Big Game [big gaim] n. the nearly annual football game (originally a rugby match) between archrivals Stanford University (the Cardinal) and The University of California at Berkeley A.K.A. Cal (the Golden Bears), it's one of the oldest and most storied contested match-ups in collegiate football. *note: Each year, the winner of the Big Game claims a trophy, called The Axe, which is paraded out by the victor during various school spirit activities as a mark of prowess. In the lead up to the actual game, appropriately called Big Game Week, both colleges host events (officially and unofficially) in honor of their rivalry. At Stanford, these events generally include performances like Gaieties, pranks, singing competitions and a bon fire. At times over the years, the respective celebrations have gotten out of hand and law enforcement agencies have become involved. The early rugby/football rivalry carried over into virtually all other competitions between the two schools, with the Big Game having spawned the Big Spike (Volleyball), the Big Splash (Swimming & Diving), the Big Row (Crew), the Big Sing (A Capella), etal.