Nebraska and Wisconsin unveiled the "Freedom Trophy" that both teams will play for on Saturday. The bronze trophy has a football stadium (half of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium, and half of Wisconsin's Camp Randall) with a giant American flag blowing above it. It is breathtaking in its generic beauty, forced patriotism, and lack of meaningful connection to the two schools.
But the current Freedom Trophy was not the only design considered by the Big Ten's Nondescript Trophy Committee. They also considered several other freedom-inspired trophies including:
- A 40 pound bronze bust of Husker freshman tight end Freedom Akinmoladun.
- Free tuition awarded to any Wisconsin or Nebraska student who can correctly spell "Akinmoladun".
- A slightly used cassette tape of George Michael's "Freedom '90" from Barry Alvarez's glove box.
- A bald eagle wearing