Until Thursday, many believed UND and NDSU would renew their football rivalry in 2012.
Today, it's anybody's guess when the two will play again.
UND wants to play the Bison every year. NDSU says every other year is in its best interest.
We're at gridlock in a small state that desperately needs a rivalry game. North Dakota-South Dakota isn't a real rivalry. Neither is NDSU-South Dakota State. They never have been, never will be.
Neither side, unfortunately, appears it is willing to make a compromise.
So, who will come to the rescue?
It won't be the state board of higher education. They still have the Fighting Sioux nickname mess in its lap.
How about the UND and NDSU presidents?
Can't see that happening. NDSU won't have a president in place until later this year. The new NDSU president likely will have more pressing issues to deal with at first.
The state legislature? Do you really want legislators telling unversity presidents, athletic directors and coaches what to do and when to do it?
Maybe we should all watch Football America's Fire and Ice again. That little documentary from the mid-1990s caught the essence of the Sioux-Bison rivalry and why it needs to resume.
The arguments of the past and present just don't cut it anymore. OK, so UND tooks its ball and went home in 2004. OK, so NDSU took its ball and went home in 2010.
Get over it.
We're living in a small state that needs a high-profile football game each year.
Against my better judgement, I'll allow comments because this is the one issue that sparks as much interest as anything in North Dakota. But, c'mon, keep it clean.