It’s here. The Rhode Island Rams will add another chapter to the in-state rivalry when they take on the Providence Friars Thursday night. And if you haven’t noticed, Rhody fans don’t much care for PC. So while the “Hate Week” concept may seem a bit Orwellian, we decided to do a bit of a rundown of what exactly makes the Friars so detestable. For newer fans and students, there’s quite a bit of history here. Commit some of this stuff to memory – it will come in handy when you need a few solid taunts.
- First of all, tomorrow’s game will not be at Ed Cooley’s venue of choice. As you might recall, last year Big Ed peppered his post-game comments with lines such as “Next year we have to go down to whatever that gym is.” and “…the Dunk is where this game should be played every year.” We harped on this for a bit at the time, but Dan Hurley’s response summed it up best: “That ain’t happening.” Rhody fans, be sure to give Cooley a proper welcome when his team comes to the Ryan on Thursday night.
- This is somewhat of a more serious note, but it’s fuel for the rivalry nonetheless. At halftime of the Providence win over URI in 2006, Rhody the Ram was assaulted in the mens room at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. From the ProJo:
As if the 95-66 thumping the Providence College Friars men’s basketball team gave the University of Rhode Island Rams on Saturday wasn’t humiliation enough, URI President Robert Carothers said yesterday that the university’s Rhody Ram mascot was tackled in a mens room at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at halftime, had his ribs bruised and that the mascots costume was severely damaged.
At this game there was a concerted effort to disrespect the university, said Carothers. It started with some announcements about how much better [PC] was than URI and they showed little regard for the university.
If you’re looking for “as low as you can get”, that’s it right there.
- Finally, this is more than an enjoyable video than anything else, but check it out. Sadly, this was the last time the Rams topped the Friars. Until Thursday, that is.