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Dick and Betty Imer

Dick and Betty Imer show the “Cat-Grizzly” print that they display in their dining room. Betty went to college in Bozeman, and Dick broke a rushing record while playing on the Grizzly football team in the 1950s.

When the Cat-Griz game, the state's most divisive rivalry, plays out on the field at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula this Saturday, the drama is as intense as football gets under the Big Sky.

Fan loyalty runs deep — inherited by some, adopted by others. Few are wishy-washy about their passion for one team or the other.

Abe Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

But Honest Abe was no marriage counselor.

These Montana households, all divided by Griz-Cat loyalties, are standing firm, though some have tempered their allegiance to keep the peace in their “mixed” marriages.

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Contact Donna Healy at dhealy@billingsgazette.com or 657-1292.

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