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The Civil War; a rivalry that goes deeper than the sport

An Oregon cheerleader runs an Oregon flag up the field before the game. The Oregon Ducks lead the Oregon State Beavers 52 to 7 at the end of the first half of the 121st Civil War game on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. Photo by Ben Lonergan, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. — As November comes to a close, it's the time of year again when the Ducks and Beavers square off in the Civil War.

While both teams have been preparing for this game all season, a number of fans have had to prepare for this matchup as well.

This annual game has been long awaited by Duck fans after Oregon lost to Oregon State last year at Reiser Stadium in Corvallis, snapping the Beaver's 8-game losing streak in the Civil War.

In a famous quote, Abraham Lincoln once said that "A house divided against itself cannot stand," and for some sports fanatics, things can sometimes get to that point.

In Oregon however, Ducks and Beavers fans have seemed to prove otherwise on occasion.

While they still get along, even family ties won't always hold these fans back from a little bit of playful needling and friendly fire. had to

"I went to Oregon before Doug, and he couldn't get into Oregon so he's at Oregon State," said Stan Hubert.

"I thought it would be real nice to get a 'real degree,'" said Doug Hubert, Stan's brother.

The two brothers have rival alma maters, and sometimes that rivalry can get in the way. After going to the Civil War games together for about 20 years, the siblings had to take about a 10-year break from the activity.

Then, the Beavers beat the Ducks 34-24 in 2015, giving the relationship new blood of competition, and bringing new life to the rivalry.

"Once every ten years we give them one," said Stan.

For fans of the Ducks or Beavers, the rivalry contention has no age.

For Jacob and Amie Olson, the different rooting interests were prevalent, but not strong enough to break them up. Jacob was a huge Oregon State fan, but Amie grew up a Duck.

"The Beavers won at Autzen, and I was wearing this hat," said Jacob. "And then I wore it last year for the Civil War game, and then we won again, so I decided to bring it back this year, but she doesn't want me to wear it."

So how do these rivals keep their bond an maintain civility between one another?

"Good sense of humor goes a long way," said John and Dave, who were friends from dental school. "You've got to have a good sense of humor, good or bad. Last year when we lost, I just had to shrug."

So no matter who you're rooting for, it's a rivalry that divides fans, but can bring people together in the name of friendly competition.

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