my brothers and sisters in the Red and Blue, this is it. This is the first of two games we sweat and die for all offseason. Our withdrawal – worse than a chain smoker’s on a flight to Australia – ends tonight. This isn’t a game of Mario Paint; this is real life. Tomorrow, we step into war. Tomorrow, we battle for the Arch Baron Cup.
And if you think the other side isn’t losing sleep over this, think again:
— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) October 18, 2016
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— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) October 18, 2016
Some events transcend the voice of a single man (or team of mid-major bloggers), which is why we sought your help to reflect on what the Arch Baron Cup means to you. I’ve already voiced my opinion on the ABC and Saint Louis’s feeble offseason attempts to strengthen their chances. The stories and emotions below are vast, but one common theme flies above them all: there is nothing that unites us more.
(P.S. I’ll continue to update as they come in, get at me: @KTuleta)
“I attended the University of Dayton during a simpler time. Some UD games were not televised; others still were on channels so obscure as to be unavailable on the campus cable system. So it came to be that one winter’s evening I made the trek to the Buffalo Wild Wings on Brown St. to view the Flyers game at rival St. Louis.
As I settled in for Arch Baron Cup action, I remarked to a friend, “Huge game tonight.”
“Huge game? Why? It’s only St. Louis,” came the reply.
“Only St. Louis?!? This one’s for the Cup!” I shouted.
The Flyers brought the ABC back to Dayton, but I lost a friend that night. Never minimize the importance of the Cup. Never.”
“Prior to the RecPlex, the Frericks center housed the basketball offices and also served as the university gym. Due to the gym, students had 24/7 access to the building. The Arch Baron Cup was kept in a display case near the foyer and one Friday afternoon we noticed that the case wasn’t locked.
So we did what any kids would do. We came back about 10 that evening and two of us carried it right out of the building. It was a cold night and the cup was heavy but we hauled the thing all around the ghetto drinking out of it and having a good time. As an adult I now realize that it was pretty disrespectful to the cup and the important rivalry it represents. We were young and dumb. We cleaned it up and returned it to the case about 3am. I don’t think anyone noticed. True story.
So to me, the Arch Baron Cup is a way to connect my own personal UD experience to today’s teams. I can’t bear to think of a SLU kid drinking out of MY cup. It’s like picturing your girl getting kissed by another guy. You get fiery mad. It’s deeply personal. When I see that trophy presentation, it’s important to me that it comes back home.”
@BlackburnReview kids dream about winning the Stanley Cup, or the Larry O trophy. But the fabled Arch Baron cup is in a class of its own
— carter carroll (@carrollc826) January 19, 2017
@BlackburnReview a rivalry so mythical that the trophy has never been seen in public
— Joseph Bauer (@jobu415) January 19, 2017
@BlackburnReview I would rather finish 2-30 with both arch baron cup wins than 30-2 with the two losses to SLU.
— Andrew Willison (@willie_mo) January 20, 2017
@BlackburnReview shoot with a trophy that prestigious it'd probably set my entire year up for either success or failure. Get that trophy!
— Resilient Davey (@Coon_SkinCap) January 19, 2017
@BlackburnReview Majerus would stay up all night obsessing over the Cup, in hopes of eating ice cream out of it.The Cup literally killed him
— BrownsFlyer (@BrownsFlyer) January 19, 2017
@BlackburnReview The Pinnacle of Catholic Competition.The Arch Baron Cup is the Turin Shroud of Trophies.
— Rudy Kyle (@rudykyle) January 19, 2017
@BlackburnReview knowing we won it is the only way I can finish
— Greg Fox (@GFox77) January 19, 2017
— Crocodile Dundee (@jeffmues) January 20, 2017
@BlackburnReview The Arch-Baron Cup is everything. It is life. It is even more prestigious than every major sports trophy combined.
— Bill Lehecka (@billlehecka) January 20, 2017
@BlackburnReview a top 5 rivalry between Catholic schools in Ohio and Missouri.
— Tyrel, Life Champion (@QuiteSuttle) January 19, 2017
@BlackburnReview to possess the love child of a Stanley Cup America's Cup and Ryder Cup threesome is everything…this game is everything.
— Tom (@FlyerTom23) January 20, 2017
@BlackburnReview means I get to get overserved, and watch a game where the combined score is under 90! College BBall at its finest
— Tom Da Bomb (@udgangsta57) January 19, 2017
@BlackburnReview definitely my favorite trophy you get after beating SLU
— Arthur Fu (@ArtOfTheFu) January 19, 2017
@BlackburnReview if we can't win a national or conference championship then the Arch Baron is great consolation
— David Gill (@DJGill33) January 19, 2017
@BlackburnReview what is the Arch Baron Cup worth? Nothing. (pause for effect)…Everything.
— Schickrateez (@Schickrateez) January 20, 2017