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The Super Bowl rivalry for ‘water rights’

By Debra Dobbins

The rivalry is now official: The Packers will face the Steelers in the Super Bowl Feb. 6 in Dallas.

As the headline above notes, the Packers had to vanquish a NFC rival, the Chicago Bears, to gain the rights to compete against an AFC rival, the Steelers.

The word “rival” comes from a Latin word meaning neighbors who shared the use of a small stream. Human nature being what it is, somewhere in time someone must have wanted more than his fair share of water, and thus a competition began.

In two weeks only one head coach may get the “honor” of being doused with water as his players celebrate their victory. If the final score is too lopsided, the other head coach may be upstream without a paddle.

 

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