Category Archives: Minnesota

Little Brown Jug, Part 2 – The Bernie Bierman Decade

Minnesota had had its moments of gridiron glory in the early 20th century, but in the 1920s they had floundered for most of the decade, winning some and losing some and never really getting out of a rut. To put … Continue reading

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Little Brown Jug, Part 1 – “Yost Left His Yug”

When the Wolverines and the Golden Gophers began their rivalry back in 1903, both teams were undefeated and football fever was sending the mercury through the top of the thermometer. Michigan’s Fielding Yost was so worried that the home team … Continue reading

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Gophers Ruin Nebraska’s Bid For Perfection

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Michigan-Minnesota going for the Little Brown Jug

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An Ugly Incident That Led To A Cherished Trophy

While it doesn’t have the national cachet of the Little Brown Jug, the Floyd of Rosedale trophy awarded to the annual winner of the Minnesota-Iowa game has a background that was a case study in how to defuse an incident … Continue reading

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Little Brown Jug, Part 2 – The Bernie Bierman Decade

Minnesota had had its moments of gridiron glory in the early 20th century, but in the 1920s they had floundered for most of the decade, winning some and losing some and never really getting out of a rut. To put … Continue reading

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Little Brown Jug, Part One – “Yost Left His Yug”

When the Wolverines and the Golden Gophers began their rivalry back in 1903, both teams were undefeated and football fever was sending the mercury through the top of the thermometer. Michigan’s Fielding Yost was so worried that the home team … Continue reading

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