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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: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:40 pm

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

Really? This is the best angle you could come up with for this story?  Thanks for taking a non-story and making it even more irrelevant.  I'm sure the world of curling could use you instead.

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:17 pm

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

Wow.....and I thought the division names were bad until I saw that creative piece of work of a Logo.  I kind of does fit the Big 10's play as well as it's States.....boring, bland and ugly.

Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 9:02 pm

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

I guess the Big Ten didn't learn from the ACC's mistake of trying to get two FSU-Miami games each year.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 8:56 pm

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

Why not "Also" and "Rans"?

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 8:13 pm

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

This is so retarded. The Big 10-plus-2 would have done better to simply split into West and East: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin in the West, and Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue in the East. But NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! The Big 10 is so damn obsessed with getting a second Michigan-Ohio State game that they made a filfthy mess out of structuring the divisions. That's the problem with the hoity-toity Big 10: They're so smart, they're stupid!

Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 8:05 pm

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions


Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 7:52 pm

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

Leaders and Legends....that is as long as they don't play the SEC (Superior Educated Cheaters) in a BCS game.....

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 7:45 pm

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

should have gone (not went).  how did you get your rating?

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 7:41 pm

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

Remember this summer when the Big ??? (math conference) would not consider some teams to join the Conference because they did not belong to some High-Test academic group?  Duh!!!..  The graduates (or maybe not) from those low level schools must have infiltrated the big consulting firms to come up with the names for the Divisions.  Revenge is Sweet!!  A simple geographical division as in other Conferences would have revealed (there is no geographical solution), therefore Mars and Venus would have worked.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 5:51 pm

Dungeons, Dragons and Big Ten divisions

I just don't see myself ever referring to any one of the teams in the big ten as playing in the Legend or Leaders divisions! It really does sound like some stupid game set in mid evil times!

The bad thing is that there's no going back I guess I'm gonna have to learn to live with it! Maybe Jim Delany meant years when he said "people will begin to embrace it in the first 24 to 36."

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