Demented Weekday

In almost every segment of life, there seems to be two rivalries. Of course, the most talked about one here at My Mac is the WinTel Vs Macintosh rivalry. Mine is better than yours is. I thought it may be fun to look at some of the other major rivalries in the world.

Sports are the number one place to look for heated rivalries. Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. Heck, there is even rivalry in the pretend sport of professional wrestling, WCW and WWF. (Though I should note, the WWF recently purchased the WCW.) For those who live for Soccer in other parts of the world, you know all about this.

While sports may be the most recognized venue to find rivalries, it is a tame comparison to the level of rivalries in the business world. Of hand, here are just a few:

McDonalds / BurgerKing
Nike / Reebok
Lee / Levis
IBM / Microsoft
Dell / Apple
Chevy / Ford
Pizza Hut / Dominos
Harley Davidson / Honda
Sony / Nintendo
Goodyear / Firestone
Disney / anyone else who makes cartoons or children’s entertainment.
Star Wars / Star Trek (humm. Maybe this is not business)

Those are just a few that popped into my head in the business sector. We could also talk about local school districts, governments, politicians, co-workers, sibling, and the list goes on and on. In fact, rivalries seem to be the way of life for most of the world’s population.

Is it me, or does it seem that rivalries are what drive almost every aspect, even if indirectly, of everyday life? A day does not go by that you don’t see an advertisement designed to make you look down upon one product in favor of another. Everyone has made a choice in life to get THIS, rather than THAT, and will forevermore be a THIS type of a person, rather than a THAT type.

Is this good or bad? Or is it simply the human condition? Even in religion we have rivalries, perhaps the most important: Good Vs. Evil. How many wars were started because of one persons view of the afterlife differed from another’s?

I think George Carlin put it best with this analogy:

“Do you believe in God?”


“Do you believe in MY God?”


BAM! Instant war.

The only thing everyone agrees on is that we will disagree on almost everything with everyone else.

I like blue. You like red.
I like Pizza with Pepperoni. You like it with no meat.
I like McDonalds French fries, you like the ones at Wendy’s.
I hate the Cowboys. You hate the Indians.
I think Bill Gates is evil. You think… HEY! Look! We agreed on something! WOW!

Tim Robertson

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