In a throwback to the old site, we're resurrecting a taking-sides concept that pits Graham and I against each other on some of the more present and contentious issues in sports.
From our original introduction:
Are Championship Blowout Losses Really a Bad Thing?
LAW BUCKEYE (LB).
GRAHAM FILLER (GF).
LB: Sports are irrational. They feed off dominance and conquest. We hold team allegiances because they're extensions of some side of us that wants to rule the world. The game wouldn't be any fun if all your team did was kill everyone. It's why playing with G.I. Joes started sucking about the time you turned seven.
GF: Unless you're UNC basketball.
LB: I'd bet even Tyler Hansbrough depends on the risk of loss -- the risk of failure to motivate himself to compete. The point is sports are perception-based. How we see ourselves (our team) in relationship to others, is central to our convictions.
GF: The Big Ten, Jim Delany, and I disagree wholeheartedly.
LB: Why do we have apologists for the Big Ten then?
GF: Because people have to have something to grasp onto; there has to be an adversarial side, a battle.