They're neighbors who aren't very neighborly, putting up fences and putting on airs and refusing to put up with each other. They live side by side and they’re no different, really, other than one takes up residence in a purple house, the other a green one. But for at least 70 years now, Washington and Oregon football fans, and often times coaches and players, have made it abundantly clear they can't stand each other. With the Huskies staring at a 1-10 record in 2004, a long-time UW alumnus, a kindly, white-haired man, stood outside Husky Stadium, pondering a season gone terribly wrong. His team hadn't won a game to that point and it couldn't complete a pass or tackle anybody, but there was hope. No matter what, Oregon was still on the schedule and, oh, how he hated anyone associated with that school—and, in his mind, everything could be made whole and right again with a sound thrashing of the Ducks. Face it, the UW-Oregon game remains one of college football's most annoying and grating rivalries, certainly in the western half of the states, where personal agendas far outweigh point spreads. "The only thing fiercer than how hard we play is how much the fans get after each other," said Jerry Matson, an Oregon middle linebacker from Mukilteo who played in one state and called the other home. Bitterly divorced couples who come face to face when handing off the kids for the weekend get along better than this. Every year, the two sides gesture, swear and generally thumb their noses at each other. What's up with this? On each side of the Columbia River, can't we all just get along? Outsiders are humored by the temperature levels surrounding this annual fall encounter, which surpass those at most traditional cross-state football duels. "The University of Oregon has its wealthy donors and the University of Washington has its wealthy donors, and they're just too much alike," surmised Bill Swancutt, one-time Oregon State defensive end. "All of our fans are just farmers." Before a game at Autzen Stadium, an Oregon co-ed smiled at a young man wearing a UW hat with fluffy ears and snout until she got close enough to scream an invective and take a swing, knocking the goofy souvenir to the ground. Guess her phone number was out of the question. At both stadiums, fans have tossed dog biscuits at each other in an overly enthusiastic manner, with former UW linebacker Dave Hoffman trying to defuse the situation some in Eugene by gulping down a couple of the pet treats. Mike Barclay was an insurance salesman and once president of the Eugene/Springfield Oregon Club, a booster group. No game excited him more than when the Huskies came to town. He was a huge fan. But he wouldn't watch these teams play in Seattle. For him, it wasn’t safe. "I've never been up there," he said. "All you hear is it's the worst place to go. Personally, I don't want to go." Bad feelings have surrounded this game since 1948, according to leading authorities on both sides. That year, Oregon and California tied for the conference lead, requiring a member vote to pick a Rose Bowl team. The Huskies' ballot went to Cal, cementing the Bears' trip to Pasadena and upsetting Oregonians no end. Was there no Northwest loyalty? Relations continued to fester when the UW suggested it wouldn't play the Ducks on the road unless games were held in Portland, a situation that went unchanged until 1966. Nor was anyone in Eugene pleased when there suddenly was a move afoot to oust Oregon, Oregon State and WSU from the then Pac-10 Conference because they supposedly were no longer competitive. The Huskies didn't readily object. Things got much more personal in the 1970s. UW yell leader Rob Weller, later the host of the nationally syndicated TV show "Entertainment Tonight," quietly encouraged a chant at Husky Stadium that started out as, "Pluck the Ducks," and gradually changed into something far more colorful. Meantime, Oregon came up with buttons and bumper stickers that referred to "the Fuskies," preceded by the name of a Mark Twain character. Genuine hate was clearly evident for the '73 and '74 games. In 1973, the Ducks showed no mercy and ran up the score at home, thumping the UW 58-0. In response, the Huskies handed out a 66-0 beating the following season in Seattle, so determined to inflict damage that starting quarterback Chris Rowland was used longer than necessary and suffered a season-ending knee injury. Records aren't available on this, but it is believed no two NCAA Division I opponents have experienced a greater turnaround in their consecutive games. Hate does funny things to people. “Jim Owens wanted me in and said, 'We're going