05-26-2010 08:37 PM

Sports fans in our state historically have been split between their allegiance to the Montana Grizzlies or the Montana State Bobcats.

The biggest game of the year in any sport — whether it be football, basketball, volleyball or track — is UM vs. MSU. Nothing else is close. But rather than polarize the Treasure State, these games have a way of bringing fans together, because bragging rights are worth a lot inside these broad borders.

It’s hard to imagine the essence of our ancient rivalry changing anytime soon, but the winds of change are blowing around the Big Sky Conference these days, and rumors are flying that Montana and Montana State could wind up in different conferences when the expansion dust settles.

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