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Nebraska, Iowa unveil "The Heroes Game"

Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:25 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

On Friday, representatives from the Iowa and Nebraska athletic departments introduced the theme of the two football teams' annual rivalry game: "The Heroes Game," a celebration of local heroes on a yearly basis. If that sounds, well, unusual, that's understandable. Here's an excerpt from the official release explaining it:

[While] the goal is the same as other "trophy games" - win the struggle on the gridiron and claim the trophy -- the Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers won't use their annual meeting to determine ownership of football bragging rights for the Corn Belt exclusively. Instead, they will use the national stage that will be Nebraska's Memorial Stadium or Iowa's historic Kinnick Stadium each autumn to honor citizens of their respective states who are, according to Webster's Dictionary, "admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities," and they intend to work with a partner to do a good deed of their own.

The institutions plan to honor one citizen of Iowa and one citizen of Nebraska prior to each Heroes Game for their extraordinary act. These heroes will be nominated by friends, neighbors or co-workers and will be guests of the two teams at the game where they will be honored on-field during game day. Each will also have their name and hometown etched on the to-be-created Heroes Game trophy.

This is definitely a creative concept, if one that's not entirely football-related; there aren't many other trophies -- especially in college football -- that are interactive at all, much less to the point of etching onto it the names of people who aren't even involved with either program every year. Further, it looks like they've avoided the obvious pairing of Nile Kinnick to a hero-related Iowa football trophy. Points for that.

As for what the final product will look like they didn't unveil the trophy on Friday, either -- just the philosophical concept behind it. Hey, they don't need the trophy itself until late November. Plenty of time there.

As for the concept, this is either cool or embarrassingly schlocky -- and judging by the conference division names, the Big Ten has no compunctions about courting accusations of schlock. And yet, this trophy at the very least honors actual heroes instead of suggesting a couple of football teams from the Midwest fit that bill better than anybody else (they're too busy being Legends anyway). It'll be very interesting to see how the selection plays out, and whether the designation of "hero" starts to consistently fit into the military theme alluded to when the press release mentioned "Nebraska's Memorial Stadium or Iowa's historic Kinnick Stadium," two stadiums named to honor casualties of war.

One request, though: No politicians. Not even once. Please. We're begging you. 


Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Nebraska, Iowa unveil "The Heroes Game"

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:00 pm

Nebraska, Iowa unveil "The Heroes Game"

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Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:46 am

Nebraska, Iowa unveil "The Heroes Game"

I like Farmageddon better.

Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:14 am

Nebraska, Iowa unveil "The Heroes Game"

well said LSUSMC! i think it's the perfect venue to honor some people who are doing something good. and who wouldn't want to be honored in front of thousands in person and millions on TV??? and they are promoting something positive... also, i agree with you that once the game starts, it should be quite entertaining!

Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:42 pm

Nebraska, Iowa unveil "The Heroes Game"

I guess this goes along with Leaders and Legends.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:00 pm

Nebraska, Iowa unveil "The Heroes Game"

This game should decide who cleans Council Bluffs!

Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:09 pm

Nebraska, Iowa unveil "The Heroes Game"

I love Iowa, but I'm losing faith with the Big 10 at an alarming rate.
I think it's a proper way to put a formal stamp on what will obviously be a fun, hate-filled rivalry.  I mean Iowa already wins the first round with our medal of honor winner before the kickoff even happens.  Memorial Stadium will have to explode in applause for Iowa right then and there.  The Farmageddon, Cornhole, "best flood" or whatever unofficially and inevitably comes out of this rivalry will be there soon enough but this recognition that a game on Friday after Thanksgiving between Huskers and Hawkeyes is already a trophy game is a good move by the Big 10.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:44 pm

Nebraska, Iowa unveil "The Heroes Game"

general consesus seems to be that this is lame and a marketing ploy.   I like it!   Football is awesome, but so are deeds of valor outside of a gridiron, and it is never bad to inject some positive focus on great citizens.  especially in challenging times like these.  heroes game.  yes it sounds really cheesy.  give it some time.  i think that this we turn in a respected entity.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:35 pm


I was sorta hoping they would call it the "Cornholio Bowl" and give the winner a trophy featuring Beavis and Butthead. 

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:10 am

Nebraska, Iowa unveil "The Heroes Game"

Maaaajor fumble, Big 10.  You need to let these 'rivalries' develop before you overhype something and hope it turns in to something big.  Then you can appropriately name it. 

And its not to late to axe that Legends and Leaders thing.  I still don't know which one NU is, or anyone else for that matter.  Just stick to east or west, north or south please.

I'm going with Adam Jacobi's latter opinion of concept for this idea.  Schlocky.

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