Making a documentary about college football’s most famous rivalry is daunting. Not only because of the range of topics, but also because so many of the stories are already known. Even people who aren’t caught up in this annual grudge game know the importance of this time of year.
Rivals: Ohio State vs. Michigan takes a fun, fresh look at the feud. This film is a Sinclair and Tennis Channel Studios production, and is the channel’s first documentary for a sport other than tennis. It has previously aired on Sinclair’s Bally Sports RSNs and will air nationally on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. EST on Tennis Channel, with additional notable airings on Big Ten Network on Wednesday at 11:00 p.m. EST and Thursday at 8:00 p.m. EST .
There is a lot of history to be told in this Big Ten border war. When Ohio State and Michigan meet on Saturday, it will be the 118th time.
The game impacts national championships nearly every year. It’s Saturday again, with Ohio State (11-0) and Michigan (11-0) currently ranked 2nd and 3rd in the College Football Playoffs, respectively.
Stories of past clashes are told and retold. Some things are true. Some exaggerated. Some pure myth. It’s difficult to find a new way to put this showdown into perspective. Hats off rivals to provide a comfortable watch for sports fans.
Director and screenwriter Peter Karl doesn’t just compile clips of talking heads (coaches and players) reliving their glory days. Too predictable. Instead of this, rivals digs deeper to uncover the science behind it. To do that, he brings in experts to talk about what a rivalry says about those who celebrate one team’s accomplishments while basking in another’s misfortune.
No sport embraces tribalism like college football. It is the foundation of a multi-billion dollar empire. This us-versus-them mentality spans the country and generations, especially for the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference. There’s a reason these two are the most financially successful NCAA leagues. People care. A lot of. But why do they care so much? rivals tries to answer questions about what it means to choose sides by cheering for Scarlet and Gray while booing Maize and Blue.
Or vice versa if you want.
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To get to the bottom of things rivals The documentary features two prominent voices: Emmy-nominated sportscaster Rich Eisen and Academy Award-winning actor JK Simmons. Eisen is a former Michigan native and die-hard Wolverines fan. Simmons was born in Michigan but grew up in Ohio as a die-hard Buckeyes fan.
The documentary begins with Eisen acknowledging his somewhat dysfunctional relationship with his alma mater by saying, “Michigan football affects my mood in a way that’s unhealthy.” Cue Simmons, who serves as rivals‘ the narrator said, ‘There’s something about a sporting rivalry that confuses people. They bring out our best or our worst.”
To understand why, this documentary includes some of the insights from the Know Rivalry project. Its mission is to better understand rivalries by using scientific methods to measure the feelings and behavior of sports fans. Don’t worry. Rivals doesn’t bury its audience under a pile of cold dates. Through animation, lively banter, and intriguing detail, viewers will better understand what Ohio State vs. Michigan means to those who care most.
The epic games (like the 1973 10-10 draw and 2006 42-39 shootout won by Ohio State), the legendary coaches (like Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler) and the Heisman Trophy winners (like Archie Griffin and Desmond Howard). ) are all part of the sport customer.
One of rivalsExecutive Producer is Jon Wertheim. The editor-in-chief and senior writer of Sports Illustrated grew up in the heart of the Big Ten (Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University). A storyteller like Wertheim knows that some conflicts have great value.
Perhaps we understand ourselves better by better understanding rivalries.
Rivals: Ohio State vs. Michigan will air nationally on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. EST on Tennis Channel, with additional notable airings on Big Ten Network on Wednesday at 11:00 p.m. EST and Thursday at 8:00 p.m. EST.