Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
See, the thing is, as heated as the Civil War can get, it's still almost family. Like at Thanksgiving when Uncle Fred is still talking about what a great president George W. Bush was, and cousin Nicole, who loves President Obama, thinks Uncle Fred is an idiot.
When it's over, we still share a state and we're still family. We may argue and disagree about things, but deep down we don't really hate each other.
On the other hand, with the Washington Huskies, it really is about hate. The Huskies hate the Ducks—quite a lot right now—and the Ducks don't love them back.
For years, this rivalry was simply about who was the best team in the Pacific Northwest.
Then along came Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel, and the rivalry took a serious spike upward. Duck fans despised Neuheisel, and most still call him NeuWeasel, even though he's harmless now on the Pac-12 Network. In fact, most Huskies probably dislike the guy as much now as the Ducks do.
Neuheisel's tactics of running up the score on a lesser team, faking punts with a comfortable lead in hand and constantly whining to the officials in an attempt to intimidate them seemed to fit right in with what Duck fans already thought of the Huskies.
Although Washington coach Steve Sarkisian is not as obnoxious (yet) as Neuheisel, he makes more money than new Oregon coach Mark Helfrich.
Are you going to sit there and take that, Duck fans? Well, are you?