Little Brown Jug Minnesota/Michigan Rivalry Trophy Christmas Ornament
The Little Brown Jug was originally purchased by Michigan prior to their 1903 contest against Minnesota out of fear that the host Gophers wouldn’t provide clean drinking water. The Jug didn’t become a traveling trophy until 1909, still qualifying it as the oldest such trophy in major college football. Adorned with scores from every game for over a century of Big Ten gridiron action, The Brown Jug is neither little nor brown. This thirty cent purchase from a Minnesota general store is, however, recognized beyond Big Ten borders as a symbol of the conference’s unmatched tradition.