When the Big Ten plays its first conference championship game next season, it'll be the Leaders division against the Legends division. Hold up, did I just say Leaders versus the Legends? Maybe I did… Would someone please wake me up? There is no way I meant what I just said.
The conference, expanding to 12 teams in all sports and adding divisions and a championship game in football starting next season. They also unveiled a new logo and 18 football awards, each named after two standout Big Ten performers.
“The Legends, not too hard in that we have 215 College Football Hall of Fame members, we have 15 Heisman Trophy winners,” Commissioner Jim Delany said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We thought it made perfect sense to recognize the iconic and the legendary through the naming of the division in that regard. ... We've had plenty of leaders in the conference, that's for sure, but the emphasis here is to recognize the mission of using intercollegiate athletics and higher education to build future leaders.”*
With Nebraska becoming the conference's 12th team next year, the conference created new divisions that it introduced in September. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin will be in the Leaders Division, with Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern in the Legends Division.
The notion itself is a little arrogant and somewhat funny in my estimation. To label the members of your conference Leaders and Legends makes little sense, especially since you haven’t been the dominant conference in nearly a decade. Secondly, there is only one team in your conference who has been worthy of any labels in the past two decades. Outside of Ohio State, no one but Penn State has done anything since 1990.
Maybe the Big 10 should have labeled the team Has Been’s and Hopefuls. At least this would be symbolic of what the conference really represents. Adding Nebraska gives you a little credibility but they haven’t done a whole lot either since the early nineties and late eighties. So they would fit the bill of Has Been or Hopeful.
There has been a lot of speculation and hate about dividing divisions. Many people feel like dividing divisions only creates bad atmosphere and ruins rivalries. Honestly I fell like dividing teams like Michigan and Ohio State would have been a really big deal in 1980, but honestly in 2011, is it really a big deal. It may be a big deal to traditionalists, but honestly I can’t that it has been anything that I have wanted to watch in the past 10 years. The game has lost its luster. It’s not the match up it used to be.
If the SEC would have come up with this I might feel a little better about it and maybe I wouldn’t. The reality is that there is noting wrong with naming your conferences, East and West, North and South, Mountain and Coastal, but Leaders and Legends…. GTFOH.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!
*courtesy of Big 10 Network