I found a mistake in the Rivalry Mode. If you go into the Trophy Room they have the Silver Spade as being played be New Mexico and New Mexico State. I went to play the game and when you're in the "Teams Select" screen it shows that as a Rivalry Game but does not show a trophy. If you scroll through NMSU's opponents it shows the Silver Spade when their opponent is UTEP.
I chose to believe the Trophy Room and played UNM-NMSU and found that there is, in fact, no trphy to be won. So I played NMSU-UTEP as NMSU and lost. Not just lost. I got shut out. 17-0. Good Lord does NMSU's O-line suck. Then I tried to win with UTEP. Nope. I lost on a last second FG, 20-17, after tying up the game with 23 seconds left. Now I pissed off. So I played again as NMSU. Finally scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter after going seven scoreless quarters with their shitty offense. Had the ball 1st and goal on the 9 with 45 seconds left down 14-7, but threw four straight incompletions (shocking). You know that feeling you get sometimes that the game is willing you to lose? I had NMSU's QB fumble the ball *20* yards upfield at one point, which I'd never had happen. Not that he was 20 yards upfield, but he fumbled and the *ball* went 20 yards on the fumble. Another time I completed a 35-yard post pattern and had the WR fumble it back to the other team. I think that had maybe happened one other time that I can remember. I was seriously cursing EA at this point.
Happy ending, I finally won with UTEP, 29-19, after staying up until almost midnight. I figured I needed to try to win anyway since I would have just be laying awake in bed, pissed off at the stupid game. I gotta get a new hobby or something.
Anyway, the moral of the story is to win the Silver Spade it's UTEP-NMSU, NOT UNM-NMSU, at least on the PS2.
I don't really think toughness is learned; it's acquired more than anything else. It's apparent that Favre, since his days at Southern Miss when he ripped up his stomach and only missed two weeks, has an incredibly high threshold for pain.