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And Another Thing


Divisional dysfunction

Well, so much for the brain trust we all presume organizations such as the Big Ten have at their disposal. Apparently chimps were more cost effective.

I have to assume that's who came up with "Legends" and "Leaders" as the names for the two new divisions that will make up the new 12-team Big Ten next year. Those are dopey enough; Jim Delaney's explanation was even more dopey.

Really, Jim? The Big Ten has had a lot of legends and leaders, so this made perfect sense?

In that case, why not name the two divisions the Rockheads and Nitwits, since the Big Ten's had a few of those, too? Or the Shirts and Skins, as long as we're talking generalities here?

Taking the easy, generic way out is a disservice to a conference with as rich and colorful a tradition as the Big Ten. All the significant people down through the decades who have made the conference what it is, and you couldn't find two fitting names for your divisions? Really?

Fine, then. Let's name the divisions in honor of the process itself, then.

One division we call "Half." The other we call "Assed."

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