Tuesday, October 13, 2009

WVU vs Marshall

Marshall University, located in always sunny Huntington, WV, is a 45 minute drive from our house in West Virginia's Capital City. Most people call them the Thundering Herd. WVU fans, however, often refer to them as the Blundering Turd or Moo U. and I don't understand why.

WVU fans have no reason to degrade their little brother to the south. Marshall has never beaten WVU in football and has an anything but impressive record against the Mountaineers in basketball. In the overall scheme of WVU athletics, Marshall is nothing but a blip on the radar. They're Miami of Ohio in green. They're a below average Conference USA team that continuously struggles for identity. They're absolutely harmless.

We're not going to lose to Marshall this Saturday. We never have and we probably won't anytime in the near future. Don't waste your time hating or even disliking Marshall, WVU fans. We have one rival and one rival only. They reside in Pittsburgh and call themselves the Panthers. The Thundering Herd is the Little Engine that Hasn't. If they ever do, perhaps then you'll read some disdain for Marshall from The Little Cat. Until then...

WVU - 45

Miami of Ohio in Green - 17


  1. I always took the hate and name calling as more of a 'can't believe we have to play you' than actual rivalry.

  2. I agree. I think most of us resent that this game has to be on our schedule when we need to be playing ranked teams to get anywhere in the BCS.

  3. I used to think the same way. And don't get me wrong, I'd love to play Penn State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech or Virginia instead of Marshall. But look at the our schedule the last few years... Liberty this year, Villanova last year, Western Michigan in 2007, Eastern Washington in 2006. That's the problem.

    And in all honesty, I'm happy with what's been done with WVU's schedule as of late. The addition of Auburn, Colorado, Michigan State and Florida State in the next few years makes it much more appealing. We just didn't bank on these teams completely falling apart before we scheduled them.
    If we're going to throw away a game, we might as well throw it away on Marshall, not some random directional school.

  4. We should never play two 1-AA teams in the same year. It's just embarrassing.