Re: What kind of message does it send?
Having a successful rival is definitely a plus. It's a big motivator to make yourself better. While SB's are the goal, getting them each year isn't realistic. Getting the chance to punch a rival in the face twice a year is something different.
have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you became a hired goon right out of school? you would have had a chance to learn the ropes from other goons and rub shoulders with all kinds of seedy characters. oh the stories you would be able to tell.