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Week 11 in the Non-Con: What I Want

What do I want this week? A bowl full of Gophers.

Defensive Discussions, Week 11 In The Big Ten: Pryor v. Angerer, Clay v. Graham

Defensive Discussions, Week 11 In The Big Ten: Pryor v. Angerer

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Week 11

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Week 11

Look at this piece of crap. This over-sized monopoly piece is now the traveling trophy for the...

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Look at this piece of crap. This over-sized monopoly piece is now the traveling trophy for the Illinois/Northwestern football game. Dubbed the "Land of Lincoln Trophy," it replaces the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk, which served as the award for the previous 64 years of the series. I know that I'm not the first to refer to this as the "LOL Trophy." That actually is appropriate for two LOL football programs. Why the change? It's part of the University of Illinois's attempts to remove Native American imagery from their traditions. To what extent has Illinois gone? They killed off school mascot Chief Illiniwek, stopped using their circular headdress logo, and dropped the Sweet Sioux trophy. They didn't just drop the trophy, though. They told Northwestern that the 'Cats can keep the award. Just don't bring it near Cham-bana. In addition, the NCAA pushed for Illinois to change its team nickname. Illini, of course, refers to the dozen Native American tribes that lived along the upper Mississippi River prior to the Revolutionary War. Even referencing the tribes of the Illinois confederation was, apparently, offensive. The NCAA has not yet attempted to make Illinois change the name of its institution, which references those same tribes. Also, the NCAA has not yet attempted to make the Illinois legislature change the name of the state, which also references those tribes. So, goodbye Sweet Sioux Tomahawk. You presided over 64 games in this Prairie State rivalry. Illinois won 33. Northwestern won 29 (amazing considering how bad Northwestern was from the late-60s to mid-90s). They tied twice. May the stovepipe hat see a series that is as competitive.

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Where is the OPC? It's On the Way...

As Saigon Kick wrote so movingly in their 1992 mega hit "Love Is On The Way"...Wait, that has nothing at all to do with the absence of the Obligatory Predictions Contest from The Rivalry Esq this...

Big Ten Hoops: The Starting Five

The Big Ten Starting Five gets preseason hoops thoughts on the conference from the expert behind Blogging the Bracket.

The Rivalry Is Watching You: Wisconsin DE O'Brien Schofield v. Indiana

The Rivalry Is Watching You: Wisconsin DE O'Brien Schofield v. Indiana

Big Ten Power Poll - Post Week 10

Losses by Iowa, Penn St., and Michigan jumble the power rankings of the conference (and lead to a stunning observation about the last place team).

The Obligatory Predictions Competition - Week 10 Scoreboard

For the second-consecutive week in a row, no one broke into double digits.  In fact, this week's picks were so bad that 1 point was good enough for a Top 5 finish.  Going 3 for 5 gave txhawkeye...

'Sota's QB Situation: can we find a happy place?

To bench or not to bench... THAT is the questionWhether tis nobler on the field to sufferThe sacks and throw-aways of outrageous fortuneOr to throw with your arm into a sea of troublesAnd by...

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