The response to the call for Big Ten division names was massive.
I'd expect nothing less from you fine people.
Although some folks forgot the Big Ten's ground rules -- no geographic-specific names (i.e. East-West) and no names recognizing only one or two programs -- there were quite a few good suggestions. Most popular suggestions by far: Black-Blue, and Great Lakes-Great Plains.
I can't post them all, but here's a sampling.
Brad from Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Liberty and Justice. I felt these would do as Jim Delany wished, "conjure up the right feelings in people -- a positive, emotional response."With Liberty and Justice for all.
Vasav from San Angelo, Texas: Big Ten division names. Corn and Cars. Both are incredibly important to the economy of multiple Big Ten states. If cars is too controversial because of the bailout, how about Agriculture and Industry? What's more Big Ten, and more American, than that? Ricky Stanzi would approve.
Ben from Chicago: The two houses from the war of the Roses. Division A: York. Division B: Lancaster. The title game would be called the War of the Roses: winner gets a chance to go to the Rose Bowl.
David from New York: Stars and Stripes or Black and Blue
Bill J. from Philadelphia: Where Is Wisconsin? Division, and the Why Is Wisconsin Here? Division. Needs no Explanation.
Ben from Lebanon, Ohio: The Great American Division and The Gridiron Division. Adam, when I think of Big Ten football I think of the midwest. The Midwest is the heart and soul that beats America. Big Ten Football is just as American as baseball and apple pie, so why not call one division 'The Great American Division'? Also, the word Gridiron is an old term used to describe American football. The word also has a strong and physical sense to it, which is characteristic of Big Ten football. Why not call the second division 'The Gridiron' division?
Michael from Troy, Mich.: Power and Glory. Power Division: Neb, Mich, MSU, Iowa, NU, Minn. Glory Division: OSU, Ill, IU, Purdue, PSU, WiscyI think it works well because it alludes to the rich history, tradition and success of the conference without being geographical or biased to any particular school.
Taylen from San Francisco: Black & Blue.The league may not be the most flashy (at least until Denard Robinson came along), but it's definitely the most pound-the-ball, in-your-face, punishing conference in college football. And anyone who's played outdoor football in November in the North knows how much more each and every hit.
C.J. from Iowa City, Iowa: I have a couple of suggestions for the division names: Corn Belt v. Grain Belt and Heartland v. Breadbasket. They are both amorphous geographical notations, which fits perfectly with the Big Ten's lack of geographical definition. If you were feeling crazy, you could go with Chi v. Omicron (X and O in Greek alphabet.)
Nate from Chicago: The Trophy Division and the Legends Division. My reasoning is as such. Trophy Division: Every team has or will have a traveling trophy, "Trophy Division" sounds cool, and it has good symbolism for excellence and all that touchy-feely stuff. Clearly this would go the division Minnesota is in, since they have so many of the things. Though, they should try to actually hold on to some of them now and again. (Wisconsin alum, BTW). Legends Division: Again, every team has legends, the name sounds good, and "Legends" has the symbolism.
Bill from Rockford, Ill.: Division A: Iron. Division B: Fist. Then the conference championship every year will be the Iron Fist championship. Kinda reminds me of power football meeting powerful spread offense.
Casey from Minneapolis: How about the Corn and Coal divisions?
T.L. from Jacksonville, Fla.: TRADITION and PRESTIGE. Those monikers reflect the history and purpose of the Big Ten as a whole in a variety of different ways, not merely in football, but also in many other sports, in education and in the excellent research undertaken by the universities of the Big Ten. It also wouldn't matter which division acquired which name, as I think any school would be proud to be associated with either label.
Brian from Dallas: Delany -- named for Jim Delany. Duke -- named for Wayne Duke. Who has done more for the Big Ten conference than these two?
Nick from Chicago: Amos Alonzo Stagg ("The Stagg Division") -- Named for the legendary coach at the University of Chicago. John "Jay" Berwanger ("The Berwanger Division") -- Named for the legendary University of Chicago player. He won the first Heisman trophy and was the first player selected in the inaugural NFL draft.As the University of Chicago no longer participates in the conference athletically, but continues to maintain an academic relationship with the Big Ten, I think this is a nice nod to that school and its place in the conference's history.
Tom from Lansing, Mich.: ß (Beta) Division. (Delta) Division. Beta stands for "big" and delta stands for "ten". Could cause for some cool logo ideas.
Thanks again for all of the suggestions. Hopefully, the Big Ten big wigs check them out.