Yesterday Michigan State University beat U/M to claim the Paul Bunyan trophy. This trophy was created in 1953 by then Governor G. Mennon Williams to go to the winner of the annual contest between the two schools. Since it was created, Michigan has won or retained this trophy 34 times. We Wolverines are very used to seeing it proudly displayed in our trophy case in Ann Arbor. Congratulations to ALL Spartans on this day....Enjoy!
The oldest Trophy in Division 1-A football though, is the Little Brown Jug.
In 1903, Michigan had beaten Minnesota 28 straight times. Obviously there was no love-fest in Minnesota for Michigan. Michigans Coach, the legendary Fielding Yost, didn't trust the Gophers to provide clean drinking water for the Wolverines, so he had an assistant purchase a 5 gallon water jug in town for 5 cents. Michigan took a 6-0 lead late into the 4th quarter, when Minnesota scored a touchdown to tie the game, the crowd of 20,000 went crazy. They stormed the field, they climbed on everything climbable, and the officials had to call the game before it actually ended. In all the confusion of getting out of town safely, the jug was left behind!!
When the team returned to Ann Arbor, our equipement mgr. contacted their coach and asked that the jug be returned; His response was..."If you want it, come and get it"!!
Well, that 1903 game was so violent and bruising that Michigan did not play Minnesota again till 1909. We did indeed win it back that year, and an Icon was created.
We have to travel to Minnesota this year to play an excellent Golden Gopher team...Our trophy case is in peril of losing yet another fabled item in this "rebuilding" and disappointing year...
Get your licks in now kiddies while we are down...Like the Phoenix, we will rise again from the ashes, and administer retribution....
Have a Great Week....Peace!!!