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We are Living Through Rocky III: Cincinnati is Clubber Lang. Ohio State is Rocky. Kirk Herbsteit is Mickey.

“Rocky III” Press Conference - March 27, 1981 Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Cincinnati is a hungry up-and-comer.

Ohio State is a bloated former champ resting on its laurels.

Kirk Herbsteit is Mickey. Protecting his alma mater from the hungry young contender who is coming for his crown.

All of this has been foretold by the opening montage to Rocky III.