It is said that some of the greatest rivalries in history are to be found in modern sports. The Lakers vs. the Celtics and the Yankees and Red Sox are both storied rivalries in the US. But there's one that tops the rest. When NCAA college basketball season rolls around in the winter months, everyone eagerly awaits the showdowns between the Duke Blue Devils and the University of NC: Chapel Hill Tarheels. There is much smack talk leading up to these games (there's a possible 4 matchups each year although it seldom gets to 3). To be fair most of the state pulls for the Tarheels, but this is a result of poor upbringing and honestly they don't know any better.
This is perhaps college football's top rivalry. Two bitter rivals from bordering states with great programs. Honestly I think Ohio State fans would rather see the Buckeyes go 1-10 with a win over Michigan, than 10-1 with a loss to Michigan.
Brief summary: Two biggest kids on the block in the Mediterranean (circa 250 BC) bump heads and engage in a series of 3 conflicts that become known as the Punic Wars. Carthage, the underdog, lays the smack down for much of the 2nd Punic War with head general Hannibal, arguably the greatest tactical-minded general in history, wreaking havoc on Italy while the Romans are powerless to stop him. Cannae becomes the textbook perfect battle as an outnumbered Carthaginian army demolishes a numerically superior and equipped Roman army, with the latter taking up to 60,000 casualties in one day. Rome eventually gains the upper hand and eventually destroys Carthage in the 3rd Punic War, killing off the boogeyman that had haunted them for years. Hannibal ad portas (Hannibal is at the gates) becomes a popular saying that Roman parents tell their kids before bedtime (to scare them to sleep, I suppose).
While the Cold War festered in the outside world, an even greater conflict raged within the American public elementary school system, where kids fought, bleed and died to champion the supremacy of giant Japanese corporations. And while there might have been one or two freaks who tried to remain neutral by claiming Bonk, any kid with cajones (albeit undropped ones) was on either Team Mario or Team Sonic.
Euros vs. Ameritrash Legions of BGG users have bashed in each other's skulls over what's better: Soulless and boring cube-pushery with the slightest possible link to woodcutting and sheep husbandry, or mindless underdeveloped crapfests featuring anatomically unrealistic plastic minis with oversized battleaxes.
All the while we sophisticated, elightened Wargamers stand by, shaking our heads in disbelief. Until the next holy war breaks out about which counter-clipping techniques schould be regarded as canonical and which should be branded as heresy.