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Stand up and jeer

College sports fans revel in taunting their rivals. But f-bombs are lame: the best trash talk is often the most clever.

Updated: July 15, 2011, 1:03 PM ET
ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the July 25, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Every athletic contest contains a clear divide: Us and Them. And not just on the field. To celebrate bleacher banter, The Mag asked college fans what they're saying about their team's foes -- and then we asked them to vote for their favorite put-downs. Nearly 3,000 of you took part in the online name-calling fun. And while the divide between Us and Them runs as deep as ever, at least We can laugh about it.

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