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Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

Posted on: December 13, 2010 1:37 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 6:05 pm

The new Big Ten has 12 teams and will start every season with two Ls.

If this has you confused, it's meant to in the new Large Dozen. The Big Ten made a big deal Monday out of revealing the names of its two six-team divisions. Then it underwhelmed us. The divisions are named Leaders and Legends. Not to be confused with Dungeons and Dragons or Abbott and Costello.

Leaders Division:  Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Legends Division:  Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern

"There's nothing, maybe, like it out there," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said.

That's certainly true. With all the great history and tradition available to it, the haughty Big Ten went low brow, corporate, generic. Leaders and Legends? That's the name of the trophy store down the street. What were "Gods" and "Superheroes" already taken? One thing for sure: The league won't be getting any cease and desist letters from famous people unless it's this guy. Sign ups are now being taken for summer school classes just to memorize the members of each division.

"Maybe if people don't embrace it in the first hour," Delany said, "they will in the first 24 or 36."

It's likely to take longer, if ever. If you're like me you're already wondering how the league promotes a Leaders Division showdown between Purdue and Indiana. It also prompts the question: Are the Leaders not legends and the Legends not leaders? And the alliteration thing is about as clever as a handoff to Archie Griffin. Delany was asked if the "two Ls" thing won't be associated with losses.

"You're the first one who has mentioned it," Delany said.

Apparently the commish wasn't on Twitter Monday which blew up with general mockery and disgust. A firm no doubt got six figures to "consult" on the division names and new logo. You'll love that when you see it. The league was cute with its embedded "11" in the old logo. In the new one, the "I" in "Big" has turned into "1". The "G" is meant to kind of simulate a "0". Maybe, but the "G" also looks like a "6". The league might be sending us a Da Vinci Code message on its future expansion plans.

"Now that you mention it ...," Delany said of a possible interpretation of "Big 16" in the new logo.

What is this a trademark or an M.C. Escher print?

All those names, all those (lower-case) legends and the league completely blew it. Schembechler and Hayes divisions would have been perfect. If Delany was worried about favoring individuals, then consider none of what went on Monday would have been possible without Bo and Woody enhancing the brand.

Instead the league used some of those people names for its conference awards, hyphenating them to get as many leaders and legends into the mix as possible. That makes the league's major awards look like chick-flick characters from your basic Lifetime movie. Who can forget Meredith Baxter-Birney playing Colleen Stagg-Paterno in "Looking For Love in Iowa City"?

My take on the subject wouldn't be complete without a list of suggested division names from myself and Twitter followers earlier on Monday. We got your generic right here.


Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2010 9:25 am

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

Dodd must have gone to a small division 2 school with no tradition. Maybe, just maybe, the Big 10 is proud of it´s history and copied a little thought from our military!

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2010 9:14 am

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

I actually kind of hate this stuff.  Leaders and Legends? Really?  The Big Ten is not going to make everyone happy with anything.  I think splitting the conference up into two was a great Idea, I kinda like the East West thing, switching Wisconsin and Illinois with Michigan, Michigan State, or you could still call it Lakes and Plains, AND have the Game in Chicago, the Midwest's biggest city in which it is also the center of the conference. This is arrogant and I think these decisions might end up costing Jim Delany his job.  I really hope they change it. Its going to be hard to get used to this.
you have the M's and N's and Iowa in the legends, and the rest in the Leaders. This is odd.  Im I am annoyed by there trophies too.  I hope they change the conference trophy to something affiliated with the rose bowl. name-hiffen-name.

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 8:32 am

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

Can someone correctly list the teams in the ACC Coastal and Atlantic Divisions without having to look it up?  Same thing will happen to the Big Ten(12).  If you're going to copy the SEC, then why don't you actually go all the way.  East and West divisions are "brilliant".  Hopefully the Pac 10(12) doesn't mess there decision up this badly.  Although the Rose Bowl might be hilarious if they do.  The "Leader" Division champion vs........ Lame.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 8:21 am
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Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 7:43 am

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

Dennis Dodd is a complete and utter MORON.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 2:50 am

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

Hey man, look at the block o to the left and check it:  this article and the last link are HYSTERICAL!  I'm sorry, just being objective.  This whole thing's a bad joke.  I dunno if I'm waiting for the punchline, or I'm just in a nightmare I can't wake up from!  I don't want my conference to be the laughing stock of the NCAA, and I'm not jumping to conclusions here; it's already happening.  Although maybe that one link was a joke too or was something you weren't privy to, Dodd...launching an unknown Java program forcing us to restart Windows.  I've always been wary of these in-article links (that freedarko one was a mess...that guy needs rehab more than Tyrone Biggums), but I had a feeling about the last one.  I couldn't help it.  I never laughed so hard while on this site.  Book this:  you and Freeman have a "Write Off," where you take a story and try to put a funnier spin on it than the other guy, and watch the hit counter skyrocket!  I haven't followed this stuff long enough to not be concerned about this Delaney guy, though.  Heaven help the Big 1X.  There could be dark days ahead for this powerhouse in the midwest.  :(

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 1:54 am

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

"I'll bet these names would have sounded a lot better to Mr. Dudd had his Missouri Tigercats been invited to the party." So very true. Dodd's just mad his beloved Missouri Tigers didn't join the Big Ten. This guy is a complete fraud who discredits CBS.Sportsline constantly with his negative, slanted drivel.

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 1:43 am

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

I'll bet these names would have sounded a lot better to Mr. Dudd had his Missouri Tigercats been invited to the party.

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:58 am

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

Actually pretty fitting.  Legends in their own minds and Leaders until they play out of conference.

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:04 pm

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

I  the names of division while not great, they could have been worse... Rumor has it Rough and Tough was actually a consideration.  And I do not agree with naming them after actual legends, as that would make some teams feel that this a favoring a certain school. 

The new logo on the other hand is hideous.  You could have taken a dollup of paint put it in the center of paper, folded it in half and came up with something that made more sense.  Heck you could have had a dolphin or monkey paint a better logo.  If the logo was a movie it would be broke back mountain.

This is just trifiling, I am certainly glad that these guys dont market soft drinks, I could see it now

Coke... you probably shouldnt snort it

Pepsi... The other brown soda


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