Read the New York Times article on the Colby/Bowdoin hockey rivalry: https://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/want-a-real-rivalry-try-bowdoin-colby/
The Colby-Bates-Bowdoin rivalry, or simply the CBB, is one of the best in the country in Division III sports.
While football has received the most attention with the CBB rivalry between the three Maine colleges, other sports also take the head-to-head meetings between the schools very seriously.
The men's and women's crew compete each spring in the Presidents' Cup between Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin. The golf teams from the three colleges play every fall in the CBB Tournament.
While Bates does not have hockey teams, the Colby men and women look forward each year to two games against Bowdoin. Both men’s games against the Polar Bears are sellouts and are one of the highlights of the year in the communities of Waterville and Brunswick. The women have played the past few years against Bowdoin to start the season, putting a major emphasis on those two contests.
The football games are played in the final three weeks of the season. With the new nine-game schedule, the Mules play Bates in week seven, while Bowdoin takes on the Bobcats in week eight. Colby and the Polar Bears close out the CBB championship in the final week of the season.
The winner of the football rivalry gets to keep the CBB trophy for one year. If the three teams tie for the title, the school with the trophy gets to keep it for another year.
The three football teams started playing each other in 1892. Colby and Bowdoin have the third-longest rivalry in the history of NCAA Division III football at 128 years.
Track and field and cross country are four Colby teams that compete in championships against their Maine rivals. Track and field and the cross country teams do not have a CBB meet, but all three compete for top finishes in the NESCAC meets.
The Nordic ski teams go up against Bates and Bowdoin in the Chummy Broomhall Cup (Maine State Championships) against other schools in the state. Colby won the Broomhal Cup in the 2018 season. The Nordic and alpine teams also compete against the Bobcats and Polar Bears in ski carnivals during the winter.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams play four games against Bates and Bowdoin. The opening two games in December are non-conference games, with the final two games counting toward the NESCAC standings. All four games count toward the CBB.
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