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Commonwealth Cup Brings Out Friendly Family Rivalries

Posted: Updated: 11/30/2013 11:22:27 PM

Thousands of University of Virginia and Virginia Tech fans came head to head Saturday for the annual Commonwealth Cup rivalry game. The game has become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for many people looking to spend some extra time with their loved ones.

For one family, the friendly feud has stretched into its third generation. “The past decade has been very difficult for me, I will say,” said UVA graduate Josh Arbaugh.

Josh hasn't had an easy time being the odd man out in his family. “I went to Virginia - my father, my brother and my sister all went to Virginia Tech, so each and every year is a big conflict of interest.

But Josh's brother Jeb argues the rivalry has never been a problem. “Never been an issue because there's more Hokies than there are Wahoos, so the Wahoo fan doesn't ever say anything,” he said.

The Arbaughs joined thousands in the sea of tailgaters surrounding Scott Stadium Saturday to root on their respective alma maters. Even among the disagreement over which team is best, the Arbaughs all agree this time with their family is unbeatable.

“We've been going back and forth between Blacksburg and [Charlottesville] for 10-15 years and it's just a highlight of the whole weekend,” said Virginia Tech graduate Rusty Arbaugh.

“It's an extension of Thanksgiving and the holidays, so we always have a great time,” Josh said.

Jeb said, “The best part about tailgating is being with friends and family.”

The rivalry on the field first started in 1895. Virginia Tech has taken home the Commonwealth Cup the past nine years.

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