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How to help Legends & Leaders flunk test

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So the Big Ten intends to shove the ridiculous Legends and Leaders down our throats for a year. What's the point? To get the disapproval rate down under 90 percent?
Here's my response: Big Ten East (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin) and Big Ten West (Nebraska, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Iowa).
It's easy to remember because in East andLeaders, the E is pronunced the same way. That's also true with West and Legends.
The only team that doesn't fit in the East is Wisconsin. (So what's the big deal? Dallas doesn't fit in the NFC East.)
The only teams that don't fit in the West are Michigan and Michigan State. But that's a lot more palatable than Legends and Leaders. And like the song says, the Wolverines are ``the champions of the West.''
Another thing to remember. . . if you really are annoyed by the Leaders and Legends division names, try to think of creative ways to let the Big Ten know. Because I have a feeling they'll back off if enough people--and by that, I mean alums and fans--make it clear how offended they are by the arrogance of the whole deal.

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