I will fully admit that when I had the idea for this post, I did not expect it to stretch into two weeks. I greatly underestimated to extent to which the Big Ten is willing to place arbitrary importance on hideous chunks of wood, literal spittoons, and buckets (which I assume double in function as spittoons in a pinch).
But I'm not angry! Far from it, in fact. The idea of the Big Ten having so many rivalry games with trophies is a unique one, and God knows that we'll take what we can get in that department in Big Ten football right now. So what if they're reminders of a bygone age where the Big Ten was actually relevant on the college scene, and what a Minnesota or Iowa did actually mattered on a national level? They're goofy and weird and that's awesome.
This week we have both the best and the worst of Big Ten trophies. Although that's a bit of a misnomer, because in some ways the worst is kind of the best for the sheer Escher-esque insanity of it. Either way, we're headed toward weird country.