Earlier today, the Big T1e2n announced both its division names for football and revealed a new logo. Let the branding of obedience begin:
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Yup, we’re “Big”. You’ve got to wonder if the failure to try to build a number into the logo like with the Big T1e1n means something about future expansion. Ooooooh! Conspiracy!!
And now, the divisions. The Conference has decided that “Legends” and “Leaders” will be the monikers for the new configuration, although to me they sound like less than reputable “dancing establishments“. Or so I would imagine, if I was into imagining such things.
Here’s Delaney’s take-
“‘Legends’ is a nod to our history and to the people associated with our schools who are widely recognized as legends – student-athletes, coaches, alumni and faculty. ‘Leaders’ looks to the future as we remain committed to fostering leaders, the student-athletes who are encouraged to lead in their own way for the rest of their lives, in their families, in their communities and in their chosen professions,” said Delany. “We’re proud of our many legends and even prouder of our member institutions that develop future leaders every day.”
While I’m not a design guy (in spite of my infatuation with uniforms) and only know enough about marketing to buy whatever the voices on TV tell me, I’ve got to admit being a little underwhelmed by these decisions. Of course, given who the design team was, you’ve got to wonder if there also wasn’t something else going on.
With the history of the conference, you’d think that they could have chosen to name it after any of the great coaches from the past. Another option would have been to use other regional distinctives: Land and Lakes, Rust and Dust, Fishing and Hunting… heck, even “Us” and “Them” would be logical to most of the constituents, particularly if everyone thought their division was “Us”.
Of course, they could have also just divided things up geographically and not had to deal with this, but that would have made way to much sense.
There’s also lots and lots and more lots of trophies, all named after historic figures in conference play (wow, what a great idea!). While it may seem a little “youth league soccer“, I’m perfectly OK with the number of trophies as long as the designers of the new logo don’t get one.