My alma mater's football team opens its season tonight against a school that almost certainly will clobber my school's team.
The two colleges are on different NCAA levels. So it is no big shock that my team never wins this particular state "rivalry" matchup.
But here's the thing. The one graduate of the other school that I see on a regular basis is a work colleague I genuinely like.
He is not a rub-it-in kind of guy. In fact, I am the one who has to bring up our loose tradition of betting a dime on the outcome of the always-lopsided game.
So I consider myself lucky. There have been college football fans at the S-R over the years who were not always gracious.
So, come Tuesday morning, I will walk into his office and place a dime on his desk. And he will change the subject.
Like I said, he's a good guy.