Freedom Trophy: Good in Theory, Bad in Execution

There have been many good college football trophies over the years, but the new Freedom Trophy is not one of them.

Paul Bunyan’s Axe, the Slab of Bacon that preceded it, the Heartland Trophy, the Floyd of Rosedale and the Little Brown Jug all come to mind as great rivalry trophies just from the B1G alone.

So why is the newly described Freedom trophy, given to the winner of the now annual Wisconsin/Nebraska game, such a bad concept? Let’s start with the basics (there are only two).

1. Wisconsin/Nebraska is NOT a rivalry

Sure they have close games, but so did Wisconsin and Stanford. Sure they’ll now play once a year for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean the game deserves a trophy. Only eight games have been played in the series.

The dates range from the first meeting in 1901 (an 18-0 win for Wisconsin), followed by three Nebraska wins in 1965, 1966 and 1973. Bucky and Co. took a win in 1974, the last time the two played before Nebraska joined the B1G in 2011.

Plus, we already decided in this game who get’s the trophy:

No. 2 It looks like a Pirate Ship

The Freedom Trophy belongs in the halls of East Carolina University more than either of Wisconsin and Nebraska. The American flag draped hugely around twin stadium facades looks like the mast and sail over a giant wooden ship from the 18th century.

Now, the angle from the Nebraska twitter page makes it look slightly less obvious, but the side images all the press use only further my point. Roundly shave off the bottom and not only will this bronze trophy float, but every seafaring university mascot will shiver its timbers.

Side Disclaimer From the Author

***Freedom itself, the idea, is in no way dumb. It is the very reason I can sit here and type that this embodiment of free expression, through my own free expression, is a wholly  terribly executed piece of pro-USA expressionism. Please celebrate Veterans Day with the cake or pie of your choosing as we remember those who have served, do serve and will serve this nation, and all other free nations, from here to eternity and to infinity and beyond.