to beat these guys more than they beat us,' " Rowland recalled, alluding to the former UW coach. "He apologized to me because it was a personal thing for him." Into the 1980s, the Ducks began to win with more frequency against a UW program always ranked and bowl-bound, and consequently started remodeling their facilities, creating a Northwest arms race. In neighbor lingo, this is called "keeping up with the Joneses.” Scott Jones, once a UW tight end and later an NFL player, felt a growing dislike of the other side that he could have made personal. After a particularly difficult 17-14 defeat in Eugene in '88, Jones vented his true feelings. "I think that I hate those guys worse then the Cougars," Jones said at the time, using a Port Angeles High teammate and close friend to illustrate the point. "(Jim) Michalczik plays for the Cougars. If he played for those guys, I'd hate him, too." Emotions boiled over and competitive lines blurred in '94, spiking the rivalry. That season, redshirt freshman Kenny Wheaton’s last-minute 97-yard interception return for a score off UW quarterback Damon Huard, now a Huskies game-day radio broadcaster, secured a 31-20 victory at home and propelled the Ducks to their first Rose Bowl in 37 seasons. The combined quacking and woofing -- or was that bleating and whimpering -- had never been louder. Wheaton's play was immortalized on Autzen's big screen and in an oversized photo hanging in the lobby of the Wild Duck Restaurant. Huskies had to live with it. "They got better, let's give them credit," former UW quarterback Hugh Millen said. "They had a number of down years. They always measured themselves against us. They aspired to be where we were. When they got to that level, they really relished that." Amazingly, Millen’s teenaged son, Cale, a talented Mount Si High School quarterback in Seattle’s suburbs, has signed a letter of intent to play quarterback … for the Ducks. The Wheaton interception started a run of four Oregon victories in five games, and roles quickly reversed. That feeling of smugness and superiority long pervasive in Seattle now was clearly evident in the Willamette Valley. "When their program evolved to the point of being competitive, when they had the ability to pose a challenge to the UW, heaven help us, their fans became as arrogant as us, and I guess we were offended, blindsided really," said Joe Collins, a Huskies follower and Port of Tacoma employee. The teams have alternated classless displays since the playing field was declared even, keeping everything at a full boil. On a trip to Seattle in '95, Ducks players spit all over the UW bowl plaques hanging in the stadium tunnel after a 24-22 victory, nearly setting off a riotous scene. In 2002, Huskies coach Rick Neuheisel unwisely permitted his players to dance at midfield on the Oregon logo following a 42-14 victory. The visitors felt entitled to rub it in that day, inspired by bold pregame comments from Ducks defensive back Keith Lewis, who had declared that UW quarterback Cody Pickett was "overrated." Lewis might have been right, but everything got lost in translation. Curious lines were divided on this particular hot-button issue. UW defensive tackle Manase Hopoi and Lewis, close-knit high school teammates in Sacramento, Calif., were now disagreeable rivals. At least for one Saturday they acted like it. "That got us upset and we pretty much wanted to get after it,” Hopoi recalled. "I tried to talk to him when we went home to Valley High School and went to a practice. I asked him why he said that stuff. He said it was all mental." Huskies quarterback Jake Browning is as even keel as they come on the football field, never changing expression or pumping a fist or letting anyone know exactly what he’s thinking – until 2016. On that day, he scored on a 7-yard TD run and pointed and taunted at the Ducks as he crossed the goal line in a 70-21 victory that broke an Oregon 12-game winning streak over Washington. Mild-mannered Jake? There appears to be no tempering this border feud. Kick a dog when it's down? Two or three times if they can get away with it. Pluck the feathers off a Duck? Every last one of them. "The Huskies had this attitude about them and it was real arrogant, that they were the rich kids on the block, that they thought you're going to be working for them some day," Oregon defensive end Devan Long said in 2004. "Everybody just started to hate the Huskies and it's taken off from there. This rivalry now has really been blown out of proportion.” Most neighbors pull out steaks and hold barbecues together. Not these two. They prefer to skewer and roast each other.